Cheap Flights to Beijing

Best student & youth fares right now to Beijing

Flights to Beijing might feel like something you can’t afford, but we have good news for you! With our student and youth discounts on flights, anyone under 26 can score cheap tickets to Beijing. Check out our current cheapest prices from Australia to Beijing below, updated daily!

Student flights from Australia to Beijing

Looking for an epic holiday that’ll help you experience something totally new? Look no further than a trip to Beijing! Our cheap student flights from Australia to Beijing will make your trip even easier. Spend less on flights and more on Beijing’s amazing street food.

While in Beijing, you can’t miss the chance to walk the Great Wall of China, visit the Forbidden City and see giant pandas up-close at the Beijing zoo. Whether you’re in Beijing for two weeks or two months, you’ll never run out of things to see and do.

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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). If you’re flying from Australia to Beijing, your flight will most likely arrive at PEK. Beijing’s new international airport, the Beijing Daxing International Airport, has opened in October 2019, so some flights will begin to arrive there.

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK): The Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is Beijing’s main international airport, located about 32km from the city centre. Terminals 2 and 3 are the international flight terminals. Because it’s such a busy airport, leave extra time (at least 3 hours) to get through security and customs.

Once you arrive, you can easily take the Airport Express train to city centre. It arrives every 15 minutes at both international terminals. One-way tickets cost 25 RMB ($5 AUD). If you’re arriving late at night, you can also take a taxi, which costs about 100-150 RMB ($20-$31 AUD).

Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX): The new Beijing Daxing Airport opens in October 2019 and will be servicing both international and domestic flights. So far, the vast majority of international flights will still go through Beijing Capital International Airport, with the exception of flights from London on British Airways. The airport will be complete with additional trains to connect it to downtown.

How to fly from Australia to Beijing

Australia is well-connected to Beijing. There are both direct and connecting flights from Australia’s biggest cities. The most popular airlines for flights from Australia to Beijing are Air China, Singapore, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan.

Cheap flights to Beijing
from Sydney (SYD)

Average flight duration

12h nonstop, 14+ h connecting

Number of weekly/daily flights

There are approximately 12 direct flights per week from Sydney to Beijing. Of course, many more connecting flights are available.

Cheap flights to Beijing
from Melbourne (MEL)

Average flight duration

12h nonstop, 15+ h connecting

Number of weekly/daily flights

There are approximately 7 direct flights per week from Melbourne to Beijing. Of course, many more connecting flights are available.

Cheap flights to Beijing
from Brisbane (BNE)

Average flight duration

14 h connecting

Number of weekly/daily flights

No nonstop flights, but there are plenty of connecting flights each week!

When is the best time to fly to Beijing?

Overall, Beijing can be a good place to travel year-round. However, the best time to travel to Beijing is usually spring and fall, when the weather is mild and the crowds are smaller than usual. Keep in mind that seasons are reversed in Beijing, so you’ll find a summer holiday to Beijing quite chilly. July and August in Beijing are often quite humid and rainy, so bring your umbrella.

Beijing can also be especially crowded during public holidays and festivals! If you prefer fewer crowds (and who doesn’t?), you may want to avoid Chinese New Year (early February), Mid-Autumn Festival (mid-September) and early October, as festivals during these times mean the city is often packed.

When is the cheapest time to book a flight from Australia to Beijing?

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Why do Australian students love visiting Beijing?

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Beijing universities and campuses

Tsinghua University and Peking University are two of the top universities in Beijing for international students. Both of these schools are located in the famous Haidian District university town, packed with plenty for students to do, a vibrant nightlife and delicious street food. Peking University is the #1 liberal arts college in China but is also well-known for its scientific research. Tsinghua UniversityTsinghua University is a strong science and research school, but is also known for its business school.

You can also check your university’s study abroad office to learn more about study abroad programs in China that are available to you.

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Beijing lifestyle and culture

Beijing is a vibrant and energetic city, with a fast-paced culture! Students typically find life in Beijing exciting, but if you’re not used to living in a big city, you may find life in the city different from what you’re used to at home. However, you’ll never run out of things to do! Many students in China enjoy going to bars or KTV (karaoke) at night. And of course, make sure you taste some of the local flavours, like Peking Roast Duck, a famous local dish.

exploring beijing on a student budget

Exploring Beijing on a student budget

Beijing on a student budget? Definitely! Traveling to Beijing doesn’t have to be too expensive, especially with all the free attractions, parks and museums to visit. Visit the world-famous Tiananmen Square located at the heart of the city. Go window-shopping in Wangfujing and enjoy some (cheap) street food there. Be sure to check out some of Beijing’s free museums as well, such as the National Art Museum of China, the China National Film Museum and the Beijing Museum of Natural History. Need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city? Check out the Purple Bamboo Park for a quiet escape.

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