Qingdao Liuting Airport

Written by Ruru Zhou Updated Sep. 1, 2021

The Qingdao Liuting International Airport is the main airport that serves Qingdao, a city located in the Shandong Province in China. The airport is located in the Chengyang District in Qingdao City, which means it is about 23 to 31 kilometers away from the city center. It is a focus city for Shandong Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

The old airport, which dates back to 1958, is one of the most important air transit hubs in all of China. Despite its age, the airport is currently very modern and is equipped with a lot of facilities to accommodate its busy traffic movements, thanks to an expansion conducted from 2004 to 2006. The expansion increased the airport’s capacity to over 5.2 million passengers every year and 120,000 tons of cargo every hour. By 2011, the airport is considered as the 16th busiest airport in China.


Airport code: TAO
Website: www.qdairport.com
Address: No. 99 Minhang Road, Chengyang District, Qingdao City
Telephone no.: 0532-96567

The Qingdao Liuting International Airport is currently serving 49 destinations domestically and internationally via 84 domestic airlines and 12 international airlines. The airport also serves 2 regional airlines. The overall list of airlines and routes supported by the airport is able to achieve its objective of “linking up the North and South, radiating out to the West, connecting Japan and South Korea, and opening to the world.”

Airlines served by the airport include:

Air Busan, Air China, All Nippon Airways, Asiana Airlines, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China United Airlines, Dragonair, Hainan Airlines, Jeju Air, Juneyao Airlines, Korean Air, Kunming Airlines, Lucky Air, Lufthansa, Shandong Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Spring Airlines, TransAsia Airways, UniAir, West Air, Xiamen Airlines


Transportation to/from the City

The Qingdao Liuting International Airport is accessible by several forms of transportation, including shuttle bus, long-distance bus, and taxi.

Shuttle Bus

The most common and convenient form of transportation to travel from the Qingdao airport to downtown Qingdao and vice versa is the shuttle bus. The Qingdao Airport Shuttle Bus operates three lines that run every day throughout Qingdao. In addition to these, there are public buses that follow regular routes to and from the airport.

Here are the details of the shuttle bus and public bus lines that can take you to the airport from various points in Qingdao and vice versa:

Bus No.


Ticket Fare


Shuttle Bus Line 1 No. 701

Airport – Haitian Hotel

Stops: Tiantaicheng, Donglicun, Haier Road, Shuangshan, Hongshanpo Housing District, Guangdian Building, Maritime Geological Science Institute, No. 25 Middle School, Fushansuo, World Trade Center

CNY 20

The first bus departs from the North Coach Bus Station after the arrival of the first flight

Every 30 minutes/Approximately 1 hour

Haitian Hotel – Airport

CNY 20

From 6:00-21:00 every 30 minutes

The bus departs from the CAAC Building in Fushansuo and in Tiantaicheng

Shuttle Bus Line 2 No. 702

Airport – Huiquan Dynasty Hotel

Stops: Ruichang Road, Xiaocunzhuang, Sifrang Long-Distance Bus Station, Motel 168, Electronic Information Town, Qingdao Hospital, GreenTree Inn, Zhan Bridge

CNY 20

Around 80 minutes; departs hourly from 8:40-22:40

Huiquan Dynasty Hotel – Airport

CNY 20

5:20-20:20 every hour from the Huiquan Dynasty Hotel

5:40-20:40 every hour from the GreenTree Inn

6:00-21:00 every hour from the Sifang Hotel

Shuttle Bus Line 3 No. 703

Airport – Century Mandarin Hotel

Stops: Haier Road, Zhonghan, Beicun, Liaoyang East Station, Yizhong Playground, the Ocean Hotel, the Sophia Hotel

CNY 20

Around 50 minutes

The bus leaves hourly from 7:30 to 18:30 via the North Bus Station

Century Mandarin Hotel - Airport

CNY 20

The bus departs at 6:00 then follows an hourly schedule from 6:45 to 17:45

Shuttle Bus Line 4

Airport – Blue Horizon Marina Gold Hotel

CNY 40

09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 21:00, 22:30

Blue Horizon Marina Gold Hotel - Airport

CNY 40

05:30, 06:30, 07:30, 09:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30, 19:30

Bus No. 117

Chengyang District – Airport – Cangkou Park


5:50-19:20 from Chengyang District

5:00-18:20 from Cangkou Park

Bus No. 120

Banqiao Fang – Airport – Xi Da Yang


4:50-17:30 from Banqiao Fang

5:45-18:20 from Xi Da Yang

Bus No. 121

Banqiao Fang – Airport – Sun Xi


5:40-15:10 from Banqiao Fang

5:45-18:20 from Sun Xi

Bus No. 305

Airport – Si Fang – Zhongshan Road – Zhongyuan Haishang Square


7:00-20:20 from airport

5:40-19:00 from Zhongyuan Haishang Square

Bus No. 306

Chengyang District – Airport - Stadium


6:40-18:30 from Chengyang

5:00-17:00 from Stadium

Bus No. 373

Chengyang District – Airport – Inner Mongolia Road


6:25-18:40 from Chengyang

5:15-17:30 from Inner Mongolia Road

Bus No. 374

Chengyang District – Airport – Yanerdao Road


6:55-19:05 from Chengyang

5:35- 17:45 from Yanerdao Road

Take note, however, that buses stop frequently so the trip usually takes longer. Also, if you are traveling with lots of luggage, there may not be enough space for the luggage on the buses as they are often crowded.


For faster transport, you can also take a taxi directly to the Liuting International Aiport from the city center or vice versa. The taxis are available outside the gate of the Domestic Arrivals Hall. The rates vary depending on the time and the length of the journey. Here’s the general schedule of taxi fares:


1st 3 kilometers

Every kilometer after the 1st 3 up to 6 km

Further distance covered


7 yuan

1.2 yuan per km

1.8 yuan per km


7 yuan

1.6 yuan per km

2.2 yuan per km

The nighttime rates are higher as there is a nighttime surcharge for the taxi rates, which is common in China.

Generally, a taxi trip going to the Qingdao Central Business District from the Qingdao Liuting International Airport costs 85-130 RMB. The trip usually takes just 45 to 60 minutes, especially if the driver takes Highway 308, which is faster than the Qing-Yin Expressway.

It’s not difficult to get a taxi in Qingdao as there are quite a lot operating in the area.

Long Distance Bus

Those who are traveling to and from the airport and other nearby cities in the other provinces and vice versa can take long-distance buses. Here are the locations of the bus stations from which passengers can board the buses:

Qingdao long distance bus station

No. 2 Wenzhou Road

West Bus Station

No. 49 Guantao Road

East Bus Station

No. 1 Harbin Road

North Bus Station

No. 352 Xiaobaigan Road

Inner Mongolia Road Bus Station

No. 58 Inner Mongolia Road

Railway Station Bus Station

Qingdao Railway Station square

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