In the heart of Sichuan Province, Chengdu
is the largest transportation junction in Sichuan
and also in southwest of China. This enticing urban star attracts millions of visitors home and broad every year, with its unique charm and convenient transportation net of urban trunk road, national highway, railway and airlines. Therefore, Chengdu is easily accessible, whether travelling by flights, bullet trains or long-distance bus. It is also connected with many international cities.
How to Get to Chengdu
Domestic flights: Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport
is one of the four largest airports in China. There are flights to Chengdu from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Zhangjiajie, Xian, Lanzhou, Urumqi, Lhasa, Chamdo, Xiamen, Guilin, Kunming, Haikou, etc., which are about 60 big or medium Cities in China.
International flights have been launched between Chengdu and most of the capital cities of Asia countries, including Tokyo, Bangkor, Phnom Penh, Singapore, Seoul, etc. Direct fights also connect Chengdu with London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Moscow and Paris in Europe, Vancouver, San Francisco and Los Angeles in America, Melbourne in Oceania, and Mauritius in Africa.
Transportation from airport: Passengers can take airport shuttle bus from Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport to the center of Chengdu City (20 km apart), which departs every 15mins. The ticket price is CNY 8-10 (except Line 5).
There are five airport shuttle bus lines:
- Line 1: Ending at Minshan Hotel (close to Metro Line 1), it stops by Hua Xi Ba, Provincial Stadium, Nijia Bridge.
- Line 2: Ending at Chengdu Railway Station, it stops by Renmin North Road, Renmin Middle Road and Tianfu Square East.
- Line 3: Ending at Chengdu East Railway Station, it stops by Sichuan Normal University South Gate, Hongzhuan Bridge and Chengdu South Railway Station.
- Line 4: Ending at New Convention and Exhibition Center South Entrance, it stops by Tianfu Road, Defense Paradise
- Line 5: Ending at Xipu Bus Station in Pixian Ancient Town, it stops by Chadianzi Bus Terminal. The bus fee is about CNY 25-28.
As the largest transportation hub in Southwest China, Chengdu is the departure station of many train lines. There are trains from Chengdu to Beijing, Xian, Kunming, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Urumqi, Shanghai, Lanzhou and 20 other main cities in China. It also has Tourism Express Trains to Guangyaun (Sudao Scenic Area), Yibing (Chuannan Scenic Area) and Pangzhihua (Pangxi Scenic Area).
Apart from the conventional trains, travelers can also take bullet trains to Chengdu. The high speed train has much shortened the journey time. For examples, if traveling by bullet trains, it takes only around 2 hours from Chongqing to Chengdu, about 1 hour from Leshan to Chengdu, 14.5 hours from Beijing to Chengdu, and around 14 hours from Shanghai to Chengdu. With the extension of China's bullet train network, we can also expect fast trains from Kunming to Chengdu, Guilin to Chengdu and Xian to Chengdu in the future.
Currently, there are three train stations in Chengdu: Chengdu (North) Train Station
, Chengdu East Train Station and Chengdu South Train Station. Most of the bullet trains arrives and departures at the East Train Staion.
You can buy train tickets in Chengdu at these places in addition to the train stations:
Dongyu Street Train Ticket Purchasing Point
Chengdu Lianyun Transport Corporation: No. 91 Bei Er Duan, Er Huang Road, Chengdu
Sichuan University: No. 24, Nan Yi Duan, Yi Huang Road, Chengdu
There are 6 national highways intersecting in Chengdu: 108 National Highway (Link Shanxi, Yunnan), 213 National Highway (Link Gansu, Kunming), 317 National Highway (Link Tibet), 318 National Highway (Link Wuhan, Tibet), 319 National Highway (Link Chongqing) and 321 National Highway (Link Guizhou Province).
There are also regular travel buses between Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou - Huanglong, Daocheng, Emei Mountain, Le Shan, Kangding, Dujiangyan, Mianyang, and other scenic areas. Visitors can take buses from Chadianzi Bus Terminal, Xinnanmen Bus Station, West Gate Bus Station, North Bust Station, East Gate Bus Station, North Gate Bus Station to go to these areas.
Chengdu City Public Transportation
The four subway lines in Chengdu have linked almost all the city attractions, shopping centers, train stations and bus terminals, thus make travelers’ trip in Chengdu very smooth and convenient. The starting fare is CNY 2, and the highest single ticket price is CNY 10. So it is also very money-saving to travel in Chengdu by metro.
Operating Chengdu metro lines, with hours and stations:
Line 1: running between 06:30 – 23:00, main stations include Chengdu (North) Railway Station, Wenshu Monastery, Tianfu Square, South Railway Station, Jincheng Plaza and Huafu Avenue
Line 2: running between 06:10 – 22:30, main stations include Chadianzi Bus Station, People’s Park, Tianfu Square, Chunxi Road and Tianfu Square
Line 3: running between 06:30 – 22:50, main stations include Chengdu Zoo, Chunxi Road, Gaoshengqiao (near to Wuhou Temple and JInli Old Street) and Xinnanmen Bus Station
Line 4: running between 06:10 – 22:50, main stations include Chengdu University, Luomashi, Wide and Narrow Alley and North Caotang Road.
Chengdu City Bus
Visitors can take the city buses to most of the scenic spots in Chengdu. Just remember to avoid the rush hours.
Normal bus fare: CNY 1
Air-conditioned bus fare: CNY 2 normally, and CNY 3 after 22:00 at night
The starting fare of Chengdu taxi is CNY 8, which covers the first 2 kilometers, with additional CYN 1.9 per km beyond 2 kilometers and within 10 kilometers, and additional CYN 2.85 per km beyond 10 kilometers.
Starting Fare 2 Yuan