Changsha Transportation -- Getting Around

Currently, Line 1, Line 2, Line 3Line 4 and Line 5 are in service in Changsha metro system. By 2020, the city will have a metro system of about 234 kilometers (146 miles), occupying 40% of the city's public transportation. According to plan, the city will have 12 metro lines, measuring about 456 kilometers (283 miles) long with 333 stations.


 Public Bus:
Public bus routes serve all parts of Changsha City and its suburbs and there is a choice of ordinary buses or those with air-conditioner. Fares are CNY1 or 2.

The Hong Kong based Lishan Bus line operates a service between the railway station in the east of the city and Central South University via the famous Mount Yuelu but we would recommend that your best choice is the air conditioned vehicles as they are far more comfortable in the hot weather.

The following is the buses which pass by the main streets for your reference:

Bus No. Operation Hours Bus Stops Ticket Price (CNY)
108 06:00-21:00 Changsha Railway Station — Wuyi Village — Guihua Village — Guangji Bridge — Bixiang Street — Laodong Square 1
110 06:00-21:00 Changsha Railway Station — Wulipai — Jintai Square — Mawangdui — East Bus Station — Hunan Agricultural University 1
113 06:30-21:00 Changsha Railway Station — Bayi Road — Martyr Park — Hunan Provincial Museum — Zoo — 163 Hospital 1
114 06:30-18:30 Changsha Railway Station — Wulipai — Jintai Square — Mawangdui — East Bus Station — Brickyard — Dingjia Village — Dingjia Ling — Guanshan Village — Huanglong — Maogong Tang — Huanghua Airport 1

 Tourist Bus:
Three special tourist bus routes operate in the city and a ticket priced at CNY1 for a single trip and CNY3 can be used for a round-trip. These routes are as follows:

Tourist Bus No.1 [East–West Route]
Operation Hours: 06:00--22:00
Stops: Main Railway Station--->Changdao Lukou--->Wuyi Square--->No.4 Hospital--->Hunan Normal University--->Mount Yuelu Scenic Area--->Kejiao Xincun

Tourist Bus No.2 [North–South Route]
Operation Hours: 06:00--21:00
Stops: Lijun Community --->Beichong Reservoir--->Xiangzhang Road --->Central Hospital --->Anzhen Hospital--->Shahe Street--->Wuyi Square--->Jiayi Former Residence--->Juzi Zhou Bridge---> Ferry Terminal--->Hunan Chinese Medicine Hospital--->Xiangya Hospital--->Kaifu Temple--->Hua Xia

Tourist Bus No.3 [Circle Line]
Operation Hours: 07:00--18:00
Stops: Railway Station--->Liucheng Bridge--->Tianxin Pavilion--->Museum of Bamboo and Wooden Slips--->Bixiang Street--->Lingguandu--->Xihu Bridge--->Martyr Park (South Gate)--->Yuanjialing--->Railway Station

Starting to operate on May 6, 2016, Changsha medium-low speed maglev train starts from South Railway Station, via Langli Station and finally arrives at Huanghua International Airport. The line stretches for a distance of about 11.5 miles (18.5 kilometers). The whole trip takes no more than 20 minutes and the Maglev maximum speed can reach to 100 kilometers per hour.
 Duration per Single Journey: 19.5 minutes
 Frequency: 11 minutes and 40 seconds
 Ticket Fare: CNY 10 to CNY 20 according to the metered fare


The charge standard of taxi in the daytime: CNY8 is charged for the first 1.2 mi (2 km). CNY2 is charged for each succeeding 0.6 mi (1 km) between 1.2 and 8 mi (2-13 km). If running over 8 mi (13 km), surcharge for an empty run is charged, CNY3 for each 0.6 mi (1 km).

The nighttime standard applies to the period of 22:00 - 05:30 the next day: It costs CNY10 for the first 1.2 mi (2 km), and CNY2.4 for each succeeding 0.6 mi (1 km) between 1.2 to 8 mi (2 - 13 km). CNY3.6 is charged for each 0.6 mi (1 km) if over 8 mi (13 km) for the empty return.

 Note: If passengers take the same taxi to return with the single journey over 8 mi (13 km), only one way empty-return fee is required. For long-distance journeys to the nearby towns and areas, it is always best to ask for a quote prior to commencing your journey, because drivers usually don’t charge by the meter under this circumstance.

- Last updated on Apr. 25, 2023 -
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