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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 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 .
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 …
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
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.
Southwest Airlines Ticket Office
Sichuan Airlines Ticket Office
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 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.
Read more about Chengdu Railway 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.
|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|
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.
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.
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.