How to Get to Shenyang & Get around Shenyang 2023

Shenyang, an ancient city with many brilliant historical and cultural sites, is a perfect destination if you are interested in Chinese history, especially the history of the early Qing Dynasty. Located in northeast China and the middle of Liaoning Province, Shenyang is connected with Liaodong Peninsula in the south and the foot of Changbai Mountain in the north. As the transportation hub of Bohai Rim and northeast China, Shenyang has a perfect transportation network. You can reach Shenyang by train, flight or car. Getting to Shenyang by air is the fastest way, but if you have enough time, you can also take high speed trains, which are economical and offer a great view of the northeast.

Where is Shenyang?

Shenyang, Harbin and Changchun are the 3 provincial capitals of Northeast China (Dongbei Area). Among them, Shenyang is the southernmost. It is about 625 km (8~9 hours' drive) northeast from Beijing, about 280 km (3~4 hours' drive) southwest from Changchun and about 520 km (6~8 hours' drive) southwest from Harbin.

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Get to & away from Shenyang

By Air

Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE)

  • Address: Taoxian Town, Dongling District, Southern Suburb, Shenyang (沈阳市南郊东陵区桃仙镇)

According to the information on the official website of the airport in September 2017, Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (沈阳桃仙机场) has opened a total of 149 airlines, including 126 domestic routes and 23 regional and international routes.

As the air transport hub of Northeast China, Shenyang Taoxian International Airport (SHE) has a number of domestic flights to major cities across the country, like Beijing (1.5 hrs), Shanghai (2.5 hrs), Guangzhou (4 hrs), Xian (2 hrs), Shenzhen (4 hrs) and Chengdu (3 hrs), etc. It also serves as a window for northeast China to connect with famous foreign cities all over the world including Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Vancouver and Singapore, etc.

Shenyang Airport Transportation

Shenyang Taoxian International Airport is located 20 km away from downtown (Shenyang City Square), usually taking about 45~70 minutes to transfer by car. You can take Tramcar Line 2 to get to Baitahelu Station (白塔河路站) and transfer to Metro Line 2 to reach Shifuguangchang Station (市府广场站). Besides, the airport also runs shuttle buses to Shenyang North Railway Station, Shenyang Railway Station and Shengyang Long-Distance Bus Station.

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By Train

With a dense railway network, Shenyang is the largest railway hub in northeast China, where several main railway lines such as Beijing-Harbin, Shenyang-Dalian, Shenayng-Jilin, Shenyang-Danton and Shenyang-Fushun meet. 

The fastest high speed train from Shenyang to Changchun is only 1 hour, 1.5 hours to Dalian and 2 hours to Harbin. Taking a high speed train to transfer from Shenyang to Beijing takes less than 5 hours.

Shenyang Train Stations

There are two main passenger railway stations in the urban area of Shenyang, which are Shenyang Railway Station and Shenyang North Railway Station. Shenyang Railway Station mainly runs (high-speed/bullet) trains to cities nearby. Shenyang North Railway Station runs both high-speed/normal trains to cities across the country. The distance between the two stations is about 4 kilometers.

Shenyang North Railway Station 沈阳北站

  • Address: No.102, Beizhan Road, Shenhe District, Shengyang (沈阳市沈河区北站路102号)
  • Distance to Shenyang City Center (City Square): about 3 km, takes about 10~15 minutes by car and about 20 minutes by metro.
  • Distance to Mukden Palace: about 4.5 km, takes about 20 minutes by car and 35 minutes by metro.

Shenyang North Railway Station, located in the northern part of Shenyang city, is the largest railway hub station in northeast China and one of the five railway hubs in China. Trains from Shenyang North Station can reach most large cities in China, and the number of trains stopping is also more than Shenyang Railway Station, not only normal trains, but also bullet and high-speed trains.

Till 2010, the station has overall 8 platforms and 16 railway lines. It serves high-speed trains from/to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Dalian, Harbin, Changchun, Qingdao, Zhengzhou and Taiyuan, etc. and normal trains from/to Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xiamen, Xining and Urumqi, etc.

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Shenyang Railway Station 沈阳站

  • Address: No. 2 Shenglinan Street, Tiexi District, Shenyang (沈阳市铁西区胜利南街2号)
  • Distance to Shenyang City Center (City Square): about 4 km, takes 20~25 minutes by car/metro.
  • Distance to Mukden Palace: about 6 km driving distance, takes about 30 minutes by car and 25 minutes by metro.

Shenyang Railway Station is located in the northwest direction of the city. It is located in the business district of Shenyang, close to the commercial street, more prosperous than Shenyang North Railway Station. Visitors may take Metro Line 1 to get to the station directly.

Till 2010, the station had an overall 10 platforms and 19 railway lines. It serves high-speed trains from/to Beijing, Dalian, Jilin, Harbin, Dandong, Fushun and Panjin, etc. and normal trains from/to Chifeng, Arshan, Benxi and Yingkou, etc.

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Shenyang Railway Station
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Shenyang Coach

Shenyang is the most developed highway passenger transport hub in Liaoning province and even the whole northeast region. Relying on the dense road network, the highway passenger transport lines in Shenyang can cover the whole northeast and even the large and medium-sized cities in all provinces of China. At present, it takes about 4 hours to drive from Shenyang to Dalian, 3.5 hours to Changchun, 6.5 hours to Harbin and 7.5 hours to Beijing. Besides, Shenyang also runs coaches to Benxi, Dandong, Fushun, Yingkou, Anshan and other cities/counties in Liaoning province.

There are overall 4 passenger stations in Shenyang:

  • Liaoning Province Express Bus Passenger Station (辽宁省快速汽车客运站): The line covers 15 provinces and 2 municipalities including the three northeastern provinces (Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning), Beijing, Shanghai, Hebei, Henan, Shandong, Shanxi, Jiangsu, Inner Mongolia and Guangzhou, etc.
  • Shenyang Long-Distance Passenger Terminal (沈阳长途客运总站): The station mainly runs suburban buses. At present, the buses of this station mainly go to Kangping, Faku, Liaoyuan, Anyang and other directions.
  • Shenyang South Long-Distance Bus Station (沈阳站长途客运南站): Near Shenyang Railway Station, the bus station runs buses to Dalian, Anshan, Benxi, Fushun and other cities in Liaoning Province or near Shenyang.
  • Nanta Bus Station (南塔客运站): The station mainly runs buses to cities/counties in the province and cities in Heilongjiang and Jilin Province.

Beijing to Shenyang

To enjoy the two best preserved royal palace complexes (Forbidden City and Mukden Palace) in China, travelers can visit Beijing and Shenyang in one go. Beijing is about 625 kilometers away from Shenyang, which takes 3~4 hours by car. Travelers can transfer between two places by high-speed trains, flights, normal trains or private cars.

By Train

There are over 20 high-speed trains operating between Beijing (Beijing Chaoyang/Beijing South/Beijing Railway Station) and Shenyang (Shenyang North/Shenyang Railway Station) from 07:25~19:00. The whole journey takes 2.5~5.5 hours.

Besides, there are also about 8 (T/K) normal trains running between two cities every day from 06:00~23:00, and the whole journey takes 5.5~10.5 hours.

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By Flight

Every day, there are about 8 direct flights flying between Beijing Shoudu International Airport and Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, which usually takes about 1.5 hours.

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Harbin to Shenyang

Harbin, the top "Ice and Snow" tourism city, is about 520 kilometers northeast from Shenyang, which takes about 6~8 hours by car. There is no flight between the two cities. However, Shenyang and Harbin are well connected by high-speed train, which only takes 2~3 hours to transfer between two cities. Every day, there are about 25 high-speed trains between Harbin (Harbin/Harbin West Railway Station) and Shenyang (Shenyang/Shenyang North Railway Station) from 7:00~18:00.

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Shanghai to Shenyang

The linear distance between Shanghai and Shenyang is about 1,190 kilometers. Taking a flight is the fastest and most convenient way. Every day, there are over 30 direct flights flying between Shanghai (Pudong/Hongqiao International Airport) and Shenyang (Taoxian International Airport), which usually takes about 2.5 hours. Besides, Shenyang is also connected with Shanghai by high speed/normal trains. However, due to the long distance, the fastest high speed train would take over 9.5 hours. There are 6 high speed trains and 3 normal trains running between Shanghai and Shenyang every day. If you are planning to take a high-speed train, it is recommended that you drop in on other popular tourist cities along the railway, such as poetic Suzhou, "the ancient capital of the Six Dynasties" - Nanjing and modern metropolises Tianjin, etc.

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Shenyang to Dalian

Dalian, another popular tourist destination in Liaoning province, shows distinct scenery from Shenyang. It's famous for its romantic coastline and exotic architecture. Dalian is about 390 km southwest from Shenyang. Travelers may get there from Shenyang by high-speed train (1.5~2 hours), normal train (3.5~6 hours) or car (4 hours).

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Get Around Shenyang

Most of the scenic spots in Shenyang are concentrated in Shenhe District (Mukden Palace, Marshal Zhang Mansion and Zhongjie, etc.) and Huanggu District (Beling Park), which can be easily reached by public transport like metro, public bus and taxi. However, for those sites that are farther from the city center, like the Liaoning Provincial Museum, Qipan Mountain, Dongling Park and Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, etc., you are suggested to get around those places by renting a private car.

By our Local Private Transfer Service

There is no direct metro connected to Shenyang Airport and the Liaoning Provincial Museum with the city center. Therefore, traveling with a local private transfer service is the most convenient and recommended way. If you want to get rid of the hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private Shenyang tour package which covers sightseeing, accommodation and transferring from places to places. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Shenyang city center, Mukden Palace, historical sites, museums, your hotels, and any place you want to go with speed and convenience with our non-smoking and comfortable licensed private vehicle, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing. Please Beling Parkfeel free to contact us directly if you need any help!

Shenyang Metro

Shenyang is the 11th city in mainland China to open a subway. Recently, there are 4 metro lines operating in the city, which are Metro Line 1, Line 2, Line 9 and Line 10, with a total of 92 metro stations. Taking a metro to travel around Shenyang city is convenient and budget. You can take Line 1 to Shenyang Railway Station, Mukden Palace, Marshal Zhang Mansion, Taiyuan Street and Zhongjie, etc., and take Line 2 to Shenyang North Railway Station and Beiling Park, etc.

Shenyang Public Bus

Shenyang has more than 180 bus lines, and can reach all major areas of the city. The bus is mostly self-service ticketing, and tickets cost CNY 1/person. There is also a public sightseeing bus in Shenyang, Tourist Bus Line 1, from Liaoning Building to Olympic Sports Center, passing Beiling Park (Zhaoling Mausoleum), Mukden Palace, Taiqing Palace, Fujin Gate, Marshal Zhang Mansion, Zhongjie and other famous scenic spots in Shenyang.

Shenyang to Benxi

Benxi (本溪) , "The Maple Leaf Capital of China", not only has charming autumn scenery and the world's longest underground water-filled cave, but also has a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site - Hengyuan Wunv Mountain City, which is the birthplace of Koguryo.

Benxi city is about 33 km south from Shengyang downtown, which takes 40~50 minutes by car and 20~30 minutes by bullet train. However, scenic spots are scattered in Benxi. Therefore, the best way to explore all the highlights is by taking a private car.

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Shenyang Metro Map
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Shenyang Public Bus
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How to Plan a Shenyang Tour?

It takes 1~2 days to visit the essence of Shenyang City. Take 1 day to visit Marshal Zhang Mansion and two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Mukden Palace and Zhaoling Park and another half day or a day to meet national treasures at Liaoning Provincial Museum.

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For those who are visiting Shenyang in autumn, you can extend your trip to Benxi (1~2 days) and have a “red maple” chasing journey by driving along Hengben Road, visiting Yanghugou, Laobiangou, Guanmenshan and the world's longest underground water-filled cave - Benxi Water Cave.

Some of our guests also prefer to spend more days and have a classic northeast China tour, which normally takes 8~9 days. Visit Shenyang together with highlights in Dalian (1~2 days), Jilin(1 Day), Changchun (1 Day), Harbin (3~6 days) and Changbai Mountain (2~3 Days), etc.

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Travel Shenyang with China Discovery

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The tour is tailor-made according to your interests, budget, group size and every special need! If you are interested, please feel free to contact us!

Things to Do in Shenyang, Shenyang Attractions Benxi Guanmen Mountain
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