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Chongqing Transportation Guide

Chongqing, the main port of Yangtze cruises, is well connected with other cities by air and railway and high way. For you who want to start your Yangtze cruise from Chongqing, there are some useful information about the main airport, railway stations in Chongqing, with clear direction to the Chongqing docks.

Map of Chongqing Port & Transfer
Map of Chongqing Port & Transfer

Chongqing Airport

There are three airports in Chongqing and the most important one is Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, which operates 70 airlines between over 58 domestic and foreign cities and Chongqing. You can easily take a flight to Chongqing from Beijing, Xian, Shanghai and many other destinations in China.

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport

  • Location: Lianglu Town, Yubei District, about 21 kilometers northeast from Downtown Chongqing.
  • Direction to Chaotianmen Docks
    By taxi: The distance between Jiangbei International Airport and Chaotianmen Docks is 35 kilometers, which will costs you about 100 RMB for 40 minutes - 1 hour's drive.
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport

Jiangbei International Airport

Recent news: from 06:00 on 29th August, 2017, the newly built Terminal 3 (T3) in Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport has been put into formal use, and at present, the Terminal 1 is has been temporarily closed. From then on, all international, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan flights and all domestic flights (except of Sichuan Airlines, West Air, China Express Airlines, and Spring Airlines continue to use the Terminal 2) have begun to use the Terminal 3. At present, local rail transit, airport bus and coach, and taxi could take you to transfer between Terminal 3 and the downtown and even other places in and around Chongqing. Since the new Terminal 3 is farther from Chongqing downtown than the Terminal 1 and 2, which needs about 20 to 30 minutes more, we suggest you arrange your flight to Chongqing earlier (arriving Chongqing before about 16:30 or early) if you fly to Chongqing on your embarkation day.

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Chongqing Railway

There are three railway stations in Chongqing city (Chongqing North Railway Station, Chongqing West Railway Station and Chongqing Railway Station), operating five major railway lines. So it is very convenient to go to Chongqing from all over the country especially from Chengdu. The daily bullet trains (G, D and C trains) only take about 1.5~2.5 hours from Chengdu to Chongqing.

Chongqing North Railway Station (重庆北站)

  • Location: Longtou Temple, Yubei District, Chongqing City.
  • Direction to Chaotianmen Docks
    By taxi: Taking a taxi from North Railway Station to Chaotianmen Dock will cost passengers around 30 Yuan in 20~40 minutes for 12 kilometers.

Chongqing West Railway Station (重庆西站)

  • Location: No.168, Fengzhong Road, Shapingba District, Chongqing重庆市沙坪坝区凤中路168号
  • High Speed Train Served: Travelers can take G, D or C trains from/to Chengdu (about 1.5~2.5hrs), Xian (about 5~5.5hrs), Guiyang (about 2~2.5hrs) and more.
  • Direction to Chaotianmen Docks
    By taxi: It is about 40~50 minutes’ drive for 21 kilometers to Chaotianmen Dock which will cost you about 50 Yuan. (note: Chongqing West Railway Station is far away from Chongqing downtown and has no convenient public transportation. If trains from your previous destination (like Chengdu, Xian, etc.) arrive in Chongqing at Chongqing West Station and Chongqing North Railway Station, the latter is a better choice with better transportation)
Chongqing North Railway Station

Chongqing North Railway Station

Chongqing West Railway Station

Chongqing West Railway Station

(Recent news: there will be about 2 years' construction activities adjacent to Chongqing West Railway Station since 2018, which would cause some traffic jams there around the station. For Chongqing embarkation guests, to help you get on you cruise at Chongqing Chaotianmen Port on time, we suggest you arrange your train arriving at this station before 15:00. For Chongqing Chaotianmen Port disembarkation guests, we suggest you book a train departing after 11:30 if you leave Chongqing from this station. If your cruise uses Fengdu Port in special events, we suggest you arrange your train arriving before 14:00 for you Chongqing embarkation, and departing after 12:30 for Chongqing disembarkation.)

Chongqing Railway Station (Caiyuanba Railway Station)

  • Location: Caiyuan Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing.
  • Railway Lines: the Chuan-Qian Railroad (from Chongqing inthe north to Guiyang in the south), the Cheng-Yu Railroad (from Chengdu in the west to Chongqing in the east) and the Xiang-Yu Railroad (from Xiangfan, Hubeiin the east to Chongqing in the west).
  • Direction to Chaotianmen Docks
    By taxi: It is about 15~20 minutes’ drive for 6 kilometers to Chaotianmen Dock which will cost you only 15-20 Yuan.
Chongqing Railway Station

Chongqing Railway Station

Chongqing Expressways

Chengdu-Chongqing Expressway (Chengdu Highway)

Chengdu–Chongqing Ring Expressway, commonly referred to as Chengyu Ring Expressway, is an expressway encircling the cities of Chongqing and Chengdu, Sichuan, in China. It takes 2.5-3 hours driving from Chengdu to Chongqing city.

Chongqing – Wanzhou Expressway

If you take a 3-day Yangtze cruise, then you will be driven to Wanzhou from Chongqing through the expressway. It will takes you about 3 hours, and the costs is included in your 3-day cruise fee.

Note: In 2020, ther is no cruise sailing to Wanzhou. You can join the 3 nights and 4 days sailing downstream from Chongqing to Yichang or 4 nights and 5 days upstream from Yichang to Chongqing to appreciate the most classic part of Yangtze River.

Chengdu-Chongqing Expressway

Chengdu-Chongqing Expressway

City Transportation to Chaotianmen Docks

Chaotianmen Docks, next to the Chaotianmen Square in the city center, is well serviced by city buses and taxies. For you, who are new to this city, we recommended you to take a taxi directly to the docks. But the most convenient way is to book a local transfer service with us while you booking your ship. Our local guide and drivers will pick you up in the airport or railway station according to your schedule, and send you to the right dock for your cruise ship directly, without time wasting of finding the road or finding a taxi.

City Transfer to Chaotianmen Dock

Transfer to Chaotianmen Dock

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After the river cruise we want to get to Shanghai on the bullet train but don’t know which station to go to in Yichang or which station to go to in Shanghai we will be staying at the Sunrise on the bund? Thanks
2019-05-16 08:37
about clarification on terminal
i saw in terminal 3 there is 3A and 3B, if i want to receive passenger which one i should go ?
2018-02-24 06:53
Hi Reqeeb,

Thank you for the question. The 3A and 3 B are classified for the departure. There is only one place for people arriving at Terminal 3 of Chongqing Jiangbei Airport, so if you would receive the passenger, you could directly go to the receiving place where you can reach convenient along the signs.

Have a nice day!
Taxi fare
I’d like to travel by taxi from Chongqing airport to Fengdu Ghost City? How much will I pay more or less please?
2018-02-14 11:02
Dear Ms. Arianna,

Greetings from Wonder at Yangtze-River-Cruises!

Thank you for your inquiry of Yangtze River Cruises. We are really glad to have this chance to serve for you.
It will take you around 3 hours from Chongqing airport to Fengdu Ghost City. I am afraid that few taxi drivers would like to do that since it is too far. It’s difficult to see how much it will take. If you need us to arrange private transfer service, the cost will be around RMB1800=USD290 for one vehicle. The cost is extremely expensive and not worthwhile compare to only one place.

Besides, if you like, we recommend you take Rail Transit Line 3 for less than 10 RMB from Chongqing Airport to Chongqing North Railway Station for about 50 minutes to catch a 1 hour high speed train to Fengdu for about 40 RMB and transfer to Fengdu Ghost City for about 20 minutes by local taxi for about 30 RMB, so you could arrive there for about 2.5 hours with a much lower cost of about 80 RMB.

Wish you a wonderful trip to the Fengdu Ghost City!

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