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Situated in the downstream Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing has always been one of China's most important cities, so Nanjing is easy to access by air, by land and by sea.

By Flights

CAAC(Civil Aviation Administration of China) has regular air connections to Nanjing and other major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, Jinan, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Guangzhou, Guilin and Dalian.

Nanjing Lukou International Airport (南京禄口国际机场)
Tel: 025-6602902
It is one of the largest airports in China. The airport is 35kms from the urban area and is connected with the city by a highway (around 45 minutes). It provides flights to both destinations in China as well as some international locations.

Shuttle Bus

There is a shuttle service between the airport and city center. Buses are sent off outside the arrival hall on the first floor, and departure interval is no more than 30 minutes. Buses will stop at Yuhua Square, Zhongyangmen Long-Distance Bus Station and Shanghai Road. Most five star hotels also provide free transport to and from the airport.

A taxi from the airport to the center of town will cost around RMB 80-100.
Nanjing has a convenient rail network at the intersection of the Jinghu Railway (Beijing-Shanghai Railway) and Ningtong (Nanjing -Tongchuan) Railway, with direct trains to Beijing, Hangzhou (2 hours),Shanghai (4 hours), Tianjin, Harbin, Changchun, Shenyang, Hangzhou (5 and a half hours)and Xi’an.

Nanjing Railway Station

Tel: 025-85822222/ 95105105
The majority of passenger train traffic coming in and out of Nanjing runs through Nanjing Railway Station. It is located 1 km east of Zhongyangmen Long-Distance Bus Station and 3.5 kilometers west of Xinzhuang Long-Distance Bus Station.

Get to and from subway to the station
Take exit No.4 which is on the south side of the subway station. When you arrive at Nanjing station, you can go directly to the subway. 
Tip: It is easy to take baggage onto the subway, because the train doors are wide.

There is one local bus station on the west side of Nanjing Station and the other one on the east.  Buses in the west side station go into the city. The other side has buses heading east into Xianling.

You can find taxis on the 2nd floor outside the station and underground next to the subway station. 

1. It may be difficult for a person who does not speak Chinese to purchase a ticket;
2. Baggage lockers inside the station can be used to place bags for a few hours;
3. When taking a taxi, always use the taxi meter and you will get the standard rate.

Other Railway Station
Compared with Nanjing Railway Station, Nanjing West Station is smaller and older.  There is no subway access, but it can be reached by bus or taxi easily. But sometimes it can be difficult to find a taxi from this station.

 Ticket Purchasing
Tickets can be purchased in the main hall in the middle of the first floor of the station. The ticket booth for the China Railway High-speed trains is to the East of the main hall.

Tickets also can be bought in China Unicom office (north of the post office on Zhongshan Road). You will be charged 5 RMB fee for processing.


Nanjing has a busy bus system. There are two kinds of buses. Buses without air conditioning cost 1 Yuan per trip and the other kind with air conditioning cost 2 Yuan.  You can pay with an IC card or with 1 Yuan coins.  No change is provided.
If you don't read Chinese it would be quite difficult to navigate the bus routes without planning ahead.  The signs which display bus routes are only written in Chinese characters.
1. Buses in China can be quite crowded;
2. Roads in the Xinjiekou and Gulou often suffer from intense traffic jams in the middle of the day;
3. If there is any question or difficulty, you can dial 025-86506721 for help.

Long-Distance Bus Stations

Nanjing road transportation plays a very vital role in Nanjing transportation, especially long-distance bus transportation. There are 7 long-distance bus stations in Nanjing which provide routes to almost every city of China.
  Buses to Shanghai (takes about 4 hours.)
There are as many as 20 buses from Zhongyangmen Long-distance Bus Station to Shanghai everyday. The first bus starts at 06:00 and the last bus departs at 18:30. Ticket fare is about ¥68.
 Buses to Hangzhou (takes about 4 hours)
There are 36 buses from Zhongyangmen Long-distance Bus Station to Hangzhou everyday. It operates from 06:20 to 20:00, every 20 minutes once. Ticket fare is about ¥120.
  Long-Distance Bus Stations
Inquiry Line:025-8553 1299,/ 85531288 (8am-6pm)
Bookings Hotline: 025-85531153
Zhongyangnen Station (南京中央门总站)
It is the main long-distance bus station in Nanjing, located at the intersection of Zhongyang Road (中央路), Zhongyang Bei Road (中央北路), Jianning Road (建宁路)and Longpan Road (龙蟠路).
Zhongshan Nan Road Long-Distance Bus Station (中山南路客运站)
Tel: 025-52856681
Airport Shuttle Bus Inquiries: 025-52480058 / 52480757
Shuttles to the airport depart from this station every half hour between 6:00am and 7:30pm.  Plane tickets can be purchased at Zhongshan Nan Road Station.
Note that this station is also referred to as the Nanjing North-Central Long-Distance Bus Station (南京中北长途客运中心) and the Sanshan Jie (三山街) Station.
Hanzhong Men Station (南京汉中门客运站)
Tel: 025-86612288 / 86652227
The station is located half a block east of the intersection of Hanzhong Road (汉中路) and Huju Road (虎踞路).
Zhonghua Men Station (南京中华门车站)
Tel: 025-52418504 / 52415393
Located on Jihe Cun Road (集合村路88号)
Nanjing East Station (南京长途汽车东站)
Tel: 025-85410887
Located on Xuanwu Da Dao and Huayuan Road (玄武大道和花园路)

Note that this station is also referred to as Xinzhuang (新庄) Station.

Xiaguan Station (南京下关车站)
Tel: 025-58827455
This is on the west end of Jianning Xi Road (建宁西路).

Nanjing North Long-Distance Bus Station (南京长途汽车北站)
Tel: 025-58850742 / 58401190
Located across the bridge on Daqiao Bei Road (大桥北路)

 Bus Ticket-Purchasing
Passengers could purchase tickets of buses departing from any of the bus stations three days in advance at every bus station of Nanjing,.

Ticket Window at bus station
There are about 200 ticket windows which are networking in 12 long-distance bus stations. Passengers can buy tickets of almost 400 buses every day at any windows.

Social Networking Ticket Outlets
There are about 120 networking ticket outlets set in downtown Nanjing, mainly affixed with post offices and social outlets. 

Self-help Ticket Outlets
There are 10 sets of self-help ticket machines in the city. They are located at Jiaotong Building Xinjiekou, Tongshan Town, Xianlin Campus of Nanjing University, Shuangting Garden Jinxing College Pukou, Hanzhongmen Bus Station, Trade Center of Jiangning University City, Nanjing Normal University Xianlin (West Campus and South Campus) and Nanjing transportation manage center.


Tel for consultation: 025-51899999
Subway tickets cost between 2 and 4 Yuan. Using an IC card is a bit cheaper. The ticket machines can take bills or coins and do give change.
The ticket machines dispense blue tokens and these tokens are to be swiped on the way in and deposited on the way out (when you approach the train you just swipe the token over the pad, and as you head upstairs to exit the station you deposit the token in the machine). Since the Subway was opened they have had plenty of staff on hand to assist passengers with purchasing and using tokens.
Trains arrive every 4 to 8 minutes and run between 6:30am and 10:00pm.
 IC Card

An IC card can be used to access both the buses and the subway, giving passengers a 20% discount on bus fares and a smaller discount for the subway.  It’s also called a “yue piao”(月票).  It can be recharged inside subway stations but can only be purchased at Huaxia Bank (华夏银行).  Each branch of Huaxia bank has a dedicated counter for this purpose.


Taxis cost 8 Yuan for the first 3 kilometers and 2.4 Yuan for every additional kilometer.  There is also an additional hidden 1 Yuan fee because of high gas prices which takes the minimum prices up to 9 Yuan.
Note: Taxi drivers usually speak Nanjingese, not familiar with English.

By Ships

Nanjing has a developed river transportation system. A 4 or 5 star Yangtze Cruise might be an excellent alternative to travel. You can travel all the way from Chongqing and see the 3 Gorges Dam that is the biggest dam in the world.

The port is on the western side of Zhongshan Bei Road. It is two kilometers south from the Yangtze Bridge on the eastern side of the river going south. Bus No. 4 and Bus No. 10 can take you there.

By Bicycle

Bicycle is a great way to explore Nanjing if weather permits. Bicycles are readily rent around scenic spots and the city center. Attendants will charge 2 mao (0.2 Yuan) bicycle parking fees in busy areas.
1. Bicycle theft is serious in china. If you are not going for any tough rides then pick up a simple cheap bicycle that you can afford to lose;
2. Bicycle licenses are required if you want to ride bides.

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