The transportation network in Chengdu is very developed. It has one of China’s busiest airports; it is the intersection point of five trunk railway lines; it is connected with thousands of miles of expressways and has dozens of coach stations sending passengers to various destinations. Within the city area, there are subways, city buses, taxis and many other transport conveniences for passengers to choose from.
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, 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, the city has convenient railway transportation. At present, it has three railway stations for passenger transport: Chengdu Railway Station, namely North Railway station, East Railway Station, and South Railway Station. Another passenger railway station, west railway station is now under construction. When completed, the “two principals (north and east railway stations), two assistants (south and west railway stations)” setup of the city's rail transport will be formed and better service passengers.
Chengdu Railway Station
East Railway Station
South Railway Station
Chengdu Train Schedule
Chengdu-Leshan-Emeishan Intercity High-Speed Train
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 Chinese New Year and National Day holiday, they are always in great demand. Please book as early as possible.
Chengdu has several main coach stations transfering passengers within or outside Sichuan Province, including General Bus Station (Wugui Bridge Bus Station), Xinnanmen Bus Station (Tourism 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, Institute of Public Administration and other areas.
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
Travels non-stop and directly to attraction sites, sightseeing bus saves travelers, especially independent travelers a lot of time. Although different from those of other cities and mostly sold together with entry ticket to the destination, it is still cheaper than taking taxis. Also, there are free schedules.
There are hundreds of 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.
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).