How to Transfer from Beijing Capital International Airport to Forbidden City and Tian'anmen Square

Could not wait to explore Forbidden City after landing at Beijing International Airport but don’t know what is the most efficient to transfer from the airport to Forbidden City? Don’t worry, China Discovery has worked out the 4 Best Transportation Means for you to choose. Actually, the Forbbiden City is located in the center area of Beijing (detailed address: Jichang West Rd, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京朝阳区机场西路) where the Capital International Airport is located in the northwestern suburb (detailed address No.4 Jingshanqian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China detailed address). They are about 30km from each other. Please note the airport is open for 24 hours, while Forbidden City is usually only open during 8:30 ~ 15:00. If you want to visit Forbidden City during a layover from the airport, you should have at least 8 hours.

How to Transfer to Important Attractions in Beijing

Currently, you can transfer from the airport to Forbidden City by China Discovery’s private transfer, taxi, subway or shuttle buses.

TRANSPORTATION HOW DURATION PRICE
Subway From Beijing Capital Airport T2/T3 subway to Sanyuanqiao Station, line 10 subway to Guomao Station, line 1 subway to Tian'anmen East Station, then walk to Forbidden City. 1h 15m $5
Shuttle Bus From BCIA T2/T3 line 10 bus to Wangfujing Street then walk to Forbidden City. 1h 15m $5
Taxi Where to take taxi in the airport: outside the arrival hall of T1, T2, T3. 40m $17
Private Drive As part of Beijing tour package, our tour guide and driver will wait for you at the arrival hall, then transfer you directly to attractions or hotels. 21m $17

By Private Transfer of China Discovery – Most Recommended

We at China Discovery provide customized Beijing city tour packages which include tour services as well as airport pick up and other necessary transfers to your hotels and attractions. Whenever you arrive at the airport, our hospitable tour guide and driver will wait for you at the arrival hall, and welcome you with a sign having your names, then escort you to visit Forbidden City or other attractions immediately, or take you to check in your hotel before the tour with an air-conditioning and non-smoking vehicle. After the tour, they will also drop you off at the airport or train station on time. Traveling with our Beijing tour package, all you need to do is to focus on enjoy the fun of exploring Beijing, the greatest city full of cultural and historical wonders.

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By Subway

The Airport Express Train is the fastest way to get to central Beijing area. It is a one-way loop with stops at Terminal 3(3号航站楼), Terminal 2(2号航站楼), Sanyuanqiao Station (三元桥) and Dongzhimen Station(东直门), without station at Forbidden City or Tian’anmen Square. You can take the Express to get to Sanyuanqiao first, then change to subway Line 10, and change to subway Line 1 at Guomao Station. Get off Line 1 at Tian’anmen East Station, walk about 1km(10mins) northward, you will find the gate of Forbidden City.

Time Needed: about 1h 15mincludes 3m transfer

Cost: about ¥29 - ¥32 (about $6)

Where to take Airport Express in the airport: T3 (B2 of Parking Garage No. 2), and 6:35 from T2(F2 of Parking Garage No. 3).

Schedules: 6:20~22:50 (interval: 10mins)

Transfer to Forbidden City from Beijing International Airport by Subway Transfer to Forbidden City from Beijing International Airport by Subway

By Airport Shuttle Bus

There are over 20 shuttle bus lines connecting Beijing Capital International Airport, among which the Line 10 can transport you directly to Wanfujing where you only need to walk about 20mins to get to the gate of Forbidden City. It is the cheapest option, but taking longer time compared with subway and taxi.

Time Needed: about 1hr 20mins

Cost: about ¥25 (about $4)

Where to take shuttle bus in the airport: T1: Gate No. 7 (inside) on F1/ T2: Gate No.11 (outside) on F1 / T3: Gate No.7 or No.9 (Outside) on F1

Schedules: 9:00-21:00 (interval: 60mins or earlier when fully seated)

Transfer to Forbidden City from Beijing International Airport by Shuttle Bus Transfer to Forbidden City from Beijing International Airport by Shuttle Bus

By Taxi – If You Want to Get Rid of Hassle and Crowds

If you want to save time, or want to get rid of hassle and crowds of catching the Express train or Taking a taxi is the most efficient way to get to Forbidden City. It takes usually about 20~30mins to get to Forbidden City when the traffics on the road are not heavy. But chances are big that you may come across traffic jams more or less, which may prolong the driving duration to over 1 hour sometimes. During some rush hours, you are advised to take subways instead of taxi, such as 8:00~9:30am, 11:30~13:00, 18:00~20:00.

Time Needed: about 20mins~60mins

Cost: about ¥80 - ¥120 (about $12~$18)

Where to take taxi in the airport: outside the arrival hall of T1, T2, T3

Important Notice: Always take a legal taxi because there are many illegal private cars or limo driver may try to promote their transfer to you but cost you usually double the prices charged by the legit taxis. The license plates of all legal taxis in Beijing start with 京B.

Transfer to Forbidden City from Beijing International Airport by Taxi Transfer to Forbidden City from Beijing International Airport by Taxi

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