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 Dec. 19, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Chengdu Transportation
Asked by Guest from SINGAPORE | Feb. 18, 2024 22:28Reply
Chengdu Panda Base to Sanxingdui Museum sightseeing bus
Hi, I tried to search on Wechat Lvqilin Jingqu Zhitongche but could not find any sightseeing bus from Chengdu Panda Base to Sanxingdui Museum. There is only transport from Kuanzhai Xiangzi City Terminal to Sanxingdui. Thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lori | Feb. 19, 2024 17:53

You can buy Chengdu Panda Base to Sanxingdui Museum bus tickets on the Wechat Chengdu Jingqu Zhitongche.
Asked by helen goh from SINGAPORE | Feb. 12, 2024 03:55Reply
we will be arriving at 11.30 pm.may i check the last airport bus to chengdu east railway station.
pls advise airport bus no. to east station
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia | Feb. 19, 2024 00:04

There are two airports in Chengdu, which one will you land in? If it's Tianfu airport, there is no need to worry. The last bus to East Railway Station, airport bus no.4, departs at 1:50 of the next day.
Asked by Marcus Tan from MALAYSIA | Jan. 02, 2024 05:10Reply
Last bus from Chengdu Tianfu Airport to Chunxi Road
When is the last bus from Tianfu Airport to Chunxi Road?
Is the bus stop still Outside gate 01 of T1 and gate 03 of T2 for pickup?

I will land about 11pm and metro should be closed when we are ready. 谢谢
Answers (3)
Answered by Daisy | Jan. 03, 2024 19:50

You can depart from the airport Bus Line 1 from T2 to Chunxi Road directly. It operates through the night with an interval of 10 minutes.
Answered by Marcus Tan | Jan. 05, 2024 05:40

Is it still operating after 12am daily?
Answered by Daisy | Jan. 07, 2024 17:55

Yes, it is.
Asked by Khang from VIETNAM | Dec. 19, 2023 19:39Reply
6 hours lay over. can i go chengdu's downtown?
I will land at 13.40 at Tianfu T1 and my next flight to Lijiang is at 20.15 at T2. Is it enough for us to travel to downtown and which is the most convenient transportations?
Answers (1)
Answered by Diana | Dec. 19, 2023 21:59

I'm afraid the time is not enough and you may not be allowed to get out of the airport.
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