Qingdao is a beautiful coastal city in Shandong Peninsula, with comfortable weather, alluring seascape, mountainous scenery and well as many historic sites and featured buildings. Traveling Qingdao provides you a memorable sightseeing trip together with relaxing experience. Well-north westequipped with air lines and high speed rails, you can get to Qingdao conveniently. Some travelers choose Jinan, the provincial capital of Shandong as a gateway to Qingdao. In addition to the convenience of transportation, Jinan and its close neighbors, especially Qufu - the hometown of the Confucius and Mount Tai - the first Natural & Cultural Heritage site of the whole, also have many things to see and do.
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Jinan is the provincial capital city located in the northwestern part of Shandong Province, bordering Binzhou in northeast, Dezhou in northwest, Taian and Laiwu in south and Zibo in east. Qingdao is located in the southeastern part of Shandong Province, bordering Yantai in north, Weifang in west and the Yellow Sea in east and south. The distance between Jinan and Qingdao is 365 km (227 miles). It is available to travel Jinan to Qingdao by train or driving directly.
Travel Time: 2 ~ 4 hours
Frequency: about 55 G-trains and 25 D-trains per day
Departure Time: around 06:00 ~ 20:30
Railway Stations: Jinan Railway Station (济南站)/Jinan East Railway Station (济南东站)/Jinan West Railway Station (济南北站) → Qingdao Railway Station (青岛站) / Qingdao North Railway Station (青岛北站)
Taking high speed train is the most efficient and comfortable way to travel from Jinan to Qingdao. There are about 70 daily high speed trains running from Jinan to Qingdao, including over 55 G-trains and over 15 D-trains. Usually, the G-train takes about 2 ~ 4 hours and the D-train takes about 2.5~3.5 hours. Compared with the normal trains, the high speed trains feature in fast speed, spacious facilities and big windows for sightseeing. Most high speed trains from Jinan to Qingdao also pass through Zibo and Weifang, two other tourist destinations in Shandong.
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Travel Time: 3.5 ~ 5.5 hours
Frequency: about 17 trains per day
Departure Time: around 01:00 ~ 15:00
Railway Stations: Jinan Railway Station (济南站) / Daminghu Railway Station (大明湖站) → Qingdao Railway Station (青岛站) / Qingdao North Railway Station (青岛北站)
Apart from high speed trains, there also more than15 normal trains departing from Jinan to Qingdao, taking 3.5 ~ 5.5 hours. For travelers with limited budget, you can have a normal train journey as well. Besides, some normal trains depart at night and early morning, and you need a night trip. Please note that it is much crowded and noisier than high speed train.
▶ Jinan Railway Station (济南站)
Location: No.19 Chezhan Street, Tianqiao District, Jinan City, Shandong Province(山东省济南市天桥区车站街19号.
Jinan South Railway Station is only 3.5 km (15 minutes' drive) from Baotu Spring Park and less than 3 km from Daming Lake, nearly 7 km (25 minutes' drive) from Thousand Buddha Mountain, 12 km (40 minutes' drive) from Shandong Museum, 36 km (1 hours' drive) from Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport. It can be reached by metro Line 1 and many public buses
▶ Jinan West Railway Station (济南西站)
Location: No.6 Qilu Avenue, Huaiyin District, Jinan City, Shandong Province(山东省济南市槐荫区齐鲁大道6号)
Jinan West Railway Station is 18 km (30 minutes' drive) from the city center (Baotu Spring Park), 20 km (1 hour's drive) from Shandong Museum, about 15 km (40 minutes' drive) from Thousand Buddha Mountain and about 46 km (50 minutes' drive) from Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport. Jinan West Railway Station can also be reached by metro Line 1 and many other public buses.
▶ Daminghu Railway Station (大明湖站)
Location: No.1 North Minghu Road, Tianqiao District, Jinan City, Shandong Province (山东省济南市天桥区明湖北路1号).
Daminghu Railway Station is a small railway station located in downtown area, about 3 km (15 minutes' drive) from Baotu Spring (city center), just 500 m (less than 10 minutes' walking) to Daming Lake and 35 km (50 minutes' drive) from Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport. It can be reached by metro Line 3 (passing through Olympic Center) and many other public buses.
▶ Qingdao Railway Station (青岛站)
Location: No.2 Taian Road, Shinan District, Qingdao City, Shandong Province (山东省青岛市市南区泰安路2号).
Qingdao Railway Station is just located in the city area, only 700 meters (10 minutes' walk) from Zhanqiao Pier, 7 km (30 minutes) away from Qingdao Beer Museum, 8 km (0.5 hour's drive) away from May Fourth Square, 30 km (70 minutes' drive) away from Laoshan Mountain. You can easy get there after your sightseeing in nearby attractions by metro Line 3 (passing through Zhongshan Park, May Fourth Square, Qingdao North Railway Station, etc.) or other public buses.
▶ Qingdao North Railway Station (青岛北站)
Location: No.1 Jingle Road, Licang District, Qingdao City, Shandong Province(山东省青岛市李沧区静乐路1号).
Qingdao North Railway Station is 18 km (about 1 hour's drive) away from May Fourth Square, 19km (about 30 minutes) away from Zhanqiao Pier, 7 km (30 minutes' drive) away from Qingdao Beer Museum and 28 km (about 70 minutes' drive) away from Laoshan Mountain. In Qingdao North Railway Station, you can take metro Line 3 (passing through Zhongshan Park, May Fourth Square, Qingdao Railway Station, etc.) and many public buses to different corners of Qingdao.
There are daily long-distance bus from Jinan to Qingdao. Both Jinan Guangchang Bus Station (济南广场汽车站) and Jinan Changtu Bus Station (济南长途汽车站) operate long distance bus to Qingdao. The whole bus journey cost 4.5 ~ 5 hours usually, regardless of traffic congestion. In order to have an efficient journey with comfortable environment and freedom to walk or eat, we strongly suggest you take a high speed train instead of long-distance bus. If you are interested in private driving journey, you can rent a private car with driver. It is available to drive from Jinan to Qingdao via Zibo and Weifang, so you can take as stop to visit Great Wall of Qi Dynasty, Ancient Qi City Relics Museum, Weifang Kate Museum, etc.
Generally, a classic Jinan Qingdao tour takes about 4 days, with all the essences included.
Most travelers spend 1 or 2 days touring Jinan, the famous Spring City in China. What you can't miss in Jinan is Baotu Spring Park where three stands keep spouting day and night. Daming Lake is also attractive with many springs and lotus flowers in summer. Besides, you can visit Shandong Museum for a Shandong cultural savory. To take a sight of local life or taste local street food, just go to Spring City Square and Furong Street.
In fact, many people take an extending tour in Mount Tai and Qufu after their Jinan journey. Both of them are endowed with historical and cultural significance in China for about 2,000 years.
It needs 2 ~ 3 days to explore the best highlights of Qingdao. Top attractions you can't miss include Xiaoyushan Park which offers a valuable panoramic view of Qingdao City and nearby attractions, Zhanqiao Pier - the symbol of Qingdao, Eight Passes with old villas of different architecture styles of over 20 countries and Tsingdao Beer Museum which showcases the hundreds of years' history of Tsingdao Beer. Besides, Laoshan Mountain is a good place with beautiful mountain view and seascape. If you want to discover China's culture better, it is strongly recommended to extend your tour to Mount Tai and Qufu.
Baotu Spring in Jinan
Good View from Xiaoyushan Park
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