Transportation of Nanjing

Qinhuai River, Nanjing
By plane
There are no flights from Nanjing airport to Shanghai; the train is better. However, there are flights to most other major cities in China, including Hong Kong, and some international flights.
The airport is best reached either by taxi or airport bus. The airport is in Lukou and taking a taxi from downtown will cost ¥100 or more (there's a ¥20 toll about 3km from the airport). Drive time is around 30 minutes. Lukou International Airport is located to the southeast of the city, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from the city center. Getting there by the 29-kilometers (18-mile) Airport HighLukou airport way takes about 45 minutes. There are very nice coaches which will take you to about four different locations in Nanjing; fare is ¥25.

By train

There are four passenger stations in Nanjing. The Nanjing Train Station, located in the northern suburb near the Xuanwu Lake, is the main passenger station in the city. All trains passing and leaving from Nanjing stop at this station. Passengers can easily change trains there. There are also three other train stations in the city, namely the West, South and North stations. All initial trains leave from the West Station and short-trip trains start from the Southern Station for nearby cities and towns. There are numerous daily departures to Shanghai, a little over two hours away.

By road

Long-distance bus:

The main long distance bus station is near the train station in the north of the city. Getting reliable information about the bus services can be problematic however. You can try asking in the major five star hotels and there is a bus ticket office at 209 Zhongshan Bei Lu. The buses themselves are generally good and a speedy bus service operates to Shanghai (3-4 hours), Suzhou (2 hours), and Hangzhou (5-6 hours). There is also an overnight bus to Wuhan which now takes less than 12 hours. Touts also stand outside the bus station vying for passengers to fill up their cars. These drivers are generally heading for Shanghai and this can be an efficient and fast way to get between the two cities. The drivers won't leave until there are four people in the car however. This doesn't normally take long and once the car is full the trip takes around three hours. The driver should charge you RMB100 per person.

Public buses cover every corner of the city but the names on the signposts at the stops are confusing for foreigners. The easiest way is to write down the destination you want to go in Chinese characters on a sheet and take it with you. There's no conductor on public buses and you need to put one Yuan into the money box when you get on a bus. For air-conditioned buses, two Yuan is charged.

At present, Metro Line 1 (Metro line 2 is slated for completion in 2009) accesses several tourist attractions such as the Confucian Temple, Xuanwu Lake, and Yuhua Terrance. Purchase an IC card (yuepiao) at any Huaxia Bank branch or in the metro station ticket machines. IC cards allow entrance to both the subway and bus systems, and provide a small discount for individual fares.

Taxis ply the main streets in the city. Fares start eight Yuan for the first three kilometers, and 2.4 Yuan for each additional kilometer. At night the charge is the same initial charge plus 2.7 Yuan for each additional kilometer. Unlike those in Shanghai, Beijing or Shenzhen, the Waiting time is not charged.

By boat
Nanjing is situated on the Yangtse River. Scheduled passenger liner service is available along the Yangtse River between Shanghai down stream and Wuhan (Hubei province) upstream, although, the river is mostly used for transport of goods, not for persons.