Beijing itself is accessible via taxi, bus, subway, or car. Bicycles are also very popular, although caution must be exhibited due to the increasing traffic on Beijing's roads.
There are 3 terminals at the Beijing Capital International Airport and is served by the Airport Express Line of the Beijing Subway. The line runs from Terminal 3 to Terminal 2 and then to the city with stops at Sanyuanqiao and Dongzhimen. A one-way trip takes approximately 16–20 minutes.
Taxis and city shuttle buses can be found on the ground floor of the domestic and international arrival halls.
There are six different shuttle bus routes to and from various points in Beijing, including Xidan, Fangzhuang, the Beijing Railway Station, Zhongguancun and the Nanyuan Airport. The airport also offers bus service to and from Tianjin and Qinhuangdao.
Getting Around in Beijing
When traveling around Beijing, ask for a card with the hotel's name and address in Chinese from the receptionist of your hotel. This will be very useful when directing taxi drivers or in case you get lost.
The easiest means of getting around in Beijing is by taking one of the city's many taxis. The drivers are always happy to give advice to visitors.
Private Car with Driver
Some visitors like to hire a driver for a day which makes getting around the city comfortable. The drivers are safe and it is much cheaper than using the meter however tourists are reminded that tipping is expected by the drivers. Rates start at RMB 185 (approximately US$ 23) per hour, within Beijing city limits. Please inquire at your hotel concierge desk for more details.
There are many public bus lines which can take you to the every corner of Beijing. Taking the bus is one of the best and most convenient ways to get around the city. The cost of the bus depends on the distance traveled. The public buses make stops at all of the city's major sites and the commercial centers. There are some express buses which connect the major sights such as The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, and the Summer Palace. Many buses announce the stop names in both Chinese and English.
Tourist trains are always fast, inexpensive and efficient, taking passengers directly to the desired tourist attractions located in suburban districts.
Hard Seat: Hard Seat is cheapest way to go around in China and the car is usually very crowded.
Soft Seat: The soft-seat car is clean and comfortable and is not quite so costly.
There are now five existing subway lines traversing the city, and 2 Yuan Flat Fee System is implemented on the subway system.