So now your cruise ship is reaching the shore and you are wondering how to spend your days in China. First things first, how do you get out of the cruise dock? Booking a tour is a straightforward answer, but you need to pick the right one, one that is easy to book, flexible, trustworthy, and great value.
Our tour guides and drivers get to Tianjin one day ahead and have a good night’s sleep allowing them to be first at the dock. No matter what time you get off the cruise you will see us waiting, lively and ready. More importantly, we avoid fatigued driving, so you will have a safe and smooth trip to Beijing.
You won’t waste any time trying to find us because our tour guides all wait at Exit 3, where you can’t miss us. You will see three, four, five, or more tour guides who will be holding signs with our logo. You will hit the road once the shared coach is full, which should be less than half an hour after you get off the cruise. Customers opting for private transport can head off for Beijing straight away.
You are probably very curious about where you are heading. On the way to Beijing, your tour guide will introduce the city, and make the best of the 2-hour drive. Our tour guides, some of the best in the city, are Beijing locals. They will share some insider tips, and answer your questions.
Our shared coaches will stop at some major hotels in downtown Beijing. If your hotel is not on the stop list, our tour guide will hail a cab for you, and provide a hand-written taxi note to help you get there hassle-free.
With private transport you don’t need to check in at a hotel straight away as our vehicle will keep your luggage safe. You can start sightseeing when you arrive in Beijing.
(Example: Sapphire Princess Cruise, docked Nov. 9, 2015)
Our tour guides and drivers get to Tianjin, check in, and stay overnight at a hotel near Tianjin Port.
Two shared coaches and two private cars drive off to Tianjin Port.
Arriving at Tianjin Port, our tour guides get inside and wait in the lobby. Meanwhile, the cruise has anchored and there is a line of passengers waiting to get off from Gate 1.
Our customers find our tour guides easily at the exit and board the shared coach. Meanwhile, other passengers are looking for their guides from other companies.
Our first two private groups set off to Beijing in the private cars, while our shared coaches are waiting for the rest of the passengers.
The first shared coach of 28 passengers sets off to Beijing.
The very last of our customers gets on board and the second coach hits the road.
The two private cars arrive in Beijing and start sightseeing.
The first shared coach arrives in Beijing. All our customers are dispatched to their different hotels to check in. 45 minutes later, the second coach arrives.
You will be met by an English-speaking guide holding our China Highlight's flag. Start a 3-hour transfer to Beijing. The coach will stop at the following hotels: Crowne Plaza, Marriott Hotel City Wall, Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing, Sunworld Hotel, Days Inn Forbidden City, Jianguo Hotel, Jinglun Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Beijing International Hotel and other hotels along Changan Avenue. For guests who live in other hotels, the guide will help arrange a taxi.
You will be picked up by your English-speaking guide at Beijing International Hotel and enjoy a 3-hour transfer to Tianjin Cruise Port. You will arrive the Tianjin Cruise Port at around 14:00.
Note: You will be picked up at your hotel and taken to Beijing International Hotel via a comfortable car/bus, and start together to the cruise port. Our guide will contact you to ensure your departure time one day in advance.
After you are off the cruise, you will walk through a 30-meter-long covered bridge before you reach the arrival gate. Arrival formalities are quick and easy, taking less than 10 minutes. And then you will enter the waiting hall.
There are three exits from the waiting hall: 1, 2, and 3. Gateways 1 and 2 are for tour groups. Passengers of the tour groups have to pick up their luggage from special luggage rooms in the hall marked with their group names. Our customers can exit straight away through Gateway 3.
Tour guides are only allowed to wait for passengers at the exits, not inside the waiting hall. Don’t worry if you can’t see us in the waiting hall. Just walk out of Exit 3 and you will spot our tour guides.
The money exchange desk is not in use. No worries if you need money to take a taxi or tip the hotel porter, taxis and porters accept HKD and USD. Your hotel will probably accept major credit/debit cards, and you can use these to withdraw yuan from Bank of China ATMs.
Just a heads-up, there’s no shop in the port, nor in a 10-km radius. The nearest hotel is 15km away.
The information desk is near Exit 3, where you can ask for directions and special services, such as renting a wheelchair.
Near Exit 1 there is a parking lot for coaches. Vans and taxis park in the lot near Exit 3.
You will encounter numerous taxi drivers as you exit the port, charging 200 to 300 USD to Beijing, and 100 USD to Tianjin downtown. Some unlicenced drivers even camouflage themsevles as legit ones, but with them you risk no insurance cover if you have an accident.
It takes 20 minutes by taxi to Tanggu Railway Station (塘沽火车站), a quiet, small station in Tianjin. Pre-booking tickets to Beijing is important, because chances are there will be no tickets available to buy at the station.
Tianjin Railway Station (天津火车站), 1 hour from the port, is big but low on signage. It can be rather a hassle to get in and out the station with luggage, not to mention the long lines. There is a special counter for Tianjin–Beijing intercity tickets, but often only trains departing 2 or 3 hours later are available.