How to Get to Nanjing & Get around Nanjing 2024

Nanjing is the provincial city of Jiangsu in eastern China. With a civilization history of 7000 years and transportation advantages of sitting along the Yangtze River, it was chosen as the capital of 6 dynasties in ancient China. There is so much to explore no matter you want to travel Nanjing alone or with nearby cities such as Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

Equipped with railway stations and an airport, Nanjing can be easily reached from most cities in China by train (Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Wuhan…) or flight (Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xian, Qingdao…). Here we have provided you with more specific information about Nanjing transportation including how to get to Nanjing from other cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Hangzhou, and how to get around Nanjing.

Where is Nanjing

Nanjing is located in the east of China and the lower reaches of the Yangtze River with a geographical coordinate of 31°14″~32°37″N and 118°22″~119°14″E. It is about 1000 km from Beijing, 300 km from Shanghai, 230 km from Suzhou and 280 km from Hangzhou. People usually do not choose Nanjing as the start of a China trip, but it is a good place to get a further understanding of China after your tour in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou or Suzhou. You can also travel to more destinations in Jiangsu such as Wuxi and Yangzhou after your Nanjing exploration.

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Get to Nanjing by Flight

Nanjing Lukou International Airport (IATA: NKG)

Address: Konggang South Road, Lukou Town, Jiangning District, Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province 南京市江宁区禄口镇空港南路

Distance: about 42 km (45min by car, 1.5h by metro) to Nanjing downtown (Xinjiekou), 45 km (45 minutes by car, 2 hours by metro and bus) to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, 40 km (35 minutes by car, 75 minutes by bus and metro) to Confucius Temple & Qinhuai River.

Nanjing Lukou International Airport (南京禄口国际机场) has over has 135 domestic and 23 international air routes, reaching 115 destinations at home and abroad, including Beijing (2h), Guangzhou (2h15min), Chengdu (2.5h), Xian (2h), Guilin (2h), Kunming (2h40min), Chongqing (2h), Hong Kong and foreign cities like Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Osaka and Nagoya in Japan, etc. Plenty of shuttle buses are available to transfer you between the airport and the landmarks in downtown area such as Zhonghua Gate, Nanjing Railway Station and Nanjing South Railway Station. Metro Line S1 running between the airport and Nanjing South Railway Station is also very convenient.

144-hour Visa Free Transit in Yangtze River Delta (including Nanjing): Nanjing has implemented the 144-hour Visa Free Transit Policy since January 30, 2016, which enables citizens from the certain 53 countries to enter from 8 permitted ports (including Nanjing Lukou International Airport) and stay in the administrative region of Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang within 144 hours (6 days). For more details about 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy.

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Nanjing Lukou International Airport

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Nanjing Domestic Flights Map

Major Flight Schedules of Nanjing Lukou International Airport:

Get to Nanjing by Train

There are mainly 2 railway stations serving Nanjing, which are Nanjing South Railway Station and Nanjing Railway Station. Nanjing South Railway Station is for high speed trains only and Nanjing Railway Station has both high speed trains and normal trains. They are about 30 minutes’ drive away, so you need to pay attention to your train ticket information and do not mix them up.

Nanjing South Railway Station 南京南站

Address: No. 98 Yulan Road, Yuhuatai District, Nanjing 南京市雨花台区玉兰路98号
Transportation: about 11 km (40min by car or metro) to Nanjing downtown (Xinjiekou), 14 km (45 minutes by car, 1.5 hours by metro and bus) to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, 9 km (25 minutes by car or metro) to Confucius Temple & Qinhuai River.

Nanjing South Railway Station is the largest transportation hub in East China and the largest high-speed railway station in Asia. All trains passing here are high speed trains. You can transfer between Nanjing and major cities in China such as Beijing (3.5-5h), Shanghai (1-3.5h), Hangzhou (1-4h), Suzhou (45min-2h), Ningbo (2-5h), Wuxi (45min-1.5h), Changzhou (30min-1h15min), Yangzhou (1h), etc.

Nanjing Railway Station 南京站

Address: No. 111 Longpan Road, Xuanwu District, Nanjing 南京市玄武区龙蟠路111号
Transportation: about 8 km (30 minutes by car, 20 minutes by metro) to Nanjing downtown (Xinjiekou), 12 km (30 minutes by car, 70 minutes by metro and bus) to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, 11 km (40 minutes by car, 25 minutes by metro) to Confucius Temple & Qinhuai River.

Nanjing Railway Station built in 1905 has served Nanjing people for over 110 years. It operates both normal trains and high-speed trains. It connects Nanjing with cities like Shanghai (1h40min-4h), Hangzhou (3h), Suzhou (1.5h), Ningbo (4h), Wuxi (1-1.5h), Yangzhou (46min-1h15min), Changzhou (40min-1h), etc.

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Nanjing High Speed Rail Map

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Nanjing South Railway Station

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Major Nanjing High Speed Train Schedules:

Train Route Train Time Train Route Train Time Train Route Train Time
Beijing to Nanjing Trains 3-5 hrs Shanghai to Nanjing Trains 1-2.5 hrs Hangzhou to Nanjing Trains 1.5-5.5 hrs
Suzhou to Nanjing Trains 45min-2.5 hrs Huangshan to Nanjing Trains 3-4 hrs Wuhan to Nanjing Trains 2.5-3.5 hrs
Ningbo to Nanjing Trains 2-5 hrs Wuxi to Nanjing Trains 45min-1.5 hrs Yangzhou to Nanjing Trains 46min-1h15min

Get from Beijing to Nanjing

Beijing is located 1000 km to the north of Nanjing. With direct flights and high speed strains, tourists can travel between these two cities conveniently.

By Flight: 2 hours. There are about 4 direct flights a day from Beijing Capital International Airport and to Nanjing Lukou International Airport. As the airport in Beijing is always busy and a little far from downtown, please set aside 2 hours for security check and boarding.

By High Speed Train: 3-5 hours. Every day, there are over 20 high speed trains from Beijing to Nanjing. They all depart from Beijing South Railway Station and arrive at Nanjing South Railway Station.

By Normal Train: about 10-15 hours. 3 normal trains run from Beijing Railway Station to Nanjing Railway Station. For such a long time, a hard-sleeper or soft-sleeper ticket is more recommended.

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Beijing to Nanjing Transportation Map

Get from Shanghai to Nanjing

Shanghai is about 300 km to the southeast of Nanjing. Flights are not avaible because they are not far away. Traveling by high speed train is most recommended.

By High Speed Train: 1-4.5 hours. There are nearly 200 daily high speed G/D/C trains from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station, Shanghai Railway Station, Shanghai South Railway Station and Shanghai West Railway Station to Nanjing South Railway Station, so you can take a Shanghai-Nanjing high speed train easily.

By Long-distance Bus: 4.5 hours. There are several long-distance buses from Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Terminal (上海长途汽车客运总站) to Nanjing Bus Passenger Terminal (南京汽车客运站), Nanjing Gaochun Bus Station (南京高淳汽车站) or Nanjing Lishui Bus Station (南京溧水汽车客运站). You need to buy bus tickets on site.

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Get from Suzhou to Nanjing

Suzhou is a charming city in Jiangsu with elegant gardens and silk. It is 230 km away from Nanjing and the frequent high speed trains can finish the transfer conveniently.

By High Speed Train: about 1-2 hours. There are about 150 high speed trains between Suzhou and Nanjing. All the four railway stations (Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou North Railway Station, Suzhou Xinqu Railway Station, Suzhou Yuanqu Railway Station) in Suzhou operate high speed trains and Suzhou Railway Station is the most chosen one because of the frequent schedules and convenient location in downtown.

By Long-distance Bus: about 3 hours. There are many buses you can choose running from Suzhou Beiguangchang Bus Station (苏州北广场站), Suzhou South Bus Station (苏州南门汽车客运站), Wujiang Bus Station (吴江汽车客运站) to Nanjing Bus Passenger Terminal (南京汽车客运站) and Nanjing South Bus Station (南京汽车客运南站).

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Get from Hangzhou to Nanjing

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, has convenient transportation to Nanjing. They are 280 km away and taking a high speed train is the fastest.

By High Speed Train: 1.5-5.5 hours. There are over 80 high speed trains every day from Hangzhou Railway Station, Hangzhou East Railway Station, Hangzhou South Railway Station to Nanjing South Railway Station and Nanjing Railway Station. The frequent schedule really facilitates tourists a lot.

By Long-distance Bus: about 3.5-4 hours. There are a dozen of long-distance buses from Hangzhou North Bus Station (杭州汽车北站) to Nanjing. But the schedule is uncertain and you can not buy the ticket in advance, thus the method is not very recommended.

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Get around Nanjing

By Metro

As of 2021, there are 10 metro lines (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3, Line 4, Line 10, Line S1, Line S3, Line S7, Line S8, and Line S9) operating in Nanjing, which makes Nanjing city tours fast and comfortable.

Line 1 (Maiaoqiao - Chinese Medical University): you can easily get to famous attractions like Zhonghua Gate, Xuanwu Lake and Tao Xingzhi Tomb.

Line 2 (Youfangqiao - Jintianlu): you can get to the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders, Dr. Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Mochou Lake, etc.

Line 3 (Linchang - Mozhoudonglu): you can pay a visit to Confucius Temple (Qinhuai River), Presidential Palace, Zhenghe Park, Nanjing International Exhibition Center, Mufu Mountain and so on.

By Taxi

To get around in Nanjing, it is usually pretty easy and there are enough taxis around the city. It is usually CNY 11 for the first 3 km and then CNY 2.9 for every extra kilometer. If you take a taxi at night, the fare may be a little higher.

By Bus

Bus is probably the most widely-spread public transportation in a city. You can get to almost every attraction and landmark of Nanjing by bus and the fee is usually CNY 2 a person. But to take a bus, you need to have a certain master of Mandarin because most drivers can not speak English or other foreign languages.

By Long-distance Bus

At present, there are eight main long-distance bus stations in Nanjing, operating long-distance buses to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan, Beijing, Wuxi, Qingdao and some other big cities. Among the eight, Nanjing Long-distance Bus Station is the biggest station serving the most passengers.

Nanjing Downtown (Xinjiekou) to Main Attractions

• To Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum: about 8 km, 35 minutes by car, 1 hour by metro and bus.

• To Confucius Temple & Qinhuai River: about 3 km, 15 minutes by car, 25 minutes by metro.

• To the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese Invaders: about 5 km, 25 minutes by car, 20 minutes by metro.

• To Nanjing Museum: about 5 km, 30 minutes by car, 25 minutes by metro.

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Get from Nanjing to Wuxi

Wuxi, a shining peal of Taihu Lake, is located at the south of Jiangsu Province. It is about 200 km to the southeast of Nanjing. The fast and comfortable high speed train is the most recommended transfer way.

By High Speed Train: 45min-1.5 hours. There are about 100 high speed G and D trains every day from Nanjing South Railway Station or Nanjing Railway Station to Wuxi Railway Station or Wuxi East Railway Station. With only an hour, you can travel between these two cities easily.

By Private Car: about 2.5 hours. It is not a long journey from Nanjing to Wuxi. If you want a more flexible trip, you can charter a car to Wuxi, but it is a little expensive. Buses are not recommended because they are not as comfortable or fast as high speed trains.

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How to Plan Your Travel in Nanjing

How to Get to Nanjing: You can easily get to Nanjing by high speed train from Beijing (about 3-5h), Shanghai (about 1-2.5h), Hangzhou (about 1.5-5.5h), Suzhou (about 45min-2.5h), etc. and flight from Beijing (2h), Guangzhou (2h15min), Chengdu (2.5h), Xian (2h), etc.

Best Time to Visit Nanjing: March to June and September to November, especially in late October and early November.

Generally, to explore the cultural and natural highlights of Nanjing, 2 ~ 3 days are needed. You can pay a visit to Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum (the tomb of Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Father of Modern China), take a walk in Confucius Temple Area along the Qinhuai River, climb up the ancient City Wall, and know a part of heavy history and cherish peace in the Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanjing Massacre.

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i want to visit anhui annada titanium ind ltd. from Nanjing Airport via speed train. so i want guidance.
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Hello Dhiren Bhuta,

Thanks for your question. You can firstly take a high speed train from Nanjing South Railway Station at No. 98, Yulan Road, Yuhuatai District, Nanjing (南京市雨花台区玉兰路98号) to Tongling Railway Station where you can transfer to Anhui Annada Titanium Ind ltd (安徽安纳达钛业股份有限公司) by a taxi. The train trasfer takes about 1 hour 15 minutes. There usually are about 9~10 bullet trains to Tongli from Nanjing each day. The earliest departs at 08:04, and the latest one at 17:24. Hope my answer would be helpful for you.

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