Nanjing Arrival and Departure:
Transport To and From Nanjing
By Air – Flying to Nanjing
Nanjing Lukou International Airport (南京禄口国际机场)
Located 35km south-east of Nanjing’s city center, Lukou Airport is well-equipped with ATMs, shops, restaurants, a China Mobile outlet and business facilities. But its distance from the center makes it somewhat inconvenient. Nanjing Airport serves all major domestic destinations (though note that there are no flights to Shanghai as the distance is too short) and international destinations including Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Bangkok, as well as Hong Kong and Macau. They haven’t bothered to create an English version of their website, so it is largely useless for foreigners.
Nanjing Lukou Airport Website: www.njiairport.com
Getting to and from Nanjing Lukou Airport
By Bus: The airport shuttle bus runs from the airport to the city every half hour, starting after the first flight of the day arrives and running until the last flight. The bus terminates at Zhonghuamen bus station, just south of Nanjing’s city walls and near Zhonghuamen subway station and the South Train Station. From Zhonghuamen Bus Station (中华门汽车站), buses run to the airport every half hour between 6am and 8:30pm. The fare is ¥25.
By Taxi: It’s easy enough to take a taxi from the airport with a fairly orderly taxi rank outside arrivals. A taxi from the center of Nanjing to the airport will cost ¥100-120. On top of the fare there’s a ¥20 highway toll which is payable additionally to the fare shown on the meter.
Getting to and from Nanjing By Train
The modern and efficient Nanjing Train Station (南京火车站) is one of the nicest things about the city. Built on a square that faces onto Xuanwu Lake, the area around the train station is filled with people enjoying a stroll, instead of the usual crowd of sinister and filthy creatures that populate train station areas around the world. Nanjing has three other train stations, but this is the only one you will need.
As a major stop on the Beijing-Shanghai rail line, there are numerous trains in both directions each day. Regular, high-speed bullet trains connect Nanjing to Shanghai (soft seat: ¥93) in just over two hours and stop at Suzhou (90 mins) along the way. Meanwhile the T66 train provides a fast, direct link between Nanjing and Beijing (11 hours). Trains originating in Nanjing also head to places including Huangshan (7 hours), Guilin (24 hours), Kunming (54 hours), Guangzhou (28 hours), Xian (13 hours) and Lanzhou (20 hours). There are also direct trains to Hangzhou (6 hours) and Ningbo (8.5 hours) via Shanghai. Meanwhile, trains pass through Nanjing from Shanghai to a range of other destinations.
Nanjing Railway Station has its own subway stop, which is the most convenient public transport option. Alternatively, bus #1 from Nanjing Railway Station travels to Zhongyangmen, then south along Zhongyang Lu to the Drum Tower before heading east along Beijing Lu.
As an alternative to joining the long queues at the train station to buy tickets, there are a number of agencies around Nanjing that sell train tickets for a mere ¥5 commission. Contacts for one conveniently located agency are below (note that they don’t speak English):
Jiangsu Unite Ticket
Address: 189 Guangzhou Lu (next to the Bank of China at the intersection of Guangzhou Lu and Ninghai Lu).
Tel: +86 (025) 8373 8666.
Getting to and from Nanjing By Bus
Zhongyangmen Bus Station (中央门汽车站) is the main long-distance coach station in Nanjing. Located near the northern city walls on Jianning Lu, by the intersection with Zhongyang Lu, it is easiest to reach by taxi. From here there are fast buses to Shanghai every 20-30 minutes, as well as Suzhou, Hangzhou and various other destinations in Jiangsu and surrounding provinces.
Bus #1 from Zhongyangmen travels south along Zhongyang Lu to the Drum Tower before heading east along Beijing Lu.