Fujian Transportation: How to Get to/around Fujian 2023
Fujian Province is located along the southeastern coastline in China. It neighbors East China Sea to its east, Zhejiang Province to its northeast, Jiangxi Province to its northwest and Guangdong Province to its southwest.
With stunning coastal islands, beaches, mountains and rich World Heritages and historical blocks and temples, Fujian has no shortage of wonderful. There are many amazing places to visit in this region, including Xiamen, Nanjing and Yongding (Fujian Tulou), Wuyishan, Xiapu, Fuzhou, etc. To help you navigate Fujian efficiently, here we will show you how to get to Fujian and travel around Fujian by flight and train. Transportation info like getting to and traveling around its major tourist cities are also included.
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Get to Fujian by Flight
In the whole Fujian Province, there are over 7 airports. However, the most frequently used airports for visitors are Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (IATA: XMN), Fuzhou Changle International Airport (IATA: FOC), Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport (IATA: JJN) and Wuyishan Airport (IATA: WUH).
For tourists from abroad, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport and Fuzhou Changle international Airport are the most popular, because there two airports shares the most frequent flights from overseas countries and cities like London, Sydney, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Singapore and so on. The two airports are also the best ones for flight journey to other cities in China, like Beijing (2.5 hours), Shanghai (2 hours), Xian (2.5 hours), Guangzhou (1.5 hours), Guilin (1.5 hours), Kunming (2.5 hours), Chengdu (2.5 hours), Chongqing (2 hours), etc. There are also flights between Wuyishan Airport and Beijing (3 hours), Xian (1 hour), Guangzhou (1.5 hours), Xiamen (1 hour), Nanjing (1.5 hours), Qingdao (2.5 hours) and Chengdu (2.5 hours).
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport
Get to Fujian by Train
Fujian has a well-established railway network. And taking a high speed train is usually another top chosen way to get to /away from Fujian. Visitors can ride a high speed train to make efficient transfers between cities and counties in Fujian like Xiamen, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Putain, Wuyishan, Nanping, Xiapu, Nanjing, Longyan, etc. Besides, there are bullet trains connecting Fujian and Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Huangshan, Guilin, Chongqing, Chengdu, Guiyang, Tongren, Kaili, Changsha, Lanzhou, Yichang, etc. The popular railway stations in Fujian include Xiamen Railway Station, Xiamen North Railway Station, Fuzhou Railway Station, Fuzhou South Railway Station, Nanping Railway Station, Wuyishan North Railway Station, Xiapu Railway Station, etc.
Xiamen North Railway Station
How to Get to/around Xiamen
Being the most popular tourist city in Fujian, Xiamen has a well-built transportation system. No matter you prefer to travel by by flight, train, bus, subway or ferry, Xiamen offers what you want.
Get to Xiamen by Flight
Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, available for Xiamen 144-Hour Visa-Free Transit, is at present the only airport in Xiamen and one of the most popular airports in Fujian. It is located at the western part of Xiamen City. Visitors can take international flights from more than 45 international cities and regions and more than 90 domestic cities in China to get there. The international cities and regions include Tokyo, Sydney, Singapore, Seoul, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Macau, etc. And the domestic cities include Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Harbin, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Kunming, Lijiang, etc.
Popular Xiamen Flight Schedules
Get to Xiamen by Train
Xiamen Railway Station and Xiamen North Railway Station are now the popular train stations in Xiamen, with both high speed trains and normal trains available. Xiamen North Railway Station is more popular for high-speed train travel, because it shares more daily bullet trains. However, Xiamen Railway Station is closer to Xiamen downtown and the main attractions in Xiamen, including the world-famous Gulangyu Island, Zhongshan Road Pedestrian Street, South Putuo Temple, etc.
By riding a bullet train, you can get from/to Xiamen to Beijing (11~17.5 hours), Shanghai (5.5~8.5 hours), Huangshan (4.5~5 hours), Guangzhou (4.5~5 hours), Shenzhen (3.5~4 hours), Kunming (13 hours), etc. Besides, you can travel from/to Xiamen to other popular tourist places in Fujian, like Wuyishan (2.5~4 hours), Xiapu (2.5~3 hours), Fuzhou (1.5~4 hours), etc.
Popular Xiamen Train Schedules:
- Guangzhou to Xiamen Train (about 4.5~5 hrs)
- Xiamen to Guangzhou Train (about 4.5~5 hrs)
- Shanghai to Xiamen Train (about 5.5~8.5 hrs)
- Xiamen to Guangzhou Train (about 5.5~8.5 hrs)
- Beijing to Xiamen Train (about 11~17.5 hrs)
- Xiamen to Beijing Train (about 11~17.5 hrs)
- Huangshan to Xiamen Train (about 4.5~5 hrs)
- Xiamen to Huangshan Train (about 4.5~5 hrs)
- Shenzhen to Xiamen Train (about 3.5~4 hrs)
- Xiamen to Shenzhen Train (about 3.5~4 hrs)
- Wuyishan to Xiamen Train (about 2.5~4 hrs)
- Xiamen to Wuyishan Train (about 2.5~4 hrs)
- Xiapu to Xiamen Train (about 2.5~3 hrs)
- Xiamen to Xiapu Train (about 2.5~3 hrs)
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Travel around Xiamen
Visitors can travel around Xiamen by metro, taxi and car. Xiamen has 2 metro lines. There are metro stations settled close to Xiamen North Railway Station and Xiamen International Cruise Terminal, etc. And it is usually easy to find a taxi on the Xiamen streets. If you want to visit Gulangyu Island which is settled amidst the sea with no bridges connected with Xiamen downtown, you are required to take a ferry from Xiamen International Cruise Terminal, Lundu Port or Songgu Port. The ferry journey needs only 7~20 minutes. Check more How to Get to Gulangyu Island >>
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How to Get to/around Fujian Tulou
Fujian Tulou are mainly scattered in the mountainous region in Nanjing County and Huaan County of Zhangzhou City and Yongding District of Longyan City in Fujian. The Tulou clusters in Yongding and Nanjing are the most popular. Therefore, when it comes to how to get to Fujian Tulou, it usually refers how to get to Yongding and Nanjing.
How to Get to Fujian Tulou (Nanjing & Yongding)
Yongding and Nanjing is only half an hour to one hour away from each other by car. The two places are both hidden in the remote area with at least 1.5 hours from the closest train station named Nanjing Railway Station by car. It is usually not an easy job for foreign visitors and even a Chinese to get there by high speed train plus car or bus. The best way to get there is with the help of direct car service from nearby Xiamen, the best gateway to Fujian Tulou. The car ride takes about 2.5 hours from Xiamen to Yongding and 2.5~3.5 hours from Xiamen to Nanjing.
Travel around Fujian Tulou (Nanjing & Yongding)
There is no official sightseeing bus opened between Nanjing and Yongding and between the Tulou Clusters of each single Tulou area. Normally, visitors get around Fujian Tulou with the help of private car which take them from Xiamen to this region. And independent travelers may ride a motorbike with the locals to get around.
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How to Get to/around Wuyishan
Wuyi Mountain, the sacred World Natural and Cultural Heritage, is located in Wuyishan City, Nanping City, Fujian, China. Nowadays, the airports and train stations serving for Wuyishan are Wuyishan Airport, Wuyishan North Railway Station and Nanping Railway Station.
Get to Wuyishan by Flight
Wuyishan Airport is about 12.5 km and 20 minutes by car northeast of the south gate of Wuyi Mountain, which is the main entrance gate for the visitors. The airport now offers flight service to/from Beijing (3 hours), Xian (1 hour), Guangzhou (1.5 hours), Xiamen (1 hour), Nanjing (1.5 hours), Qingdao (2.5 hours) and Chengdu (2.5 hours). Check Xiamen to Wuyishan Flight >>
Get to Wuyishan by Train
Wuyishan North Railway Station and Nanping Railway Station are located at the two sides of Wuyi Mountain. And the driving distance from any one of them to the mainly used south gate of Wuyi Mountain is almost the same, which is about 28 kilometers and 0.5 hour by car. The two stations both have high speed trains to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Changsha, Guilin, Huangshan, Wuyuan, Nanjing, Hangzhou, etc. However, Nanping Railway Station normally has more daily bullet train scheduled.
Nanping Railway Station
Popular Wuyishan Train Schedules:
- Beijing to Wuyishan Train (7~8 hrs.)
- Wuyishan to Beijing Train (7~8 hrs.)
- Shanghai to Wuyishan Train (2.5~4 hrs.)
- Wuyishan to Shanghai Train (2.5~4 hrs.)
- Xian to Wuyishan Train (8.5~9 hrs.)
- Wuyishan to Xian Train (8.5~9 hrs.)
- Xiamen to Wuyishan Train (3~4 hrs.)
- Wuyishan to Xiamen Train (3~4 hrs.)
- Shenzhen to Wuyishan Train (6.5~8 hrs.)
- Wuyishan to Shenzhen Train (6.5~8 hrs.)
- Fuzhou to Wuyishan Train (1~1.5 hrs.)
- Wuyishan to Fuzhou Train (1~1.5 hrs.)
- Huangshan to Wuyishan Train (1~1.5 hrs.)
- Wuyishan to Huangshan Train (1~1.5 hrs.)
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Travel around Wuyishan City & Wuyi Mountain
In Wuyishan City, you can get around by taxi, city bus or car. Normally, it needs about half an hour getting from Wuyishan City downtown to Wuyi Mountain and 10 minutes around from Sangu Town to Wuyi Mountain by car. Sangu Town is the best place to stay while visiting Wuyi Mountain.
Inside the Wuyi Mountain Scenic Area, you can get around by tourist bus, which can take you to all the major tourist sites, including Nine Bends Stream, Wuyi Palace, Dahongpao Tea Plantation, Tiger Roaring Peak, etc. And the popular bamboo rafting from Nice Bends Stream to Wuyi Palace takes about 1.5 hours. Hiking time to each splendid peak in Wuyi Mountain varies from half an hour to 3 hours or so.
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How to Get to/around Xiapu
Xiapu County in Ningde City is where the picturesque Xiapu Mudflat is located. At present, there is no airport built there. Visitors usually ride a high speed train or private car to get there. Private car is more popular, because Xiapu is only 2.5~3 hours from Xiamen and 1~1.5 hours from Fuzhou by car. And the best photography spots are distributed in the coastal villages that relatively far away from each other with no official sightseeing buses connected, which may be more convenient if you go with private cars.
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Get to Xiapu by Train
Xiapu Railway Station, the only bullet train station of this region, also has high speed trains running from Xiamen (2.5~3 hours), Fuzhou (1~1.5 hours), Shanghai (5~5.5 hours), Shenzhen (6.5 hours), Hangzhou (4 hours), etc.
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How to Ge to/around Fuzhou
Fuzhou is the capital and transportation hub of Fujian Province. To get to this bustling city, you can choose flight or train as you like.
Get to Fuzhou by Flight
The airport in Fuzhou is named Changle International Airport (IATA: FOC), which is located about 49 kilometers and 1 hour away by car from Fuzhou downtown area. Changle Airport offers flights to/from over 20 international cities and regions and over 70 domestic cities. The connecting international cities include New York, Tokyo, Paris, Singapore, Bangkok, Sydney, etc. And the domestic cities include Beijing (3 hours), Shanghai (2 hours), Xian (2.5 hours), Xiamen (0.5 hour), Shenzhen (1.5 hours), Guilin (1.5 hours), Guiyang (2 hours), Kunming (2.5 hours), Changsha (1.5 hours), Chengdu (2.5 hours), Harbin (4 hours), etc.
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Get to Fuzhou by Train
Fuzhou now has two popular train stations, namely Fuzhou Railway Station and Fuzhou South Railway Station. Fuzhou Railway Station is closer to Fuzhou downtown, while Fuzhou South Railway station is closer to Fuzhou Changel International Airport. The driving distance from Fuzhou Railway Station to Fuzhou downtown is about 9 kilometers (0.5 hour by car). And it takes about 40 minutes (20 kilometers) if you go form Fuzhou South Railway Station.
The two stations all provide high speed train service to/from Xiamen (1.5~4.5 hrs.), Shanghai (4~7 hrs.), Shenzhen (5~5.5 hrs.), Guangzhou (6 hrs.), Xiapu (1~2 hrs.), etc. However, high speed trains to/from Beijing (8~11 hrs.), Xian (9.5~10 hrs.), Wuyishan (1~1.5 hrs.), Huangshan (2.5 hrs.), Guilin (8 hrs.) and Changsha (4.5~5.5 hrs.) only depart from or arrive at Fuzhou Railway Station.
Fuzhou Railway Station
Popular Fuzhou Train Schedules:
- Fuzhou to Xiamen (1.5~4.5 hours)
- Xiamen to Fuzhou (1.5~4.5 hours)
- Fuzhou to Xiapu (1~1.5 hours)
- Xiapu to Fuzhou (1~1.5 hours)
- Fuzhou to Wuyishan (1~1.5 hours)
- Wuyishan to Fuzhou (1~1.5 hours)
- Fuzhou to Shenzhen (5~5.5 hours)
- Shenzhen to Fuzhou (5~5.5 hours)
- Fuzhou to Shanghai (5~5.5 hours)
- Shanghai to Fuzhou (5~5.5 hours)
Get around Fuzhou
Visitors can easily travel around Fuzhou by taxi, metro or bus. Most of Fuzhou’s attractions, like Sanfang Qixiang (Three Lanes and Seven Alleys), West Lake Park, Fujain Provincial Museum, are located in its downtown area. Yongquan Temple and Gushan Scenic Area are about 40 minutes and 18 kilometers away from the city center. Pingtan Island, the closest island in China'smainland to Taiwan Island, is a little bit further, which takes about 1.5~2.5 hours by car.
How to Get to/around Quanzhou
Quanzhou is closely next to Xiamen on its south edge. With a reputation of “A Buddhist Country”, Quanzhou is famous for its large diversity of religions. Both flight and high speed train are quite effective to get there.
Get to Quanzhou by Flight
Quanzhou also has an international airport, which is named Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport (IATA: JJN). The airport is about 18 kilometers and half an hour from Quanzhou downtown. It has flights to/from overseas cities and international regions like Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong and domestic cities like Beijing (2.5 hours), Xian (3 hours), Guangzhou (1.5 hours), Shanghai (2 hours), Hangzhou (1.5 hours), Kunming (2.5 hours), Chengdu (2.5 hours), etc.
Get to Quanzhou by Train
Quanzhou Railway Station in Quanzhou is about 23 kilometers and 40 minutes around from/to Quanzhou downtown and about 10 kilometers by car. Visitors can find bullet trains at the train station from/to Xiamen (0.5~1 hour), Fuzhou (1~2 hours), Xiapu (2 hours), Wuyishan (2.5~3 hours), Shanghai (6~8 hours), Hangzhou (5~7 hours), Beijing (11 hours), etc.
Kaiyuan Temple in Quanzhou
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Travel around Quanzhou
Visitors can also ride a taxi, bus or car to get around Quanzhou City. Usually, it takes less than half an hour to make transfers between any two highlights of Quanzhou, like Kaiyuan Temple, Qingyuan Mountain, Chengtian Temple, Luoyang Bridge, etc.
How to Get to/around Putian
Putian is mostly famous for its Meizhou Island, which is said to be the birthplace of Chinese Godness of the Sea named Mazu. At present, Putain City has no airport. Visitors prefer to get there by high speed train.
Get to Putian by Train
Putian City has one mainly used train station, namely Putian Railway Station. Putian Railway Station is located at the norther part of this city, with a driving distance for about 40 kilometers to Meizhou Island. Here, you can find high speed trains from/to Quanzhou (0.5 hour), Xiamen (0.5~5.5 hours), Fuzhou (0.5~1 hour), Wuyishan (2~3 hours), Xiapu (1.5~2 hours), Shenzhen (4.5~5.5 hours), Guangzhou (5.5 hours), Shanghai (4.5~7.5 hours), Hangzhou (3.5~6.5 hours), Huangshan (3.5 hours), etc.
Popular Putian Train Schedules:
Travel around Putian
Travelling in Putian, taxi, public bus and ferry are all accessible. If you are going to visit Guanghua Temple and Putian South Shaolin Temple in the downtown area, you can get there easily by bus and taxi. And if you are going to visit Meizhou Island, you are required to get to Wenjia Port close to the coastal line of Putian first and then ride a ferry to Meizhou Island. The port offers ferry service during 07:00-18:00. And the ferry trip takes merely about 10 minutes.
How to Plan a Fujian Tour
Top Places to Visit in Fujian: Fujian Tulou, Gulangyu Island, Wuyi Mountain, Xiapu Mudflat, Sanfang Qixiang, Kaiyuan Temple, Meizhou Island, etc.
Best Time to Visit Fujian: January ~ July & September ~ December for most places; March ~ November for Wuyi Mountain.
How to Get to Fujian: Take flight to Xiamen Airport, Fuzhou Airport, Wuyishan Airport, or take high speed trains to Xiamen, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Wuyishan, Xiapu…
Fujian is a pleasant destination to enjoy appealing coastal sightseeing, lay back in leisure and discover the culture and history of southeast China. You can spend about 2 days in most places there to discover the top highlights of each one. And usually 5-6 days is mostly planned to enjoy a Fujian province tour to have best fun in Xiamen, Fujian Tulou and Wuyishan! Among them, Xiamen and Fujian Tulou are the most classic and not-to-be missed for the first time to Fujian. Besides, if you want a deeper exploration or fond of nature, Wuyishan and Xiapu Mudflat are the top recommendation!
1-2 days in Xiamen
Xiamen is usually planned as the start of a Fujian tour where to enjoy pleasant and leisure time with the coastal landscape. Gulangyu Island, Nanputuo Temple, Huandao Road, etc. are the top highlights..
1-2 days Fujian Tulou
Many visitors enjoy a 1 day classic Fujian Tulou trip from Xiamen to visit Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster and other earthen buildings in Nanjing. Hongkeng Tulou Cluster and Chuxi Tulou Cluster in Yongding are great to add for a 2-day Tulou trip. Tulou in Hongkeng, Gaobei and Nanxi are also favored for an in-depth tour.
2-3 days in Wuyishan
Most people spend 2 days at Wuyishan to visit Jiuqu Stream rafting, Tianyou Peak, Dahongpao Scenic Area, Wuyi Palace, impression Da Hong Pao, etc. Water Curtain Cave, Xiamei Village, etc. are great to add in another day.
2-3 days in Xiapu
If you are interested in photography, plan at least 2 days to Xiapu to shoot the marvelous mudflat at Xiaohao, Beiqi, Dongbi, Shajiang and Yantian. Extend to more beautiful places like Huazhu, Yangjiaxi, Bachimen, etc. based on your likes, which usually takes 3-5 days covering the arrival and departure.
You are also recommended to discover more beautiful destinations in Fujian like Fuzhou, Quanzhou, etc., which needs 1-2 days for each one.
Besides, lots of traveler to Fujian also prefer to plan it with other hot destinations in China, such as Huangshan with the fantastic Yellow Mountain, Guilin with wonderful Karst landscape, Yunnan with amazing scenery and ethnic minority culture, Zhangjiajie with incredible Avatar Mountains, Hangzhou with heavenly West Lake, Shanghai with contrast past and modern China looks, Hong Kong with fabulous skyline, Guangzhou with delicious Cantonese food, etc. China Discovery is always prepared to offer you the best Fujian tours and customized service for a satisfied itinerary based on your requirement.
Gulangyu Island in Xiamen
Fujian Tulou (Nanjing County)
Huangshan Yellow Mountain (Flying-over Rock)
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