Cheap Flights from London to Beijing

Flight information London to Beijing

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Average flight time, total distance 5052 miles

9h 40min

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Air China

Beijing Capital and Beijing Nanyuan

2 airports

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Flights from London to Beijing

This information is correct as of January 2016

Airlines that fly from London to Beijing

British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air China all provide direct flights from London to Beijing. All flights depart from London Heathrow Airport and arrive to Beijing Capital Airport.

Terminal Information

London Heathrow

London Heathrow is home to a number of terminals. British Airways flights depart from Terminal 5, whilst both Virgin Atlantic and Air China flights depart from Terminal 2. Passengers on long haul flights are advised to check-in at least three hours before their scheduled flight departure time. Check-in desks for Terminal 2 and Terminal 5 are located on the top floor of both buildings.

Both terminals have a wide range of shopping, eating and drinking facilities for passengers. In Terminal 2, you’ll find high street favourites like Boots and WHSmith alongside more exclusive boutiques like Gucci and Mulberry. For food and drink, there’s Costa Coffee, M&S Simply Food and La Salle Restaurant and Bar, to name but a few.

Terminal 5 has a similarly impressive selection of outlets. Shops include a duty free store, Harrods, Hamleys and Chanel whilst, for a bite to eat, there’s Huxleys Restaurant and Bar, Caffe Nero, a Gordon Ramsey restaurant and Wagamama.

You’ll also find currency exchange desks and premium lounges at both terminals. Free Wi-Fi connection is available throughout the airport and you can use a pay as you go system to upgrade your service should you so wish.

Beijing Airport

Beijing Capital Airport is located 32 kilometres northeast of Beijing city centre. British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Air China flights all arrive to Terminal 3. Once you’re through to the arrivals area, you’ll find an Inquiry Counter and a currency exchange. If you need to travel between the terminals, there’s a free shuttle bus you can take.

Passengers will find a variety of ground transportation options to choose from. There’s a taxi rank close to the terminal building, with taxis available 24/7. Taxis charge ¥13.00 for the first three kilometres and then ¥2.30 for every subsequent kilometre. Passengers are also liable for any toll charges.

You can also choose to take the bus from the airport. Various local routes stop here and you can buy tickets from Gate No. 7 or Gate No. 9, just outside the terminal building.

Alternatively, the Express Railway is one of the quickest ways to get to the city centre. Trains depart every 10 minutes from 6:20 to 22:50 and a single trip costs ¥25.00. The station at Terminal 3 is located on level F2 of the Parking Garage No. 3.

Practical Information

British nationals need a visa to enter mainland China and you’ll need to apply to the Chinese embassy, leaving plenty of time before your scheduled departure date. You’ll also need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date of your visa application.

What to Expect in Beijing

Beijing enjoys four distinct seasons, with hot summers and very cold winters. Temperatures in summer months (July and August) regularly reach the mid-thirties whilst, in December, January and February they plummet below zero. For this reason, many visitors find spring and autumn months the best time to visit the city; temperatures are warm but not hot and there’s very little rain.

London is much more expensive than Beijing so time spent in the Chinese city is very affordable. A mid-range three course meal for two costs on average ¥150.00 (£15.00), a bottle of beer costs ¥20.00 (£2.00) and a one way journey on public transport costs just ¥3.00 (£0.30).

Beijing is eight hours ahead of the UK.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.