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Chengdu Transportation — Flights, Trains, Buses, and City Transport

Chengdu Transportation — Flights, Trains, Buses, and City Transport

Written by Kelly PangUpdated Jul. 21, 2023

Chengdu has relatively convenient transportation, with direct flights to some foreign cities, direct flights/trains/buses to large domestic cities, and high-speed trains to several popular tourist cities.

Chengdu transportation

Air — Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Chengdu Shuangliu International AirportChengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (airport code: CTU) is the forth-largest airport in China. It's a large modern airport, with all the facilities functions you'd expect from the China's 4th busiest airport [2015].

  • Chinese: 成都双流国际机场
  • Location: 16 km (10 miles) southwest of the center of Chengdu City.

Chengdu is 72-Hour (3-Day) Transit Visa-Free

In 2013, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport launched its 72-hour transit visa-free policy to foreign visitors from 51 countries.

See other transit visa-free cities in China — Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin, Guangzhou …

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International Terminals

Asia cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Incheon (Seoul), Singapore, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Siem Reap, Kuala Lumpur, Male, Mumbai, Karachi, Colombo, Kathmandu, Abu Dhabi, Doha.

Europe cities: Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Moscow, Paris, Prague

America cities: Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles

Oceania cities: Melbourne

Africa cities: Mauritius

Domestic Terminals


There are 119 domestic cities with direct flights from/to Chengdu. Below are links to airport information for connecting cities that you might be interested in.

Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Zhangjiajie, Hangzhou, Guilin, Guangzhou, Harbin, Huangshan, Kunming, Lhasa (Tibet)

Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei

Chengdu Flights

Ticket Offices

Southwest Airlines Ticket Office

  • Address: 41 Erduan, Southern Renmin Street
  • 24-hour inquiry and ticket-delivery telephone: 028-86668080
  • Group tickets delivery telephone: 028-86662200

Sichuan Airlines Ticket Office

  • Address: Tianfu Square
  • Telephone: 028-86678541
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Trains — Chengdu's Railway Stations

Chengdu Railway StationChengdu Railway Station

Actually there are three main railway stations in Chengdu city (Chengdu Railway Station, Chengdu East Railway Station, Chengdu South Railway Station), and Chengdu West Railway Station is under construction. You can book train tickets through China Highlights Train Ticket Service.

Chengdu Railway Station

Chengdu Railway Station has railway lines towards more popular cities: high-speed trains from/to Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Wuhan, and Guangzhou; and normal speed trains to Xi'an, Kunming, Hangzhou, and Lhasa.

  • Chinese: 成都站 ("成都 Chengdu" on paper tickets)
  • Address: Third North Section, Second Ring Road, Jinniu District 金牛区二环路北三段. (It's about 25 minutes' drive from the city center.)

Read more about Chengdu Railway Station.

Buses to Nearby Tourist Areas — Xinnanmen Bus Station

Xinnanmen Bus Station is Chengdu's tourism bus center. This station operates long-distance buses to popular tourist sites nearby, including Mount Emei, Leshan Giant Budhha, Jiuzhaigou Valley, Mount Qingcheng, Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base.

  • Chinese: 新南门车站 Xīnnánmén Chēzhàn 'New South Gate Station'
  • Address: 57 Linjiang Road, Wuhou District
To Price (yuan) Journey Departing Operating
Emei 40 2 hours Nearly every 20 minutes 6:40am–7pm
Leshan 45 2 hours Nearly every 30 minutes 6:45am–7:30pm
Jiuzhaigou 147 12½ hours 7:30, 7:50, 8:00, 8:05 7:30am– 8:05am
Mount Qingcheng 24 2 hours 8:30, 9:30, 13:30 8:30am–1:30pm
Ya'an 46 2 hours Nearly every 35 minutes 7am–7:30pm
Kangding 111 7½ hours 7:10, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 11:10, 12:10, 13:10, 14:00 7:10am–2pm

City Transportation — Subway, Taxis, and Public Bus

Chengdu's Subway

Chengdu's Subway is developing rapidly and has become one of the main forms of transportation for Chengdu citizens. Destinations are shown and broadcast in both Chinese and English. It's quite convenient for you to save on transport.

Use Chinese coins or banknotes to purchase tickets on ticket machines at the subway stations.

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The starting price is 8 yuan (for the first 2 km) and it's then 1.9 yuan for every additional kilometer. A 50% return charge is required when the distance exceeds 10 km.

Taxi Times and Prices from the City Center (Tianfu Square 天府广场)

To Approx. Time Needed Approx. Price (yuan)
Jinli Old Street 13 min 12
Chengdu Panda Base 30 min 35
People's Park 10 min 8
The Wide and Narrow Alleys 10 min 8
Chunxi Road shopping area 10 min 8


The price is similar to that for taxies, sometimes even more expensive. Generally the starting price is 5 yuan. A pedicab seats at most two adults and one child no higher than 1.2m. Generally there is no room for large luggage in a pedicab.

City Buses

It costs 1 yuan for common buses and 2 yuan for air-conditioned buses in Chengdu. Tourists can get to most of the scenic spots in the city by bus. Prepare some small change as no change is given.

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