How to Get to / Around Qufu - Qufu Transportation Guide 2021

Where is Qufu Located?

Qufu is wildly known as the “Hometown of the Confucius” with the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage - San Kong (Temple & Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion). It’s a holy cultural destination attracting lots of visitors to sense the profound Confucianism. The city lies in the north of Jining, southwest of Shandong Province, about 530 km (329 mi) from capital Beijing, 740 km (460 mi) from Shanghai and only 150 km (93 mi) from Jinan, 85 km (53 mi) from Mount Tai and 400 km (249 mi) from Qingdao. If you are planning a Qufu tour, please check the ultimate transportation guide below to find the best way for arrival and transfer around.

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Get to Qufu by Train

Because Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway, Rizhao-Lankao High Speed Railway and Yanzhou-Shijiusuo Railway pass through Qufu, tourists can also conveniently get to Qufu by train. So far, there are high speed trains running to Qufu from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Lanzhou, Harbin, Chongqing, Taiyuan, Xiamen, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Tinajin, and Jinan, Qingdao, Tai’an, Weifang, Yantai, Weihai, Zibo, Linyi, etc. Qufu East Railway Station is the terminal for all high speed trains. Meanwhile, there are some normal trains heading to Qufu Railway Station in Qufu from Rizhao, Heze, Qingdao, Beijing and other cities in Shandong.

Qufu East Railway Station曲阜东站 (for high speed trains)

Address: Kongzi Avenue, Xizou Town, Qufu City, Jinan City, Shandong Province 山东省济南市曲阜市息陬镇孔子大道

Distance: about 11 km (20 minutes’ drive) to the city center; about 13 km (30 minutes’ drive) to Temple of Confucius.

Qufu Railway Station 曲阜站 (closer to downtown Qufu)

Address: East Kuiquan Road, Qufu City, Jinng City, Shandong Province 山东省济宁市曲阜市逵泉东路

Distance: about 5 km (5~15 minutes’drive) from the downtown & Temple of Confucius.

Qufu Train Station: Transportation & Trains

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Qufu East Railway Station

Take Train to Qufu

Qufu East Railway Station Location and Transportation Map (click to enlarge)

Major Qufu High Speed Train Schedules:

Train Route Train Time Frequency
(per day)
Train Route Train Time Frequency
(per day)
Beijing-Qufu about 2.5 hours over 15 trains Shanghai-Qufu about 3~4 hours over 20 trains
Tianjin-Qufu about 2~2.5 hours about 15 trains Xian-Qufu about 5~6 hours about 4 trains
Jinan-Qufu about 30~40 minutes over 50 trains Qingdao-Qufu about 2.5~3.5 hours about 20 trains
Tai'an (Mount Tai)- Qufu about 20 minutes over 20 trains Weifang-Qufu about 2.5 hours over 10 trains
Yantai-Qufu about 4~4.5 hours over 5 trains Weihai-Qufu about 4.5 hours about 3 trains

Note: You can click the train route to get more detailed train number, departure and arrival information and ticket fares. Meanwhile, you can contact us to get more trains to Qufu from other Chinese cities.

Get to Qufu by Flight

Get to Qufu by Flight

Qufu is a small county-level city without airport and Jining Qufu Airport (IATA: JNG, 济宁曲阜机场) is the nearest airport of Qufu, which is situated about 80 km southwest of Qufu and about 35 km, 1 hour’s drive from downtown Jining. Serving as an important air bridge linking Qufu and other parts of China, the airport operates a total 18 air routes with 24 Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Kunming, Xiamen, Hohhot, Dalian, Qingdao, etc. And direct flight from Beijing to Jining Qufu Airport takes just 1.5 hours, and it takes less than 2 hours from Shanghai, 2.5 hours from Guangzhou and 1.5 hours from Qingdao. If you’re in a tight schedule, or prefer fast air travel, you can fly to Qufu from the connected cities in China.

Note: It is possibly the most time-saving way to Qufu for long-distance travel but train travel is the regular and most recommended way if you leave from Beijing and Qingdao.

Jining Qufu Airport 济宁曲阜机场 (IATA: JNG)

Address: Zhifang Town, Jiaxiang County, Jining City, Shandong Province 山东省济宁市嘉祥县纸坊镇; about 80 km, 1.5 hours' drive from Qufu

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Jining Qufu Airport (JNG)

Take Flight to Qufu

Jining Qufu Airport Map (click to enlarge)

Major Flight Schedules of Jining Airport:

Flight Route Flight Time Frequency Flight Route Flight Time Frequency
Beijing to Qufu Flight about 30 minutes 4 flights weekly Shanghai to Qufu Flight about 1 hour daily
Guangzhou to Qufu Flight about 2.5 hours 1~2 flights daily Qingdao to Qufu Flight about 1.5 hours 3 flights weekly
Shenzhen to Qufu Flight about 2.5 hours 3 flights weekly Yantai to Qufu Flight about 1.5 hours 3 flights per week
Harbin to Qufu Flight about 3 hours 1 flight daily Chengdu to Qufu Flight about 2.5 hours 1 flight daily
Kunming to Qufu Flight about 3 hours 4 flights per week Xiamen to Qufu Flight about 2 hours 1 flight daily
Dalian to Qufu Flight about 1.5 hours 4 flights weekly Chongqing to Qufu Flight about 2 hours 1 flight daily
Erdos to Qufu Flight about 1.5 hours 1 flight daily Guiyang to Qufu Flight about 2.5 hours 4 flights weekly

Note: 1.) The above flight schedule is subject to change by the airline company in different seasons. 2.) After landing, air travelers still need 1.5 hours’ transfer to Qufu in the northeast.

Get from Beijing to Qufu

Qufu is about 530 km (329 mi) south of capital Beijing. Travelers can take a high speed train to Qufu from Beijing or fly to Jining first and then transfer from Jining to Qufu

By Flight: There are direct flights flying from Beijing Daxing International Airport (IATA: PKX) to Jining Qufu Airport weekly (on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). The air travel is merely 30 minutes short. It takes another 1.5 hours’ transfer from Qufu Airport to Qufu City.

By Train: Each day, Beijing South Railway Station in Beijing sends more than 15 high speed trains to Qufu East Railway Station in Qufu. The high speed trains start from Beijing at 06:30 to 20:00, and the train trip only needs about 2.5 hours. Once arrival, you need nearly 20~30 minutes to get to downtown Qufu and the Temple of Confucius. At the same time, there are a few normal running Beijing to Jinan, costing around 7 to 10 hours.

Beijing to Qufu High Speed Train Schedules

Popular Beijing Qufu Tours:

√ 6 Days Classic Beijing & Shandong Tour (Beijing/Qufu/Mount Tai)
√ 8 Days Beijing Shanghai Tour with Confucianism Exploration & Mount Tai Hiking

Beijing to Qufu Flight

Beijing Daxing International Airport

Beijing to Qufu

Beijing South Railway Station

Get from Shanghai to Qufu

Qufu is about 740 km (460 mi) northwest of Shanghai and can be reached by both flight and train.

By Flight: There is only 1 daily flight from Shanghai to Qufu. It takes off from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (IATA: PVG) at 11:15 and lands in Jining Qufu Airport at 13:05 after nearly 2 hours’ fly.

By Train: There are more than 20 high speed trains departing from Shanghai (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station & Shanghai Railway Station) to Qufu on a daily basis. The earliest train leaves Shanghai at around 06:00, while the last train is before 18:30. All these high speed trains arrives in Qufu on the same day with a duration of 3 ~ 4 hours.

Tips: Considering the total time will be spent on the traffic and a better travel experience, the high speed train is more recommended than the flight.

Shanghai to Qufu Real-time Train Schedules

Qufu to Shanghai Real-time Train Schedules

Popular China Tours including Shanghai & Qufu:

√ 8 Days Best Beijing Shanghai Tour with Confucianism Exploration & Mount Tai Hiking

Shanghai to Qufu

Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Shanghai to Qufu

Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station

Get from Jinan to Qufu

Qufu is situated around 150 km (93 mi) south of Jinan. Taking a high speed train is the best and fastest way to get to Qufu from Jinan, much more convenient than a normal train and private drive. Besides, there is no flight flying between them.

By High Speed Train: Jinan has more than 50 high speed trains to Qufu each day. The trains depart from Jinan between about 06:30 and 22:00, and reach Qufu after 30 to 40 minutes’ ride. There are different departure stations, and you can choose depending on your location. Jinan West Railway Station has the most number of high speed trains to Qufu but Jinan Railway Station enjoy a good location close to downtown (the major sightseeing area & best accommodation places in Jinan).

By Normal Train: Still, there are two normal trains running from Jinan Railway Station to Qufu Railway Station, for about 2.5 hours.

Best Way to Get from Jinan to Qufu

Qufu to Jinan Real-time Train Schedules

Popular Jinan Qufu Tours:

√ 4 Days Jinan Mount Tai Qufu Cultural Tour
√ 6 Days Best of Shandong Tour (Jinan/Mount Tai/Qufu/Qingdao)

Jinan to Qufu

Jinan West Railway Station

Jinan to Qufu

Jinan to Qufu Travel Map (click to enlarge)

Get from Qingdao to Qufu

Qufu is located about 400 km (249 mi) southwest of Qingdao. And, Qingdao has direct flights and trains to Qufu daily.

By Flight: There is only 1 non-stop flight flying from Qingdao Liuting International Airport (IATA: TAO) to Jining Qufu Airport every day. It starts from Qingdao at 12:45 and gets to Jining Qufu Airport at 14:05 with nearly 1.5 hours’ flying. Since the flight is limited and duration is not extremely short, the flight is not recommended.

By Train: Qingdao delivers about 20 daily high speed trains to Qufu. The trains depart form Qingdao North Railway Station and Qingdao Railway Station from about 06:30 to 18:30, and finally arrive at Qufu East Railway Station in the day.

Qingdao Liuting Airport & Flights

Qingdao to Qufu Real-Time Train Schedules

Qufu to Qingdao Real-Time Train Schedules

Popular China Shandong Tours with Qingdao & Qufu:

√ 4 Days Qingdao Qufu Mount Tai Essence Tour
√ 9 Days Shandong Panorama Tour (Qingdao/Weihai/Yantai/Weifang/Zibo/Qufu/Mount Tai/Jinan)

Qingdao to Qufu Flight

Qingdao Liuting International Airport

Qingdao to Qufu Train

Qingdao North Railway Station

Get from Mount Tai to Qufu

Mount Tai (or Taishan Mountain) is in Daiyue District, north of Tai’an City, only 85 km (53 mi) north of Qufu. You can get to Qufu from Mount Tai by private drive directly or take train to Qufu from Tai’an City.

By Private Car (Most Recommended): Travelling with China Discovery, you can enjoy worry-free and efficient transfer from Mount Tai to Qufu by a safe, clean, comfortable and licensed private vehicle. After finishing your Mount Tai hiking tour, you can get to downtown Qufu and the Temple of Confucius straightforwardly after just 1.5 hours’ private drive.

By High Speed Train: First, you need spend half an hour transferring from Mount Tai to Tai’an Railway Station to take your high speed train to Qufu. Every day, there are more than 20 high speed trains (all are G trains) running from Tai’an Railway Station to Qufu East Railway Station. The first train leaves at nearly 07:00 in the early morning and the last train departs before 22:30. It takes just 20 minutes.

By Normal Train: Taishan Railway Station, about 15 km (40 minutes’ drive) from Mount Tai provides several normal trains to Qufu as well. The arrival station is Qufu Railway Station and train time is about 1.5~2 hours.

Tai'an to Qufu Real-Time Train Schedules

Qufu to Tai'an Real-Time Train Schedules

Top Mount Tai & Qufu Tours:

√ 2 Days Mount Tai Qufu Tour from Beijing by Bullet Train
√ 3 Days Confucius Culture Exploration with Sidetrip to Mount Tai
√ 4 Days Jinan Mount Tai Qufu Cultural Tour

Mount Tai to QufuImperial Hiking Path on Mount Tai

Mount Tai to Qufu Train

Tai'an Railway Station

Get from Other Shandong Destinations to Qufu

Taking a high speed train is the most convenient way to travel around Shandong.

Get from Weifang to Qufu: Weifang is about 280 km northeast of Qufu. There are more than 10 high speed trains running from Weifang to Qufu. These trains leave from Weifang Railway Station and Weifang North Railway Station and get to Qufu East Railway Station after around 2.5 hours’ ride. The first train starts from Weifang North Station at 07:30 and the last train starts at Weifang Station at about 20:00.

Get from Yantai to Qufu: Yantai is a coastal city in the northeast of Shandong, about 580 km northeast of Qufu. To get from Yantai to Qufu, you can take the direct afternoon flight flying from Yantai Peilai International Airport (YNT) to Jining Qufu Airport (JNG) on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It takes just 1 hour 20 minutes. Or, you can choose from over 5 daily high speed trains. They depart from Yantai South and Yantai Railway Stations with a duration of 4 ~ 4.5 hours.

Get from Weihai to Qufu: Weihai is 650 km far away from Qufu. Weihai has no direct flight getting to Qufu currently. But there are several daily high speed trains departing from Weihai Railway Station between about 08:00 and 17:00. The train trip takes about 4.5 hours. Besides, Weihai dispatches an overnight normal train to Qufu with 10.5 hours’ ride.

Weifang to Qufu Real-Time Train Schedules

Yantai to Qufu Real-Time Train Schedules

Weihai to Qufu Real-Time Train Schedules

Top Shandong Tours:

√ 8 Days Shandong History & Culture Tour (Jinan/Mount Tai/Qufu/Zibo/Weifang/Qingdao)
√ 9 Days Shandong Panorama Tour (Qingdao/Weihai/Yantai/Penglai/Weifang/Zibo/Qufu/Mount Tai/Jinan)

Weifang to Qufu Train

Weifang Railway Station

Yantai to Qufu Train

Yantai South Railway Station

Weihai to Qufu Train

Weihai Railway Station

Travel around Qufu City

Qufu is not too big, so it’s quite easy to get around by car within 1 hour. However, air travelers arriving in Jining will need longer time for transferring to Qufu.

Qufu Train Station to Downtown & Attractions

Qufu Railway Station is much closer to downtown than Qufu East Railway Station. It takes just 15 minutes by car from Qufu Station to the city center and Temple of Confucius, while it requires 20 ~ 30 minutes from Qufu East Railway Station.

Qufu Airport to Downtown & Attractions

Jinaing Qufu Airport is sited about 80 km from Qufu City and 90 km from the Temple of Confucius. Once arrival, you need nearly 1.5 hours’ private drive to start your Qufu cultural exploration.

Top Recommended Qufu Tours:

√ 4 Days Cultural Discovery in Jinan, Taishan and Qufu
√ 4 Days Qingdao Qufu Mount Tai Essence Tour

Qufu Attractions Map

Qufu Attractions Map (click to enlarge)

How to Plan Your Qufu Tour

How to Get to Qufu: The best way is taking high speed trains to Qufu from Beijing (about 2.5 hrs), Jinan (about 30~40 mins), Tai’an (about 20 mins), Qingdao (about 2.5~3.5 hrs)…

Best Time to Visit Qufu: March to November when the temperature is pleasant, natural scenery is beautiful and International Confucius Cultural Festival is usually held in autumn.

Top Attractions to Visit in Qufu: Temple of Confucius, Kong Family Mansion, Cemetery of Confucius…

Qufu, the “Hometown of Confucius”, is a holy cultural destination in the southwest of Shandong. The most popular and recommended tour itinerary of Qufu is making a day-trip to discover the three famous UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites - Temple & Cemetery of Confucius and Kong Family Mansion together. Within short distance and convenient transportation, tourists usually visit Qufu with the sacred Mount Tai, a World Cultural & Natural Heritage site in Tai’an to witness impressive natural landscape and imperial traces.

✔ 2 Days Mount Tai Qufu Tour from Beijing by Bullet Train
✔ 3 Days Confucius Cultural Exploration with Sidetrip to Mount Tai

As a coastal province with long history, Shandong owns many more wonderful destinations worth your exploration. After your Qufu & Mount Tai hiking trip, you can further tour scenic Jinan with 1 day; travel to Qingdao, spend 2 days experiencing energetic beer culture and brisk seaside scenery, get to Weifang, Yantai, Weihai and more lovely cities. A highlight tour of Shandong with Qufu takes 4 to 6 days, covering major destinations and tourist essences.

✔ 4 Days Jinan Mount Tai Qufu Cultural Tour
✔ 4 Days Qingdao Qufu Mount Tai Essence Tour
✔ 6 Days Best of Shandong Tour (Jinan/Mount Tai/Qufu/Qingdao)

Based on your holiday time and individual interests, you may continue your China tour to Beijing and nearby regions of Shandong, or travel to Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin and other top famous destinations to view different fascinating nature and culture of China.

✔ 6 Days Classic Beijing & Shandong Tour (Beijing/Qufu/Mount Tai)
✔ 8 Days Beijing Shanghai Tour with Confucianism Exploration & Mount Tai Hiking
✔ 10 Days China World Heritage Tour in Northern China (Beijing/Mount Tai/Qufu/Shaolin Temple/Luoyang/Xian)

Travel with China Discovery

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