How to Get from Chongqing Airport to City Center

Chongqing is located in the southwest of China served as the middle destination in a China tour, and most travelers come to Chongqing by air.

In fact, Chongqing is the largest municipality in China with 26 districts altogether. Among all the districts, Yuzhong District is recognized as the most important district and the city center for its location and economic development. Jiefangbei Square, Chaotianmen Dock, Hongya Cave, Three Gorges Museum are all located in Yuzhong District. Most travelers and local residents are considered Jiefangbei as the center of Yuzhong District and also the center of Chongqing City. This area is very convenient for travelers to reach most tourist attractions, accommodate in comfortable hotels, go shopping or transfer to Chaotianmen Dock to board a Yangtze cruise. Now, do you want to figure out how to get from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport to the city center? Let’s read the following transportation to get the latest information.


Where is Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport

Address: Lianglu Town, Yubei District, Chongqing Municipality, China. (中国重庆市渝北区两路镇)

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, located 20 kilometers away to the northeast of downtown area and takes about 50 min by car, is one of the eight regional hub airports in China. It’s the fifth Chinese airport which implements 72-hour visa-free transit policy. The airport has three terminals. It offers convenient transportation system for you to transfer to any area in Chongqing downtown. You can choose taxi, transit rail, shuttle bus or private transfers arranged by travel agencies.


Map of Chongqing Airport to City Center

Map of Chongqing Airport to City Center


Get from Jiangbei Airport to City Center: by Metro, Shuttle Bus, Taxi and Private Car

The traffic in Chongqing is considerably convenience for travelers, so no matter you arrive at which terminal in the airport, you’ve got several transportation plans to travel between the airport and the city center - by private car, taxi, transit rail, shuttle bus.


By Private Car Arranged by China Discovery

The distance between Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport to the downtown area is about 20km, and it takes about 30 min by car. Due to the special geography, the transportation system is a little bit tricky for most travelers who visit Chongqing the first time. So the most convenient and time-saving way to get from Chongqing airport to downtown city is through private cars. China Discovery provides you the comfortable licensed private car service included in our Chongqing Tour package.

Our drivers are all experienced local drivers with qualified licenses. 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. Our private driver will escort you along your whole trip and you don’t need to transfer for several times. Meanwhile, our local tour guide will guide you to have an in-depth tour in Chongqing. After the tour, they will drop you off at the airport or boarding dock on time.

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By Taxi

Taking a taxi from the airport is the most convenient way to head directly to the destinations for those independent travelers. Once arriving at Chongqing Jiangbei Airport, you can follow the instructions and get a taxi easily.

The whole distance between the airport and attractions in downtown area is about 24~33km. The basic taxi fares in Chongqing are CNY 10 for the first 3 kilometers, CNY 2 per kilometer after 3km. Check the following frequent used destinations with detailed distances and prices for reference.

To Distance (KM) Estimated Cost (CNY) Estimated  Length
Jiefangbei Square 25 60-70 30 mins
Chaotianmen Dock 28 70-80 40 mins
Hongya Cave 25 60-70 30 mins
E’ling Park 28 70-80 30 mins
Ciqikou Ancient Town 30 70-80 50 mins
Three Gorges Museum 24 60-70 30 mins
Chongqing Grand Theater 25 60-70 30 mins
Yikeshu Observation Platform 26 60-70 35 mins
Chongqing Zoo 33 80-90 35 mins
Liziba Transit Rail Station 28 70-80 30 mins

(Note: The above prices are for reference only and the taxi fares/length may changed based on the real situation.)


By Transit Rail

For independent travelers, after arrive at Jiangbei International Airport, if you have enough time, you can also take Chongqing transit rail head to Chongqing downtown area, it would take more than 1 hour. Taking the transit rail is the cheapest way and can spare you from the traffic jam, however time consumed almost doubled comparing with taking a taxi.

There are two transit rail lines connected to Jiangbei International Airport, Line 3 and Line 10.

Transit rail line 3 runs from 7:30 to 20:30, passes through Lianglukou (两路口站), Guanyinqiao (观音桥), Niujiaotuo (牛角沱站), Chongqing North Railway Station (South Square) etc. Transit rail line 10 runs from 6:30 to 22:30, passes through Longtousi Park (龙头寺公园), Hongtudi (红土地站), Chongqing North Railway Station (North Square), Chongqing North Railway Station (South Square). Both Lines are convenient for transferring to other rail lines. However, if you choose transit rail as your travel way, apart from time spending on the metro, you also need to walk hundreds or a thousand meters to get to your destinations.

Chongqing Transit Rail Map

Click to Enlarge Chongqing Transit Rail Map (check latest metro lines at official website)

If you arrive at Terminal 3, walk about 250 meters and you will reach Jiangbei Airport Terminal 3 railway station, entering from Gate 4, take Line 10 to Hongtudi station and change transit rail Line 6, get off at Xiaoshizi Station, then you need to walk about 5 to 10 minutes to arrive at Jiefangbei.

If you exit from Terminal 2, you should board at Jiangbei Airport Terminal 2 railway station, entering from Gate four, take Line 3 to Niujiaotuo station and change to Line 2, after four stations you will arrive at Linjiangmen Station, exit from Gate 3, then walk about 109 meters, you will arrive at Jiefangbei Square.

To Metro Line to Take Length
Jiefangbei Square Line 10 -> “Hongtudi” (红土地站) -> Line 6 -> “Xiaoshiz” (小什字站) 60-70 mins
Chaotianmen Dock Line 10 -> “Hongtudi” (红土地站) -> Line 6 -> “Xiaoshiz” (小什字站) 60-70 mins
Ciqikou Ancient Town Line 3 -> “Lianglukou” (两路口站) -> Line 1 -> “Ciqikou” ((磁器口站) 80-90 mins
Three Gorges Museum Line 3 -> “Niujiaotuo” (牛角沱站) -> Line 2 -> “Zengjiayan” (曾家岩站) 70-80 mins
Chongqing Zoo Line 3 -> “Niujiaotuo” (牛角沱站) -> Line 2 -> “Chongqing Zoo” (动物园) 70-80 mins
Hongya Cave Line 10 -> “Hongtudi” (红土地站) -> Line 6 -> “Xiaoshizi” (小什字站) 50-60 mins
E’ling Park Line 3 -> “Lianglukou” (两路口站) -> Line 1 -> “E’ling Park” (鹅岭站) 70-80 mins

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By Shuttle Bus

There are 6 lines with numerous shuttle buses running between Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and downtown area of Chongqing from the early morning to last flight.

The terminal of K01 is Jiefangbei, if you want to go to city center, K01 is your best choice. If you need to transfer to Chongqing North Railway Station, you can take K02.

Check the following routes, stops, frequency of each line and get the right shuttle bus for transfer.

Shuttle Bus Line Destinations Service Time Ticket Fare
K01 Jiangbei Airport, Jiazhou Garden, Damiao, Shangqing Temple, the Assembly Hall, Jiefangbei Square 08:30-30mins after last flight CNY 15
K01 Jiefangbei Square, the Assembly Hall, Sahngqing Temple, Damiao, Jiazhou Garden, Jiangbei Airport 05:30-22:40 CNY 15
K02 Jiangbei Airport, Qixia Junction, Chongiqng North Railway Station (North Square) 08:45-22:40 CNY 15
K02 Chongqing North Railway Station (North Square), Auto Expo Center, Jiangbei Airport 08:00-22:30 CNY 15
K03 Jiangbei Airport, Yanggongqiao 08:30-23:30 CNY 15
K03 Yanggongqiao, Jiangbei Airport 07:00-21:00 CNY 15
K05 Jiangbei Airport, Nanping Sigongli Public Transit Hub 08:30-22:30 CNY 15
K05 Nanping Sigongli Public Transit Hub, Jiangbei Airport 08:00-21:00 CNY 15
K06 Jiangbei Airport, Chongqing West Station 08:30-21:00 CNY 20
K06 Chongqing West Station, Jiangbei Airport 08:00-21:00 CNY 20
K07 Jiangbei Airport, Shapingba Station 08:30-21:00 CNY 15
K07 Shapingba Station, Jiangbei Airport 08:00-21:00 CNY 15

(Note: K05, K06 and K07 won’t stop at Terminal 2, you can take free airport shuttle bus to Terminal 3 to take the bus.)


Get from Jiangbei Airport to Chaotianmen Dock

Chongqing is one of the most important starting/ending place of Yangtze River cruise. Most of tourists come to Chongqing to take Yangtze River cruise to visit Three Gorges. So let’s take a look how to get from Jiangbei Airport to Chaotianmen Dock to boarding the ship.

Chaotianmen Dock is near the city center, 28km from Jiangbei Airport, here are three means of transportation for you to choose:

The first and most recommended way is by taking licensed private car arranged by our company. It’s very convenience, time-saving and we will also arrange a private English guide to help you to get to the right wharf and board the cruise.

The second way is by taxi. Without traffic jams, it takes about 40 minutes from Jiangbei Airport to Chaotianmen Dock.

You can also take transit rail to Chaotianmen Dock, take transit rail line 10 in Terminal 3, head to Hongtudi Station and transfer to Line 6, get off at Xiaoshizi Station, then exit from 4B walk about 1km to reach to Chaotianmen Dock.

Chaotianmen Dock Chaotianmen Dock

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How to Plan a Chongqing Tour

Chongqing is the staring/ending place of Yangtze River cruise, plus the special and beautiful scenery locally, attracting an endless stream of tourists every year. A large number of travelers come to Chongqing is for boarding Yangtze cruises. If you want to discover the picturesque natural view of Three Gorges, experience Ba and Shu culture and visit some historic sites such as Fengdu Ghost City, Shibaozhai Pagoda, White Emperor City etc. Why not take a 4-day Yangtze Cruise leisure tour. It will become a precious memory lingering in your heart.

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For visitors have one or two days more in Chongqing, you can explore top attractions in Chongqing downtown. Pay a visit to the Three Gorges Museum before your Yangtze River trip, experience the ancient town - Ciqikou and try some local spicy snacks to satisfied your taste buds, wander along E’ling Park to enjoy the quiet cosy time and overlook the confluence of Yangtze River and Jialing River, visit cute panda in Chongqing Zoo and enjoy the splendid nightview of Chongqing in Hongya Cave.

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If you are more attracted by UNESCO World Heritage sites, here are two places in Chongqing you must to go. You will astonished by the splendid carving artworks in Dazu Rock Carvings and immerse in the workmanship of nature in Wulong Karst National Geology Park. Both two places are not in Chongqing downtown, so you need to take private cars, tour buses or trains to get there.

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If you have any other ideas about the trip or you have other places or cities wanted to visit such as Beijing, Shanghai or Xian, our experienced travel consultants are very glad to offer their help, you can contact us directly and cutomize your trip with us.

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