Chengdu has one airport, the Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), in the southwest of the city. Located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the city center, it is the largest aviation hub in central and western China, and aims to form the national aviation hub in mainland China. It has flights to more than 70 domestic cities and over 20 international cities. Frequent one-hour flights are available to Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province. Flights to Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, take about one and a half hours, with two-hour flights available to Lhasa, capital of Tibet. It is convenient to visit the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot by air from Chengdu, a 40-minute flight from CTU to Jiuhuang (Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong) Airport with one-way full fare of CNY 980, excluding departure tax and fuel surcharge. Visitors are advised to book flights early for this popular trip. Discounts may be available through hotels or travel agencies.
Chengdu Flights (brief introduction & flight search)
As the largest railway hub in southwest China, Chengdu has convenient railway transportation. At present, it has two railway stations for passenger transport: Chengdu Railway Station, namely North Railway station and East Railway Station. Another two passenger railway stations, south and west railway stations are now under construction. When completed, the “two principals (north and east railway stations), two assistants (south and west railway stations)” setup of Chengdu rail transport will be formed and better service passengers.
Chengdu Train Schedule
Railway tickets are available 60 days prior to departure online or through phone and 58 days prior at railway stations and ticket outlets throughout the country. During holidays, especially Spring Festival and National Day holiday, they are always in great demand. Please book as early as possible.
By Long-distance Bus
Chengdu has several main coach stations transfering passengers within or outside Sichuan Province, including Chengdu General Bus Station (Wugui Bridge Bus Station), New South Gate Bus Station (Tour Bus Center), Chadianzi Bus Station, Airport Bus Station, East Railway Station Bus Station, Beimen (North Gate) Bus Station, and Wukuaishi Bus Station.
Chengdu Planned to built 10 subway lines around the city which would make the subway transport easily accessible to the city’s major distribution centers. Currently, only subway line 1 and the first phase of subway line 2 are in operation, while line 3, line 4, and line 5 are under construction. Passengers can take line 1 from Shenxian Lake to Century City via North Railway Station, Tianfu Square, Sichuan Gymnasium, South Railway Station, Ocean Park and other places in the city. The first phase of line 2 can take travelers to Chadianzi Bus Station, People’s Park, Chunxi Road, East Railway Station, Chengdu Institute of Public Administration and other areas.
Chengdu's public bus services extend in all directions. You can get to most of places, especially sights inside the city, by bus. Common public buses charge CNY 1, while those with air-conditioners charge CNY 2. Take small change as there are no conductors on many of the buses.
Bus/ Subway Search
By Scenic Shuttle Bus
Scenic shuttle buses bring great convenience for self-serviced tourists. They can take passengers to most scenic spots in Chengdu, including Wuhou Memorial Temple, Jinli Street, Panda Breeding and Research Center, Wide and Narrow Alley, Jinsha Site Museum, Thatched Cottage of Dufu, Three-Star Piles Museum, Dujiangyan Irrigation Project, and Mt. Qingcheng. Run directly between two appointed sites without stops, they are time-saving and more comfortable than city buses. However, the ticket is always sold together with the entry ticket of scenic spots, and sometimes even the guide service (bilingual in Chinese and English) onboard and inside scenic spots, making it more expensive than the real self-serviced itinerary by public transport. Fortunately, passengers can take some of the buses for free at appointed time after buying the destination entry ticket. Here are the free ones:
|From||To||Ticket Outlet||Departure Time|
|Wide and Narrow Alley||Wuhou Memorial Temple||No. 1, Narrow Alley||10:40|
|Thatched Cottage of Dufu||14:00|
|Wuhou Memorial Temple||Thatched Cottage of Dufu||Visitor Center, front gate of Wuhou Memorial Temple||12:30|
|Jinsha Site Museum||14:30|
|Panda Breeding and Research Center||Wuhou Memorial Temple||Front gate of Panda Breeding and Research Center||14:30|
|Thatched Cottage of Dufu||Wuhou Memorial Temple||South gate of Thatched Cottage of Dufu||13:00|
|Jinsha Site Museum||11:15|
|Jinsha Site Museum||Thatched Cottage of Dufu||East gate of Jinsha Site Museum||13:30|
|Wuhou Memorial Temple||12:30|
|Shuangliu Airport||Thatched Cottage of Dufu||International transit passenger service center, gate 1-2, F1, T1; |
International transit passenger service center, gate 4, F1, T2
Note: The above routes and departure time are for reference only. They may be adjusted any time.
Chengdu has created hundreds of new taxi stands in its streets. The stands are approximately 79 feet (2 meters) high, with a green ginkgo leaf shaped board on a blue Y-shaped support. The signs are written in both Chinese and English.
Gathering within the First Ring Road, especially in the city center, the pedicab has been a typical feature of the city. Drivers wear uniforms with identifying cards. The charge starts from CNY 5. You can bargain.
Despite traffic considerations, Chengdu welcomes private cars. Car rental is an option if you did not join a package tour.
Price: CNY 650 a day for a 12-seat microbus
CNY 1,000 a day for a 7-seat jeep
CNY 700 a day for a common car
And also you can employ a driver, about CNY 50 one person per day (8 hours).