Changsha Transportation

Changsha had convenient transportation even in ancient times, especially with the more than one hundred watercourses, including Xiang River and Dongting Lake. Nowadays, Changsha enjoys national highways 107, 319 and 106, as well as several other speedways. Through Zhuzhou, BeijingGuangzhou railway connects with the ZhejiangJiangxi railway in the east and the HunanGuizhou railway in the west. The Shimen – Changsha provincial railway connects with the Yidu (Hubei) – Liuzhou (Guangxi) railway. Huanghua Airport is an international airport and has several international flight courses, and the watercourses are very convenient.

Air

Huanghua International Airport is 24.2 kilometers east to the center of Chengsha City, near Huanghua Town of Changsha County. It is the biggest airport with the most complete establishment in Hunan Province.

From Huanghua Airport, there are non-stop flights to 53 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming and Chongqing.

Airport Shuttle Bus

There are special buses from the downtown to the airport, stops: Civil Aviation Hotel (No 75, Wuyidonglu) during 6:30 am to the last flight. One can also take public bus No.114 from railway station to Huanghua Airport. running time: 6:30 am to 16:30. One way: 65 minutes.

Railway

Changsha is the transportation hub of China. Through Zhuzhou, Beijing - Guangzhou railway connects Zhejiang - Jiangxi railway in the east and Hunan – Guizhou railway in the west; the provincial railway Shimen – Changsha connects Yidu (Hubei) – Liuzhou (Guangxi) railway.

The railway station is located at Dongzhanlu of downtown. It could be reached by many public buses such as 108, 110, 111 and 113. Changsha railway station is an important big modern station at Beijing – Guangzhou Railway, with different waiting halls for express trains and normal trains as well as honored guest waiting room. Everyday, there are nearly one hundred passenger trains departing or passing Changsha, reaching all the big and moderate cities of China.

Since there is only a single railway station in Changsha, it can at times be busy, therefore the traveler can opt to purchase train tickets at one of the alternative railway ticket offices in the city's suburbs. Find Changsha train ticket offices.

City Transportation

Of the downtown, there are perfect public transportation system, covering all the city zones and outskirts. At the time when this article were written, the price is RMB 1 for common public bus and RMB 2 for air-conditioning one.

Taxi

During the day, the flag-fall price for a taxi in Changsha is RMB 3 for 1 kilometer, with additional charges within three kilometers of: RMB 4 for 1 to 1.5 kilometers, RMB 5 for 1.5 to 2 kilometers, RMB 6 for 2 to 2.5 kilometers, and RMB 7 for 2.5 to 3 kilometers. RMB 1.8 is charged for each kilometer over three kilometers.

At night (21:00pm – 05:00am), the charge is, within 3 kilometers, add RMB 1 onto the base of the daytime charge. Over 3 kilometers, the charge is RMB 2.16 for each kilometer.

Bus/Coach

Changsha is at the converging point between central and south China and southwest China.

National highway 107, from Beijing to Shenzhen and national highway 319 from Xiamen to Chengdu all pass Changsha.

There are three long distance bus stations: East Station, West Station and South Station. The East and West Bus Stations are more convenient for travelers.

From the East Bus Station, mainly coaches go to Hefei, Nanchang, Xiamen, Nanjing and Shanghai.

From the South Bus Station, mainly coaches go to Guilin, and other cities and towns within the Province.

Charges are calculated every 500 meters. If a passenger requires the taxi to stop and wait midway, RMB 1.8 is charged for each 5 minutes of wait time during day or RMB 2.16 during the night.

Questions and Answers About Changsha Transportation

Aiotsuka 2014-04-08
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Hello, can I have your help please...I want to know is there any bus that i can book with reasonable price that is suitable for a group of people to go to Changsha from Guangzhou Airport? Can you help me to suggest any reliable transportation company for me?. Thank you for you kindness.
Dear Aiotsuka, I am sorry we can't provide this service for you. I suggest you could take a high speed train from Guangzhou south railway station to Changsha. It only take 2.5 hours. There are many trains every day. If you would like to book the ticket, please click this link: http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/search-result.asp Lussie Lu replied on 2014-04-09
Nathan Golden 2014-01-09
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I would like to take a bus to either Changsha or Zhangjiajie, from either Shanghai, Suzhou or Nanjing on January 25, 26 or 27. Is this possible? How do reserve a ticket?
Hi Nathan, there are bullet trains from Shanghai or Nanjing or Suzhou to Changsha, you can buy train tickets at any railway station. The tickets are available 20 days before departure. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-01-13
yan yip 2013-11-14
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what bus or buses to take from Changsha South Train station to 天心区湘府中路258号?
hi yan, you can take line 16 from the train station, get off at gao sheng village sation(高升村南站) and then transfer to line 140 and get off Gaosheng station(高升小区站). Simon Huang replied on 2013-11-15
Rainer 2013-09-28
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What is a cheap bus/taxi/train, with short transit time to and from Changsha and Chongqing, Changsha and Hong Kong? Thank you
Dear Rainer, Between Changsha and Chongqing, the time is similar to take a train and a bus, and the train will be cheaper, so I recommend train. There are 2 trains depart from Changsha to Chongqing every day, and they depart at 14:42 and 18:49, duration 15h48m and 20h19m. There is no direct train or bus between Changsha and Hong Kong, so I suggest that you go to Guangzhou first and then take a train to Hong Kong. Doris Huang replied on 2013-09-29
Ling 2013-08-20
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Hi Candice, r there tourist/specialised coaches to travel to FengHuang Old Town?
From Changsha to Fenghuang, you can take the bus at Changsha West Bus Station. It takes about 5-6 hours to Fenghuang. It is suggested you purchase the ticket one day in advance. Ruby Zhao replied on 2013-08-20
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