Nanjing Transportation

Close to Shanghai, Nanjing is easily and quickly accessed, with well developed civil aviation, railway network and highway transportation. The Yangtze River is also an important navigation course.


The Nanjing Lukou International Airport, one of the advanced airports in China, has 24 international passenger and freight air routes to Los Angeles, Singapore, Seoul, Busan, Tokyo, Osaka, Moscow, London, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Malmo and other foreign cities, in addition to the irregular charter airlines to Nagoya of Japan, Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia and Bangkok of Thailand. The Lukou International Airport is the fourth airport with flights directly to Europe opened by the Lufthasa Airlines in China, only next to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

The airport has more than 60 domestic lines radiating to over 20 provinces, cities and autonomous regions, including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Qingdao, Yantai, Changchun, Dalian, Harbin, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Shenzhen, Nanning, Haikou, Sanya, Chongqing and Kunming, etc.

Nanjing Lukou International Airport

Nanjing Lukou International Airport is located in the Lukou of Jiangning District, about 35 km from downtown. It takes about 45 minutes driving time from the airport to the city center. The metro airport line is expected to open in 2014.


Nanjing is the railway conveyance center of Jiangsu. There are 4 railway stations in Nanjing: Nanjing Railway Station, Nanjing South Railway Station, Nanjing West Railway Station and Nanjing North Railway Station (Pukou Station). Among them, the Nanjing Railway Station is the main passenger station, which is located in the north of the city with a favorable geographical position. The Nanjing South Railway Station is mainly responsible for high-speed and CRH trains. It needs only 1-2 hours from Nanjing to Shanghai by the Shanghai–Nanjing Intercity High-Speed Railway (Huning Intercity High-Speed Railway).

Nanjing Railway Station


With Nanjing as the center, the Nanjing highway network includes the Shanghai-Nanjing Expressway, the Nanjing-Hefei Expressway, the Nanjing-Lianyungang Expressway and the Nanjing-Nantong Expressway, linking up with Shanghai, Nantong, Hefei, Ma’anshan, Gaocheng and Huai’an. Nanjing Zhongyangmen Long-Distance Bus Station on Jianning Road is the largest passenger station, where passenger buses leave for Shanghai.


Nanjing Port is the largest inland river port on the Yangtze River navigation line, offering service for 10,000 ton ships all year round. Nanjing has smooth connections with other ports along the Yangtze River.

Urban Transport

Nanjing has perfect urban traffic facilities, including taxis which offer round-the-clock service, metro and buses.


According to the types of the taxi, there are three kinds of price, with a flag-down rate of 9 yuan for the first 2, 2.5 or 3 kilometers; and 2.4yuan or 2.9yuan extra per kilometer. In addition, a fuel surcharge of 2 yuan per ride is charged


Till now, Nanjing Metro Line 1, Southern Extension Line of Metro Line 1, and Metro Line 2 have been put into service. The stations are located near important attractions of Nanjing. The metro fares are based on stops, i.e. the basic ticket price of 2 yuan covers 1-8 stops, 3 yuan covers 9-12 stops and 4 yuan is charged for the full range. By the end of 2015, the total length will be more than 300 kilometers. By 2030, there will be 20 lines to be built.

Nanjing Metro-the cultural wall of the Sanshanjie Station on Line 1

Hours of Operation:

Line 1 and Southern Extension Line of Metro Line 1: 05:46-23:07 Line 2: 06:00-23:00

Public Bus

Public bus system has been well developed, with mini-buses, night buses and tourist buses included. No.1-181 are urban buses; mini-buses running in the downtown area begin with the number “3”; buses running at night in the downtown area begin with the number “8”; tourist buses in the downtown area begin with the character “You”; buses shuttling in Pukou and Liuhe districts begin with the number “6”; and buses shuttling from downtown to suburban areas are marked with character “Wen”.

Nanjing public bus service features self-service ticketing: 1 yuan for ordinary buses; 2 yuan for air-conditioned bus (June-September; Dec.-Feb.).

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