Chongqing Airport to Chaotianmen Dock: Taxi, Car & Metro

Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock is the only cruise terminal in Chongqing for Yangtze River cruise ships and also a vital cruise port for Chongqing city cruise ships. It usually serves as the first stop for the downstream Yangtze River cruise trips or the last stop for upstream cruise ships. For the travelers who are going to experience the classic downstream Yangtze River cruise journey from Chongqing to Yichang, you may need to travel from Chongqing Airport to Chaotianmen Dock to catch your ship. Upstream ship tourists may also need to transfer from Chaotianmen Dock to Chongqing Airport to catch their flights.

How to get from Chongqing Airport to Chaotianmen Dock? Is there any metro line available between them? When should you must to hop on a taxi or you may miss your flight or ships? This transportation guide will help you solve all these problems and show you all the facts and travel ways between Chongqing Airport and Chaotianmen Dock. Please keep reading and select the best way you like.

Where are Chongqing Airport and Chaotianmen Dock - Location & Distance?

Chongqing has one mainly used airport for tourists, namely Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (重庆江北国际机场). The airport is about 20km northeast of downtown Chongqing. Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock, or called Chaotianmen Wharf, Chaotianmen Terminal and Chaotianmen Port, is located at the junction of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River in the city center area. The driving distance between Chongqing Jiangbei Airport and Chaotianmen Dock is about 24km, which needs about 0.5-1h’s drive by car. Normally, tourists travel between Chongqing Airport and Chaotianmen Dock by taxi or listened private car offered by travel agencies. Some tourists also choose to travel between Chongqing Airport and Chaotianmen Dock by Chongqing metro line (Light Rail Transit Line).

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport Address: Jichang Road, Lianglu Town, Yubei District, Chongqing(重庆市渝北区两路镇机场路,重庆江北机场)

Chaotianmen Dock Address: Chaotianmen Wharf, Changjiang Binjiang Rd, Yuzhong Dist., Chongqing, 400064, China (重庆市渝中区长滨路17号,朝天门码头)

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Chongqing Airport to Chaotianmen Dock by Private Transfer - Most Recommended

Time needed: 0.5h-1h’s drive by car

Chongqing has a busy and complex traffic system due to its special landform feature, which can be easily proved by plenty of YouTube videos. Even locals may sometimes get lost in Chongqing city. The traffic condition at Chaotianmen Dock can be even harder because of the strict traffic control there. Therefore, traveling between Chongqing Airport and Chaotianmen Dock with the help of professional local drivers is usually the best choice.

Our China Discovery also offer convenient private car service. No matter you are going to travel from Chongqing Airport to Chaotianmen Dock to catch your cruise ship or make a return trip from the dock to airport after the ship journey, we can help you make a travel as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Once you booking such a service, your English-speaking tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport or the dock, with a sign with your name on it holding in his/her hands. Your local driver will escort you directly to your destination in convenient. Along the way, your guide can also give you a brief introduction of Chongqing city and share some insider tips. If you need such a service, please feel free to send us your group size, traveling date and time for enquiry.

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Chongqing Airport to Chaotianmen Dock by Taxi

Time needed: 0.5h-1h’s drive by car

If you prefer taxis more, you can also travel between Chongqing Airport and Chaotianmen Dock by taxi. However, for the tourists who are going to catch flights or ships in hurry on their trip plan, you are suggested to book a private car service in advance. Due to the strict traffic control at Chaotianmen Dock, it sometimes may take you much more than 10 minutes to wait for a taxi.

Warm and Important Tip: Downstream Yangtze River cruise ships from Chongqing to Yichang usually depart from Chaotianmen Dock at about 21:00pm and you are required to board your ship during 18:00pm~21:00pm. Thus, we suggest the downstream cruises travelers to book flights arriving at Chongqing Jiangbei Airport before 16:30pm. For the upstream cruises tourists who want to catch flights at Chongqing Airport after the ship journey, you are suggested to book a flight departing from Chongqing Jiangbei Airport after 12:30.

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Chongqing Airport to Chaotianmen Dock by Chongqing Light Rail Transit (Metro Lines)

Time needed: from 1.5 hours

Route: Chongqing Light Rail Line 10 + Line 6 + Walking

The Chaotianmen Metro Station is still under construction now. At present, the closest metro station to Chaotianmen Dock is Xiaoshizi (小什字轻轨站) on Chongqing Light Rail Line 6. Walking from Xiaoshizi Station (小什字轻轨站) to the entrance of Chaotianmen Dock needs about 20 minutes. If you have more than 4 hours left before catching your flight or ship and looking for the cheapest way for the travel between Chongqing Airport and Chaotianmen Dock, taking Chongqing Light Rail trains must be the best choice. After arriving at Chongqing Airport, you can easily find Light Rail Line 10 there. Take a line 10 train to Hongtudi Station (红土地轻轨站) first, and then change to a line 6 train at Hongtudi Station (红土地轻轨站) to Xiaoshizi Station (小什字轻轨站).

Warm Tip: Walking from Xiaoshizi Metro Station (小什字轻轨站) to Chaotianmen Dock isn’t a good choice for the tourists with heavy luggage. The walking road between them is not straight and flat one, but with many turns and steps.

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How to Plan a Chongqing Tour?

85% of Chongqing tourists love traveling Chongqing City and Yangtze River together. Usually, all the downstream Yangtze River cruise ships depart from Chongqing Chaotianmen Port at about 21:00pm and upstream cruise ships arrives at 8:00am around in the morning, leaving you enough time to have a one-day short explore of Chongqing city.

During your one-day Chongqing tour, you can have some sweet moments with adorable pandas in Chongqing Zoo or spend some leisure hours to explore the history of Yangtze River at Three Gorges Museum. Besides, famous Hongya Cave embedded to the cliffs on the riverside and alive Ciqikou Ancient Town in the downtown area are also highly recommended. For more detailed info of trip plan, you could check our hottest Chongqing Yangtze River Cruise tour for your reference: 4 Days Chongqing Essence Tour with Yangtze Cruise (Downstream) >>

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