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Asia > China > Nanjing > Nanjing Lukou International Airport > Useful Info
Submitted on Dec 14, 2019 Useful Info

How to get in to downtown from Nanjing's Lukou International Airport

  • Nanjing Lukou International Airport is located about 35km south of downtown Nanjing. It's well-connected to the city and fairly easy to get in
  • There are 3 ways to get into central Nanjing from the airport: metro, shuttle bus, and taxi (including ride-hailing app like Didi Taxi)
  • Option 1) Metro
  • Metro line S1 connects the airport with the rest of the metro network.
  • Stops: the line starts at the airport and ends at Nanjing South Railway Station, located here. At the south railway station, you can connect to metro line 1 or line 3, which can take you to the rest of the city. Line S1 makes numerous stops along the way. Refer to the metro map for all stations
  • Fare: 6 RMB to get to South Railway Station and a few RMB more to get to your final station. When you buy the metro ticket at the airport metro station, you will specify your final station and pay the total fare amount. When you change line at the South Railway Station, you don't need to pay again, simply change metro line
  • Schedule: 6:40am to 10pm everyday, once every 10 minutes
  • Travel time: 35 minutes to get to South Railway Station, and another 20-30 minutes to get to the downtown area
  • Getting onto the metro at the airport: after exit the baggage claim area into the arrival hall, follow the overhead signs for "Metro", like this:User submitted photo of Nanjing Lukou International Airport
  • Getting to your final destination: as I mentioned above, metro line S1 will only get you to the South Railway Station. From here, you can either take another metro line, or hop on a taxi. If you're on a budget, my suggestion is to transfer from the south railway station either line 1 or 3 to get to Nanjing Railway Station (which is the main railway station of the city and much closer to downtown). From there, you can take a relatively short taxi ride to get to your hotel
  • Pros and cons: metro is a great option if you don't have a lot of luggage, have ample time on your hand, and fine with transferring around. It's also good if you're on a very tight budget as it is the cheapest way to get into the city


  • Option 2) Shuttle bus
  • There are 3 shuttle bus line that you can take from the airport that'll get you to various places in the city center
  • Line 1:
  • Goes to Nanjing Railway Station, located here
  • Fare is 20RMB ($3USD) per person each way
  • Runs between first and last flights of the day
  • Line 2:
  • Goes to Nanjing South Railway Station (located here), and then Wanda Plaza (located here)
  • Fare is 20RMB ($3USD) per person each way
  • Runs between first flight of the day and midnight
  • Line 3:
  • Goes to Yangshan Park metro station (located here), then Novotel Nanjing East Hotel (located here)
  • Fare is 30-35RMB ($4-5USD) per person each way
  • Runs between 9:30am and 9:30pm once every hour
  • Getting onto the shuttle bus at the airport: after exit the baggage claim area into the arrival hall, follow the overhead signs for "Airport Shuttle", like this:User submitted photo of Nanjing Lukou International Airport
  • Travel time: 60-90 minutes each way depending on where you're going to and traffic conditions. Rush hours (7-9am and 5-8pm) will lengthen your travel time by 30 minutes
  • Pros and cons: shuttle buses are more expensive and slower than metro so I generally don't recommend it, but the benefit is that it can get you closer to the city center without having to transfer. If you take line 1 for example, it will drop you off directly at Nanjing Railway Station in downtown Nanjing, and from there you can take a cheap taxi to your hotel


  • Option 3) Taxi
  • There are two kinds of taxis you can take at the airport: traditional metered taxi and ride-hailing apps like Didi Taxi (works similar to Uber)
  • Note that in order to use Didi, you need to have a Chinese phone number, preferably have a SIM card, and should be able to speak Chinese because almost none of the Nanjing drivers (including most of the high end car drivers) speak much English (this becomes an issue because they will usually try to call you to locate you before they come and pick you up), so chances are you probably won't be using Didi
  • If you take a traditional metered traditional taxi, keep in mind that they will only accept cash RMB or mobile payments like WeChat Pay and AliPay. Unless you've set up mobile payments, you should make sure you have enough cash RMB on hand
  • Prices:
  • Traditional taxis: 120-160RMB ($17-$23USD) to the city center
  • Didi Express (comparable to UberX): 90-120RMB ($13-$17USD) to the city center
  • Didi Comfort (comparable to Uber Select): 140-180RMB ($20-$26USD) to the city center
  • Didi Luxe (comparable to Uber Black): 280-320RMB ($40-$46USD) to the city center
  • Travel time: around 1 hour to the city center. Rush hours (7-9am and 5-8pm) will lengthen your travel time by 30 minutes
  • Where to board at the airport:
  • If you're taking a traditional metered taxi, the taxi queue is right outside the arrival hall. You can follow the overhead signs for "Taxi" to get to it. Very easyUser submitted photo of Nanjing Lukou International Airport
  • If you're using Didi, you must go to the designated pickup spot in the parking garage across the street from the airport terminal: after you exit the baggage claim area into the arrival hall, follow the overhead signs for "P2" to go up to level 2 of the terminal building, and continue to follow the "P2 Parking" sign to cross a bridge to the parking garage on the other side of the street, where you need to take the elevator down to level B2, and then finally follow the signs to "K" areaUser submitted photo of Nanjing Lukou International AirportUser submitted photo of Nanjing Lukou International Airport