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Best Way to Get From Beijing to Tianjin Port/Cruise Terminal Transportation

Tianjin Port is 170 km southeast of Beijing, and 180 km from Beijing Capital Airport. It is at best 2½ hours’ drive from the center of Beijing. It is quite convenient to get to Tianjin Cruise Port from Beijing by bullet train and taxi. However the best way is, in many cases (especially for larger groups), to take a China Highlights private transfer.

tianjin cruise terminal transfer map

China Highlights Beijing to Tianjin Cruise Port Transfers

tianjin cruise port transfer

China Highlights offers private transfers from Beijing (hotels, Capital Airport, railway stations) to Tianjin Port. Your private guide will pick you up and escort you to the port.

If you want to share the cost with other travelers, we also offer group transfers.On October 7th and November 10th we have arranged coach transfers from Beijing International Hotel to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port. The journey will be 3 hours, arriving at the port at around 14:00. Tell our travel advisers your requirements, and they will help you find a group that you can join, if you are not already a large enough group.

Beijing to Tianjin Cruise Port by Taxi

A taxi may cost 500+ yuan, and takes around 3 hours, which is similar to our private transfer service.

Taxi Alternatives from Hotels / Downtown Beijing

Alternatively, take a taxi from your hotel to Beijing South Railway Station, and then take a bullet train to Tianjin, and a taxi to the port. See below.

Taxi Alternatives from Beijing Capital International Airport

You could take the Airport Express and Beijing Metro to Beijing South for a bullet train journey (see below).

You could also take the airport shuttle bus from the airport to Tianjin (probably the cheapest option). The airport bus will stop at Tianjin Binhai Bus Station (滨海客运总站 Bīnhǎi Kèyùn Zǒngzhàn) after about 3 hours. Tianjin Port is 34 km from Binhai Bus Station, about a 50-minute drive by taxi.

Departure Station Operating Hours Ticket Fare Duration
Capital Airport → Tanggu, Tianjin City No.15 Gate, 1F of T2; No.3 Gate, 1F of T3 10:30, 13:00, 18:30, 20:30 90 yuan (15 usd) 3 hours
Tangu, Tianjin City → Capital Airport Tanggu Passengers Transport Center 06:00, 08:00, 14:00, 16:30 90 yuan 3 hours

Beijing to Tianjin Port by Rail

China bullet train

There are bullet trains running from Beijing South Railway Station to both Tianjin Railway Station and Tanggu Railway Station. There are more trains to Tianjin Station than to Tanggu, and tickets are easier to buy, but Tanggu Railway Station is closer to Tianjin Port.

See our guide to How to Buy a Train Ticket in China and How to Read a Chinese Train Ticket.

Via Tianjin Railway Station

  • Route: Beijing South Railway Station (北京南 Běijīng Nán) – Tianjin Railway Station (天津站, Tiānjīn Zhàn, 35 minutes by bullet train) – taxi to Tianjin Port (天津港, Tiānjīn Gǎng, 1 hour 10 minutes, about 200 yuan).
  • Distance: 174 km (70 km by taxi)
  • Journey time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Beijing to Tianjin Cruise terminal map

There are plentiful bullet trains running between Beijing South and Tianjin Railway Station.
They are 66 yuan (11 USD) first class or 55 yuan (9 USD) second class.

The only good way to get from Tianjin Railway Station to Tianjin Port is to take a taxi. There are no direct public buses. Changing buses is complicated and full of hassles.

Via Tanggu Railway Station

  • Route: Beijing South Railway Station – Tanggu Railway Station (塘沽站, Tánggū Zhàn, 1 hour) – taxi to the port (40 minutes, costing 60 yuan or 10 USD)
  • Distance: 174 kilometers (33 km by taxi)
  • Journey time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Beijing to Tianjin Cruise terminal map

There are only 7 trains daily: 80 yuan (13 USD) first class or 66 yuan (11 USD) second class.

There are no direct buses from Tanggu Railway Station to Tianjin Port, so the only recommended way is to take a taxi.

Via Other Beijing Stations

There are only a few normal trains running from Beijing Station and Beijing West to Tianjin stations (not Tanggu), which take about 1½ hours or more. So the best way is to take e.g. a 10-minute taxi from Beijing West to Beijing South, then take a bullet train from Beijing South to Tianjin Railway Station or Tanggu Railway Station, as above.

From Beijing to Tianjin Port for a Sapphire Princess Cruise

Every traveler has experienced the frustration of missing a train, flight, or ship. To help you avoid that situation, China Highlights kindly offers transfer services from Beijing to Tianjin Port for Sapphire Princess passengers. There are also other options listed below.

Sapphire Princess Itineraries

Sapphire Princess is scheduled to depart twice from Tianjin Port in 2014: October 7th and November 10th. See the Sapphire Princess itineraries below for whether this cruise would interest you.

Cruise 1 Cruise 2 Day Location Arrive Depart
2014/10/7 2014/11/10 Day 1 Tianjin, China 18:00
2014/10/8 2014/11/11 Day 2 At sea
2014/10/9 2014/11/12 Day 3 Shanghai, China 12:00 23:00
2014/10/10 2014/11/13 Day 4 At sea
2014/10/11 2014/11/14 Day 5 Pusan, South Korea 12:00 19:00
2014/10/12 2014/11/15 Day 6 Nagasaki, Japan 6:00  18:00
2014/10/13 2014/11/16 Day 7 At sea
2014/10/14 2014/11/17 Day 8 At sea
2014/10/15 2014/11/18 Day 9 Hong Kong, China 8:00
2014/10/16 2014/11/19 Day 10 Hong Kong, China  19:00
2014/10/17 2014/11/20 Day 11 At sea
2014/10/18 2014/11/21 Day 12 At sea
2014/10/19 2014/11/22 Day 13 Phu My (Ho-Chi-Minh-City), Vietnam 7:00 18:00
2014/10/20 2014/11/23 Day 14 At sea
2014/10/21 2014/11/24 Day 15 Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand 7:00 19:00
2014/10/22 2014/11/25 Day 16 At sea
2014/10/23 2014/11/26 Day 17 At sea
2014/10/24 2014/11/27 Day 18 Singapore  5:00:00

China Highlights Beijing to Tianjin Port Transfers

China Highlights private transfer

Tianjin Port is 175 km southeast of Beijing, and 180 km from Beijing Capital Airport. The most convenient way to travel between the city and the port is, in many cases (especially for larger groups), to take a China Highlights private transfer.

China Highlights offers private transfers from Beijing (hotels, Capital Airport, railway stations) to Tianjin Port. Your private guide will pick you up and escort you to the port 2 hours before the departure time of the Sapphire Princess. If you need any help with luggage the guide and the driver can help you too.
If you want to share the cost with other travelers we also offer group transfers. Tell our travel advisors your requirements, and they will help you find a group that you can join, if you are not already a large enough group.
See the cost comparison below.

Beijing to Tianjin Port by Rail

There are bullet trains running from Beijing South Railway Station to both Tianjin Railway Station and Tanggu Railway Station. There many trains to Tianjin Station, but only one suitable one to Tanggu, and tickets are easier to buy, but Tanggu Railway Station is closer to Tianjin Port.

Via Tianjin Railway Station

There are many bullet trains from Beijing South Railway Station to Tianjin Railway Station. They take 33 minutes and cost ¥66 ($11) for first class and ¥55 ($9) for second class. Sapphire Princess will depart from Tianjin Port at 18:00. Therefore, to make sure you catch the cruise, it is recommended that you check in 2 hours before at 16:00.

When you arrive at Tianjin Railway Station, you’d better take a taxi to Tianjin Port, because there are no direct buses. The distance between Tianjin Railway Station and Tianjin Port is about 75 km (47miles). The taxi ride should cost you about 200 yuan (33 USD) and will be about 1 hour 10 minutes, depending on traffic.

Therefore the following bullet train departures may be suitable (11 trains arrive in Tianjin between 12:30 and 14:30): 12:05 (C2037), 12:16 (C2215), 12:30 (C2039), 12:38 (C2041), 12:46 (C2217), 12:58 (C2043), 13:05 (C2099), 13:14 (C2045), 13:34 (C2047), 13:39 (C2219), and 13:54 (C2049). They should get you to the port up to 2 hours before the 16:00 check in. (You may want to shop in the duty free zone.)

Via Tanggu Railway Station

There is only one suitable bullet train service from Beijing South Railway Station to Tanggu Railway Station:

Train number Departure Arrival Journey time Cost
C2275 11:40 12:39 59 minutes ¥80 ($13) first class
¥66 ($9) second class

When you arrive at Tanggu Railway Station, it is most convenient to take a taxi to Tianjin Port. The distance between Tanggu Railway Station and Tianjin Port is about 35 km (22 miles). The taxi ride is typically 40 minutes and should cost about 60 yuan (10 USD). You should arrive at Tianjin Port more than 2 hours before the 16:00 check in time.

Beijing to Tianjin Port by Taxi

The distance between the center of Beijing City and Tianjin Port is about 175 km, which may take you about 2 hours and 40 minutes via an expressway. The taxi fee is 800 yuan (129 USD). If the driver refuses to take the expressway and takes a longer road, you may spend about 5 hours in the taxi. So you’d better prepare 1,000 yuan (161 USD) for the taxi fee and extra time in case of traffic hold ups.
Only if you are in a hurry or have no other option would we recommend this way.

Taxi Tips

Be careful to take a genuine taxi, and make sure to tell the driver to take the expressway. In case of communication problems, you should prepare these instructions in Chinese for the driver:

Please take me to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port.
请带我到天津国际油轮母港 Qǐng dài wǒ dào Tiānjīn Guójì Yóulún Mǔgǎng. /ching digh wor daoww tyen-jin gwor-jee yo-lwnn moo-gung/
Address: 1 Yazhou ('Asia') Road (most southerly point), Dongjiang Duty Free Port Area, Tianjin 天津市东疆保税港区亚洲路1号(最南端)
Use the expressway.
用高速公路 Yòng gāosù gōnglù. /yong gaoww-soo gong-loo/