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 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.
Asked by Andre from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 23, 2019 00:38Reply
East Railway Station to Chengdu Shuangliu Airport.
How fast is the metro from East Railway Station to Shuangliu Airport? Line 7 and then swap into Line 10.
Answers (1)
Answered by Charlize from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 24, 2019 00:19

It takes 35 to 40 mins on the way.
Asked by Kitson from CANADA | Dec. 31, 2018 15:56Reply
Is the Shuangliu Airport and Chengdu East Railway Station open 24/7?
Can passengers stay at the airport and railway station while waiting for train or flight?
Answers (1)
Answered by Anthony from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 01, 2019 23:54

Yes, as I know, the airport and the railway station open 24/7. You can wait in the hall.
Asked by Jacklyn from USA | Nov. 18, 2018 06:59Reply
I would like to go to Mount Dawagengzha scenic in Baoxing county, Yaan from Chengdu.
Please help me with information on how to get there from CD (bus station, local tour/ cost of hired private car).
And what will the weather be like in mid-december?
How many day do i need to spend there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sansaui from USA | Nov. 19, 2018 19:10

There is only one direct bus from CD Shiyangchang Bus Station to Baoxing Bus Station, departing at 13:20. The ticket fare is CNY 61. As you arrive at Baoxing Bus Station, you are advised to hire a car to the scenic area because it is troublesome to transfer by public transportation. The fee may be about CNY 100 per person.

You can spend three days in this scenic area. It would be cold and take warm winter clothes with you. It may be closed in December and you can walk up there but the cars cannot be allowed.
Asked by sandy from SINGAPORE | Oct. 28, 2018 09:17Reply
I have a family of 5 adults planning to travel to Chengdu and Beijing this Dec.
What's the taxi capacity and do they have any bigger taxi to accommodate more passengers from Airport and around city? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Hannah from USA | Oct. 30, 2018 02:59

The normal taxi in China can accommodate 4 passengers at most and you are advised to hire a business class coach with 7 seats at the airport.
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