The World's Biggest Airport has Opened
The world’s biggest airport has opened to the public on September 26, 2019 and the opening ceremony was held on September 25, 2019 attended by the Chinese president Xi Jinping.
Daxing Airport (nicknamed “starfish”) is located at the frontier between Beijing and Langfang, Hebei Province and is expected to serve the needs of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei areas. Its location was selected after thorough analysis. With a 46km-distance from Tiananmen Square, a 67km-distance from Beijing International Airport and a 26km-distance from Langfang City Center, Daxing airport aims to become the main airport hub of the region.
Construction of the airport began on December 26, 2014. By March 2017, the terminal had its concrete structure capped. On June 30, 2019, the airport officially finished construction and was in preparation for its September opening.
The world’s largest single-building terminal covering a 700.000m² area – the size of 98 football fields. The Chinese government is assessed to have paid around US $17.47 billion in total for this colossal project.
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Transportation from and to Daxing Airport
Comfortable transfers, quick rides and a wealth of transportation choices are guaranteed for Daxing airport passengers. Take a look at the available options and choose the one for you; Taxis, Buses, Trains, Subway, and Car hires.
The fastest way to travel is without any doubt the New Daxing Airport Express Line. Travelling up to 160km/h, the fastest trains in China will get you to Caoqiao Station – a 40km distance – in only 19 minutes, costing you 35 RMB (4.4€ / 4.8$) at maximum for an ordinary ticket or 50 RMB (6.3€ / 7$) if you travel business class. In the near future, the transit Line 20 (Line R4) will also be added to the existing network.
The Beijing – Xiong’an intercity railway links Daxing airport to Beijing West Railway Station. The travel time is about 20-35 minutes, depending on your disembarking point.
You will find 6 local bus lines connecting Daxing airport to the city of Beijing. Xinghang Lines 1-5 connect the airport to the major Beijing hubs while Xinghang Line 6 operates during the night shift.
Travelling in comfort, at the back of your seat, Daxing airport taxis will get you to your destination in Beijing in about 1 hour, with the average fare to be about 165 RMB (21€ / 23$) without taking into account the possible waiting-time surcharges. However, you should always be aware of the notorious Beijing traffic jams.
If you want to be completely independent and travel by self-driving, you can search plenty of car hire companies which can provide you with the vehicle of your choice.