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 modified on Mar. 29, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Getting Around Changsha
Asked by Michelle from SINGAPORE | Dec. 25, 2019 21:04Reply
Changsha Maglev Express
The first train departs from Huanghua Airport station or South railway station at 7:00am.
The last train leaves South railway station at 10:00pm or Huanghua Airport station at 10:30pm.
The above Operating Hours is up to date?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ella from THAILAND | Dec. 26, 2019 18:18

Yes, that's right.
Asked by Nanzing from THAILAND | Nov. 03, 2019 23:09Reply
Operating Hours time from Changsha South ( Marglev High Speed ) to Airport
As I seen in many web, the operating hours extended to 10:00 PM. from South ( Marglev ) to Airport. Could I have confirm due to my flight will be on 11:30 PM. Thank you very much.
Answers (1)
Answered by Liam from FINLAND | Nov. 05, 2019 23:27

Yes, the last schedule is at 22:00.
Asked by Yap from MALAYSIA | Oct. 10, 2019 09:44Reply
Flight late arrival into Changsha, how to get to South Railway station area?

My flight only arrives CSX Airport at 11:05pm, how do I get to South Railway station area? How it's from the airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Noah from GERMANY | Oct. 10, 2019 20:58

I am afraid that there is no public transportation at that time. Thus for your convenience, you are suggested to take a taxi to the destination directly. The cab fare is CNY 70 to CNY 80.
Asked by Curious from USA | Jul. 27, 2019 11:29Reply
Changsha Airport (CSX) to hotel in Yuhua district
How does one get to the Courtyard Marriott Hotel No 69 Zhengtangpo Road, Yuhua District Changsha from International airport (CSX)?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nancy from USA | Jul. 31, 2019 19:26

You can take maglev from the airport to maglev high speed train Station, and transfer to metro line 4 from South Railway Station to Shumuling Station (Exit 8), and transfer to bus No.806 from Wanjiali Road Station to Zhongjian Wuju Station, then walk north of 300m to your destination. It takes around 1.5 hours with CNY25.
Asked by Bert from HOLLAND | Jun. 11, 2019 08:16Reply
Is it possible from Changsha to visit Xiaoshajiang and another day visit Ziquejie ricefields?
If possible, how to travel and how long will erachter trip take?
Answers (1)
Answered by Elinor from USA | Jun. 11, 2019 20:39

No, the time is not enough. It takes at least 6 hours from Changsha to Xiaoshajiang for a single journey. You can take bus from Changsha South Bus Station to Longhui Bus Termianl. The bus departs from 8:30 to 15:30 with an interval about 1.5 hours. It takes about 4.5 hours and the bus fare is CNY95. After that, take bus from Longhui Bus Termianl to Xiaojinsha and it takes about CNY30.

To Ziquejie, you can take bus from Changsha South Bus Station to Xinhua West Bus Station. The bus departs at 10:50, 12:50 and 20:00. The duration is about 3 hours and costs CNY 76. After that, you can take buses which will pass by Ziquejie from Xinhua at 7:20, 11:30, 12:30, 13:00,15:30. It takes about 2 hours on the way.
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