Nanjing Lukou International Airport

Airport Code: NKG


Lukou Town, Jiangning District, with a straight-line distance of 35.8km (22 miles) southeast to the center of Nanjing.
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Brief Intro:

Nanjing Lukou International Airport enjoys convenient transportation and serves as the key  airport of China. It was built in February, 1995 and put into service on July 1, 1997.  The terminal measures 132,000 square meters (16 square yards), with a 447,000 square meters (53 square yards) parking apron.  The runway, on the other hand, measures 3,600-meter-long (3,937-yard-long). As an alternate airport to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport, it now services to 45 domestic cities and 12 international cities, including Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, Singapore and Seoul. There are fifteen boarding bridges in the terminal building.
 Nanjing Flights

 From Jan. 30, 2016, the 144-Hour Visa-Free Policy has been implemented to enable passengers from some countries to enjoy a visa-free stay up to 144 hours when making an international transit via Lukou Airport, and passengers are allowed to travel in Nanjing, Zhejiang and Shanghai.
Read details about 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit.

Airline Companies

Air China (CA), China Southern Airlines (CZ), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China West Air(PN), Lufthansa (LH), Xiamen Airlines (MF), Hainan Airlines (HU), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), Shanghai Airlines (FM), Shandong Airlines (SC), Sichuan Airlines (3U), United Eagle Airlines (EU), Okay Airways (BK), Dragon Air (KA), Asiana Airlines (OZ), Air Macau (NX), Mandarin Airlines (AE), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Uni Air, China Airlines Cargo, China Postal Airlines, Cargo

Please take note that at Lukou International Airport :
1.Check-in counters for domestic flights will be closed 30 minutes before scheduled flight departure time. Passengers are advised to be arrived at least 120 minutes before departure time to complete check in formalities.
2.Check-in counters for international flights will be closed 30~60 minutes before scheduled flight departure time.  Passengers are advised to be arrived at least 150~180 minutes before departure time to complete check in formalities.


  Shuttle Bus to the Down Town Area

Main Stops

Operating Hours


Line 1

Cuiping Mountain Hotel, Yuhua Square, Qinhongqiao Bridge (Qinhuai District Government), Xihua Gate, Railway Station

from the first flight
to the last flight arrival


Line 2

Cuiping Mountain Hotel ( line 1 stops here instead of line 2 after 22:30), Nanjing South Railway Station, Zhonghua Gate Long-distance Bus Station, Shuixi Gate, Hanzhong Gate, Wanda Plaza

from the first flight to 23:00


  Shuttle Bus from the Down Town Area

Line 1

Line 2

Main Stops

Zhonghuamen Long-Distance Bus Station, South Railway Station

Railway Station
(East Square), Longpan Middle Road Station

Operating Hours

 Zhonghuamen Long-Distance Bus Station: 06:00-21:00; 
South Railway Station: 06:15-20:15



20 minutes

20 minutes




Taxi services are available 24 hours on the first floor of the Arrival Terminal. Below is a reference list of taxi fare from Lukou International Airport to down town area.




Zhonghuamen Bus Station



Xuanwumen (Xuanwu Hotel)






Drum Bell Square



Nanjing East Long-distance Bus Station






Nanjing Railway Station



West Railway Station



 By Metro: Metro Line S1 transfers passengers between the airport and South Railway Station.

  Airport Buses to Nearby Cities—Wuxi, Changzhou, Huaian, Maanshan, Wuhu, Yixing, Zhenjiang, Danyang, Jintan, Liyang, Yangzhou, Chuzhou, Tongling, Xuancheng, Yangzhong, Suqian, Shuyang, Jiangyin



 Restaurants: Six restaurants and teahouses are conveniently located in the Departure Hall, the Arrival Hall and at the Concourse.  Chinese food, tea, specialty buffet dinners as well as Western food are available.
  Shops: There are 11 shops spread across the Departures Hall, the Arrival Hall and the Concourse for the sale of bags, apparels and other local products like Salted Soup Ducks, Cloud Brocades, Yuhua Tea and Rain Flower Stones (Yuhua Shi), etc. Three duty-free shops in the International Restricted Area of the Departures Halls (Level 1) deal with cigarettes, alcohols, watches, perfumes, leather goods and attires of over 10 world top brands.
 Bookstore: There are three bookstores in the restricted area at the Departure Hall, two in the Departure Hall and one in the Arrival Hall. 
 Entertainment Center: Zhong Tu Meng Tuan Foot Bath Center occupies two lots, one on the fourth floor at the Departure Hall and one on the first floor at the Arrival Hall, providing foot bath service. There is also a gym lottery sale office and one welfare lottery sale office on the first floor at the Arrival Hall. 
  Car Park: As the largest outdoor car park of Jiangsu Province, the airport public car park offers over 1,800 parking spaces in a total area of 30,000 square meters (7 acres). 24-hour parking service is available in the designated area. There is also a VIP car park on the right side of the Terminal building offering about 100 parking spaces for VIP to make a short parking period.

Car Type 0~15 minutes 15 minutes~2 hours Every additional hour Maximum charge Night parking fee
(From the fourth day)




Plus CNY5






Plus CNY5






Plus CNY10





 Medical Center: The Domestic Restricted Area and the International Restricted Area has a clinic each to provide free medical consultations, blood pressure measuring and compensable ambulance services. The contact numbers are :
Domestic: 025-52480431   International: 025-52480432   Emergency: 025-52480446, 025-52480438
 Luggage Claim: 025-52480462
 Banks: Branches of Bank of China and China Construction Bank can be found on the Departures Hall, with ATMs equipped for the convenience of passengers. 
 China Mobile:Two VIP lounges of China Mobile provide considerate services in the Restricted Area, Level 3.
 Telephone:One can find inside the terminal a wide distribution of IC-card telephones and also 10 automatic IC cards vending machines.

- Last updated on Mar. 10, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Nanjing Lukou International Airport
Asked by Tommy from INDONESIA | Nov. 18, 2023 22:20Reply
I need to travel early morning to shanghai (the bund area) from nanjing airport.
What is the quickest way to travel, early morning from nanjing airport (7-8AM) to shanghai (around the bund).
I will take high speed train too.
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Nov. 20, 2023 21:40

First, take Metro Line S1 from Nanjing Airport to Nanjing South Station. From here, take a high speed train to Shanghai Hongqiao Station. After that, take Metro Line 2 to East Nanjing Road Station, which is located in the urban area.
Asked by Chang from SINGAPORE | Oct. 31, 2023 01:36Reply
I am transiting through nanjing lukou airport. I have a 7.5hours layover. Am i allowed to leave the airport for a quick look around nanjing? If i could do so, where would be recommended with such a short time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly | Oct. 31, 2023 02:42

As your transit time is too short, it may be hard for you to get a temporary entry permit to go sightseeing the city.
Asked by Ash from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 21, 2023 06:43Reply
What to do, 10 hrs layover ?
We have 10 hrs of layover from 9:25 pm to 8:00 am, how can we possible do in these 10 hrs
Answers (1)
Answered by Nick | Sep. 21, 2023 22:37

Since the layover is a night, it is recommended to go to some places with beautiful night views, like Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River.
Asked by Kambalah from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 19, 2019 16:05Reply
From airport what airport shuttle going to nanning east railway station, ty
Answers (1)
Answered by Hermosa from DENMARK | Dec. 20, 2019 00:42

Do you refer to Nanjing East Railway Station? If yes, take airport shuttle bus line 1 to Main Railway Station and then transfer to bus no.76 to Yaohuamen Bus Stop. Walk southeast around 700 meters to find the destination.
Asked by Traveller from USA | Dec. 17, 2019 14:03Reply
Jiangsu Nanjing Airport Layover
I have a 14 hour layover at this airport from 7PM-9AM later this month; is it safe for two women to travel outside of the airport in these hours? If so, where would you recommend locally to check out. Also, since, its a layover, do we need a visa - we are coming from the US? Finally, if we wanted to stay at a hotel nearby, are there any that you would recommend, and could we book the hotel when we get there, or should we do this in advance? Thank you so much for any information.
Answers (1)
Answered by Heloise from DENMARK | Dec. 20, 2019 00:50

1. Generally speaking, you don't need to worry about the safety problem.
2. You don't need a visa. But if you want to leave the airport, you need to apply for the Stay Permit when you arriving at the airport.
3. You are suggested to find a hotel nearby the Main Railway Station. The surrounding transportation is convenient.
4. You can book the room when you arriving there. But in order to make sure having a room, you are suggested to book it in advance.
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