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. Chongqing East Railway Station is under construction and will be open in 2022.

 Railway Station               North Railway Station   
 West Railway Station       East 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.

Six Chongqing subway lines are in operation connecting the city’s nine districts together. Travelers are able to reach Jiangbei International Airport, North Railway Station, Chongqing 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 2 lines under construction, Line 4 and Circle Line.
Operating Lines:
 Line 1     Line 2     Line 3    Line 5    Line 6     Line 10
Lines to be Opened:
Line 4    Line 9    Circle Line
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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.

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.

- Last modified on Aug. 15, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chongqing Transportation
Asked by Olga from UKRAINE | Apr. 22, 2019 08:15Reply
How to get to Ordovician theme park from Chongqing
Hi, I am planning to visit Ordovician park, especially the glass bridge and the cliff swing. What is the best way to get to that park? I would really appreciate your help! Thanks!
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Answered by Nicholas from CANADA | Apr. 24, 2019 22:41

Take a coach from Sigongli Coach Station or Chenjiaping Coach Station to Wansheng Coach Station first. Then take bus no.111 to Heishangu Bus Stop and transfer to bus no.119 to the scenic area.
Asked by Kristina from CHINA | Apr. 17, 2019 23:53Reply
I arrive at Chonqing airport at 1am and my next fright to Moscow is at 9 am
Where can I get on the shuttle bus, what are the operating hours and how far is it from T2 to T3?
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Answered by Eleanora from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 21, 2019 23:29

You can take the airport shuttle bus at the Ground Transportation Center. You can still take the airport shuttle bus line K01 to downtown area. This bus line will operate until the last flight arrival. Upon landing, you can easily find the boarding site based on the detailed English signs. From T2 to T3, the free terminal shuttle bus will operate for 24 hours.
Asked by Jacki D from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 17, 2019 00:00Reply
How can we get from Wulong to Chongqing Airport?
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Answered by Agnes from FRANCE | Apr. 21, 2019 23:27

There is no direct public transportation between these two places.
It is advised to take a bus from Wulong County Coach Station to Nanping Sigongli first. After arriving, take airport shuttle bus line K05 to the airport directly.
Asked by Anna from RUSSIA | Mar. 25, 2019 14:30Reply
Could you say what is the best way reach Dazu rock carvings from Chengdu ?
Where i can leave luggage? And what is the best way reach Huaihua after this? I think I should go to Chongqing (or maybe some other city?) , take a night at hotel and in the morning take a train CQ West - Huaihua South. Am I right? or maybe You know some orher way? How i can reach CQ West?
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Answered by Dean from CANADA | Mar. 29, 2019 01:18

Yes, you need to take a high speed train from Chengdu to CQ North Railway Station. Then take a bus from CQ North Station South Square Bus Station to Dazu Rock Carvings.

From CQ to Huaihua, you need to take a high speed train from CQ West Railway Station.
Asked by stephen chapple from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 16, 2018 16:56Reply
How do i travel from Chongqing city to the 3 gorges dam?
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Answered by Nathan from CANADA | Dec. 17, 2018 00:11

Take bullet train from North Railway Station to Yichang East Railway Station first. It takes around 4 hours on the way. Then take public bus no.109 to Yemingzhu and transfer to bus no.216 to Jieliuyuan Bus Stop. After arriving, walk west around 250 meters to find the scenic area.
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