Nanjing Transportation

Nanjing is a comprehensive national communication hub. Its external traffic extends in all directions, including airline, railway and highway, etc. Its internal traffic has developed into a system, consisting of metro, city bus, taxi and ferry, etc. However, the internal traffic does not seem to satisfy the citizens’ demands and traffic jams happen now and then, especially during rush hours and in busy areas. The government has speeded up the construction of traffic infrastructures to solve the problem.


Nanjing Airport
Lukou Airport

Nanjing Lukou International Airport is the “Gate” of Jiangsu Province, the third largest airport in eastern China and one of main air hubs in the country. Currently, it operates over 130 air routes to 54 domestic destinations and more than 20 international destinations. For passengers’ convenience, there are not only shuttle buses running between the airport and downtown area, but also buses between the airport and nearby cities like Huai’an, Yangzhong, and Shuyang, etc. See detailed information: Nanjing Airport Transport to Nearby Cities
 Nanjing Flights
 Nanjing is an important meeting point of the country’s north-south and east-west railway trunks, which connects northern, eastern and middle regions of the country. The passenger transportation is handled at two railway stations: Nanjing Railway Station is operating regular and partial high-speed trains and South Railway Station is operating high speed ones.
 Nanjing Train Schedule         Nanjing - Shanghai Trains 
 How to Travel between Shanghai and Nanjing: Besides trains, flight and long-distance bus are the alternatives.
 Centering on Nanjing, highways radiate to Shanghai, Huai’an, Hefei, Hangzhou and Nantong, etc, which makes long-distance travel by bus very convenient in the area. At present, there are eight main long-distance bus stations in Nanjing, operating buses to Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Guangzhou and Yiwu, etc.
 Presently, Nanjing Metro line 1, line 2, line 3line 4line 10, line S1, line S3, line S8 and line S9 have been opened. Meanwhile, there are several lines under construction, line 5, line 7 and line S7. By 2030, there will be 24 Nanjing metro lines serving the citizens.
 Metro Maps
Nanjing Bus
City Bus

Compared with the metro, city buses are more flexible. They can take passengers almost anywhere they want in the city. The ticket fare is CNY 1 for regular buses and CNY 2 for air-conditioned ones.
 Bus / Metro Search


There are almost 20,000 taxis in the city. Compared with big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, it is not difficult to hire one. Four types of taxis are serving people nowadays: regular ones, British type, mid-range cars (Camry, Teana, etc.), and electric cars. See the table to find the charges:

Type   Flag-down Rate Unit Price for Each Extra Kilometer Waiting Fee for Every 5 minutes  Fuel Fee
Regular Cars CNY9 for the first 3km (2mi) CNY2.4 CNY2.4 CNY1
British Cars CNY9 for the first 2km (1.2mi) CNY2.9 CNY2.9 CNY1
Mid-range Cars CNY9 for the first 2.5km (1.6mi) CNY2.9 CNY2.9 CNY1
Electric Cars CNY9 for the first 2.5km (1.6mi) CNY2.9 CNY2.9 ---
Note: Taxis in Jiangning District charge much less, with the flag-down rate of CNY5 for the first 3km (2mi) and CNY1.8 for each additional kilometer (0.6mi).

 Tip: Be very careful of taking a taxi from long-distance bus stations or railway stations. It is best to ask the driver to charge by meter if going to a destination in downtown, and negotiate a flat rate if running for a long-distance travel.

Rental Car

The car rental service in Nanjing has flourished in recent years. The types of rental car include mainly Buick, Audi, Mercedes, Mazda, Toyota Coaster, large and small Jinlong and Yutong. The price varies based on car types and rental duration. For reference, a Hyundai Elantra costs about CNY 220 per day with a day limit of 300 kilometers and a Benz S600 costs about CNY 1800 with a day limit of 80 kilometers. The extra kilometers are charged accordingly too. The service fee for driver and toll fee are not included.
1. Few local drivers can speak or understand English. Write down your destinations and requirements in Chinese will be appreciated.
2. Passengers may be required to provide valid identification proof and deposit.
3. International Driver’s License is not recognized in China.


There are many ferry piers in Nanjing, strewing from Cihukou and Wujiangkou to Ningzhen, Maduhe and Xiaohekou. At present, the Nanjing Ferry Company operates 7 regular ferry lines and 3 tourism ferry lines with 19 ferries at 13 piers.




Operation Time


Ferry Company Branch 1

643, North Zhongshan Road

Zhongshan Pier — Pukou

Zhongshan: 05:00-23:00
Pukou: 05:30-23:10


Ferry Company Branch 2

48, Linjiang Street, Yanziji Town

Yanziji — Baguazhou

Yanziji: 06:30-17:30
Baguazhou: 06:45-17:45


Yanziji — Tongjiangji

Yanziji: 08:00-14:40
Tongjiangji: 08:50-15:30


Ferry Company Branch 3

23, Jiangtan Street, Xinhekou

Mianhuadi — Qigan

Mianhuadi: 04:00-22:00


Shangxinhe — Hongguang

Shangxinhe: 05:00-23:00

Youheng — Hongwei

Youheng: 06:00-21:00

Tongxieli with the Third Industrial Travel Co., Ltd.

643, North Zhongshan Road

Zhongshan Pier — Wumadu – Yanziji – Zhongshan Pier

Tourism Special Line and they are operated according to tourists flow.

CNY 88

Nanjing Ferry
Nanjing Ferry
Pukou Pier, Nanjing
Pukou Pier
 There are two kinds of transportation card in Nanjing. The one applicable to tourists is Public Utility IC Card (PUIC; also called Jin Ling Tong in Chinese). The card holders can enjoy a 20% discount on city buses, 5% discount on subway lines, 50% discount on Zhongshan Pier – Pukou ferries and 10% discount on other ferries.
- Last modified on Mar. 22, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Nanjing Transportation
Asked by Liqun from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 18, 2019 19:46Reply
Can I buy a SIM card at Lukou Airport Nanjing?
I travel to Nanjing soon. Does Lukou Airport sell SIM card with data plan? If so, how much does it cost?
Answers (2)
Answered by Jason from FRANCE | Mar. 22, 2019 00:55

As I know, there is no store that sells Sim Card at this airport. You are suggested to purchase it in downtown area. Don't worry. There are many Sim Card Stores in the city. :)
Answered by Liqun from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 22, 2019 02:38

Thanks Jason
Asked by Layyinah from MALAYSIA | Oct. 26, 2018 11:30Reply
Is there a prayer room in nanjing lukou airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dacey from IRELAND | Oct. 28, 2018 23:49

Dear, there is no prayer room in this airport.
Asked by Jerry Ng from SINGAPORE | Oct. 24, 2018 01:02Reply
We are also interested to fly into Nanjing and leave via Hangzhou.
What is the distance between the 2 cities and what is the best mode of transfer between these 2 cities?
Answers (1)
Answered by David from USA | Oct. 24, 2018 20:07

It is about 276 kilometers and the best way is to take the bullet trains between NJ South Railway Station and Hangzhou East Railway Station. There are over 100 bullet trains available in the two railway stations and the duration is about 1 - 4 hours.
Asked by Robert from USA | Jul. 19, 2018 23:20Reply
I will be staying at the Hua Dong hotel in Nanjing tomorrow。
But next week I want to take a bus from Nanjing to Huai'an. Can you tell me where to find the right bus station in Nanjing and tell me how to buy a ticket?
Thanks - Robert
Answers (3)
Answered by Billy from CANADA | Jul. 20, 2018 00:36

You can take bus line 56 to NJ South Station Square West and walk about 1.2 km to NJ Bus Station. You can take a coach there to Huai’an and you can buy a ticket at the station. The departure time is from 6:40 to 19:50 with an interval about 30 minutes.
Answered by Robert Mann from USA | Jul. 21, 2018 07:51

Thanks. I will be taking 2 large suitcases. Where can I store these on the bus..?
Answered by Billy | Jul. 22, 2018 18:43

There is enough room in the bus to store the luggage I guess.
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