How to Get to and around Chengde & Chengde Transportation 2021

Chengde is a prefecture-level city in Hebei province neighboring Beijing. It is known for the Imperial Mountain Resort where the emperors and royal family members stayed to escape the summer heat. In the suburban area of Chengde is the magnificent Great Wall of Jinshanling section which is only about 150km away from Beijing. Therefore, Chengde is usually chosen as an extended destination to visit after trip in Beijing or Tianjin.

Here we have provided you with more specific information about Chengde transportation including how to get to Chengde from other cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Shijiazhuang, and how to get around Chengde and main attractions such as Jinshanling Great Wall and Imperial Summer Mountain Resort.

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Where is Chengde

Chengde City (115° 54'- 119° 15'E, 40° 12'- 42° 37'N) is situated northeast of Beijing. It borders Zhangjiakou (in Hebei Province) to the west, and Tianjin to the south, Tangshan and Qinhuangdao to the southeast. It’s about 225km to Beijing, 300km to Tianjin, 515km to Shijiazhuang.

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Get to Chengde by Flight

Chengde Puning Airport 承德普宁机场 (IATA: CDE)

Address: East side of Dongnan Shanzhong street, Shuangqiao District, Chengde City, Hebei Province 河北省承德市双桥区东南山中街东侧

Transportation: about 28 km (0.5-1 hour by car) to Chengde downtown (Imperial Summer Palace), 105 km (1.5-2 hours by car) to Jinshanling Great Wall.

Chengde Puning Airport (承德普宁机场) is now the only airport in operation in Chengde. It has been under operation since 2017. As of 2020, the airport opens 7 domestic airlines. You can take flights transferring between Chengde and domestic cities like Shijiazhuang (1h), Shanghai (4.5h), Xian (2h), Tianjin (1h), Guangzhou (5h), etc. No direct flight serves between Beijing and Chengde for the short aerial distance.

Chengde Airport to Chengde Downtown (Imperial Summer Resort): Besides taking a taxi to Chengde downtown, you can also take the airport shuttle bus No. 1 to Huoshengmiao stop (火神庙) which is only about 500m from the Imperial Summer Resort with a duration of about 1.5 hours and the bus fare is about CNY 10 per person.

Chengde Airport to Jinshanling Great Wall: there is not any public transferring way from Chengde airport to Jinshanling Great Wall directly, you can only charter a car and diver for about 105km, 2 hours to get to Jinshanling.

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Chengde Puning Airport

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Chengde Flights Map

Get to Chengde by Train

There are totally 4 railway stations serving Chengde and Chengde South Railway Station and Chengde Railway Station are two major stations. Chengde South Railway Station is the high-speed train station and Chengde Railway Station is the older one located in the downtown area. Since the distance between them is about 10km, so pay attention to your train ticket information and get to the right location. >>Learn More about Chengde Train Stations

Chengde South Railway Station 承德南站 - High Speed Train Railway Station

Address: East side of Dongnan Shanzhong street, Shuangqiao District, Chengde City, Hebei Province 河北省承德市双桥区东南山中街东侧

Chengde Railway Station is the major train station that serves most bullet trains passing Chengde. It operates trains to cities such as Beijing (1h), Shijiazhuang (2.5h), Dalian (4.5 hours), Shenyang (2.5 hours), Liaoning Chaoyang (1-1.5 hours), Pingquan North (30 minutes), etc.

Transportation: Chengde South Railway Station is only about 9km to Chengde's downtown area and about 14km to the Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort. You can easily get to the Imperial Summer Resort by taxi (about 30min) or Bus 68, 69, etc.

Chengde Railway Station 承德站 - Close to Imperial Summer Resort

Address: No.235, Station Road, Shuangqiao District, Chengde City, Hebei Province 河北省承德市双桥区车站路235号
Transportation: Chengde Railway Station is only about 2.5km to Chengde's downtown area and about 3km to the Imperial Summer Palace of Mountain Resort. You can easily get to the Imperial Summer Resort by taxi or Bus 15, 5, K1, 29, 2, 13, etc.

Chengde Railway Station is an old rail station serving normal trains passing Chengde. It connects many nearby cities like Beijing (3.5-9.5h), Shijiazhuang (9.5-10.5h), Changping North (9.5h), Tongzhou West (4.5-7h), Xinglong County (2-3.5h), Pingquan (0.5-2.5h), Tongliao of Inner Mongolia (10h), Handan of Hebei (11.5h), etc.

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Chengde Railway Station Map

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Chengde South Railway Station

Major Chengde High-Speed Train Schedules:

Train Route Train Time Train Route Train Time Train Route Train Time Train Route Train Time
Beijing to Chengde Trains 1h Shijiazhuang to Chengde Trains 2.5h Dalian to Chengde Trains 4.5h Shenyang to Chengde Trains 2.5h

Get to Chengde by Bus

It is very convenient to take a bus to Chengde in Heibei Province. There are many buses to Chengde from provincial and nearby cities like Beijing, Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, etc. At present, there are 3 bus stations in Chengde, namely Chengde East Bus station and the Chengde North Bus station, and Chengde West Bus Station. Among them, Chengde East Bus Station is the most frequently used one.

Chengde East Bus Station (承德汽车东站) - Arrival, Close to the Scenic Site

Location: Yingbin Road, Shuangqiao District, Chengde City, Hebei Province 河北省承德市双桥区迎宾路

Transportation: It's only about 8km from Chengde East Bus Station to the Imperial Summer Palace. You can take a taxi and get there within about 20min or take bus 29, 13, 1, 9 to get to this Imperial Summer Resort.

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Chengde East Bus Station

Chengde East Bus Station

Popular Bus Route:

Bus Route Operation Time Departure Frequency Duration Bus Fare
Beijing to Chengde 5:40-19:10 Sihui Long-Distance Bus Station
Liuliqiao Long-Distance Bus Station
about every an hour about 4-5 hours about CNY 85
Tianjin to Chengde 7:00-15:00 Tianjin Tongsa Bus Station
Binhai Tanggu Bus Station
about 4 times a day about 4 hours about CNY 120
Shijiazhuang to Chengde 9:30-14:30 Shijiazhuang Bus Terminal about 3 times a day about 6.5 hours about CNY 160

Get from Beijing to Chengde

Beijing is located 225 km to the southwest of Chengde. With direct high-speed trains and buses, tourists can travel between these two cities conveniently.

By High-Speed Train: Every day, over 50 high-speed trains depart from Beijing Chaoyang Railway Station to Chengde South Railway Station with a duration of 1 hour. 

By Normal Train: Multiple trains leave from Beijing Railway Station to Chengde Railway Station with a duration of 3.5-9.5 hours.

By Private Car: It's the most recommended way to visit Chengde from Beijing and it only takes about 3 hours by car. You can drive to the famous Jinshanling Great Wall along your way to Chengde.

By Bus: over 50 buses are running between the two cities every day. It takes about 4-5 hours by bus from Sihui Bus Station/Liuliqiao Bus Station in Beijing to Chengde East Bus Station.

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Beijing to Chengde

Beijing to Chengde Transfer Map

Get from Tianjin to Chengde

As a popular coastal city near Chengde, Tianjin is only about 300km from Chengde. People always travel to Tian from Chengde conveniently by air and road. The high-speed train has not been put into use between the two cities yet.

By Flight: Every evening, there is a flight taking off from Tianjin Binhai Airport to Chengde Puning Airport with a duration of 1 hour on the flight. As the airports in Tianjin and Chengde are a little far from downtown, the total time you need is much the same as a bus trip.

By Private Car: It takes about 3.5 hours by car. A private car is also an option and doesn’t take a long time or you can easily take a bus or taxi to Chengde from Tianjin.

By Bus: About 4 buses are running between the two cities every day. It takes about 4 hours by bus from Tianjin Tongsa Bus Station/Binhai Tanggu Bus Station in Tianjin to Chengde. The bus fare is about CNY 120 per person.

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Tianjin to Chengde

Tianjin Binhai Airport

Get from Shanghai to Chengde

Shanghai is about 1365 km to Chengde. There is no direct trains from Shanghai to Chengde and taking a car or bus is not recommended for the long distance and traveling by flight is more recommended.

By Flight: There are few stopover flights from Shanghai Hongqiao Internation Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Chengde Airport with a duration of about 4.5 hours on the flight. Please be noted that you are advised to set aside 2 hours for security check and boarding.

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Shanghai to Chengde

Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport

Get from Shijiazhuang to Chengde

Shijiazhuang, the capital city of Hebei Province, is about 515km away from Chengde. You can take a train, bus, flight to get there. The frequent high-speed trains can be very convenient.

By High-Speed Train: By the end of 2020, there will be high-speed trains connecting Shijiazhuang Railway Station and Chengde South Railway Station with a duration of 2.5 hours. 

By Normal Train: Every day, about 4 K/Y trains depart from Shijiazhuang Railway Station to Chengde Railway Station with the duration of 7-10 hours. 

By Flight: Every day, 6 flights are taking off from Shijiazhuang Zhengding Airport to Chengde Puning Airport with a duration of 1 hour on the flight. As the airports in Shijiazhuang and Chengde are a little far from downtown, the total time you need is much the same as taking a high-speed train.

By Bus: It takes about 6.5-7 hours to reach Chengde from Shijiazhuang by bus. There are 3 buses a day running between Shijiazhuang Bus Terminal Station to Chengde East Bus Station from about 09:30 am to 2:30 pm. The bus fare is about CNY 160 per person.

Shijiazhuang to Chengde Train Schedules

Shijiazhuang to Chengde Flight Schedules

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Shijiazhuang to Chengde

Shijiazhuang Zhengding Airport

Travel Around in Chengde

City Bus: The city bus in Chengde city is very convenient, with many lines. The price of the most one-way ticket in Chengde is CNY 1 per person. There are bus stops in various tourist attractions in Chengde. During rush hours, the buses will be very crowded. There are also a few double-deck sightseeing buses in Chengde, with the ticket price of CNY 2 per person.

Taxi: It's very convenient to take a taxi in Chengde City. The starting fare of a taxi in the daytime is CNY 7 within 2 kilometers, 1.4 yuan per kilometer for every another extra kilometer, and CNY 1.6 per kilometer for driving more than 8 kilometers. During the night time (23:00-5:30), an extra CNY 0.2 will be charged for every kilometer driving at nighttime.

How to Get to Chengde Mountain Resort: Chengde Imperial Summer Mountain Resort is located in the city center area in Chengde. It's only about 3 km away from Chengde Railway Station, 14km from Chengde South Railway Station, 27km from Chengde airport. It's easily accessible by taxi and can be reached by bus No. 5, 6, 15, 11, etc.

How to Get to Jinshanling Great Wall: Jinshanling Great Wall is about 154km from Beijing downtown and 97km from Chengde City. Tourists can take a taxi or private car to reach Jinshanling Great Wall from Chengde and it takes about 1.5 ~ 2 hours to get to Jinshanling and no bus can get there from Chengde directly. If you leave from Beijing to Jinshanling Great Wall, besides chartering a private car, you can only take a tourist bus there (serving only during the peak season) or taking a city bus vis Gubeikou.>>Learn More about how to get to Jinshanling Great Wall

How to Get to Bashang Grassland: The picturesque Bashang Grassland (including Fengning Bashang Grassland, Zhangbei Bashang Grassland, and Mulan Paddock) is far away from the Chengde downtown area. Since there is no tourist bus inside the vast scenic area, the only recommended way to get there is charting a private car. Mulan Paddock is about 200 km (3 hours’ drive) from Chengde downtown. Fengning Bashang is about 240 km (3 hours’ drive) from Chengde downtown, 280 km (4.5 hours’ drive) from Beijing.

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Chengde Mountain Resort Transfer Map

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Jinshanling Great Wall Transfer Map (click to enlarge)

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Mulan Paddock Location Map (click to enlarge)

How to Plan Your Chengde Tour

How to Get to Chengde: You can fly to Chengde from Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shijiazhuang or take a high speed train from Beijing, Shijiazhuang and other Chinese cities.

Best Time to Visit Chengde: April to October, especially April and May in spring and September and October in autumn

Top Attractions to Visit in Chengde: Jinshanling Great Wall, Chengde Imperial Mountain Resort, Bashang Grassland, Putuo Zhongcheng Temple…

Chengde, a city neighboring Beijing, is known for the Imperial Mountain Resort and surrounding temples such as Putuo Zhongcheng Temple, Puning Temple, and Pule Temple, where the royal family members have come to visit and had a retreat here to escape the summer heat, and about 100km away from Chengde downtown is the magnificent Jinshanling Great Wall. Further away to the northwest of suburban Chengde is the vast picturesque Bashang Grassland. Usually, 2 or 3 days is suitable for visiting major highlights of Chengde. To make photography tour or landscape tour to Bashang Grassland, you need to plan at least 2 days.

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For the short distance to Beijing, generally, many tourists would like take 4 to 5 days to travel Chengde after your trip in Beijing, and Beijing is usually the gateway city to start your trip in Chengde with world-renown ancient wonders such as the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Hutongs, etc. After your 2 or 3 days' Beijing highlight trip, soon your can start your exploration in Chengde. It's convenient to visit the temples and royal resort in the city center area and to see the unmissable Jinshanling Great Wall along your way between Chengde and Beijing. If time allows and you’re quite interested in natural scenery, the idyllic Bashang Grassland is also charming to see.

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Besides Beijing, travelers can also extend the Chengde trip further to Tianjin, Qinhuangdao, Zhangjiakou, in Hebei Province and even other northern cities like Dalian and Shengyang to see more stunning heritage and nature sights in China.

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