Chengdu Transportation

The transportation network in Chengdu is very developed. It has one of China’s busiest airports; it is the intersection point of five trunk railway lines; it is connected with thousands of miles of expressways and has dozens of coach stations sending passengers to various destinations. Within the city area, there are subways, city buses, taxis and many other transport conveniences for passengers to choose from.



Chengdu Airport
Shuangliu Airport

The city has one airport, the Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), in the southwest of the city. Located about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the city center, it is the largest aviation hub in central and western China, and aims to form the national aviation hub in mainland China. It has flights to more than 70 domestic cities and over 20 international cities. Frequent one-hour flights are available to Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province. Flights to Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, take about one and a half hours, with two-hour flights available to Lhasa, capital of Tibet. It is convenient to visit the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot by air, a 40-minute flight from CTU to Jiuhuang (Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong) Airport with one-way full fare of CNY 980, excluding departure tax and fuel surcharge. Visitors are advised to book flights early for this popular trip. Discounts may be available through hotels or travel agencies.
  Chengdu Flights (brief introduction & flight search)

As the largest railway hub in southwest China, the city has convenient railway transportation. At present, it has three railway stations for passenger transport: Chengdu Railway Station, namely North Railway station, East Railway Station, and South Railway Station. Another passenger railway station, west railway station is now under construction. When completed, the “two principals (north and east railway stations), two assistants (south and west railway stations)” setup of the city's rail transport will be formed and better service passengers.
 Chengdu Train Schedule 
 Trains to Dujiangyan & Qingchengshan
 Trains to Leshan & Emeishan
 Beijing - Chengdu Train
 Shanghai - Chengdu Train
 Chengdu - Xi'an Train  

Chengdu Railway Station
Chengdu Railway Station
Train for Chengdu
Platform at Railway Station
This city has several main coach stations transfering passengers within or outside Sichuan Province, including General Bus Station (Wugui Bridge Bus Station), Xinnanmen Bus Station (Tourism Bus Center), Chadianzi Bus Station, Airport Bus Station, East Railway Station Bus Station, Beimen (North Gate) Bus Station, and Wukuaishi Bus Station.
Chengdu Metro
Metro Station
Currently, Chengdu metro line 1, line 2, line 3, line 4, Line 7 and line 10 are in operation, while line 5 is under construction. Passengers can take line 1 from Weijianian to Science City via North Railway Station, Tianfu Square, Sichuan Gymnasium, South Railway Station, Jincheng Plaza and other places in the city. Line 2 can take travelers to Chadianzi Bus Station, People's Park, Chunxi Road, East Railway Station, Institute of Public Administration and other areas. Line 3 runs between Taipingyuan and Military General Hospital, passing Chunxi Road, Chengdu Zoo, Xinnanmen Bus Station and Zhaojue Temple. Line 4 connects Xihe and Wansheng, passing some popular scenic areas like Wide and Narrow Alley, Sichuan Museum and Cultural Park. Line 7 passes South Railway Station, East Railway Station and North City Bus Station with the duration of 66 minutes. Chengdu metro line 10 phase one covers around 11 km (7 mi) and links Taipingyuan and Terminal 2 of Shuangliu International Airport encompassing 6 stations. According to the short-term plan, Chengdu plans to build more than 10 metro lines which would make the subway transport easily accessible to the city's major distribution centers.
 Metro Maps
 Public bus services extend in all directions. You can get to most of places, especially sights inside the city, by bus. Common public buses charge CNY 1, while those with air-conditioners charge CNY 2. Take small change as there are no conductors on many of the buses.
 Bus/ Metro Search
 Travels non-stop and directly to attraction sites, sightseeing bus saves travelers, especially independent travelers a lot of time. Although different from those of other cities and mostly sold together with entry ticket to the destination, it is still cheaper than taking taxis. Also, there are free schedules.

Bus in Chengdu Taxis in Chengdu


Hundreds of taxi stands are available in the city. Except hailing a taxi at a stand, it is also feasible to take one along the street. To shuttle around by cab, you’d better avoid the rush hours between 07:30 – 09:00 & 17:00 – 19:00. In addition, it shall be quite normal that a driver doesn’t use the taximeter if the car departs from railway stations or long-distance bus stations. In this case, it is recommended to discuss for a flat rate before getting on the car. For difrerent brands of cars, the fare varies a little:

Fare Day Night
Flag-down Rate for First 2km (1.2mi) CNY12   CNY13
Fare between 2-10km (1.2-6mi) CNY3/km   CNY3.3/km
Fare between 10-60km (6-37mi) CNY4.5/km  CNY4.95/km
Fare beyond 60km (37mi) CNY3/km CNY3.3/km
Sagitar 2.0L; cars with 1.4T Emission
Fare Day Night
Flag-down Rate for First 2km (1.2mi) CNY9 CNY10
Fare between 2-10km (1.2-6mi) CNY1.9/km   CNY2.2/km
Fare between 10-60km (6-37mi) CNY2.85/km  CNY3.3/km
Fare beyond 60km (37mi) CNY1.9/km CNY2.2/km
Elysee, Jetta, Sagitar 1.6L
Fare Day Night
Flag-down Rate for First 2km (1.2mi) CNY8 CNY9
Fare between 2-10km (1.2-6mi) CNY1.9/km   CNY2.2/km
Fare between 10-60km (6-37mi) CNY2.85/km  CNY3.3/km
Fare beyond 60km (37mi) CNY1.9/km CNY2.2/km

1. Three types of taxis are serving in the city, and passengers can make a reservation by calling 028- 962999. It should be noted that the cars of Magotan brand won’t run in the city unless being reserved, and the other two types are quite common on the street.
2. For every 5 minutes’ waiting, the cost equals to the unit price per kilometer (0.6mi). 
3. It is regulated that taxis running in the districts of Jinjiang, Qingyang, Jinniu, Wuhou and Chenghua, as well as from/to Shuangliu Airport must charge by meter. Therefore, if confronted with refusal, you can dial 028-96515 to make a complaint. 

Riding a bike can be the best choice for a leisurely city tour. You can find many dockless bikes on the streets of Chengdu. Visitors just need to download bike sharing apps and finish the ID verification procedure to use these bikes. It usually costs CNY 0.5 - 1 for every 30 minutes.


Gathering within the First Ring Road, especially in the city center, the pedicab has been a typical feature of the city. Drivers wear uniforms with identifying cards. The charge starts from CNY 5. You can bargain.
- Last modified on May. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu Transportation
Asked by Liz from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 02, 2019 11:10Reply
Taxi fare citadines apartment to Chengdu panda base
Hello pleased can you tell me cost of taxi from citadines apartment Chengdu to the panda base early morning 4 am to get to start of half marathon. Two people please
Answers (1)
Answered by Adam from USA | Jul. 02, 2019 20:26

It is around CNY80-100.
Asked by N S Yap from SINGAPORE | Jun. 09, 2019 23:12Reply
I have 4 full day at Chengdu
May i know which area can i (2 person) get day tour for a reasonable price,and what is the must go place?

Answers (1)
Answered by Micheal from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 10, 2019 23:28

The must places in Chengdu include Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, Jinsha Site Museum, Wide and Narrow Alley. If you want to book a tour, you can contact the e-mail:
Asked by N S Yap from SINGAPORE | Jun. 09, 2019 23:04Reply
Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to zaojunmiao street
Hi,i will reach the airport 2230,can i know is there any airport bus to zaojunmiao street (sam cozy hotel),if onky taxi may i know the cost ?tks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Oscar from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 10, 2019 23:33

You can take Airport Night Bus No.2 from the airport to Yanshikou Station, then take taxi to your hotel. The bus fare is CNY12 and the cab fare is about CNY10. It takes about 1.5 hours.
Asked by Shahzad Malick from UNITED STATES | Jun. 07, 2019 21:55Reply
Is there a facility or lounge that i can stay during my 6 hours layover in Chengdu Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jesse from ARGENTINA | Jun. 10, 2019 23:36

Yes, of course.
Service Locations:
VIP Lounges in Corridor A and C

VIP Lounges in Corridor D and F

Asked by Luisina from ARGENTINA | May. 05, 2019 05:33Reply
Is the Chengdu metro 24/7 all lines? I will be staying near Renmin Park
and have to take the bus for Jiu Zhai Valley that departs very early in the morning.
Answers (1)
Answered by Leo from USA | May. 07, 2019 20:45

Not really, all the metro lines start from 6:00 to 7:00 and end operating about 22:00 to 23:00. Maybe you can take a taxi if you depart too early. By the way, the Jiu Zhai Valley has not opened yet.
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