Qingdao Travel Guide

Flights, Train & Cruise

By boat

Incheon

From Incheon, Korea there are ferries three times a week by Weidong Ferries.

Shimonoseki

There are also twice-weekly connections from Shimonoseki, Japan on Orient Ferries. The trip takes over 24 hours and 2nd class one-way costs ¥12,000. The voyage is one night from Shimonoseki to Qingdao, but two nights from Qingdao to Shimonoseki. The ferry also serves as a cargo vessel and after boarding in Qingdao, it will often take several hours to finish being loaded with cargo before it departs.

The restaurant food and drinks, snacks and souvenirs from the shop are all priced in Japanese Yen, so make sure to get some/have some left over before boarding. The cost of most food and drink is reasonable considering you're stuck on the boat with nowhere else to buy things, but the pennywise traveler will definitely bring their own alcohol, cigarettes, and snacks. (mind that there might be duties when crossing into Japan or China).

There are electrical outlets in the lounge area, but if those are taken, there are also some up in the gym/fitness area, where no one goes. Be advised that on boarding from China, the ship operates under Japanese time, so change your watches and pay attention to announcements for when dinner will be served, as food is only served at certain times of the day. There are Japanese-style shower/bath rooms on the upper level where the first class rooms are located.

By plane

Qingdao Liuting International Airport is the main hub for Shandong Airlines and a focus city of China Eastern Airlines. The flight paths linking Qingdao with Shanghai and Beijing are frequent. If you arrive in Beijing or Shanghai in the morning or in the afternoon, you even do not have to book the flight ticket to Qingdao ahead. Depending on the season, last minute tickets may be sold at discount, however this is definitely not the case during the busy summer months when buying in advance is advised.

International destinations include Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Seoul (Incheon), Busan and Frankfurt (via Shenyang). Qingdao also has flights to Hong Kong and Taipei.

Asiana Airlines serves Qingdao twice daily from Incheon airport.

The airport is 32 km (20 mi) from the city proper, about half an hour taxi ride. Prices for a taxi ride from the airport to the Hong Kong Middle Road area should be between ¥120-140 depending on the route taken (The National Highway 308 is slower but cheaper, the toll expressway is faster and more expensive) and time of day (more expensive at night).

There is an Airport Shuttle Bus. Unfortunately, you need to make it clear where should you get on.

By train

Qingdao Railway Station (+86-532-6011111, reservations +86-532-2962777) is at 2 Tai'an Road (泰安路2号) at the west end of Shinan District.

Trains from major cities not too far away include:

Beijing — The High-speed train has 10 trains per day and takes 4h20m–5h26m hours, a second class seat for ¥252–303. The high-speed line runs down from Beijing South station, not the Beijing station.
Shanghai — There are four direct high-speed trains between Shanghai and Qingdao, takes 6h25m–6h57m, a second class seat for ¥550.
Tianjin — For normal trains, four per day, 10 hours, ¥103 for a seat or ¥179–¥286 for a sleeper; For high-speed trains, seven per day, Tianjin South Station is very far away from the urban area, better choose train D345 or D347 which departs from Tianjin West Station, 4–5 hours, starting from ¥220.
Jinan — 21 direct high speed trains (2h30m, ¥122–146), and there are twenty-one slower and cheaper trains taking 4-5 hours (¥49-162).
Taishan — No high-speed trains. Many normal trains, 5–7 hours, air-conditioned seat ¥62 or ¥70, sleeper ¥116–195.
Nanjing — There is four high-speed train taking 5h09m–5h35m, starting from ¥400.

Trains from major cities further away include:

Harbin — one direct train per day, 28 hours, ¥231-642.
Xian — three direct trains per day, 21-23 hours, ¥165-529.
Guangzhou — one direct train per day, 29 hours, ¥266-738.
Guilin — one direct train per day, 39 hours, ¥271-754
Nanning — one direct train per day, 46 hours, ¥302-841.
Chengdu — one direct train per day, 40.5 hours, ¥281-783
By bus

If you are travelling from within Shandong Province, going by bus is probably the easiest way. Especially now with the new excellent and fast expressways linking Qingdao with other cities in the province. There are several buses per day from Jinan, Taian, Qufu, as well as Yantai and Rizhao on the coast. They leave from and arrive to the bus station just outside the train station, but also from the new bus station north of town, which can be reached by local trolleybus number 5 in 20 minutes.

Visa information

Qingdao officials have been known to sweep bars. To avoid troubles, you should keep your passport and visa with you at all times. It is advisable to keep copies of your passport information page and visa in a safe place at your hotel or hostel.

source: Wikivoyage

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