Flights to Beijing
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Student flights from the UK to Beijing
A trip to Beijing will be a holiday experience UK students and young travellers will never forget! From walking the Great Wall of China to visiting the Forbidden City and seeing giant pandas at the Beijing zoo, there’s plenty of ways to experience Beijing’s unique culture. Indulge yourself in the rich history and the delicious food whether you’re staying for a few weeks or several months. Plus, with our cheap student flights to Beijing, your trip just got a whole lot easier.
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What are the main Beijing airports, and how do I get from them to central Beijing?
The primary international airport in Beijing is Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK). Although almost all flights from the UK to Beijing will arrive at PEK, Beijing’s new international airport will welcome some flights from the UK. Beijing Daxing International AIrport opened in October 2019.
Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK): Beijing’s primary capital international airport is PEK, located about 20 miles from the city centre. International flights will arrive at Terminals 2 and 3. Since it’s such a busy airport, it’s important to allow at least 3 hours to complete security checks and customs.
The Airport Express train will take you from the airport to the city centre. It arrives at both international terminals about every 15 minutes. A one-way ticket costs 25 RMB (£2.80) and of course, you can always take a taxi as well.
Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX): The new Beijing Daxing Airport has opened with limited operations in October 2019. Although it’s servicing both international and domestic flights, the only flights from the UK that may arrive there at first will be flights from London on British Airways. Most other flights will arrive in PEK.The airport will have additional trains to connect to downtown as well.
When is the cheapest time to book a flight from the UK to Beijing?
Prices based on bookings made 60-91 days prior to departure.
Beijing universities and campuses
Although there are plenty of universities to study in while in Beijing, Tsinghua University and Peking University are two of the top. Both of these universities are located in the well-known Haidian District. This university town is packed with energetic nightlife, delicious street food and plenty of things to do. Peking University is the top liberal arts college in China, while Tsinghua is known best for its business school. Both universities also have strong scientific research.
Your university’s study abroad office may also have more information about programs in China that are available to you.
Beijing lifestyle and culture
You may find Beijing’s pace of life similar to London, since it’s such an energetic and lively city, with plenty of buzz and things to do. Students from the UK often find life in Beijing exciting and fast-paced, but with a totally new culture. Many local students in China enjoy going to bars or KTV (karaoke) at night. And of course, don’t miss out on the chance to try some of the street food as well as local specialties, like Peking Roast Duck!
Exploring Beijing on a student budget
Exploring Beijing on a student budget? Of course! It’s easier than you think, with Beijing’s free things to do, parks and museums to visit. The world-famous Tiananmen Square, at the heart of Beijing, is free and it’s the perfect place to people-watch and see some of Beijing’s most important buildings. Wangfujing has delicious street food. And there are plenty of free museums as well! Check out the National Art Museum of China, the China National Film Museum and the Beijing Museum of Natural History. For a bit of quiet, head to the Purple Bamboo Park—it’s the perfect escape.