Yichang Sanxia Airport

Airport Code: YIH

Location: Lying in the Xiaoting District of Yichang, the airport is around 16 miles (26 kilometers) from city center and 34 miles (55 kilometers) from the Three Gorges Dam.

Brief Intro: Yichang Sanxia Airport was opened in late 1996. Currently, it operates 31 air routes to the domestic and international cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xi'an, Hangzhou, Nanning, Qingdao and Kunming, as well as Busan. The airport also provides air charter service to Hong Kong and Taichung, Taiwan.

Terminal Building

Yichang Airport has a two-floor terminal building, which occupies an area of about 4 acres (1.6 hectares).
1F: Domestic Departure Check-in Area, Domestic Departure Waiting Hall, Domestic Arrival Hall, Domestic Arrival Greeting Area, International Arrival, International Departure Check-in Area, First Class & Business Class Check-in Counters, Chinese Immigration Inspection, Customs, Inspection & Quarantine
2F: International Departure Waiting Hall, Domestic Departure Waiting Hall, Chinese Immigration Inspection, Business VIP Lounges, Boarding Gates, First Class Lounges

 Note: Self-service check-in machines are available in the terminal building, and passengers can check in 5 hours in advance to 35 minutes ahead of the flight schedule. If without check-in luggage, please go to 2F for security check and then wait for boarding.

Airline Companies

GX Airlines (GX), Hainan Airlines (HU), Sichuan Airlines (3U), Juneyao Airlines (HO), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), Capital Airlines (JD), Tianjin Airlines (GS), Lucky Air (8L), Air China (CA), China Southern Airlines (CZ), China Eastern Airlines (MU)


Shuttle Bus
Route Sanxia Airport - Passenger Transport Center - Licheng Hotel (Wuyi Square branch) – Long-distance Bus Station - Imperial Court Hotel
Service Hours According to fight schedules
Duration 60 minutes
Fare CNY 20
Note: Passengers are suggested to depart from the city proper around 2.5h in advance to catch the flight.

The cost of Yichang taxi is not expensive, and it is suggested to ask the driver to use the taximeter. If faced with refusal, do negotiate for a reasonable price before boarding. The following fare is just for your reference:
Destination Fare Duration
Yichang Railway Station CNY70-80 35-40 minutes
East Railway Station CNY50-60 25 minutes
Chinese Sturgeon Museum CNY80 40 minutes
Three Gorges Dam CNY120 60 minutes
New Century Port CNY100 40-50 minutes

Transportation to Nearby Attractions:

 To Three Gorges Dam Project
Take airport shuttle bus to local Long-distance Bus Station. Upon getting off, walk northwards along Dongshan Avenue for around 900 yards (820 meters) to find Yiling Square bus stop, where you can take bus no. 10. After being dropped off at Yemingzhu, you can transfer to Special Line 8 to the project directly.

 To Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project
Take airport shuttle bus and get off at the terminal station - Imperial Court Hotel. Then change to bus no. 50 to reach there. If taking a taxi for a direct trip, the fare can be around CNY80.

Services and Facilities

 Inquiry Hotline: +86 0717-6532114 (Chinese); +86-18972599115 (English)

 Baggage Packing
It costs CNY10 to pack a luggage. If the box is needed, you need to pay extra and the fee varies with the size:
Size (cm) Fare (CNY)
34×25.5×25.2  10
43×32×25.2 20
45.5×35×30 25 
58.5×45×38.5 40

 Left Luggage
Location: at the exit of the Arrival Hall
Phone Number: +86 0717-6532615
Size (cm) <20×40×55 ≥20×40×55
Cost (CNY)/24h   10 15

 Porter Service
Location: at the exit of Domestic Arrival Hall
Charge: CNY 5/piece

 Train Ticket Window: in the Waiting Hall on 1F

 Free WIFI
Passengers can use their phones and laptops to connect ‘SXAirport Free WiFi’.

 Internet &Telephone
Location: International Departure Hall on 1F; Boarding Gate no. A6, Restricted Area on 2F.
Passengers can use multi-media public phones to make a three-minute free local call or access to the internet without time limitation. If the call is longer than 3 minutes, it is necessary to buy an IC card at the General Service Counter on 1F. Besides, free internet access is available at the Domestic Waiting Hall on 2F.

 ATMs: opposite to the International Departure Hall

 Currency Exchange
Location: Ticket Office in the airport terminal
Phone Number: +86 0717-6532650

 Wheelchairs & Strollers: at the corridor near the Security Checkpoint on 2F

 Smoking Room: at the corridor of the Security Checkpoint on 2F

 Nursing Room: on the left side of the Disney Store on 2F

 Medical Center
Location: next to the Security Checkpoint on 2F
Operating Hours: 07:00 – 22:00
24-hour Phone Number: +86 0717-6532120

 VIP Lounges
The airport provides seventeen VIP lounges. Dedicated boarding and check-in service, free beverages, snacks, magazines, and internet access are provided. 
Phone Number: +86 0717-6532612

 First-class Lounges
The first-class lounges, covering an area of 110 square yards (90 square meters), is near the International Departure Hall on 2F. Dedicated boarding and check-in services, free beverages, snacks and magazines are provided.

 Postal Service: Passengers can get stamps, envelopes and post-cards at the General Service Counter.

 Restaurants & Shopping:
1F: Coffee Bar, Three Gorges Stone Store
2F: Disney Store, Fashion Digital Store, Three Gorges Tea, Three Gorges Specialties, Book Store, OUHTEU Store
- Last modified on Jan. 24, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Yichang Sanxia Airport
Asked by Ann Wharldall from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 12, 2019 19:39Reply
Leaving luggage at Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal
We arrive the Airport 10am want to take transportation to the city and leave luggage in the city whilst we look around and then pick our luggage up and catch the shuttle later in day from the Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal to Maoping Port. If we get transport to the Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal from the airport can we leave our luggage there whilst we look around the city? If so what is the charge?
Answers (1)
Answered by Swan from CANADA | Jan. 24, 2019 17:31

As I know, it doesn't provide left luggage service. Maybe you can storage the luggage at YC Railway Station. The price is around CNY20 per day for one piece of luggage.
Asked by Vivien Leow from MALAYSIA | Oct. 17, 2017 04:51Reply
Roughly how much would a taxi cost from Sanxia Airport to Ramada Hotel in Yichang?
Thank you.
Answers (2)
Answered by Kristin from CANADA | Oct. 17, 2017 22:10

It costs CNY50-60.
Or you can take Shuttle Bus –Gezhouba Hotel line and get off at Long-distance Bus Station.
Then take a taxi to the hotel. The bus costs CNY20 and the taxi costs around CNY6.
Answered by Vivien Leow from MALAYSIA | Oct. 19, 2017 03:34

Thanks Kristin,
For you info, we paid RMB 130 for 1-way from airport to the hotel in the city. The taxi men were like vultures fighting for business. None of them would agree to charge anything less than RMB130.
Would not agree to use the meter too. Since we are a bunch of folders, and it was drizzling when we arrive at the airport with large luggage, we grinded our teeth and paid according to their demand!
Asked by Zaf from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 11, 2017 06:22Reply
We need to to the Yangtze Cruze pier from Yichang Airport.
Our flight reaches at about 10:00 am. Cruise boarding is not until 6:00 pm. Do the cruise company provide transfer? How much otherwise will cost to go there and do they allow early check in? What could one see in the city otherwise except wait for the whole day?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tim from UK | Apr. 13, 2017 03:04

I’m afraid the cruise company doesn’t provide the transfer service at the airport. You are advised to take free ferry bus of the cruise company which can take you to the assembly station in YC at the East Railway Station. The bus will depart at 18:00. Afterwards, there is another free shuttle bus of the company will take you to the harbor directly.
In addition, you can't check in before 18:00.
You are advised to travel to Jiefang Road Pedestrian Street to taste some local food and buy some souvenirs. You may also go to the Binjiang Park to enjoy the sightseeing of the bund. Then you may head for East Railway Station to catch the ferry bus.
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