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

There are two airports serving passengers in Chengdu: Shuangliu International Airport (CTU), in the southwest of the city and about 16 kilometers (10 miles) from the city center; and Tianfu International Airport (TFU) around 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast to the city center. Have in mind which airport you are going to land in or depart from to save trouble. 

Frequent one-hour flights are available to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province. Flights to Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province, take about one and a half hours, with two-hour flights available to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. It is convenient to visit the Jiuzhaigou Scenic Spot by air, a 40-minute flight to Jiuhuang (Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong) Airport.

  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, East Railway Station, Chengdu West Railway Station and South Railway Station

Chengdu Railway Station
Chengdu Railway Station
Train for Chengdu
Platform at Railway Station
This city has several main coach stations transferring passengers within or outside Sichuan Province, including Xinnanmen Bus Station (Tourism Bus Center), Chadianzi Bus Station, Tianfu Airport Bus Station, East Railway Station Bus Station, Beimen (North Gate) Bus Station.
Chengdu Metro
Metro Station
Currently, Chengdu metro line 1, line 2, line 3, line 4, line 5, line 6, line 7, line 8, line 9line 10, line 17 and line 18 are in operation. 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.

Linking Huagui Road and Huilong, metro line 5 has 41 stations stretching around 49 kilometers. Line 6 links Wanggongci and Lanjiagou, covering Southwest Jiaotong University and Renmin Road North. Line 7 passes South Railway Station, East Railway Station and North City Bus Station with a duration of 66 minutes. Line 8 travels between Lianhua and Shilidian. Line 9 connects Huangtianba and Financial City East via 13 stations. Chengdu metro line 10 links Taipingyuan and Xinping, passing Terminal 1 & Terminal 2 of Shuangliu International Airport. Line 17 links Jinxing and Jitouqiao, running in the northwest-southeast direction. Line 18 operates between South Railway Station and Tianfu Airport North, containing 9 stations. 
In addition, Line 13, Line 19, Line 27 and Line 30 will serve the public in the near future. 
 Metro Maps
 Public bus services extend in all directions. You can get to most of places, especially sights inside the city, by bus. The ticket fare is usually CNY 2. It is advised to take some loose change.
 Bus/ Metro Search
 Four sightseeing lines and some city tourist bus lines take visitors to most attractions in Chengdu downtown. There are also many direct tourist buses to famous attractions in nearby cities. 

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. The taxi fare is as below:

Mileage Petrol Taxi Electronic Taxi
Daytime Nighttime Daytime Nighttime
Flag-down Rate for First 2km (1.2mi) CNY8  CNY9 CNY9 CNY10
2-10km (1.2-6mi) CNY1.9/km   CNY2.2/km CNY1.9/km CNY2.2/km
10-60km CNY2.85/km  CNY3.3/km CNY2.85/km CNY3.3/km

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.

Transportation to Other Cities

- Last updated on Sep. 19, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu Transportation
Asked by shamin from SOUTH AFRICA | Jun. 10, 2023 01:58Reply
I ned to travel from hong kong to chengdu CTU airport,
I cannot get a direct flight from hong kong to chengdu CTU, if I do travel to TFU international, how can I get to the city centre of Chengdu: university of science and technology
Answers (1)
Answered by Gina | Jun. 11, 2023 23:40

Do you mean University of Electronic Science and Technology (Shehe Campus)? If yes, you can take Metro Line 18 from the airport to Incubation Park and transfer to Metro Line 9 to Financial City East. Transfer to Metro Line 6 to North Jianshe Road, and get out of the Exit A1. Walk north about 1km and you will get there.
Asked by Somen from INDIA | Jan. 01, 2023 06:38Reply
Chengdu west train station
How far is from chengdu airport to chengdu west train station?
How one can reach there,?
Answers (1)
Answered by Stella | Jan. 09, 2023 01:57

It is about 17km between. From the airport, you can take metro line 10 to Huaxing Station, then change to line 9 to west train station. It takes about 40 minutes on the way.
Asked by Corrius Vogel from SOUTH AFRICA | Dec. 19, 2019 06:52Reply
Hi, looking for advice for a trip from Shuangliu Airport (Chengdu) Taoyuan Hotspring Hotel?
Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from USA | Dec. 20, 2019 00:54

Is your hotel located at downtown? I didn't find it yet. Would you mind providing the detailed address?
Asked by Pat from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 17, 2019 18:03Reply
Taxi or train from Chengdu Airport CTU to Ya'an
Can you advise cost of taxi to Ya'an from CTU early morning around 6-6.30 am or public transport if easy
Can you recommend any car with driver hire company and daily rates ?
Answers (2)
Answered by Ann from USA | Dec. 22, 2019 17:30

I don't think there will be a taxi driver would take you to Ya'an. The direct bus from airport to Ya'an departs at 11:00, 13:30 and 16:20 with CNY47.
Answered by Hongbin from CHINA | Apr. 18, 2020 07:40

You can also take trains from Chengdu West Railway Station (which has opened for 2 years) to Ya'an. There are 14 trains daily and the fastest train only takes 54 minutes from Chengdu to Ya'an.
Asked by kobi rudy from ISRAEL | Nov. 06, 2019 11:16Reply
How far is Chengdu airport terminal 1 and Terminal 2, i have a connecting flight from CTU - Mum.
we schedule to arrive in T1 at 04:30am , and have a connecting flight in T2 at 08:30 is ut enough time? how far are the terminals ?
Answers (3)
Answered by Cameron from GERMANY | Nov. 08, 2019 00:16

The distance is not far. You can walk within 15 minutes. In addition, the transfer time is enough. Don't worry.
Answered by jacob rudy from ISRAEL | Dec. 27, 2019 00:50

is there an inside walking path or is it only outside?
Answered by Liz from SINGAPORE | Dec. 29, 2019 22:09

They are very near to each other. You can take free shuttle bus or take metro line 10.
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