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Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) to Chengdu City Centre

Chengdu, considered the happiest city in China, is the perfect blend of ancient history and modernity. The city’s most famous draw is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, where visitors can see pandas in their natural habitat. And be sure to bring your appetite when visiting; Chengdu is UNESCO’s first proclaimed ‘City of Gastronomy’.

The journey from Chengdu International Airport to Chengdu is around 20 kilometres. You can take a taxi, airport bus, or metro to transfer from Chengdu airport to the city. With an airport taxi, it takes around 40 minutes to reach the city centre without traffic and the fare is estimated to be somewhere between €8.60 (CYN 60) and €10 (CYN 70). Additionally, several airport buses pick up passengers from the airport and head to different locations in Chengdu. By bus, it takes around an hour to reach Chengdu city centre, and the fare costs from €1.42 (CYN 10) to €2.41 (CYN 17), depending on your route. You can also take the metro to reach the city centre in around 20 minutes. The fare for the metro from the Chengdu airport to Chengdu is just €0.71 (CYN 5).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €8.60 40min 24/7
Bus €2.84 60min 06:00–05:30
Metro €1.42 20min 06:00–23:00

How to get from Chengdu airport to Chengdu City Centre by taxi

Taking a taxi from Chengdu International Airport to the Chengdu centre is the easiest and most comfortable transfer option. Taxis are available 24/7 from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. You can also pre-book a ride with a top-rated company like Welcome Pickups for a fixed competitive rate you can rely on. The journey by taxi from Chengdu airport to Chengdu city centre takes around 40 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions. Unless you book your transfer in advance, the taxi fare will be based on a metered rate and is estimated to cost from €8.60 (CYN 60) to €10 (CYN 70).

Taxi fare from Chengdu airport to the City Centre

Taxi fares in Chengdu are based on a metered rate, but if you are travelling to a major point in the city such as railway stations and major tourist spots, you can also negotiate a flat rate. Taxi fares may vary between the different Chengdu taxi companies but, more or less, the metered taxi fares during the day can be estimated by the following rates:

Base fare / first 2 km: €1.28 (CNY 9)
Price per kilometre – up to 10 km: €0.27 (CNY 1.90)
Price per kilometre – over 10 km: €0.40 (CNY 2.85)
Hourly rate for standing or waiting: €3.24 (CNY 22.80)

To go from the Chengdu airport (CTU), you should expect to pay around €8.60 (CYN 60) to €10 (CYN 70), however, you also have the option to book your taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups for a flat competitive rate with no hidden fees to avoid any surprises!

Cost

€8.60-10 (CYN 60-70)

Trip Duration

40 min

Fares may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis from Chengdu airport to Chengdu city centre are available 24/7.

Where do I take a taxi from?

Taxis pick up passengers from Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 of the Chengdu airport. The taxi stand for Terminal 1 is just outside of Gate 02 on the arrivals level. If you are flying into Terminal 2, you can find the taxi stand near the crosswalk of the arrivals level.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the most convenient and comfortable form of transportation from Chengdu airport to Chengdu city centre, especially if you are travelling with young children and/or lots of luggage. After landing at the airport, you can readily take a taxi directly to your accommodation, and you won’t have to worry about navigating public transportation.

Editor’s Note

We recommend sticking with licensed taxis from the airport taxi stands. Taxis are green with a taxi sign on the vehicle roof.

Useful Tips

Be sure to have enough cash to pay your taxi fare; most taxis won’t accept foreign credit cards.
If you take a taxi from one of the airport taxi stands, have the name of your destination printed in Chinese beforehand in case your driver doesn’t speak English. You can also ask your accommodation to provide directions to where you are staying written in Chinese to show your driver.
There is a surcharge for rides at night (from 23:00 to 6:00); unless you pre-book your trip, your final fare may vary.

How to get from Chengdu airport to Chengdu City Centre by Bus

To go from Chengdu international airport to the Chengdu city centre by bus, you can take airport buses No. 1, 2, or 3, depending on where your exact destination is.  The journey to the centre by bus takes around an hour, and tickets cost up to €2.41 (CYN 17) per person.

The main stops the buses make are as follows:

Bus No. 1: US Consulate, Huaxi Dam, and the Minshan Hotel

Bus No. 2: North Railway Station and Tianfu Square 

Bus No. 3: South Railway Station and East Railway Station

How much is the bus fare from Chengdu airport to Chengdu City Centre?

The ticket cost for a Chengdu airport bus depends on which bus you take and the stop you depart from. Ticket prices cost between €1.42 (CYN 10) and €2.41 (CYN 17) per person.

Cost

€1.42-2.41 (CYN 10-17)

Trip Duration

1 hr

*There is a wait time of up to 20 minutes for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Buses are available from 6:00 to 5:30.

Where can I find the bus?

The airport buses stop at both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. At Terminal 1, you can find the bus stop at Gate 2 of the arrivals level. The bus stop for Terminal 2 is at the Exit 2 platform on the arrivals level.

Convenience

The bus takes the longest to transfer from the Chengdu airport to the city centre. But, unlike the metro, you won’t have to worry about transferring lines to get to downtown Chengdu, and the bus is available throughout the night.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

Keep in mind, that once you reach your bus stop, you may have to do some additional walking or take a taxi the rest of the way to your accommodation, adding time and effort to your journey.

Useful Tips

Have the exact fare amount in cash ready to pay for your ticket.
The buses stop every 20 minutes at both terminals, and they run all day and night (from 6:00 to 5:30 the next day).

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Chengdu. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€30.0
NIGHTTIME
€36.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

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4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Chengdu airport to Chengdu City Centre by Metro

The metro is the fastest transfer option to the Chengdu city centre from the airport. To make the journey, you will take Line 1 from either Terminal 1 or 2 to Taipingyuan, where you will then transfer to Line 3 to continue your journey to the city centre. The journey takes around 20 minutes, and the metro runs every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 23:00.

How much is the metro fare from the Chengdu airport to Chengdu City Centre?

Metro fares are determined by the distance travelled. The first 4 kilometres costs €0.28 (CYN 2), and each additional 4 kilometres costs €0.14 (CYN 1). To reach the centre, the total will be around €0.71 (CYN 5), depending on where you need to alight.

Cost

€0.71 (CYN 5)

Trip Duration

20 min

*There is a wait time of up to 10 minutes for the metro.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Metro is available from 6:00 to 23:00.

Where can I find the metro?

The Line 10 metro picks up passengers from both airport terminals. At Terminal 1, you can find the metro stop on the first floor outside of Gate 01. At Terminal 2, the metro stop is on the basement level near the L2, L3, and L4 passages, close to the Terminal 2 parking.

Convenience

The metro is the cheapest and fastest option to get to the Chengdu city centre from the airport. However, you will need to transfer metro lines and you may need to do some additional walking to reach your final destination, and this may be a bit tricky if you are travelling with large luggage and/or young children.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

Depending on where exactly you are headed, you may need to transfer to another line after taking Line 3, or instead of taking Line 3 at Taipingyuan, you may want to transfer to a different line sooner.

Useful Tips

For the best route to take, you can use the Metro Guide on the Chengdu Metro website.
Children under 1.3 meters tall can ride for free.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Chengdu airport to the city centre?

The Chengdu airport is around 20 kilometres from the city centre. By taxi, it takes around 40 minutes to reach the centre, by metro, the journey takes around 20 minutes, and if you choose an airport bus, it takes around an hour.

How can I get from Chengdu airport to Chengdu’s central area?

A taxi is the easiest and most comfortable way to reach Chengdu’s city centre. A door-to-door taxi ride from Chengdu airport to your Chengdu accommodation in the city centre should take around 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the metro, which is another great option to get to the centre quickly, especially during rush hours. You can also take an airport bus, although that option takes around an hour to get from the airport to the city centre.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Chengdu International Airport to Chengdu?

Taxis generally charge based on a metered rate. Depending on where you are going, you may also be able to negotiate a flat rate with your driver. Typically, a ride from Chengdu airport to the city centre will cost around €8.60 (CYN 60) to €10 (CYN 70).

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