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How to get from Chongqing Airport to the City

Chongqing is a sprawling mega-city located in southwestern China. The city is home to over 30 million people and is one of the largest cities in the world. Filled with many historical and cultural wonders, such as the Dazu Rock Carvings, Ciqikou Ancient Town and Yangtze River, there’s so much to do in Chongqing. 

There are three different transfer options from Chongqing airport to the city; taxi, bus and metro. Taking a Chongqing airport taxi is the quickest transfer option as it takes just 30 minutes and costs approximately €11.50 (CNY 80). The cheapest transfer option is taking the Metro Line 3, as it costs just €1 (CNY 7) one-way, but it’s not direct, so it takes around 70 minutes. The final option is to take the KO1 bus from Chongqing airport to downtown. The cost of the bus is €2.20 (CNY 15) and the journey time is around 50 minutes. 

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €11.50 30min 24/7
Bus €4.40 50min 05:30–22:40
Metro €2 70min 07:30–20:30

How to get from Chongqing Airport to the City by Taxi

The fastest and easiest way to travel from Chongqing airport to the city is by taking a Chongqing airport taxi. The journey time is just 30 minutes and the cost is approximately €11.50 (CNY 80), making it the most convenient transfer option.

Chongqing taxi fares from Airport to the City

The cost of a taxi from Chongqing airport to the city is around €11.50 (CNY 80), based on a taximeter. The exact fare will depend on the level of traffic and your precise destination in Chongqing, so if you’re looking for a set rate fare you can rely on, we recommend booking your Chongqing airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€11.50 (CNY 80)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Chongqing Airport.

Where do I find a taxi at Chongqing Airport?

Taxis are available outside both Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 at Chongqing airport. Simply head out of the arrival hall exit doors and you’ll see the long line of taxis in front of you.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Chongqing airport to the city is the quickest and most comfortable way to travel. Not only can you make your way to the door of your hotel in just 30 minutes, but you can relax knowing your companions and luggage are safe and sound.

Editor’s Note

Although taking a taxi from Chongqing airport to the downtown is the most expensive transfer option, it's the most convenient. If you're travelling in a group, you can split the fare between you to save on the cost.

Useful Tips

To avoid overcharging, ensure your driver resets the taximeter to the correct base fare.
Luggage that fits in the trunk can be transported for free.
Many Chongqing drivers don't speak English, be sure to have your hotel's address written down in Chinese.

How to get from Chongqing Airport to Downtown by Bus

Six different shuttle bus lines run from Chongqing airport to downtown. However, if you’re looking to head to the very centre of the city, taking the KO1 bus is your best choice. The total travel time is 50 minutes and the cost is just €2.20 (CNY 15), making it a very affordable transfer option.

How much is the bus from Chongqing Airport to the City?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the KO1 bus from Chongqing airport to the city is €2.20 (CNY 15). This can be paid to the driver as you get on the bus.

Cost

€2.20 (CNY 15)

Trip Duration

50 Min.

*There's a waiting time of 30 minutes for the KO1 bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The KO1 bus runs from 05:30 to 22:40.

Where do I find the bus at Chongqing Airport?

The bus stop can be found between Hall A and Hall B of Terminal 2. If you land in Terminal 3, there’s a free shuttle bus to Terminal 2.

Convenience

Although the bus runs directly from Chongqing airport to downtown Chongqing, it’s not the most convenient transfer option. You will have to wait around 30 minutes for the bus to arrive and once you reach the city centre, you will need to either walk or take alternate transport to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

If you're looking to take a cheap transfer option, the bus is much more convenient than the metro as it runs directly to the city centre.

Useful Tips

There's limited storage for large and heavy luggage on the bus.
Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the bus departs to secure your seat.
The KO2 bus runs to Chongqing train station if that route is more convent for you.

How to get from Chongqing Airport to the City by Metro

Metro Line 3 runs from Chongqing airport to downtown daily. However, the metro doesn’t run directly from Chongqing airport to the city. You will need to take the Metro Line 3 to Hongtudi station and then take the Metro Line 6 to continue your journey to downtown Chongqing. The total travel time is around 70 minutes and the cost is just €1 (CNY 7), making it the cheapest transfer option.

How much is the Metro from Chongqing Airport to Downtown?

The cost of a ticket on the Metro from Chongqing airport to downtown is €1 (CNY 7). You can purchase your ticket from the automatic machines or the manned kiosk in the station.

Cost

€1 (CNY 7)

Trip Duration

70 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 15 minutes for the Metro Line 3.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Metro Line 3 runs from 07:30 to 20:30.

Where do I find the Metro at Chongqing Airport?

If you land in Terminal 3, you will need to walk around 250 meters to Jiangbei Airport Terminal 3 railway station through Gate 4. If you land in Terminal 2, you will find the metro at Jiangbei Airport Terminal 2 railway station.

Convenience

Taking the Metro Line 3 from Chongqing airport is the slowest and least convenient transfer. You will need to change lines at Hongtudi station, which adds time and stress to your journey. Plus, there’s no luggage storage on the Metro, so you will need to travel light.

Timetables

Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a cheap transfer option, I recommend taking the KO1 bus rather than the Metro as it's quicker and direct.

Useful Tips

Keep your ticket with you as you will need to scan it to access the Metro Line 6 train.
The Metro Line 10 also leaves from Chongqing airport.
During peak travel times, the Metro can become extremely crowded, be prepared to stand during your journey.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Chongqing airport to the city of Chongqing?

The distance from Chongqing Aiport to the city centre is 20 km, so taking a Chongqing airport taxi shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes. If you’re travelling on public transport, the KO1 bus will take 50 minutes and the Metro Line 3 will take around 70 minutes. 

How can I get from Chongqing airport to downtown?

There are three ways to get from Chongqing airport to downtown; taxi, bus or metro. Taking a Chongqing airport taxi is the fastest way to travel as it takes just 30 minutes and costs €11.50 (CNY 80). Taking the Metro Line 3 is the cheapest transfer option as it costs just €1 (CNY 7), but takes 70 minutes to reach downtown. The final option is the KO1 bus, which costs €2.20 (CNY 15) and takes 50 minutes.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Chongqing airport to the city?

The local taxi drivers will use a taximeter to calculate the cost of your journey from Chongqing airport to the city. The average cost is around €11.50 (CNY 80). If you’d prefer a set-rate fare you can rely on, we recommend pre-booking your Chongqing airport transfer with Welcome Pickups. 

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