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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: Main 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 Railway Station
 East Railway Station
 South Railway Station
Chengdu Train Schedule  

Chengdu Railway Station
Chengdu Railway Station
Train for Chengdu
Platform at Railway Station

 Long-distance Bus
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.

According to the short-term plan, the city plans to build 11 subway lines around the city which would make the subway transport easily accessible to the city's major distribution centers. Currently, only subway line 1, line 2, line 3 and line 4 are in operation, while line 5 and line 7 are under construction. Passengers can take line 1 from Shengxian Lake to Guangdu 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 Wannianchang and Intangible Cultural Heritage Park, passing some popular scenic areas like Wide and Narrow Alley, Sichuan Museum and Cultural Park.
 Subway Map

 City Bus
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/ Subway Search

Sightseeing Bus
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.

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.