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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 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 not only offers hassle-free Beijing tours with a transfer service. 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.
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.
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.
Use the expressway.
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
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. Tianjin Railway Station is very large and the tickets are hard to buy. 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.
There are only 7 trains daily: 80 yuan (13 USD) first-class or 66 yuan (11 USD) second class. It’s hard to buy tickets from Tanggu Railway Station to Beijing. If you want to take a train at Tanggu Railway Station, you are suggested to book the tickets in advance.
There are no direct buses from Tanggu Railway Station to Tianjin Port, so the only recommended way is to take a taxi. 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.
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.
If you want to enjoy a hassle-free tour, you can use our Create My Trip service to tell us your needs. We are ready to tailor-make a trip to satisfy you.