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Money Exchange in the Beijing Airport

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1. Posted by yoroshikun (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

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My flight into Beijing arrives at 9:25pm. Is there a foreign currency exchange counter IN THE AIRPORT that will be open that late? I'm wondering if I should plan on sleeping in the airport that night, OR if I will be able to get RMB and take a taxi/bus into town that night. If anyone knows, I'd appreciate it a lot.

2. Posted by lw6457 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

The bank in airport usually will be opened till the last flight, it is the same in big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou. It is not necessary to stay at the airport overnight. Or you can bring some USD, small amount, the taxi from Beijing Airport to downtown is about 220RMB, about $28-$30. Or you can ask the driver wait for a while when you arrive the hotel and go to change some money there.
One thing you should remember is to keep the taxi receipt, some taxi drivers are not so honest...

3. Posted by lw6457 (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

The bank in airport usually will be opened till the last flight, it is the same in big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou. It is not necessary to stay at the airport overnight. Or you can bring some USD, small amount, the taxi from Beijing Airport to downtown is about 220RMB, about $28-$30. Or you can ask the driver wait for a while when you arrive the hotel and go to change some money there.
One thing you should remember is to keep the taxi receipt, some taxi drivers are not so honest...

4. Posted by A-T-PRC (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

If you don't know for sure that the currency exchange counter at the Beijing Airport will be open by the time you get to Beijing, you could try the currency exchange counter of the airport you're leaving from.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 7, 2007, at 3:40 AM by A-T-PRC ]

5. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 9y

nvr heard or any money exchange counters at international airports closing for the night.. so think it wld be the same for beijing!

u can take the airport coaches from the airport to different parts of beijing til very late at night... costs abt RMB 16 each way. which area will u be staying at?

btw i've taken taxis from the airport right up til 'mu xi di' n it cost me only RMB 100. so i'm not sure why lw6457 says that it costs RMB 220.

taxis to n from airports sometimes dont run by the meter, so u can ask the driver first, how much they charge, or if they run by the meter?

call the driver "shi fu" n get friendly with him, he might charge u a more reasonable rate. haha.

but the coaches are cheap, comfortable and convenient, so u might wanna try it.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 7, 2007, at 6:02 AM by daphnemaia ]

6. Posted by A-T-PRC (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

The previous post reminds me...

Every taxi I've ridden in from the Beijing Airport had a meter. In fact, do not get into any "cab" that doesn't have a meter. Do not even mention a price to the driver, try to negotiate, or ask how much the driver thinks the fare is going to be, just get into the cab and allow the meter to give the price once you get to your hotel, because the fare could just as easily be 30 RMB, not including the 10 RMB toll to get into the city (which you will also have to pay).

Exit the airport through the doorways with a "Taxi" sign, and those will take you right to the taxi waiting line. Do not accept rides from anyone who tries to negotiate fares with you, and do not accept rides from hecklers that loiter by the terminal doors.

In the taxi lines, there will be airport workers there helping with any translation problems as many taxi drivers don't speak English. You'll also be handed a government-issued brochure in English that has numbers you can call in case you think you've been scammed, just be sure to get the taxi number and your fare receipt before leaving the cab.

7. Posted by yoroshikun (Budding Member 4 posts) 9y

Thanks everyone for your input. I thought I might have a problem because I had heard that you cannot exchange for RMB outside of China, so exchanging money before I left seemed like it wasn't an option. I'm glad to hear that I shouldn't have any problems doing it when I arrive. Thanks too for the info on the coaches/taxis - very helpful. ; )