The Polish Star Alliance member LOT is currently selling very cheap business class flights from Riga to Beijing. LOT’s business class comes with many usual advantages, but also with a very generous baggage allowance of 3 x 32 kg. Availability can be found all year round.
This sweet deal is still around, and we’ve recently seen a significant drop in price, making this offer even better!
From Riga, you would fly to Warsaw. Usually, you can choose if you want a short or long layover in Warsaw, for the same price. As Warsaw’s airport is very small, even with a very short layover you’ll usually catch your connecting flight without any major problems. If you dislike any kind of stress, you can opt for the longer layover and enjoy LOT’s lounge, which is very good, or even take a bus for only roughly €1 (you can pay with a credit card in the bus, itself) and explore the Polish capital. You can even stay in Warsaw overnight. It’s your choice!
The long-haul flights are, as always with LOT, operated with a modern Boeing 787 – Dreamliner. However, LOT only flies to Beijing on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, and returns on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Mondays.
Search & Book
This fare is most likely based on availability. The fare rules only state the restrictions, that your trip has to be at least 5 days (or a Sunday) long, and not exceed 12 months.
Google Flights is the best tool to find available dates. Once you’ve found them, you’ll save some money if you book through our Travel-Dealz flight search. Booking directly via lot.com is also possible, but costs a bit more.
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LOT Business Class
On their Boeing 787 Dreamliners, LOT’s business class features three rows in a 2-2-2 formation. These seats all face forward and can be converted into fully flat beds. The service in LOT’s business class is extremely friendly and the food is also very good. Main points of criticism have been the lack of privacy and that the seat lacks good storage options for laptops or similar items.
Information & Tips for Beijing
China’s capital Beijing is full of historically and contemporary important buildings. Most of them concentrate arround Tian’anmen square – which is sorrounded by government buildings and the entrance to the Forbidden City, the palace that hosted China’s emperors for more than 500 years. Beijing itself is full of attraction that take weeks to discover, but the fun doesn’t end there. Just a 90-minute bus ride away is The Great Wall at Badaling, the best known section of the Great Wall of China.
The Best Time to Visit
Beijing is located in a continental climate zone and is known for its hot, humid summers and its harsh, cold winters. Therefore, the best times to visit are from late March through May and late August through November.
Please be aware that during the Chinese National holidays, usually two weeks after October 1st, the city is overcrowded with Chinese tourists and should be avoided.
From the airport to the city
Beijing Capital Airport, the second busiest worldwide, is very well-connected by public transport. It is served by a regular subway line and an express rail way to the edge of the city centre, which takes 20 Minutes and costs about €3 one way. Further, there are 18 bus lines to different parts of the city (costing €3-5). Of course, taxis are an option as well. A trip to the city centre costs around €12-15, but often take over an hour.
It is not possible to rent a car in China without a Chinese drivers licence.
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