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Getting Around Beijing: Transport Tips and Advice
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Beijing's main airport, Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), is out near Shunyi and is 26km – or 40 minutes – from the center of Beijing. The government-run airport bus shuttle is available from the lower level, just outside the arrivals area.
Once in the city, it’s hard not to be struck by how hectic China’s capital is. If you must take a bus, be aware of extreme overcrowding, not to mention the fact that things can get a little confusing with over 140 bus and trolley routes.
The subway (or Underground Dragon), on the other hand, is exceptionally fast and easy to use and has been the preferred method of public transport in Beijing for years.
When it comes to moving on, the best plan is to head to one of Beijing’s railway stations – conveniently named Beijing Railway Station and Beijing West Railway Station.
A good option for those planning to spend a little longer in the city is to rent a bike and pedal around – Beijing is one of the great cycling capitals of the world and you certainly won’t be alone! You’ll take in more of the city than by foot and avoid all the crowding of the subway and bus systems.