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Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport (IATA: TAO) 青岛胶东国际机场

The construction of Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport finished in August, 2021. Since then, this airport replaced Shandong Liuting International Airport and became the main portal to Qingdao. It operates 182 airlines connecting 107 cities in 8 countries and regions. It also provides currency exchange service at the airport.

144-Hour Visa Free Transit Policy: Foreigners from 53 countries, such as the United States, Russia, Britain, France and Germany, with valid international travel documents and joint tickets to a third country (region), can enter China from Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport without a visa and stay 144 hours in Shandong Province.

Qingdao Airport Layover: If you are going to take a transfer at Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport and will spend a short time (half day or more) in Qingdao, you can have a quick look at this city to learn its beer culture at Qingdao Beer Museum, have a nice walk along the beach at May Fourth Square or see the icon of the city - Zhanqiao Pier. If you want to visit Laoshan Mountain, it will need an extra day.

Recommended Qingdao Tour: ✔ 3 Days Qingdao Highlights Tour with Mount Lao

Domestic Flights to Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport

Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport operates flights to most cities in China. You can take a flight to transfer between Qingdao and domestic cities such as Beijing (1.5h), Shanghai (1.5h), Xian (2h), Luoyang (1.5h), Zhengzhou (1h45min), Chengdu (2h40min), Guangzhou (3.5h), etc.

Major Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport Domestic Flight Schedules:

Route Duration Frequency (per day) Flight Type Check Details
Beijing → Qingdao 1.5h 13 Direct Flight Beijing to Qingdao Flight Schedule >
Shanghai → Qingdao 1.5h about 30 Direct Flight Shanghai to Qingdao Flight Schedule >
Guangzhou → Qingdao 3.5h 17 Direct/Stopover Flight Guangzhou to Qingdao Flight Schedule >
Xian → Qingdao 2h about 5 Direct/Transfer Flight Xian to Qingdao Flight Schedule >
Chengdu → Qingdao 2h40min about 10 Direct/Stopover Flight Chengdu to Qingdao Flight Schedule >
Luoyang → Qingdao 1.5h 2 Direct/Transfer Flight Luoyang to Qingdao Flight Schedule >
Zhengzhou → Qingdao 1h45min 4 Direct Flight Zhengzhou to Qingdao Flight Schedule >
Taiyuan → Qingdao 2h 2 Direct Flight Taiyuan to Qingdao Flight Schedule >
Datong → Qingdao 2h 2 Direct/Transfer Flight Datong to Qingdao Flight Schedule >

*The above flight schedules is listed for reference only and is subject to seasonal adjustment by the airline accompanies. You can contact us to get updated, detailed flight information.

International Flights to Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport

With the convenient 144-hour visa free transit policy and the rich tourism resources in Qingdao, Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport has opened several international airlines to welcome tourists from abroad such as Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, London and Chicago.

Major Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport International Flight Schedules:

Flight Route Flight Type Duration Frequency
Seoul - Qingdao Direct/Transfer Flight 1.5h-17.5h 6 flights per week
Tokyo - Qingdao Direct Flight about 3.5 hours 4 flights per week
Osaka - Qingdao Direct Flight about 3 hours 2 flights per week
London - Qingdao Transfer Flight about 14-17 hours 6 flights per week

Note: International flights to Qingdao will be changed seasonally. If you want to fly to Qingdao from abroad, please check the flight timetable as early as possible.

Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport Location & Transfer

Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport is located in Qiandiankou Village, Jiaodong Street, Jiaozhou City, Qingdao City, Shandong Province (中国山东省青岛市胶州市胶东街道前店口村). At the airport, you can easily catch a high speed train, metro, airport express (shuttle bus).

  • To Qingdao downtown (May Fourth Square): 60 km, about 1.5 hours by car;
  • To Laoshan Mountain: 70 km, about 1.5 hours by car;
  • To Qingdao Beer Museum: 55 km, about 1 hour by car.

By Train: Qingdao Airport Railway Station to operate D-series high speed trains travelling between Jinan, Zibo, Weifang, etc. Besides, there are daily high speed trains running between Qingdao Airport and Qingdao Railway Station / Qinghai North Railway Station / Qingdao West Railway Station. Qingdao Railway Station is quite close to the city center and you can easily transfer to your hotels downtown or attractions.

By Metro: Metro is also available in Qingdao Jiaodong Airport, and metro Line 8 connects the airport with Qingdao downtown.

By Shuttle BusThere are 8 airport shuttle bus lines. Among them, Line 1 to Fuxin Hotel (府新大厦), Line 2 to Qingdao Railway Station (青岛站), and Line 3 to Lijing Hotel (丽晶大酒店) will take you to Qingdao downtown where many attractions such as May Fourth Square and Zhanqiao Pier locate. Usually, bus Line 1 is the most frequent one and it runs until the last flight arrives. Bus Line 2 runs from 9:00 to 22:30 and Bus Line runs 3 times a day. But the specific schedule shall be subject to the timetable shown at the airport.

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Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport is located in Qiandiankou Village, Jiaodong Street, Jiaozhou City, Qingdao City, Shandong Province (中国山东省青岛市胶州市胶东街道前店口村). It is about 11 kilometers away from Jiaozhou in the southwest, 39 kilometers away from Qingdao in the southeast, and 28 kilometers away from Qingdao Liuting International Airport. It is the first 4F international airport in Shandong Province and a regional hub airport and gateway airport for Japan and South Korea.

The construction of Qingdao Jiaodong International Airport has finished but when it is open to air traffic is unknown yet. In the future, there will be Metro Line 8 connecting the airport with Qingdao downtown, and Qingdao Airport Railway Station to operate D-series high speed trains travelling between Jinan, Zibo, Weifang, etc.

How to Plan Qingdao Tour

Best time to visit Qingdao: March to November, especially mid-August to early September if you want to join Qingdao Beer Festival

How to get to Qingdao: High speed train from Beijing (1.5h), Jinan (2-2.5h), Tianjin (4~4.5), etc., and flights from Beijing (1.5h), Shanghai (1.5h), Xian (2h), Luoyang (1.5h), Guangzhou (3.5h), etc.

Where to Stay in Qingdao: Most recommended to stay in Qingdao downtown near May Fourth Square and along the coastline to Zhanqiao Pier for the convenient transportation and comfortable living environment.

Generally, a classic Qingdao tour takes 2~3 days, with the top attractions of Qingdao covered. It is recommended to spend 2 full days exploring the best highlights of Qingdao, including Qingdao Beer Museum which showcases the hundreds of years' history of Tsingtao Beer, Xiaoyushan Park which offers a valuable panoramic view of Qingdao City and nearby attractions, Zhanqiao Pier - the symbol of Qingdao and Badaguan Scenic Area with old villas of different architecture styles of over 20 countries. If you have more time, don’t miss Laoshan Mountain where you are able to appreciate the beautiful mountain view and seascape together.

√ 3 Days Qingdao Highlights Tour
√ 3 Days Qingdao Beer & Seaside Tour

Qingdao is just a small piece of charming Shandong. If you want to add cultural savory into your trip, we strongly suggest you visit Mount Tai and Qufu. Mount Tai is the first UNESCO World Natural & Cultural Heritage site while Qufu is the hometown of Confucius. Spending another 2~3 days visit these two destinations will deliver you an unforgettable experience of Chinese culture discovery.

√ 2 Days Most Classic Mount Tai Hiking Tour
√ 3 Days Taishan & Qufu Tour from Beijing by Bullet Train
√ 6 Days Jinan, Qufu, Mount Tai & Qingdao Tour

Of course, you may be extremely interested in the best beaches and coastlines of Shandong province. It is also worthwhile to visiting Yantai, Penglai and Weihai in 3 more days. Or you could enjoy a comprehensive tour throughout the whole province to taste the brilliant culture and fascinating nature of Shandong in the most aspects in one go. Feel free to browse our all Shandong Tour Packages>

√ 7 Days Golden Coast of Shandong Tour (Qingdao / Weihai / Yantai / Penglai / Yantai)
√ 8 Days Shandong History & Culture Tour (Qingdao / Weihai / Yantai / Penglai / Yantai)
√ 10 Days Shandong Panorama Tour (Qingdao / Weihai / Yantai / Weifang / Zibo / Qufu / Mount Tai / Jinan )

Zhanqiao Pier

Zhanqiao Pier in Qingdao

Confucius Temple

Confucian Temple Sacrifice in Qufu

Penglai Pavilion

Penglai Pavilion in Yantai

Recommended Qingdao Tours

Top 3 Qingdao tours chosen by most customers to explore Qingdao in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Lao Mountain Scenic Area
3 Days Qingdao Highlights Tour with Laoshan Mountain


Tsingtao Beer
3 Days Qingdao Beer Festival Tour


A Taste of Qingdao Beer in Qingdao Beer Museum
5 Days Qingdao Weihai Yantai Coastal Tour

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