Beijing Layover Tour FAQs & Tips

1. How do we go through the visa free access and where to meet our guide?

Please follow below instructions if your flight landing at Beijing Airport Terminal 3.  (You can also watch our video above)

Step 1: When you get off the airplane please follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim“. Please keep walking until you see “China Inspection and Quarantine “.
Please DO NOT stop on the way, such as: “Exit & Entry Certificate Service Office” and “Transit for international Flights within 24 hours”. You might never be allowed to come out.

Step 2: Please walk through the “China Inspection and Quarantine “, then go to the left line where the visa free access is.

Step 3: After you pass through the “visa free access” there is a escalator. Please follow the escalator downstairs. Then you will see a little train station.

Step 4: Please get on the train, there are 2 stops please get off the train at the terminal station (T3 C).

Step 5: Get off the train at “T3 C”, follow the sign “Exit” you will see Exit “B“. Pass through the Exit “B”, there is a Starbucks Coffee to the left. Our guide will hold your name and wait you there.

Please follow below instructions if your flight landing at Beijing Airport Terminal 2

Step 1: When you get off the airplane take a escalator up please follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim“. Please keep walking until you see “China Inspection and Quarantine“.
Please DO NOT stop on the way, such as:“Transit for international Flights within 24 hours”; “Entry Visa”; “Visa Application”. You might never be allowed to come out.

Step 2: Please walk through the “China Inspection and Quarantine” follow the yellow arrow on the ground “72-Hour Visa-free Transit“. At the “CHINA IMMIGRATION INSPECTION” there are several access for “Foreigners“, please go through those access.

Step 3: Continue follow the sign “Exit, Baggage Claim“ take an elevator down you will see “CUSTOMS“, through the “CUSTOMS” you will see the “STARBUCKS COFFEE” right on the opposite. Our tour guide will hold your name and waiting for you in front of the “STARBUCKS COFFEE”.

According to our experience, the “visa free access” might change the location. If you can not find it, please do not hesitation to consult with the airport staff.

Meeting Point

Meeting Point at Starbucks no matter terminal 2 or terminal 3 you arrived

2. To save some money, can we just book an English-speaking driver?

No, we do not have English-speaking driver.

As we know, some tour websites supply an English speaking tour guide drive you for the tour. This would not be allowed in China. In China, the vehicles need to be tourism qualification certificate of operating vehicles, not a tour guide’s personal car. If officials found that this kind of behavior, will ruined your tour.

Our company is legal registered with the authorities. Our company official name is: Beijing Explore Tours CO., LTD and our tour license number is: L-BJ01577.

Our company supply a professional driver and a car with licence as well as a professional English speaking licensed tour guide, both of them work for you. We will make sure you can enjoy a safe tour with professional English interpretation both during driving and in attractions. And would not waste your time for parking. Our driver will make sure your luggages are safe while you are not in the car.

We suggest when you scheduled a tour, you’d better distinguish clearly first. 
Please see our tour guides, drivers and vehicles details at:

3. Flight delay/cancel & Refund? (Apply to private tours only)

If your flight delays and without your notice, our guide and driver will wait you till you arrives and finish the tour if possible. If there is not time to finish the tour, we will refund you the deposit after deducting the fee for the tour guide and driver.

In case that your flight cancels, please let us know at least 6 hours in advance either by phone or email. This way, we can refund you the deposit in full.

4. Are these your best tour prices? 

Yes, all of our tour prices are our best prices we can do. But if you can get more people join your tour, the tour price will be cheaper. You can see our Best Price Guarantee Policy at:

5. How long to finish the Customs clearance and when to return airport for your onward flight check-in?  

You will need 1-1.5 hours to be got through the Customs after your flight arrives.

You shall go back in airport at least 1.5-2 hours before the flight departure.

6. How to book a layover tour?

Tell us the itinerary in the website you are interested in and also your modification ideas regarding to the itinerary, by filling an online inquiry form, by email, by phone or by fax. We are available 24 hours every day.

7. How to pay? (Apply to private tours only)

To book a layover tour, please pay 50% of tour fee as deposit in advance. We use PayPal online payment, which is more safe and convenient. Our travel advisor will give further details about it. The balance half could be paid upon arrival directly to the tour guide in cash, either USD or RMB.

8. How to assure a layover booking?

We will send you a Tour Confirmation via email (usually within 6 hours) after the receipt of your deposit, passport info and flight info. In this way, your booking is finally confirmed.

9. Luggage storage for the layover/Where to leave your luggage for the layover?

Leave your luggage with your airline. Passengers on layover tours arriving and departing from Beijing Capital airport will normally have their luggage sent to their final destination from their airport of origin.

Leave your luggage with us, load on our vehicle, our driver will watch for you while the tour.

If you’re looking to ditch your bags while you explore Beijing, the airport offers left Luggage counters at all the three terminals. You can leave your luggage for few hours to few days.

For example: A layover in Beijing in between flights from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to Manila, the Philippines. Luggage will be sent directly from Amsterdam to Manila. The information is only a guideline and it’s always recommend to check precise details with your airline.

10. Money exchange?

It’s advisable to exchange some money at the airport counters or ATM as you need to purchase meals or other personal expenses. Its handy to have some RMB when you arrive. There are 24 hour currency exchange counters at Beijing airport in all terminals as well as ATMs.

11. Visa-free Policy?

Please see details at:

12. What are the differences with other tour companies? What are the advantages do you have?

Please see this page about the differences between our company with others.

56 Responses to “Beijing Layover Tour FAQs & Tips”

  1. Ahl says:

    Arriving Beijing in the morning and flying out in the afternoon.

    • admin says:

      Hi Ahl,

      Yes, you can get visa free if your flights layover in Beijing within 24 hours.

      We had many philippinese clients booked our tours before.

  2. David says:

    We have a 9 hr. Layover in Bejing arriving at Terminal 2 on April 8,2017. Do we have sufficient time to visit the Great Wall and Tiannamen Square without feeling pressured with going through customs coming and going? Would there be anytime to visit a shop? Could we place our one carryon bag in the van? What do you recommend? Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi David,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Could you please provide us your arrival & departure Beijing flight times? Then we will make a detailed itinerary for you.

  3. Nicole says:


    We land at PEK at 5:30am and depart at 3:30pm. We will forsure take a tour to the great wall, but is there also time to potentially see the Forbidden City or Summer Palace as well? Thanks!

    • admin says:

      Hi Nicole,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Yes, you will have time to visit Great Wall and Forbidden City or Summer Palace.

      We just sent you an email, please check it out.

  4. Larissa says:

    My husband and I arrive in Beijing at 6:30 in the morning, and leave at 3:30 in the afternoon. Is this enough time for a trip to the Great Wall and a lunch stop?
    Thank you!

    • admin says:

      Hi Larissa,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      According to your layover time, you will have plenty of time to do the tour and have lunch. We just sent you an email about detailed itinerary, please check.

  5. Bernard says:

    Good evening,
    Landing at PEK at 05:50am
    Leaving PEK at 13:15pm
    Will we have enough time to do the Great Wall ?
    Thank you,

    • admin says:

      Hi Bernard,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      You will have enough time to do the Great Wall tour if your arrive in Beijing on time. We did many tours with 7 hours layover in Beijing before. We just sent you an email, please check it out.

  6. Lucy Bennett says:

    Hello, I am transiting through china on the 2nd of march for 12 hours, flight lands at 12pm and departs at just before 1am, on the way back I arrive at 6am and depart at 4pm.
    I really want to make the most of these two days, could you suggest good ways to spend these hours?

    I want to see tiannamen square, and the pandas also sound good.
    Is there a way to also visit a market? Which sells street food and Beijing downtown at night when we are there on the first day?

    Thanks for your help,


    • admin says:

      Hi Lucy,

      Thank you for contacting us!

      Yes, we can arrange the tours as you requested. We just sent you an email about detailed itinerary and prices, please check it out.

  7. Nicole says:

    Hello, if we arrive 6:30 a.m. from BKK and have international flight at 1:05 pm. Can we make it to the Great Wall and back? It is fine if we only have a short time at the wall.

    • admin says:

      Hi Nicole,

      Your layover time is too short. And the flights form Bangkok to Beijing always delay recently. So we do not think you can do a layover tour. Sorry about that!

  8. Gary says:

    Hi,If we arrive in Beijing at 12:45 pm and leave at 9:30 pm will we have time for a Great Wall tour and maybe the Forbidden City?

    • admin says:

      Hi Gary,

      According to your layover time, you only can visit Great Wall or Forbidden City. We have sent you an email, please check it out.

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