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Datong Transportation

Getting There

Opened in December, 2005, Datong Airport (DAT) is situated 17 kilometers (10.6 miles) to the east of the urban area. It offers air services to Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhi and Guangzhou.

In addition to the Datong Airport, Taiyuan Wusu Airport is the nearest airport acting as a transfer station for the visit to Datong. There is no bus directly heading for Datong at the Wusu Airport but you have to take the Bus No. 201 in front of Wusu Airport and alight at the Taiyuan Railway Station or the Taiyuan Long-distance Bus Station at No.72 Yingze Dajie in Taiyuan City. In the square at the Taiyuan Railway Station or in Taiyuan Long-distance Bus Station, there are buses heading for Datong available.

Established in 1914, Datong Railway Station lies at No.1 Zhanqian Street. Datong is the main coal producing city in China and the coal is mainly transported by train. From here, trains connect with 25 cities in China including Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian, Hangzhou and Taiyuan. 10 passenger trains start at this Railway Station and the other stops over it and head for Beijing, Hangzhou, Taiyuan and Shuozhou (in Shanxi).

It would take about 6 hours to travel from Datong to Beijing, 9 hours to Hangzhou and 10 hours to Guangzhou. Trains heading for the neighboring Shuozhou City only take 1 hour and cost CNY 10 for a hard seat. It would take 5~7 hours for trains heading for Taiyuan from Datong and cost CNY 26~46 for the hard seat.

The railway station can be reached by Bus Nos. 2, 3-2, 4, 8, 15, 30, 35, and 42.

 Long-distance Bus
Three passenger transport stations are available in the city: Datong Bus Station, North Passenger Transport Station and the Xinnan Passenger Transport Station.

Datong Bus Station is located at No.20 Yantong Road (West) with bus No.11 reaching there. Long-distance buses here are mainly heading for the counties in the southeast of the city such as Hunyuan County, Lingqiu County and Guangling County. In addition, the buses heading for Lingqiu County pass by the intriguing Hanging Monastery.

Xinnan Passenger Transport Station can be found at No.699 Xinjian Road (South) in the city and can be reached by City-bus No.19, 28, 30. Buses in Xinnan Passenger Transport Station mainly head for Beijing, Tianjin, Taiyuan, Luoyang, Jinan, Shenyang, Xian and Zhengzhou.

North Passenger Transport Station is located 200 meters (219 yards) to the west of the city's Railway Station. Buses here are mainly heading for the cities and counties in Hebei and Inner Mongolia. The ones to Taiyuan and Shuozhou are also available here. Some details as follows:

Terminal Leaving time Passing by
Taiyuan 07:30; 09:00; 10:00; 14:00; 15:00; Daiyue; Xinzhou
08:00 Daiyue; Xinzhou
16:00 Daiyue; Xinzhou; Yuanping
Shuozhou 07:00 Youfang; Jingping
Lingqiu 07:30 Hunyuan; Pianliang
Mt. Wutai 07:30 Ying County; Shahe Town
Shuitou Village 15:00 (Normal sleeper bus) Taiyuan, Shijiazhuang, Nanjing, Hangzhou

Getting Around

There are 36 bus routes in Datong City which form a large network making all the parts of the city easy to reach. City-buses here have two types of charging standards. One is self-service with a fare of CNY 1. The other charges according to the distance you propose to take. The minimum fare is CNY 1 for the first 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) and CNY 0.5 for each additional 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Buses here has different schedule in summer and winter. During winter days, most of the routes start at 05:20 ~07:30 in the morning and end at 17: 30 ~20:30 in the evening every day. But during summer days, the starting time may not change while the ending time of most routes will be delayed for 10 minutes.

1. In a self-service bus, there is a box inside the entry door. The fare is placed into the box when you board. The driver will not give change so that it is necessary to have the correct change.
2. The ticket fare is charged according to distance, a conductor will charge the fare according to the distance you will take and change is available here.
3. The ticket will not be valid if you change buses.

Over 6000 taxies now run in the streets of Datong City. The minimum fare is CNY 6 for the first 3 kilometers (1.9 miles). According to type of car, a different fare is charged for each additional kilometer:

Type of car Fare during daytime
(06:00 ~ 22:00)
Fare at night
(22:00 ~ 06:00 the next day)
Rio; Xiali; Lingyang CNY 1.2 per additional kilometer CNY 1.8 per additional kilometer
Jetta; Fukang; Santana CNY 1.4 per additional kilometer CNY 2.1 per additional kilometer