Chongqing Transportation

Chongqing Airport
Jiangbei International Airport

As a junction of Southwestern and central China as well as being a large city upstream on the Yangtze River, Chongqing is one of the most important transportion hubs as it connects eastern and western China. The city's transportation system has been very well developed in recent years and it can easily be reached by air, train or long-distance buses.

Chongqing has three civil airports in total and among them; Jiangbei International Airport is the busiest one. This airport has both international and domestic flights available.

Jiangbei International Airport is roughly 13 miles (21km) to north of the downtown and is one of the largest aviation hubs in Southwest China. Flights from this airport reach 120 cities home and abroad, among which there are 83 domestic cities including all the provincial capital cities in China and 37 international cities such as HK, Macau, Tokyo, Bangkok, Jeju, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sydney, etc. The airport can be reached by an airport shuttle bus line and subway line 3 from the city's downtown core.

 Chongqing Flights     Airport Transportation

 
Chongqing Train Station
Chongqing Train Station

Approximately 140 scheduled trains pass through the city daily and these trains can reach all the capital cities of China except Yinchuan (the capital city of Ningxia). Train T222, starting from Chongqing North Railway Station to Lhasa, is a nice option to enter Tibet. There are two main railway stations in the city, the Railway Station at No. 249, Nanqu Road, Caiyuanba area, Yuzhong District, and the North Railway Station at No. 51, Kunlun Avenue, Yubei District.

 Railway Station      North Railway Station   
 Train Schedule 

About 8 expressways connect the city with other cities, thus long-distance buses are very important vehicles for the city. Six major long-distance bus stations are distributed throughout the city's different districts making traveling convenient and fast. The main long-distance bus stations are Chongqing Bus Station, North Bus Station, Long-distance Bus Station, Shapingba Bus Station, Sigongli Transportation Hub and the Chenjiaping Bus Station.

Chaotianmen Dock
 Photos of Chaotianmen Dock

Because of the its ideal location on the Yangtze River, ships have easy access to the city. At present, passenger ships travel once per day to Yichang and six pairs of speedboats travel between Wanzhou District of Chongqing and Yichang. The ship takes approximately 40 hours and the speedboat takes around 5.5 hours. Furthermore, this city also serves as the starting point of several luxury Yangtze River Cruises, travelers can choose one of the cruises to explore the splendid river and the grand Three Gorges Dam.

More than 500 city bus lines serve the city. Most of them are self-service buses, charging CNY2 per person, while some only charge CNY1. Buses with conductors charge various between CNY1 and CNY10 depending on the distance travelled.

Four Chongqing subway lines and one branch line (included in Line 6) are in operation connecting the city’s nine districts together. Travelers are able to reach Jiangbei International Airport, North Railway Station, Railway Station, Chaotianmen Dock and most of the Long-distance Bus Stations by subway. The ticket fare is charged on the distance travelled. In addition to these lines, there are another four lines under construction, Line 4, Line 5, Circle Line and the first phase of Line 10.
Operating Lines:
 Line 1     Line 2     Line 3     Line 6
Lines to be Opened:
 Line 4     Line 5     Line 10
 Bus/Subway Search

Passengers can take taxis to almost everywhere and even to go to the suburban areas. In day time, a taxi charges CNY10 for the first around 1.8 miles (3 km) and CNY2 for every additional 0.6 mile (1 km). The peak time for taxis is from 07:00 to 09:30, 17:00 to 19:00 and 15:00 to 16:00, during which travelers are advised to book one in advance.

Cable-car and Escalator

Besides the conventional vehicles, Yangtze River Cable Car and escalators are another two distinctive vehicles in the city. The cable car is no longer used as a transportation vehicle, but for sightseeing instead. The Lianglukou Huangguan Escalator, linking Lianglukou and Chongqing Railway Station, is the other distinctive vehicle.
 

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