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Xiamen Transportation

Gaoqi International Airport is about 6 miles (10 km) from the city center. Nowadays, as one of the ten busiest airports in China, it operates 71 domestic air routes to major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Chengdu. In addition, 12 international flights leave from this airport every week to some overseas cities in South Korea, Japan, America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Modern T3 and T4 provide a comfortable airport environment. There are several airport shuttle bus routes and BRT line that commute between airport and downtown area.

Xiamen Airport

 Train Schedule
Xiamen Railway Station and North Railway Station are two passenger transport railway stations in this city.

 Main Railway Station is located at the No.90, Xiahe Road, Siming District. Normal speed trains in this station bound for most major cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Chongqing, and Kunming. The station also has direct trains to main cities in Fujian Province, such as Fuzhou, Sanming and Zhangzhou. Passengers can take public bus no.3, 19A, 19B, 28, 42, 96, 113, 116, 122, 127, 659, 840, 857, 858, 940, 950, 952 or 994 to get here.

 North Railway Station is situated in Yannei Village of Houxi Town in Jimei District. It is a major conjunction of Fuzhou - Xiamen, Longyan – Xiamen and Xiamen - Shenzhen rail lines. Trains from the station are all high speed types that can take passengers to many major cities in China, such as Fuzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Chongqing. Public bus No.690, 691, 692, 790, 792, 890, 901, 905, 907, 936, 949, 950 or 980 can take you to the station.

Notes: Tickets for trains departing from these stations go on sale 58 days before the departure day in ticket windows in the railway stations. While in internet or telephone booking, train tickets can be purchased 60 days in advance.

 Long-Distance Bus
Going to this city by long-distance bus is very convenient. Hubin Long-distance Bus Station, Fanghu Bus Station, Wucun Bus Station, Jimei Bus Station, Xinglin Bus Station are five main bus stations in this city. Located at different districts, these stations bring much convenience for passengers. Long-distance buses head for major cities within Fujian Province as well as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guilin, Suzhou, Shanghai and Changsha and many outside the province.

Xiamen Port has a wide, peaceful water area without freezing or silting, providing an excellent water transportation network. The sea route to the Taiwanese island of Kinmen is operated at Wutong Port. The ferry schedules are from 08:00-17:30 with the interval of 30 to 60 minutes. The duration is about 30 minutes. Wutong Port is located at No.2500, East Island Ring Road. Tourists can take Airport Shuttle Bus Line 3 or Sightseeing Bus Line 1 to there directly. Please make sure to come at least 20 minutes before the departure time to finish the boarding procedures.

 City Bus
Taking public bus is a good choice for tourists and local people. Well-developed and modern public transportation enhances the charm of this city. Wide covered public bus, amazing BRT buses, impressive sightseeing bus and unique tourist bus form the inner transport network of the city and bring a lot of convenience.

Ferry is an excellent and convenient way to enjoy the beautiful scenery of small islets around. As the most attractive island of this city, Gulangyu has been connected with the city by ferry. Nowadays, the ferries for tourists are available at Dongdu Port and Haicang Songyu Port only in the daytime, heading to Sanqiutian Wharf and Necwo Wharf of Gulangyu. In the night time, tourists are allowed to get on board at Xiamen Ferry Dock.

A ferryboat runs between Xiamen Island and Gulangyu Island.
A ferryboat runs to Gulangyu.
Xiamen Ferry Terminal
Ferry Terminal
Time Start Destination Operating Hours Ticket Fare (Round-Trip) Frequency Duration
Daytime Dongdu Port Sanqiutian
June-September: 07:10-18:30
October-next May: 07:10-17:30
CNY 35 20 minutes 20 minutes
Haicang Songyu Port Necwo Wharf June-September: 07:10-18:30
October-next May: 07:10-17:30
CNY 35
(Ordinary Ferry)
CNY 50
(Luxury Ferry)
20 minutes 20 minutes
Night Time Xiamen
Ferry Dock
Necwo Wharf June-September: 07:30 to 18:50
October-next May: 07:30-17:50
CNY 30 20 to 40 minutes 8 minutes
Sanqiutian Wharf June-September: 18:50 to 06:30 (Next Day)
October-next May: 17:50 to 06:30 (Next Day)
CNY 35 20 minutes 7 minutes

 Dongdu Port: the west side of Shugang Road
   Bus Route: Take bus no.87 or 436 to get to Cruise Center Bus Stop. Then walk north around 450 yards (400 meters).
 Haicang Songyu Port: Nearby Haicang Road
   Bus Route: Take bus no.834, 835, 836, 837, 890 or 892 to go to Haicang Road. Then walk southwest around 50 yards (40 meters).
 Xiamen Ferry Dock: No.15, Lujiang Road
    Bus Route: Take bus no.4, 25, 97, 107, 112, 118, 127, 655, 656 or 841 to get to Ferry Post Office. Then walk south around 90 yards (80 meters).

More than 5,300 taxies are running around the city. The city's large numbers of taxies are more convenient and inexpensive than those of some other hot tourist destinations. For the first 1.9 miles (3km), a taxi charges CNY8 from 06:00 to 23:00 and CNY 9.6 from 23:00 to 06:00. Beyond 1.9 miles, it’s CNY 2 for every additional kilometer. CNY1 fuel surcharge will be paid per journey.

Taking taxies around the city doesn't cost much because it is not very large in area. Here is some detailed information for reference.
Start Destination Referenced Fare
Railway Station Ferry Dock CNY 15
Railway Station Island Ring Road
(near Baicheng and Hulishan Battery)
CNY 18
Railway Station Jimei University CNY 30
Gaoqi International Airport Siming District (City Center) CNY 40

 Tips: Complaint numbers are attached inside the cab and you can call them if you are not satisfied with the service.

It must be a fascinating experience to ride a bicycle along the Island Ring Road, where one can enjoy the beautiful sea scenery and the Taiwan Island across the sea. Bicycle rental services are mainly offered on the Island Ring Road. Apart from ordinary bicycles, tandem ridings or bicycle made for three persons are also available. Rental fare varies from CNY 5 to 15 per hour depending on the types of the bicycle and plus a deposit of CNY 150 to 200.

Bicycle Type Referenced Price (per hour)
Ordinary Bicycles CNY 5 to 8
Tandem Ridings CNY 10
Three Seats Bicycle CNY 15

 Suggested Bicycle Tour Routes:
 1. Baicheng Sand beach (Xiamen University), South Island Ring Road, Wuyuanwan Bridge, North Wuyuanwan Beach
 2. Baicheng Sand beach, Hulishan Battery, Cengcuoan Area, Yefengzhai (Coconut Wind Fort) Game Center, Conference and Exhibition Center, Kwan-yin Hill Beach, Wuyuanwan Area

 Note: 1. June to September is perhaps the most favorable season to ride around the city.
              2. In the tourist high season, there will be many riders.