How To Get Here

With its large airport, speedy bullet trains and proximity to major Chinese hub cities, it’s easy to find your way to Nanjing.

How to Get to Nanjing

Air

Nanjing is served by Nanjing Lukou International Airport (NKG), located approximately 40 miles from the city center. This is a major regional airport for the Yangtze River Delta area.

Distance from Nanjing city center: 22 miles (35.8 km)
Driving: 45 minutes
Bus: One hour

Currently, China Eastern Airlines is the only carrier offering direct service from the U.S. (originating from Los Angeles/LAX), but a number of airlines including United and Delta offer nonstop flights to other major Chinese cities—such as Shanghai, Beijing or Hong Kong—with easy connections to Nanjing.

Here are some of the Chinese airlines offering connections to Nanjing Lukou International Airport:

China Eastern Airlines – Direct service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); connecting service from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) and Pudong International Airport (PVG), also in Shanghai
Air China – Connecting service from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)
Dragonair – Connecting service from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
China Southern Airlines – Connecting service from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
Shandong Airlines – Connecting service from Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO)
Mandarin Airlines – Connecting service from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

Visitors can also fly to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) or Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG), which offer a larger variety of nonstop flights from the U.S.

Upon landing, travelers can reach Nanjing in approximately 90 minutes by bullet train or three hours by car.

Three train stations—Nanjing Railway Station, Nanjing South Railway Station and Nanjing West Railway Station—connect Nanjing to all of China’s major cities.

Train

Nanjing is easily accessible by high speed and regular trains from many other cities throughout China. Fares vary for each destination, and visitors must purchase their tickets from the railway station counter or through the ticket office at the airport. Travelers can reach Nanjing from Shanghai in approximately 90 minutes by bullet train or three hours by car. Beijing is 3.5 hours away via bullet train.

Nanjing Railway Station operates high speed and regular trains traveling to and from Shanghai, Xian, Hangzhou, Jinan, Suzhou, and Zhengzhou.
Address: Longpan Road, Xuanwu District

South Railway Station is the largest station in Asia operating only high speed trains. It connects major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Xiamen, and Shenyang.
Address: Yulan Road, Yuhuatai District

Bus

There are eight long-distance bus stations in Nanjing providing routes to almost any city in China. Most international travelers utilize the Zhongyangmen Long-Distance Bus Station located just one stop from the city’s railway station. Service reaches Shanghai, Beijing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Wuhan, Qingdao, Changzhou, Xuzhou, Lianyungang, Guangzhou, Nanchang, Ningbo, and Tianjin. As many as 20 buses make the four-hour trip to Shanghai daily. Passengers can purchase tickets up to three days in advance from one of the 200 ticket windows located around Nanjing.
Address: 1, Jianning Lu, Xiaguan District

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