Chongqing Transportation - by Ship

The Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock, at the junction of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River, is one of the busiest ports in China. This city is the best starting point for a Yangtze River Cruise. Taking a cruise ship down the Yangtze River to Wuhan Yichang is now a popular tourist trip. Choose a deluxe cruise type so that you can have a pleasant and memorable experience on the Yangtze River. There are four categories: the star-rated ship, the foreign tourist ship, the domestic tourist ship, and the common passenger ship. There is more detailed information at TravelChinaGuide.
Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock
 Pictures of Chaotianmen Dock
Ticket Hall of Chongqing Port
Ticket Hall
Tourists can take the ship at Chaotianmen Dock to reach Yichang and then choose buses or flights to other cities. The tour ship and quick ship's information on the popular route from this city to Yichang is provided in the following for reference:
Scheduled Flight Arrival Time Departure Time City Ports Arrival Time Departure Time Scheduled Flight
(passenger ship)
22:00 Chongqing 06:00 Yichang→
(passenger ship)
03:00 03:10 Fuling 22:00 22:10
06:00 06:10 Fengdu 18:10 18:20
09:30 10:30 Zhongxian 13:30 14:00
11:30 11:40 Xituo (in Chongqing) 11:30 11:40
14:30 14:40 Wanxian 08:20 08:30
16:40 16:50 Yunyang 06:10 06:20
21:00 21:10 Fengjie 02:10 02:20
23:00 23:10 Wushan 0:00 0:10
1:20 1:30 Badong 22:00 22:10
8:30 Maoping (in Hubei) 18:00

Note: The time in the form is just the normal scheduled time from the first night to the second night; please check the exact time of arriving at the different city ports before taking the ship. The whole journey between these two places takes about one day and two nights (about 33 hours).
- Last modified on Jan. 14, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Chongqing Transportation by Ship
Asked by Ian Patrick from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 13, 2020 09:01Reply
Booking a Boat, Chongqing - Yichang
Apart from the expensive cruise boats, is it possible to book, in advance, on any other kind of tourist boat/ferry to travel in February from Chongqing to Yichang?
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Peter from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 14, 2020 19:20

As I know, it is impossible to rent a boat or ferry by yourself.
Asked by Barbara from MUERDTER | Oct. 23, 2019 11:18Reply
Normal ships from Chongqing to Yichang (or Wuhan)
Do you know if there are still any normal ferry ships from Chongqing to Yichang (or Wuhan, Nanjing, Shanghai)? In English, I can only find cruise ships and I hate them. If so, where can I get the tickets? Thank you!
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Answered by Adrian from POLAND | Oct. 24, 2019 01:26

As I know, there are several ordinary ships from Chaotianmen Wharf to Yichang. You can go to the ticket counter and consult the staff. Then you can purchase the tickets there.
Asked by Gilbert from MALAYSIA | Oct. 29, 2018 17:59Reply
Is there any one hour cruise to see the building lighting at nite at Chongqing?
Is there any at 7 pm? How much per person?
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Answered by Josh from USA | Oct. 30, 2018 23:45

Yes, there are. Usually, the cruise ships depart from 19:30 to 22:20 and the average interval is about 20 - 40 minutes. The ticket price is different due to different ship types, such as CNY120 for Chaotianmen Cruise Ship, CNY128 for Jinbihuihuang Cruise Ship.
Asked by Racheal from USA | Jun. 03, 2018 10:48Reply
I would like to see the Three Gorges Dam without taking a three day cruise.
What is the weather like in September? Do you know the best way to get to see the dam without a long cruise? I have heard I can take a bus from Yichang. Is this correct, if so do you know where I can find the information for this.

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Answered by Venon from FRANCE | Jun. 05, 2018 22:03

The temperature in September may be range from 20C to 30C, you can wear shirts, coat and jeans. Yes, you can take bus line 216 from Junyao Square Station or bus line 8 from Night Pearl Station in Yichang.
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