Beijing Tianjin expressway road trip

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Beijing Tianjin Expressway is the second expressway linking Beijing and Tianjin ( including Tianjin Cruise Port).

For Beijing Tianjin cruise port road transfer, most of the passengers use this second expressway linking Tianjin and Beijing.

The first expressway linking Beijing and Tianjin cruise port is officially referred as  Beijing-Tianjin-Tanggu Expressway. But it is now rarely used for the cruise port transfer. The first Beijing Tianjin Expressway was completed in 1993, which is also the first expressway in China.

Now the first expressway is very often teemed with trucks and lorries, making the traffic very slow. That’s why the second expressway is needed to release the traffic congestion and speed the Beijing Tianjin transfer by road.

Beijing Tianjin Expressway is a four-lane expressway with a total length of 130km, 2/3 under the jurisdiction of Tianjin, 1/3 under Beijjing.

It has three toll gates with the second one standing at the prefecture border area between Beijing and Tianjin. There are four service areas along the 130km expressway, where you can expect a snack store, a toilet and a restaurant.

Beijing downtown to the starting point of Beijing Tianjin Expressway is about 20km, Tianjin Cruise Port to the Toll Gate of the expressway about 30km, totalling 180km driving distance between Beijing and Tianjin Cruise Port, the driving time approxi. 2 hours if you are lucky to have fine weather and good traffic.

Tianjin Cruise Port – the Starting Point of Beijing Tianjin Expressway: 30km
Now follow me to have a road trip from the Tianjin Cruise Port to the downtown Beijing driving along Beijing Tianjin Expressway. Tianjin Cruise Port is located in the Dongjiang Port of Tianjin Port in New Binhai Area of Tianjin. 

Tianjin Cruise Terminal

 

The Tianjin Cruise Port is linked by No.08 New Xingang Road to Yaojin Road. No.08 New Xingang Road is a man made offshore road due to a land reclamation.

The road has a beautiful view as if the road was floating on the sea.  Now we are on the No.08 Xingang Road (新港8号路).

No.08 New Xingang Road

At the end of the No.08 Xingang Road, you find yourself at a crossroad, then turn left and drive on the Yaojin Road (跃进路).  Now we are on the Yaojin Road.

Turn right the next crossroad – No.07 Xingang Road Crossroad (新港第七号路口). Here you can see lots of trucks and lorries going in and out , where is the main gate of Tianjin Port, also a checkpoint to supervise each truck or lorries in and out.

Turn right at the No.07 Xingang Road Crossroad

We are passing through the main gate of Tianjin Port, checkpoint to supervise each truck going in and out.

We are passing through the main gate of Tianjin Port, checkpoint to supervise each truck going in and out

We are driving on the Ninth Avenue from east to west (第九大道).

Driving along the Ninth Avenue and soon you will come across the north-south Nanhai Road ( 南海路) with a placard showing the direction of Jingjin Expressway (Beijing Tianjin Expressway) at the end of Nanhai Road in the north. So we are going to turn right and drive along Nanhai Road.

We turn right and drive on the Nanhai Road  (南海路) leading to Beijing Tianjin Expressway

We turn right and drive on the Nanhai Road leading to Beijing Tianjin Expressway.

At the end of Nanhai Road, now we are going to embark on the overpass linking the Beijing Tianjin Expressway.

Now we are going to embark on the overpass linking the Beijing Tianjin Expressway.

Now we are approaching the Toll Gate of Beijing Tianjin Expressway on Tianjin’s side. The Toll fee is RMB 50 per car.

Now we are approaching the Toll Gate of Beijing Tianjin Expressway

 

At the toll gate I check the mileage on my car, it reads 30km. So from Tianjin Cruise Port to the Toll Gate is about 30km’s driving distance.

Beijing Tianjin Expressway is about 130km in length with four service areas.

Now we are driving along the Beijing Tianjin Expressway, a four-lane expressway.

Now we are driving along the Beijing Tianjin Expressway, a four-lane expressway.

Now the expressway forks with one direction to Beijing and right direction to Tianjin. If you go to Tianjin Airport or Tianjin Railway Station you are supposed to turn right and get off the Beijing Tianjin Expressway.

Now the expressway forks with one direction to Beijing and right direction to Tianjin

At the distance of 30km after the first toll gate, we see the first service area – Zhaojiacheng Rest Area (造甲城), where you can take a break, using a toilet, or doing some shopping if you like.
At the distance of 30km after the toll gate, we see the first service area

At the distance of 30km after the toll gate, we see the first service area

At the distance of 60km after the first Toll Gate, we come across the second service area – Meichang (梅厂).

Now it is the exit for Langfang, a city Between Beijing and Tianjin.

Now it is the exit for Langfang, a city Between Beijing and Tianjin.

At the distance of 90km, we see the third  service area on the expressway – Baigutun Service Area (白古屯停车区). We drive into the area and have a shirt break there.

The main service building is composed of a restaurant on the right side, a snack store in the middle and a toilet on the left side.

The main service building is composed of a restaurant on the right side, snack store in the middle and a toilet on the left sdie.

Soon we reach the second Toll Gate – Gaocun Toll Gate and enter the 1/3 Beijing Tianjin Expressway under Beijing’s control. We pay RMB 15 for this section of the expressway.
Soon we reach the second Toll Gate ( Gaocun Toll Gate)

Soon we reach the second Toll Gate ( Gaocun Toll Gate)

Non-Beijing licensed vehicles must be stopped for security check before you can enter Beijing. This is a police station checkpoint.

Non-Beijing licensed vehicles must be stopped for security check before you can enter Beijing. This is a police station checkpoint.

Just after the Gaocun Toll Gate, we soon find a small service area – Yongle Service Area (永乐停车区). It looks clean and nice.
Just after the Gaocun Toll Gate, we soon find small service area

Just after the Gaocun Toll Gate, we soon find small service area

We are approaching the third toll gate – Taihu Toll Gate (台湖站).
We are approaching the third toll gate - Taihu Toll Gate

We are approaching the third toll gate – Taihu Toll Gate

Beijing Tianjin Expressway has just one kelometer to go before it finishes.

Beijing Tianjin Expressway has just one kelometer to go before its finish.

Beijing downtown is in sight. The total length of the driving distance from Tianjin Cruise Port to Beijing downtown is approxi. 180km.

We are in Beijing!

Tip:  Hassle-free Tianjin Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Tianjin guided tours:

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6 Responses to “Beijing Tianjin expressway road trip”

  1. Joni says:

    I need to know whether you can take us from the hotel in the center of Beijing to Tianjin International Cruise Home Port? if you can, how much is it? how long will it take? can you fetch us early in the morning in Beijing? really appreciate your reply. thank you.

  2. admin says:

    Hi Joni, we do offer the transfer service from Beijing to Tianjin Cruise Home Port. Please check the page http://www.tour-beijing.com/xingang_beijing/ for more information. It takes aound 2 and half hours depending on the traffic on the road. Have a nice transfer!

  3. Michael says:

    Hi, we are boarding Voyager of the Seas Wednesday 10 September after overnight in Beijing. What transport can you arrange for us from Beijing to the port?
    Regards
    Mike Beazer

  4. Daniel says:

    Hello Michael,

    Thanks for your enquiry! One of our staffers will contact you soon for the details.

  5. Ginger says:

    Hello,
    We are arriving at the Tianjin Cruise Port on Holland America for two days – October 24 (7:00 am) and 25 (6:00 pm).
    We want to stay overnight in Beijing and are looking for round -trip transportation.
    Hope you can help.
    Thank you. Ginger

  6. Daniel says:

    Dear Ginger,

    Thanks for your inquiry! Tomorrow one of our trip advisors will contact you for the details. Much appreciated!

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