How to Get to Ningbo & Get around Ningbo 2024
Ningbo not only carries the nature bestows of Jiangnan water towns, but also has the bright neon brought by the development of the east. For thousands of years, three rivers have flowed here, nourishing generations of "Ala Ningbo People". There are many places to visit here, whether it is the Moon Lake, Tianyi Pavilion in the city, or the Dongqian Lake and “Chiang's hometown” - Xikou Town outside the suburbs, all worth your exploring.
It is convenient to get to Ningbo from many major domestic cities by high speed train or flight. Here we provide you with specific transfer information about Ningbo, including how to get to Ningbo from major gateway cities, such as Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing, Guangzhou, etc., as well how to get around Ningbo. Read our ultimate Ningbo transportation guide to find your answers and plan your Ningbo tour in 2024/2025!
Where is Ningbo?
Ningbo Transportation Map
Ningbo is a seaport city in eastern China, the southeast coast, the middle of the mainland coastline, and the south wing of the Yangtze River Delta. To the east, Zhoushan Islands serve as a natural barrier. It is about 178 km east from Hangzhou - the provincial capital city of Zhejiang Province, about 230 km south from Shanghai - one of the best starting places for a China tour, 1360 km south from Beijing, 1350 km northeast from Guangzhou, and 1400 km northeast from Hong Kong.
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Get to & away from Hangzhou
Get to Ningbo by Flight
Ningbo Lishe International Airport(宁波栎社国际机场, NGB)
Ningbo Lishe International Airport (NGB) is the only airport served in Ningbo. There are more than 143 airlines connecting Ningbo to about 76 domestic cities including Beijing, Xian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, Changsha, Sanya, Harbin, Guiyang, Xiamen, Kunming, Lijiang, Lanzhou, etc. and about 20 international cities (regions) such as Singapore, Tokyo, Osaka, Phuket, Bangkok, Nha Trang, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Hong Kong, Macao, etc.
Address: Lishe Airport Road, Haishu District, Ningbo (宁波市海曙区栎社航空路)
Transportation: Lishe Airport is located about 12 kilometers from downtown Ningbo, usually taking about 30 minutes to transfer by car. Besides, airport shuttle buses (Airport to City Center Line 1 and Line 2) run between the airport and city center every 30 minutes for CNY 12, taking about 40 minutes. Furthermore, you may also walk 2 km (about 30 minutes) to Lishe International Airport Station and take Metro Line 2 to downtown (9 stations, takes about 22 minutes). Besides, there are also airport shuttle buses to Zhoushan, Cixi and Jinhua, etc.
144-hour Visa Free Transit in Yangtze River Delta (including Ningbo): Ningbo air port has implemented the 144-hour Visa Free Transit Policy since December 1, 2019, which enables citizens from certain 53 countries to enter from 8 permitted ports of enter (including Ningbo Lishe International Airport) and stay in the administrative region of Shanghai, Jiangsu province and Zhejiang province within 144 hours (6 days). For more details about the 144-Hour Visa-free Transit Policy.
Ningbo Lishe International Airport
Get to Ningbo by Train
Trains to Ningbo
It’s also convenient to get to Ningbo by high speed train. There are frequently-operated high speed trains to Ningbo from Hangzhou (about 1h), Shanghai (2~2.5h), Nanjing (2~3h), Wuxi (3h), Fuzhou (3.5~4h), Xiamen (5~6h), Changsha (5.5~7.5h), Wuhan (6h), Beijing (6.5~7h), Shenzhen (7.5~9.5h), Xi’an(9h), etc.
Ningbo Train Station
There is only one railway station for passengers in Ningbo, namely Ningbo Railway Station. Ningbo Railway Station is located in the city center and quite close to the main scenic areas, such as Tianyi Pavilion, Yuehu Park, Ningbo Drum Tower, etc.
Ningbo Railway Station (宁波站)
Address: No. 19, East Road of Railway Station South, Haishu District, Ningbo (宁波市海曙区南站东路19号)
Distance to the City Center: about 2.3 km to Tianyi Square (10-15 minutes by car and 30 minutes on foot)
Ningbo Railway Station is the terminus of Xiao-Yong Railway, Hang-Yong High-speed Railway and the starting point of Yongbo-Wen Railway. Many fast trains, direct trains and some bullet trains run between Ningbo and other cities. Among them, there are frequent G/D-high speed trains running from Hangzhou, Shanghai and Nanjing every day. Since it is situated in Ningbo downtown and very close to Tianyi Pavilion and Moon Lake Park (about 1.4 km), it is also popular for travelers.
Ningbo High-Speed Train
Ningbo Railway Station
Hangzhou to Ningbo
Ningbo is only 161 kilometers east from Hangzhou, so there is no direct flight.
By Private Car
It takes about 2-3 hours with a driving distance of about 161-200 kilometers.
Taking a bullet train is one of the most popular ways to transfer between Hangzhou and Ningbo. There are more than 70 G/D high speed trains running from Hangzhou to Ningbo daily, which need only about 50-70 minutes, with the fastest one running for only 43 minutes. Most trains depart from Hangzhou East Railway Station, and the number of trains from Hangzhou South Railway Station. Besides, there are about 10 normal K/T/Z trains departure from Hangzhou Railway Station or Hangzhou South Railway Station to Ningbo Railway Station every day, which takes only about 2-4 hours.
Furthermore, there are many coaches from Hangzhou downtown, bus stations and airports to Ningbo downtown area, train station. It usually takes about 2.5-4 hours based on your start and arrival places.
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Hangzhou West Lake in Summer
Hangzhou Tea Plantation
Shanghai to Ningbo
Ningbo is about 190 kilometers south from Shanghai, due to the not so long distance and two cities are conveniently connected by high-speed train, there is no direct flight.
By Private Car
It takes about 3 hours by car with a driving distance of about 210-220 kilometers.
There are nearly 40 pairs of G/D bullet trains between Shanghai and Ningbo, departure from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station and arrive at Ningbo Railway Station. The whole ride usually takes about 2-2.5 hours. Besides, there is also a T trains leaving from Shanghai South Railway Station at 06:16 in the morning to Ningbo Railway Station, which takes about 5 hours.
Shanghai also has many distance coaches from Shanghai South Long-Distance Bus Station, Shanghai Long-Distance Bus Terminal and Hongqiao West Bus Station to Ningbo, which takes about 4 hours.
Shanghai in Autumn
Yu Garden in Shanghai
Suzhou to Ningbo Transfer
Ningbo is about 210 kilometers southeast from Suzhou. Visitors are recommended to transfer between two places by car or train, and there is no direct flight. It takes 3-3.5 hours by car with a driving distance of about 213-237 kilometers. Everyday, there are about 14 high-speed trains running between Suzhou (Suzhou Railway Station, Suzhou Park Railway Station or Suzhou North Railway Station) and Ningbo (Ningbo Railway Station) from around 07:00 - 19:00. The whole journey would take 2.5-3.5 hours. There are also several long-distance buses to Ningbo from Suzhou North Railway Station and South Bus Station.
Lingering Garden in Autumn
Beijing to Ningbo Transfer
Ningbo is about 1360 kilometers south from Beijing. Visitors may get to Ningbo from Beijing by flights or high-speed trains. Beijing Daxing Airport and Beijing Capital Airport together offer about 10 direct flights to Ningbo every day from 08:15~19:00, which usually fly for about 2.5 hours. Besides, there are also about 3 high-speed trains which leave from Beijing South Railway Station to Ningbo Railway Station every day, which take about 6.5-7 hours to arrive.
Forbidden City - Hall of Supreme
Guangzhou to Ningbo Transfer
Ningbo is about 1350 kilometers northeast from Guangzhou. There are flights and trains connecting these two cities. Everyday, more than 10 flights leave from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to Ningbo Lishe International Airport between 06:10~19:10, which usually takes about 2 hours. There are 2 D high-speed trains from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Ningbo, leaving during night around 19:30 and arriving at Ningbo in the early morning around 04:00.
Panorama from Canton Tower
Ningbo to Putuoshan Transfer
Ningbo is about 105 kilometers west from Putuoshan.
Ningbo to Putuoshan
From Ningbo, you can take a car (1 hour’ driving) to Baifeng Wharf (白峰码头) in Beilun District and then transfer to a speed boat (about 1 hour) to Putuoshan.
Ningbo to Zhoushan to Putuoshan
You may take a car or bus (1.5-2 hours’ driving) from Ningbo to get to Zhujiajian Wharf (朱家尖码头) or Banshengdong Wharf (半生洞码头) in Zhoushan first, and then transfer to a ferry (10-20 minutes) to Putuoshan. Need help with private cars? Please feel free to contact us!
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Amazing Fayu Temple
Get Around Ningbo
For those who are planning to spend only 1 -2 days exploring attractions and highlights in Ningbo urban area, they can get around by taxi, transit rails and public buses. However, if you are planning to go further to Xikou Town (about 40km southwest from Ningbo city center, takes 1 hour by car) in Fenghua district, visit Chiang’s Former Residence and Xuedou Mountain; or head east to visit the famous Zen Buddhism Temples in Jinzhou District, like Tiantong Temple (about 30km east from the city center, takes 50 minutes by car), Asoka Temple, etc. You are suggested to book a private car service in advance.
Ningbo Private Transfer Service
Traveling with a local private transfer service is the most recommended way. If you want to get rid of the hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private Ningbo tour package which covers sightseeing, dining and transfers from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Ningbo city center, attractions, your accommodation, Putuoshan 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 feel free to contact us directly if you need any help!
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Attractions in the urban area are concentrated, therefore taking a taxi is a convenient way of travelling and you can find one almost anywhere in the city. Generally, it would cost around CNY 40~70 to take a taxi from Lishe International Airport to downtown Ningbo and Tianyige Yuehu Scenic Area. More about attractions & highlights in Ningbo, please visit Top 13 Ningbo Attractions & Things to Do >>
Taking a metro to travel around Ningbo is convenient and budget. There are altogether 4 rail transit lines, namely Line 1, Line2, Line 3, Line 4. Visitors can take Line 2 to Ningbo Lishe Airport, Ningbo Railway Station, Tianyi Pavilion, the Moon Lake Park, Ningbo Drum Tower, the Old Bund and Ningbo University, etc., take Line 1 to Ningbo Drum Tower, Qing’an Guide Hall, etc., and take Line 4 to Ningbo Railway Station, Dongqian Lake, and Line 3 to Ningbo Museum, etc.
Ningbo Public Bus
Public buses are easily found in the urban area of Ningbo City. There are many bus lines connecting main sites in Ningbo such as Ningbo Railway Station, Ningbo Airport and scenic spots like Tianyi Pavilion and Old Bund, etc. and the bus fare is reasonable. The language of the bus station broadcast is mainly Mandarin, and there is no foreign language service or ticket seller on Ningbo public buses, and most bus drivers can not speak English, so if you don't have a solid foundation of Chinese, buses might not be a wise choice.
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Rail Transit in Ningbo
Ningbo Public Bus
How to Plan a Ningbo, Zhejiang Tour?
Things to Do in Ningbo: Tianyi Pavilion, Ningbo Old Bund, Ningbo Museum, Xikou Xuedou Scenic Area, Former Residence of Chiang Kai-shek, Tiantong Temple…
How to Get to Ningbo: International flights from Singapore (6.5 hrs), Tokyo (3 hrs), etc., 2-3 hrs' domestic flights from Guangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu, etc., or high speed trains from Hangzhou (1 hr), Shanghai (2~2.5 hrs), Suzhou (2.5~3.5 hrs), etc.
Best Time to Visit Ningbo: Spring and Autumn
Tourists usually take about 1-2 days to explore Ningbo. The scenic spots in Ningbo downtown are relatively concentrated. You may visit the Tianyi Pavilion, Ningbo Old Bund, Tianyi Square, etc. within 1 day. If you would like to spend more days exploring the suburbs and countryside, you may visit the Former Residence of Chiang Kai-shek and Xuekou Mountain Scenic Area or Tiantong Temple, Asoka Temple and Dongqian Lake.
Ningbo is one of the best transfer places to reach Putuoshan. Most visitors prefer to visit Ningbo and Putuoshan together. It usually takes about 2 days to have a lifetime spiritual pilgrimage in Putuoshan. Then they may extend the “Heaven on Earth” - Hangzhou (2-3 days), the representative Wuzhen Water Town (1-2 days). A classic Zhejiang trip with Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wuzhen and Putuoshan usually takes 6-7 days. Also, you can extend to Anji bamboo forest or Moganshan resort in Huzhou (2-4 days), etc.
Besides, compared with just travelling Ningbo, Zhejiang, most visitors prefer to travel to the metropolis Shanghai, Suzhou Gardens, Hangzhou Lakes, Huangshan Mountains more nearby hot cities in One Go! Such an amazing tour will take 7~8 days.
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If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation, best visiting time and other troublesome tour planning, you can take a private tour package which covers sightseeing, night shows and activities, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to any destinations with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.
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