Now if only the on-time flight record - currently abysmal - at Beijing's T3 could improve...
By mid-2017 'app cabs' hired through smartphones were on the prowl with better cars, faster service and GPS coordinates to ensure you arrived at the address of your choice.
Such a cab in reverse from The Ritz Chaoyang to the airport, is about Rmb150, or about 50 percent more expensive.
Beijing Capital Airport (com.cn) consists of three terminals and six concourses.
Most domestic and international flights arrive and depart from Concourses C-E in Terminal 3, except the majority of Chinese domestic airlines which use Terminal 2 or 1.
From the airport, the quickest (16 minutes) and cheapest (Rmb25) way to reach downtown is via the Airport Express (
The 28km light-rail express line has four stops: Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 of the airport, and two in the city, at Sanyuanqiao (with transfers to metro Line 10) and Dongzhimen (with transfers to metro Lines 2 and 13).It is a 30-minute drive into town and around 15-20 minutes by train.It takes less than four hours between Beijing and Shanghai by high-speed train these days, making this a very popular option for zipping between the two powerhouse cities.Also available are conference and meeting spaces playfully termed in airport-speak, Foxtrot, India, Juliet, Kilo, Lima…Dance the night away at Fuel, sample Chinese at Ming Court, or enjoy the work and play vibe at Portal.Send us your Feedback / Letter to the Editor As you exit the airport, ignore the taxi touts to head to the basement and jump in an authorised cab (the meter starts at Rmb13 and goes up in Rmb2.3 increments per kilometre after three kilometres) for the 45-minute or so trip downtown.