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Qingdao Transportation

 Air
 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 Xian. 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.


Train
 Qingdao Train Schedule, Qingdao-Beijing Train, Qingdao-Shanghai Train
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, Xian, Lanzhou, Xining, Chengdu, Taiyuan, and also cities inside Shandong Province including Jinan, Heze, Yantai and Zibo.

Transportation:
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

 The 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.

 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


 Ship
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.


 Subway
As the first metro line in Shandong Province, line 3 has already been put into use on December 16, 2015. It links North Railway Station and Shuangshan, operating from 06:30 to 21:30 at intervals of 8.5 minutes daily. By the year of 2020, 10 more subway lines, which shall cover about 300 mi (470 km), will form a convenient metro system in the urban and suburban areas. By then, it will be pretty convenient to head for the railway stations, long-distance bus station, and airport.
 See subway 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.


 Taxi
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


 Ferryboat

 
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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