Chengdu City Bus
Numbered from 1 to 900+, and sometimes with an English letter suffix, they make up the major part of Chengdu’s city buses and covering almost every corner of the city, including scenic spots, snack streets, tour bus center, shopping places, hospitals, schools, supermarkets, and residential blocks, etc. Most of them start running at 06:30 and stop after 20:00 or 21:00, while some start as early as at 05:45 and stop after 23:00.
Here below is a list of the bus lines to major sites in the city:
87, 198, 198A, 867…
|Wuhou Temple||1, 57, 82, 334, 335…|
|Jinsha Site Museum||5, 79, 82, 84, 100, 111, 123, 147, 848, 1043…|
|Wide and Narrow Alley||5, 13, 43, 47, 58, 64, 78, 81, 905|
|Xinnanmen Bus Station||28, 48, 82, 237, 904…|
|Chunxi Road||43, 47, 48, 55, 56, 56A, 58, 62, 81, 98, 104…|
|Yanshikou||1, 8, 43, 45, 47, 48, 55, 56, 56A, 62, 99, 104…|
Ticket fare is generally CNY 1 on common vehicles and CNY 2 on air-conditioned ones; some of the lines to suburban areas are charged by distance and the price can be a little higher. The fare can be paid by cash or transportation smart card if there is a card reader onboard. A discount of 10% or 50% is offered for those using a transportation smart card. Children below 1.3m (4ft) can ride all city buses for free.
Also, from 05:00 to 07:00, passengers can take most lines running within urban areas for free by swiping the transportation card. When getting onboard, bring some loose change as some buses do not have a card reader or a ticket seller.
Fast Lines (BRT)
Presently, there are four fast lines in operation, K1, K1A, K2, and K2A. K means “Kuai (快)” in Chinese and fast in English. As the name indicates, they run at higher speeds than regular ones. Distance between their stops is also longer, at an average of about 1,100 yards (1 kilometer). All of them are running along the Second Ring Road of the city: K1 and K1A along the inner side clockwise; K2 and K2A along the outer side anticlockwise. They depart every 1.5 minutes in peak hours, 6-8 minutes in low hours and 4-6 minutes in other times. The first K1 and K2 depart at 06:00 every day while the last at 23:00; the first K1A and K2A starts at 07:00 and the last ones start at 19:00. All passengers of K1 / K2 are asked to get off at Shanbanqiao Terminal to transfer to another K1 / K2 if they need to move on; while passengers of K1A and K2A need not to get off until they get to their destination.
Ticket fare is the same as regular lines, either by cash or by transportation card. K1 and K2 are also free for ride before 07:00 by swiping a transportation card.
They run directly to the attraction sites without any stop, which is most convenient especially for independent travelers. Their destinations include attractions located not only in the urban area like Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Wuhou Temple and Jinsha Site Museum, but also places nearby the city like Mt. Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation Project. Although a little expensive often combining entry ticket to attractions, it is still cheaper than traveling by taxi.
There is only one night line in Chengdu, line 298. There are 13 departures each night, with the first departure at 22:00 and the last at 05:30 next day. The major stops include Railway Station, Hongxing Road, Chunxi Road, Yanshikou, South Renmin Road, Kehua Road, Century City New Convention and Exhibition Center. It stops running from the Chinese New Year eve to the night of January 6th in Chinese Lunar Calendar. Ticket fare is CNY 3 by cash and discount is the same with regular lines when using a transportation card. Free ride is available between 05:00 to 07:00 with a transportation card.
Community Shuttle Lines
They are numbered with four digits like 1001 and 1106. The opening time is mostly 07:00 to 19:00. Passengers can take it for free all day long using transportation card; if paying by cash, it is CNY2.