How to Get from Chengdu Tianfu International Airport to Chengdu City 2024

Important to Know:

On June 27, 2021, Chengdu opened a new international airport - Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (IATA: TFU), which is located in Jianyang City, southeast suburb of Chengdu. The new airport is farther away from the downtown area (about 50 km, 1 hour's drive/metro ride) than Shuangliu Airport. To ensure you get to the right airport and board smoothly, please check the departure airport name and location carefully when you book ticket and leave for taking your flight. You can also find detailed transportation guide from the new Tianfu International Airport to downtown Chengdu.

  • Chengdu Tianfu Airport: Location, Flights & Transportation
  • Chengdu Shuangliu Airport: Location, Flights & Transportation
  • Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (IATA: TFU, ICAO:ZUTF), opened on June 26, is a new international airport and mega project of Chengdu, southwest China. International travelers thus get a new port to visit "the home of Giant Panda". With its operation, Chengdu becomes the third cities in China owning two international airports after Shanghai and Beijing. This new airport is aimed at flying more domestic flights and most international flights to and off Chengdu. Currently, it has flights with Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Lhasa, Xiamen, Nanjing, Lijiang, Guilin, Jiuzhaigou, Sanya and other popular tourist destinations in China.

    If you're a lucky bird taking new flight route to Chengdu Tianfu International Airport, here we provide you the most comprehensive and detailed transportation guide to help you transfer to downtown Chengdu efficiently.

    Where is Chengdu Tianfu International Airport?

    Chengdu Tianfu International Airport Location: Airport Avenue, Lujia Town, Jianyang City, Chengdu City, Sichuan Province (四川省成都市简阳市芦葭镇空港大道), about 50 km to central Chengdu (Tianfu Square) and Shuangliu Airport. Available transportation includes subway, airport bus, taxi, high speed train, etc.

    Chengdu Tianfu International Airport Chengdu Tianfu International Airport Location and Transportation Map (click to enlarge)

    How to Get from Chengdu Tianfu International Airport to Chengdu City

    Along with its opening, Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has been equipped with subway, taxi, long-distance bus, high-speed rail, urban rail to help passengers transfer between the new airport and Chengdu city. >>More About Chengdu Tianfu International Airport

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    If you don’t want to take the metro transfer or worry about the language barrier with taxi drivers, choosing the private tour service provided by us is the best choice. We - China Discovery provides comfortable and efficient private airport pick up service for our clients. No matter when your flight arrives, and which terminal your flight lands, our friendly tour guide and driver will hold a sign with your name and welcome you at the arrival hall, and then escort you to your hotel or any location you want to visit with an air-conditioned, clean, comfortable and non-smoking vehicle. They will always put your safety and comfort at first during every minute of the transfer. After the tour, they will also drop you off at the airport on time. >>Contact us now

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    By Metro - To Chengdu Downtown and Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

    Chengdu Metro Line 18 connects Chengdu Tianfu International Airport with Chengdu South Railway Station (火车南站). After landing, you can walk to the first floor of the GTC between the terminals, and take Metro Line 18 at the Tianfu Aiport Terminal 1 & 2 Station or from the Tianfu Airport North Station. It has two types of metro trains - fast train (single trip: about 37 minutes, 5 stops, 6 trains per day) and normal speed train (one-way trip: about 1 hour, 11 stops). From Chengdu South Railway Station, you can change to Metro Line 1, get to Wenshu Temple, Tianfu Square (close to Chunxi Road, very convenient to Renmin Park, Kuaizhai Alley and Jinli Old Street), Chengdu Railway Station, or change to Metro Line 7 to Chengdu East Railway Station, Jinsha Site Museum and Chengdu Railway Station. Chengdu Panda Base is a little far from the city center, if you plan to go there, you may need another hour from Tianfu Square. >>More About Chengdu Metro

    Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is about 50km to the southeast of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport. The two airports will be seamlessly connected by Metro Line 19, which is planned to be put into operation in 2022.>>More About Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

    By Airport Bus - To Chunxi Road & Chengdu East Railway Station

    There are airport shuttle buses running from the airport to Chunxi Road and Chengdu East Railway Station. Airport bus to Chunxi Road departs from 1F of Terminal 2 from 09:00 to 24:00 every 30-45 minutes. Ticket price: ¥40-45. For bus to Chengdu East Railway Station leaves from the same place at terminal 2, and charges about ¥35-40 per passenger.

    By Taxi

    Chengdu Tianfu International Airport is a little far from Chengdu downtown. To reduce the transportation time, there is a special Tianfu International Airport Expressway. It only needs half an hour to drive from Tianfu Airport to Chengdu First Ring expressway. In case of the language barriers, you can look up the Chinese name of your destination in advance and show it to the driver.

    By High Speed Train - To Chengdu East Railway Station (not available now)

    Chengdu-Zigong High Speed Railway (under construction, will open in 2023) will pass Chengdu Tianfu International Airport. The railway is an intercity rail line running from Chengdu East Railway Station to Zigong East Railway Station with a designed speed of 350km/h. When it’s completed, people can get from Tianfu International Airport to Chengdu East Railway Station in about 30 minutes. Chengdu-Nanchong-Dazhou-Wanzhou High Speed Railway will also pass the airport.

    Other Transportation of Chengdu Tianfu International Airport - Long-distance Bus, Fast Bus

    Long-distance Bus: From the Tianfu International Airport Long-distance Bus Station (天府国际机场长途汽车站) in L1 Floor of the GTC, there are lots of long-distance buses running from the airport to Chengdu surrounding regions, including Leshan, Langzhong, Nanchang, Meishan, Mianyang, Yibing, Zigong, Ya'an, Xichang, Chongqing, Neijiang, Xichong, Dayi, Pengzhou, Jintang, etc.

    Airport Bus to Jianyang City: Jianyang City East Bus Station (简阳城东客运站) runs daily airport bus to Tianfu International Airport.

    Fast Bus: There are K series fast buses to commute between downtown Jianyang City and Chengdu Tianfu International Airport.

    How to Plan a Chengdu Tour

    Generally, people spend 1-2 days exploring Chengdu excluding the arrival and departure days. One the first day, you can meet the cute pandas in Chengdu Panda Base in the morning, and see some exquisite Buddhist architecture in Wenshu Temple and have a cup of tea in Renmin Park. After that, it is about dinner time, you can try some local snacks in Jinli Old Street or have a hot pot near Chunxi Road. On the next day, if you are interested in culture and history, you can visit other attractions such as Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu Museum and Du Fu Thatched Cottage.

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