Nanchang is one of the most important transportation hubs in the eastern part of China. As the provincial capital the city is the transportation center of Jiangxi and has convenient transportation with most other major cities.
By plane: The Changbei airport (Changbei feiji chang) is 26km north of the city, and scheduled flights go to Beijing (RMB1190), Guangzhou (RMB670), Wenzhou (RMB560), Shanghai (RMB660), Xi'an (RMB930) and other destinations within China as well as Hong Kong. Buses (RMB15) to the airport leave from the main CAAC office on Beijing xilu. A taxi will cost about RMB100.
By train: Nanchang lies on the main Guangzhou-Shanghai railway line. There are more than hundred trains per day running through the city to areas all around China. There are direct trains (see train schedule) to Guangzhou, Fuzhou, Shanghai, Jiujiang and Jingdezhen. Express trains run daily to the Yangtze River Port of Jiujiang (2.5 hours).
The railway station is located in the southeast part of city, at the end of Zhanqian lu. Bus No.2, running from the station along Bayi dadao, will take you to the city center.
By bus: The city can be reached by bus from cities like Guangzhou (18hours), Changsha (8hours), Nanjing and Shenzhen (20hours) outside of the province. It is also very convenient to travel from Nanchang to Jiujiang (1.5hours), Jingdezhen (6.5hours), Lushan (2.5hour), Jinggangshan (9hours) and other cities in Jiangxi.
The Long-distance bus station is on Bayi dadao, between Renmin Square (Renmin guangchang) and the Fushan traffic circle.
By boat: There is a small ferry terminal in Nanchang, which is 1km away near the Bayi Bridge (Bayi qiao). There are daily services to towns around Poyang Lake and also less frequent services heading south along the Gan River. It is possible to take the 06:30 boats to Boyang and then take a bus (2 hours) to Jingdezhen. The boat trip to Boyang takes approximately 7hrs (RMB26). Alternatively, there are two fast boats (RMB61) that take 3hrs.
City transport: Nanchang's urban transportation consists of buses, mini-buses, taxis and sightseeing buses. The bus routes are generally very good and there are numerous taxis available. Most journeys should be under RMB20 in a taxi. Maps with bus routes can be bought from the bus and train stations.
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