Qingdao Transportation


 Qingdao Flights
Qingdao Airport
Liuting Airport

Liuting International Airport began serving the public on August 5, 1982 and has developed into an important air hub in east China. Presently, over 400 flights operate here, connecting the city with destinations both at home and abroad including Busan, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xi'an. The airport is well-equipped with a parking lot, public telephones, clinic, free luggage carts, and obstacle-free facilities for passenger convenience. In addition, services such as inquiry, lost & found, left luggage, and luggage packing are also available. Located about twenty-three kilometers (about fourteen miles) from the downtown area, the airport can be easily reached. Currently, there are five shuttle buses running between the airport and downtown, covering most areas of the city. In addition, there are inter-city buses traveling between the airport and Rizhao, Weifang, Jiaozhou, Zibo, Rushan, Shouguang, Dongying, Jimo and Laixi, and other towns.

Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. It is about 17.1kilometers (10 miles) away from the downtown of Jiaozhou, and about 39 kilometers (24 miles) away from the downtown of Qingdao. After the completion, there will be the Rail Transit, Airport Express and City Bus and  Long-Distance Airport Shuttle Bus to nearby cities.


 Qingdao Train Schedule

Currently, there are two railway stations in the city for passenger transport: the local station and the North Railway Station.

 Qingdao Railway Station 

Qingdao Railway Station
The Local Railway Station
It was built in 1901 by the Germans in a typical German Renaissance architectural style. Although expanded in 1901 and 2006, its German style has been retained, together with the original watch tower and waiting hall. After expansion, the station now has six platforms, ten railway roads and a waiting area of over seven-thousand square meters (almost two acres). Every day, there are fifty or so pairs of trains operating here including twenty-nine pairs of bullet trains. Trains operated here include those to/from cities outside Shandong Province such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanchang, Xuzhou, Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Lanzhou, Xining, Chengdu, Taiyuan, and also cities inside Shandong Province including Jinan, Heze, Yantai and Zibo.

Bus: No. 2, 5, 8, 25, 26, 202, 217, 218, 220, 223, 301, 303, 304, 305, 307, 311, 312, 316, 320, 321, 501, 702, 802
Trolley: No. 2

 North Railway Station

Located in Licang District, the north railway station can be reached by bus nos. 23 (Loop Line), 24, 112, 113, 118, 120, 207 (Loop Line), 325, 603 or 908. Put into operation in 2014, the north station mainly operate high speed trains, and K (fast) trains.

 West Railway Station

It is the junction point of Qingdao - Jinan High Speed Railway and Qingdao - Yancheng Railway, serving high speed trains to/from Jinan, Zibo, Lianyungang, Yancheng, etc.

 Hongdao Railway Station
It will open to the public in June, 2019. The railway station operates high speed trains to/from Jinan, Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Rizhao, Zibo, Lianyungang, Yancheng...
 Major Rail Lines from Qingdao to:


Long-Distance Bus

There are eight passenger coach stations in the city, supplying frequent long-distance buses to and from many cities and regions in China. Among them, the local Long-distance Bus Station, or Sifang Long-distance Bus station located at No. 2, Wenzhou Road is the largest. There are about two-thousand buses per day leaving here for Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Henan, Hebei, Hubei and some cities inside Shandong Province.

Here below are the other seven coach stations:
Cangkou Coach Station: No. 513, Chongqing Middle Road, Licang District
Guantao Road Coach Station: No. 49, Guantao Road
North Coach Station: No. 59, Chongqing North Road
Haibohe Coach Station: No. 58, Inner Mongolia Road
East Coach Station: No. 163, Shenzhen Road
Railway Station Coach Station: No. 1, Shanxian Branch Road, Shinan District
Lijin Road Coach Station: No. 30, Lijin Road


The city's passenger port is located at No. 6, Xinjiang Road, Shibei District. Currently, it services ships to Incheon, South Korea; Shimonoseki, Japan; and Shanghai.

Route Departure time Arrival Time Duration
to Incheon 17:00, Monday 12:00, Tuesday 19 hours
17:00, Thursday 12:00, Friday
to Shimonoseki 20:00, Monday 08:30, Wednesday 36 hours
20:00, Thursday 08:30, Saturday
from Shimonoseki 12:00, Wednesday 15:30, Thursday 26 hours
12:00 Saturday 15:30, Sunday
to Shanghai Summer seasonal route, one ship every two or four days 26 hours

Note: The above timetable is for reference only. The sailing schedule may be adjusted any time.

Qingdao metro operates line 1, line 2, line 3, line 8, line 11 and line 13 nowadays. Qingdao metro line 1 travels between  North Railway Station and Dongguozhuang, covering Qingdao Agricultural University, North Coach Station, Zunyi Road and Yongnian Road.  Qingdao metro line 3 links North Railway Station and Qingdao Railway Station, operating from 06:15 to 21:30 at intervals of 7-8 minutes daily. Metro line 2 covers 22km (13mi) and links Licungongyuan and Zhiquanlu via 18 stations. Line 8 links Jiaozhou North Railway Station and North Railway Station. Line 11 connects Qiangushan and Miaolinglu. Line 13 runs between Jinggangshanlu and Dongjiakou Railway Station in the northeast-southwest direction.
See metro maps for reference.

Public Bus

city bus

In the Public Bus
Because of its hilly terrain, few people use bicycles or motorcycles in the city. Consequently, the public bus is the main vehicle.

Standard bus fare is CNY1; fare on an air-conditioned bus is CNY2. If you pay by transportation card (Qindaotong in Chinese), passengers can enjoy a 20% discount.

Many bus routes run along the coast including Nos. 26, 304, 317, 321, and the Tourism Special Line 802 from west to east of the city and pass through major sightseeing places such as the Zhan Bridge (Zhan Qiao), Luxun Park, Bathing Beach, Badaguan, etc.


More than 10,000 taxis are serving in the city, so it is quite convenient to travel by taxi. For short trips, most drivers would charge by meter. However, they prefer a flat rate for certain long-distance travels. In this case, it is best to negotiate for a fixed price before departing. The charging standard below is for your reference:

Flag-down Rate CNY9 for the first 3km (2mi)
Charge within 6km (4mi) CNY1.4/km
Charge between 6-35km (4-22mi) CNY2.1/km
Charge between 35-100km (22-62mi) CNY3.5/km
Charge for a distance beyond 100km (62mi) CNY3.85/km


ferry terminal
Ferries in Pier
 For Huangdao
The ferryboat between the Old City and Huangdao enhances the ties between the two sides of Jiaozhou Bay. It takes twenty to thirty minutes to reach Huangdao. The first departure is at 6:30, the last at 21:00. The interval is twenty minutes, and the fare for the ordinary boat is CNY7. The high-speed boat is CNY 9.5.

 For Xuejia Island (Anzi Dock)
Ordinary Boat: The first departure is at 06:40 and the last at 19:10. The interval is thirty minutes and the fare is CNY 10.
High-speed Boat: The first departure is at 7:15, the last at 18:15. The interval is thirty minutes and the fare is CNY 12.

 For Zhucha Island
The ferry heads for Zhucha Island from the high-speed ferryboat port at 08:30 and returns at 15:30 every Saturday and Sunday. A single trip takes about thirty minutes and CNY 25.

 Xuejia Island – Zhucha Island
The boarding port is the Xuejia Island high-speed ferryboat port, and a single trip ticket is CNY 20.

Related Link : Qingdao Cruise

Sightseeing Boat

Visitors can take the boat to enjoy Qingdao Bay, Zhan Bridge, the Naval Museum, Luxun Park, and other scenic spots. A single ride takes about thirty minutes and costs CNY 30. The boarding ports are Feiyang Port (west of Zhan Bridge) or Shengshi Port (east of Zhan Bridge, close to the Naval Museum).

Another sightseeing boat, “The Blue Sea Pearl” departs from the Olympic Sailing Center at 10:30 and 15:00. It takes visitors to enjoy the scenery at Badaguan, No. 1 Bathing Beach, Zhan Bridge, Small Qingdao Island, etc. The ticket fare is CNY 80.

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- Last updated on Mar. 31, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Qingdao Transportation
Asked by Florence from SINGAPORE | May. 13, 2024 00:11Reply
Bus 702 from Qingdao Airport to Huaqi Kaiseidom Zhongshan Road.
Where do I board & alight for Bus 702 from Qingdao Airport to Huaqi Kaiseidom Hotel Zhongshan Road, Qingdao. How far more to walk to hotel after alighting?
Timing of bus leaving Qingdao airport & how long does it take?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lori | May. 13, 2024 19:44

I find that 702 does not run from the airport to the hotel. You can take metro to shuttle between. Take metro line 8 from the airport to Qingdao North, transfer to line 1 to Zhongshan Road, Exit D out, then walk westward along Jiaozhou Road to the T-junction, then walk southward for 250m and turn left to find the hotel.
Asked by Ilian from IRAN | Oct. 08, 2019 05:21Reply
How can I go to International Qingdao Expo from IBIS Chengyang by subway metro?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ardell from GERMANY | Oct. 10, 2019 02:12

There is no direct metro that can take you there. Thus it is suggested to take bus no.926 from Chunyang Huayuan Bus Stop to Puli. Then take bus no.617 to Linghai Center Bus Stop. Walk northeast around 350 meters to find the destination.
Asked by Virgis from LITHUANIA | Sep. 15, 2019 04:35Reply
How to reach Huangdao from Liuting International Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Charles from CANADA | Sep. 18, 2019 02:33

Upon landing, take bus no.702 from airport to the Main Railway Station. Then take bus no. Qingxi Bus Line to Shangliuhui Bus Stop. Then walk north around 1km to arrive at Huangdao District.
Asked by Jina from SOUTH KOREA | Dec. 16, 2018 05:35Reply
How to go to Tsingtao beer museum from Qindao airport ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jayce from FINLAND | Dec. 16, 2018 23:57

You can take airport shuttle bus no.702 from the airport to Huayang Road Bus Stop. Then walk south along Shouguang Road around 1km to find the museum.
Asked by J Lee from CANADA | Oct. 28, 2018 01:22Reply
how far is Qingdao Metro Station from the Liuting airport?
What is the taxi fare?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jane from CANADA | Oct. 30, 2018 00:59

The closest metro station is Li Village Park, about 15 kilometers from the airport and the taxi fee is about CNY35- 40.
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