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Yichang Port 2024

As one of the most essential starting points for Three Gorges cruises and one of the busiest cities for shipping on the Yangtze River, Yichang houses numerous ports and terminals. Luxury Three Gorges cruises nowadays mostly dock at Maoping Port (茅坪码头). Only several light tonnage ships, for instance, Yangtze 1, would sail through significant dams in the city and dock at Yichang No.9 Dock (宜昌九码头).

However, for travelers who are planning or already booking a cruise tour, ports in Yichang are not the places you need to pay attention to, but two cruise transit places arranged by cruise companies in the downtown area, Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort (三峡游客中心) and Yichang Tourist Information Centre | Luxury cruise transfer (宜昌旅游信息咨询中心|豪华邮轮中转) at Yichang East Train Station. These are the locations where your 4 to 5-day Yangtze River cruise commences or concludes.

In the following paragraphs, you will receive essential travel tips regarding the locations of ports in Yichang and transport tips to get to/from two cruise transit sites. We hope that these latest substances will efficiently help you enjoy your travel at ease in 2024.

Location of Yichang Ports for Yangtze River Cruises

Yichang Maoping Port

Location: 200 meters east from Binhu Road, Zigui County, Yichang City (宜昌市秭归县滨湖路东200米 - 茅坪码头)

Maoping Port is used for nearly all Yangtze River cruises (except Yangtze 1) in 2024 for the embarkation and disembarkation in Yichang. Situated in Zigui County of Yichang, it is about 60 kilometers from/to Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort and usually takes 1-1.5 hours to drive.

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Yichang Maoping Port

Yichang Maoping Port

From To Driving Distance Driving Time (Private Car/Taxi)
Yichang Airport Maoping Port 81km 1~1.5hrs
Yichang East Railway Station 66km Around 1hr
Yichang Railway Station 56km Around 1hr

Yichang No.9 Dock & Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort

Location: No.142, Yanjiang Avenue, Wujiagang District, Yichang City (宜昌市伍家岗区沿江大道142号 - 宜昌九码头/三峡旅游度假区游客中心)

Yichang No.9 Dock is used for only Yangtze 1 Cruise under Changjiang Cruises. The dock is located in downtown Yichang, only a few steps walk away from the Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort (which used to be known as the Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal). The Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort is the main tourist center for getting on and off the transferring buses arranged by cruise company.

If you prefer a more private means of transport, we, yangtze-river-cruises.com, offer a high-efficient and safety-secured transfer service (required extra payment); please feel free to contact us and book the car. Below are the references of distances and times from essential transportation hubs to Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort and vice versa.

Yichang Port
From To Driving Distance Driving Time (Private Car/Taxi)
Yichang Airport Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort/Yichang No.9 Dock) 32km 40mins
Yichang East Railway Station 9.8km 25mins
Yichang Railway Station 4.1km 15~20mins

2024 Latest Port News for Embarkation & Disembarkation in Yichang:

In the whole year 2024, travelers touring Yangtze River (Chongqing Yichang Part) with Yangtze 1 cruise will depart from or arrive at Yichang No.9 Dock (宜昌九码头), while all the other cruises, including Century Cruises, Victoria Cruises, President Cruises, Yangtze Gold Cruises, Yangtze 3 and Yangtze Explorer, will arrive at or departure from Maoping Port (茅坪码头).

Downstream - Disembarkation in Yichang

For downstream cruisers (Chongqing->Yichang), after disembarking the ships, you will be taken to visit the best highlight of Yichang, the Three Gorges Dam Site. After the excursion, the same tourist buses would transfer you to the Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort for disbanding. (Reference Time: 12:30/13:30)

(Exceptional: If you are going to take the Yangtze 1 cruise, you will sail through Xiling Gorge and Gezhou Dam on the fifth day and disembark directly at Yichang No.9 Dock around noon.)

Upstream - Embarkation in Yichang

For upstream cruisers (Yichang->Chongqing), all luxury Yangtze cruise companies offer free shuttle bus service to transfer their guests to Maoping Port from two places safely, the Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort and Yichang Tourist Information Centre at Yichang East Railway Station, during 17:30~20:00 (Time may vary slightly during the off-season). After arriving at the two places, you should find the counter or desk to change the shuttle bus ticket first, then follow the staff to the parking lot to take shuttle bus to the cruise terminal - Maoping Port. Reaching the terminal takes typically 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

(Exceptional: If you are going to sail with the Yangtze 1 cruise, you should arrive at Yichang No.9 Dock between 18:00 and 22:30 to board the ship.)

How to Get to Yichang Ports

There are three common ways for tourists to get to the correct ports to board the ship: by private carby cruise company-arranged bus or by taxi. Among the three ways of transfer, the most convenient and time-saving way is booking a private transfer service in advance. Independent travellers on a tight budget can take the cruise companies' arranged shuttle buses from Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal.

The 2024 map below shows the location of Yichang ports, two transit sites, an airport, train stations and attractions in Yichang city. You can find the map below along with detailed information about boarding and leaving the vehicle.

Yangtze River Map

Yichang Port Transportation Map

By our Local Transfer Service - The Most Recommended Way of Travel

We highly recommend using our local transfer service in Yichang, for the public transport is not as well-developed as that in Chongqing and Shanghai. Furthermore, the mainly used Maoping Port is actually a little far away from Yichang downtown with no convenient public transportation.

If you book our local transfer service, you don’t need to waste your time on traffic transferring or waiting for the transferring bus to be filled up. Our experienced local guide and licensed driver will pick you up and send you directly to the airport, train stations or ports. Whether Yichang is the start or end of your cruise, we will safely take you to your destination on time.

Yichang Local tansfer Service

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By Cruise Company Arranged Bus - A Convenient Way for Independent Travelers

Arrive at Yichang Sanxia Airport

Location: 8 Jichang Road, Xiaoting District, Yichang, Hubei (宜昌市猇亭区机场路8号)
If you arrive in Yichang by plane, you are recommended to take a car/taxi to the Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort (三峡游客中心) for transfer, which normally takes 40mins. Then, take the complimentary shuttle bus to reach the port.

Step-by-step Ticket Exchanging Guide:

1.Get out of the taxi and enter the hall;
2.Face inside and turn right to the Luxury Cruise Ship Ticket service counter;
3.Show your Passport / ID Card to issue the shuttle bus ticket;
4.Follow the staffs’ guide to the parking lot to find your bus.

Yangtze River Map

Photo Guide of Shuttle Bus Ticket Exchanging at Visitor Center of Three Gorges Tourist Resort

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Arrive at Yichang East Train Station

Location: Chengdong Blvd, Wujiagang, Yichang, Hubei (宜昌市伍家岗区东站路1号)
Suppose you arrive in Yichang by high-speed rail. In that case, there is a gathering place to take complimentary shuttle buses within walking distance, called Yichang Tourist Information Centre | Luxury cruise transfer (宜昌旅游信息咨询中心|豪华邮轮中转).

Step-by-step Walking Guide to Yichang Tourist Information Centre | Luxury cruise transfer:

1.Follow other passengers to exit the station;
2.Find a glass house called the Yichang Tourist Information Center; Don’t walk in. Turn right and go straight along the taxi passage trail to the end;
3.Passing the zebra crossing, you will see the ground-floor office - Yichang Tourist Information Centre | Luxury cruise transfer;
4.Show your Passport / ID Card to issue the shuttle bus ticket at the information desk;
5.The staff will uniformly lead guests to the bus parking lot to take a shuttle bus to the cruise terminal.

Yichang Port

Photo Guide of Shuttle Bus Ticket Exchanging at Yichang East Railway Station

If you value comfort and privacy, you can also take a taxi or pre-order a private car service from us to get directly to Maoping Port for cruise boarding. We also offer the One Day Yichang Essence Tour, taking you to explore the city’s top highlights before boarding the cruise.

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Questions & Discussions

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Downstream disembarkimg
Hi, we are hoping to depart the downstream cruise and catch a train to Wuhan for a flight. We cannot find where the cruise terminal is in order to see how long it will take us to get to the train from the cruise terminal. The train leaves from Yichang East Station. Can you please advise
2018-04-09 03:40
Hi Helena Kennedy,

Good afternoon from China. Since you take downstream cruise and you’ll depart at Yichang Three Gorges Cruise Terminal (宜昌三峡游客中心) around 12:30 or 13:30 and its address is No.142, Yanjiang Avenue, Wujiagang District, Yichang City (facing Yichang Wanda Plaza) 宜昌市伍家岗区沿江大道142号. The distance between Yichang Three Gorges Cruise Terminal and Yichang East Railway Station is about 9~12km, taking 25~30 minutes’ driving.

For detailed transportation info, please check https://www.yangtze-river-cruises.com/customer-support/port-change-for-special-events.html. For more questions and help, please let us know and we are here glad to help you anytime!
Location of cruise terminal
We are boarding Victoria Jenna in Yichang on 19 Apr 2018. Can you please advise where Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal is. Is it at the dock or is it in the town for a shuttle to take you to the dock.
2018-01-01 11:34
Hello Lee,

Thank you for the good question. Yichang Three Gorges Center Cruise Terminal is at Yichang Downtown area, and the detailed address is at No. 142, Yanjiang Avenue, Wujiagang District, Yichang City (facing Wanda Plaza) 宜昌市伍家岗区沿江大道142号(万达广场对面). It is about 15 kilometers to the New Century Port at the suburb of Yichang. You could take a local taxi to get to the port for about 30 to 40 minutes. Also, you could take a local bus 103 and 10-1 to get there for about 1.5 hours. Besides, if you want to arrive at the port with speed and convenient without waiting for the vehicle, you could choose our local transfer service, and the charge is reasonable.

Wish you a great cruising trip on the Yangtze River!
VISA to Japan
Can advise if Chinese national need visa to go to Japan on a Cruise ? On
the same issue, can you he to find out name & contact telephone number of Agents in China ( Shanghai , Beijin etc) who handles Royal Caribbean Cruise ( Cruise Ship: Quantum of the Seas) I have tried but not successful in finding name of Agents responsible for this Cruise Ship.
Appreciate your assistance.
2017-09-18 18:47

Thanks for your question. As you know we provides only the services of Yangtze River cruise, we are not familiar with the information about cruises overseas. However, you could know about the VISA and documentations needed for cruising to Japan by checking the official website of Royal Caribbean: http://www.royalcaribbean.com/beforeyouboard/travelDocumentation.do.

Wish a nice cruise trip to Japan!
I understand you only response to questions related to Yangtze Cruise. But, being overseas travellers, we hope you would help to find out for us the contact telephone number of Agent in China (say, Shanghai, Beijin etc.) who handle Royal Caribbean Cruise to go on board "Quantum of the Seas" in February 2018 departing Baoshan, Shanghai. I search website but could not find answers to my queries. I really hope you would render your assistance in this aspect.
Also, would the Travel Agent in China help Chinese nationals to apply for Visas to go to Japan at a fees ?
2017-09-18 18:28
Hello TAN,

Thank you for the question. I’m sorry to tell you that we do not know about which agents handle the Royal Caribbean Cruise, but you could visit the official website of the Cruise company to find the answer about booking details and fees: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/.

Have a nice cruise experience!
Century Paragon Cruise - Yangtze 3 Gorges
We are booked for Century Paragon Cruise. Are we to get on board the cruise in Taohuachun Port ?
Is it convenient to get taxi from Crown Plaza Hotel to Yichang Taohuachun Port ?
& when we side bark Century Paragon in Chongqing, are taxis available from Port to J.W.Marriott hotel ? What are the taxi fares ?
Please advise
2017-09-18 17:00

Thank you for the question. Yes, Century Paragon cruise use Taohuacun Port for embarkation and disembarkation in Yichang city. And taking a taxi from Crown Plaza Yichang to Taohuacun Port is very convenient since there are not many buses to the port, and the driving time would be about 40 to 50 minutes for different routes of about 13 to 17 kilometers, and it may cost about 25 to 35 Chinese Yuan. When in Chongqing, you could also take a local taxi from the Chaotianmen Port to J.W.Marriott Hotel, which needs about 20 minutes for about 3 to 4km and would cost about 10 Chinese Yuan. But the fee would be higher especially when there are traffic jams.

Wish you a nice cruise experience on the Yangtze River!
New Century Port to Yichang Railway Station
I am confused. Per 'Yichang Port Guide' , it takes 15 minutes from New Century Port to Yichang Railway. Yet when I go to maps.google.com and enter '1 Jianshe Road, Xiling District, Yichang' (location of New Century Port) and to 'Yichang Railway Station', I got 1 hr 16 min. What am I missing? I intend to take the Oct 25 Gold 6 Chongqing to Yichang and once arrived at Yichang, catch the train to Zhangjiajie at 13:13. I will already have a paper ticket at that time. Will I make it assuming it only takes 15 minutes?
2017-08-01 10:23
Hello Luis,

Thank you for the question. Good to know your cruise in October. Yichang Railway Station is about 10-20 km driving distance from Yichang downtown for three different routes, which takes 25-40 minutes to arrive at by the local taxi according to the time and traffic conditions. You could use the updated new address: New Century Port, Yiba Road, Xiling District, Yichang City, Hubei Province (湖北省宜昌市西陵区宜巴公路新世纪码头).
Usually, Yangtze Gold cruise ships dock at Yichang New Century Port at about 12:30 in the noon, and it is recommended to arrange your train to Zhangjiejie departing from Yichang after 14:30 on your disembarkation day in Yichang since you need time for disembarkation, waiting for the vehicle and other steps for catching the train.

Wish you a wonderful cruise trip in China!
Boarding Time
I got a ticket for Century Paragon Cruise from Yichang. The boarding time is 18:30-21:30. Is it ok if the train arrive in Yichang East at 18:00?
2017-06-26 04:00
Yes, Dominik. If you arrive at the port in Yichang at 19:00, you can board the cruise between 19:00 - 21:30.
If I arrive at 19:00 on the port I got 2,5 hours for boarding.
Hello Dominik,

Thanks for the question. Since for Yichang to Chongqing Yangtze River cruise, Century Paragon docks at Yichang Taohuacun Port (桃花村码头) that is about 20 kilometers away from Yichang East Railway Station and usually needs about 40 minutes to arrive from the station by taxi. If your train arrives at Yichang East Railway Station, you would arrive at Taohuacun Port at around 19:00 by taxi, during the boarding time. If you want to transfer without hurry, you can change a train arriving in Yichang earlier before 17:00 in the afternoon. Besides, you can book our local transfer service, which lets you save the time for waiting the vehicle and finding the way.

Have a nice trip onboard the Century Paragon!
regarding yangtze gold cruise terminal in yichang
How long it take to go to the cruise terminal from Yichang main railway station and mean of trasport eg taxi to get there and the cost of a taxi for 4 persons?
2017-06-12 16:09
Hello Eng,

Thank you for the question. For all Yangtze Gold cruises, the terminal for embarkation and disembarkation in Yichang is the New Century Port, which is about 11.5 kilometers away from Yichang Railway Station. Since the port is a little far from the city center, there are not many public buses to the port, and the local taxi that can take up to 4 passengers is a good way to transfer from the railway station to the port, which will cost about 15 minutes and about 25-30 RMB.

Have a nice trip onboard your Yangtze Gold cruise!

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