Though embraced by the vast Gobi, Dunhuang still has various transport methods available for your trip.
Downtown Dunhuang is not large, and there are only four city-bus routes running along fixed lines. They start from the urban area and stretch into the countryside in different directions. Buses are mostly of a medium size. They operate between the hours from 07:00 until 22:00 every day. With departures every 15 minutes costing CNY1 for the through trip, bus No. 3 will take you to Echoing-Sand Mountain. Mogao Caves can be reached by buses in front of the Dunhuang Hotel, Silk Road Hotel with a fare of CNY8 per person.
|Taxis in Dunhuang |
1. City-bus services are not very punctual so it maybe necessary for you to take other transport methods into consideration on your trip.
2. City-bus drivers know Dunhuang quite well. You would usually get correct information by asking them your way.
It is very convenient and easy for tourists to take a taxi in the city. There are many taxies driving around the city, or parking at the airport, long-distance bus station, railway station, hotels and the historic sites etc. The table below shows the taxi rate rules:
|Cars with the emission volume lower than 1.6L (0.4gal) ||Cars with the emission volume higher than 1.6L (0.4gal) |
|CNY5 for the first 3km (1.9mi) ||CNY5 for the first 2km (1.2mi) |
|CNY1.2 for each extra kilometer (0.6mi) ||CNY1.4 for each extra kilometer (0.6mi) |
|CNY1.8 for each extra kilometer if a car runs farther than 10km (6.2mi) ||CNY2 for each extra kilometer if a car runs farther than 10km (6.2mi) |
|Tip: It usually costs only CNY5 to get anywhere within downtown area since the city is not large. |
Many tourists hire a taxi or minibus from the downtown to tour the surrounding attractions. The price is usually negotiable and reasonable. Here are the fees for your reference and they are all for single trips:
To Echoing-Sand Mountain, it costs CNY10;
To Mogao Caves, it costs CNY30-50;
To Dunhuang Airport: CNY30-40;
If hire a taxi to cover Mogao Caves, Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake, the round trip fare is CNY100-200.
Rickshaw is an interesting part of scene in the city. Such vehicles run through the streets and lanes making your trip flexible and convenient. You can easily get it in the street directly. Generally, CNY1 for one kilometer (about 0.6 mile)
The city is not large, and you can get around it by bicycle easily and make a close touch with this small city. On Mingshan Road, there are several rental services, the fee can be negotiated, generally CNY1 per hour.
- Last modified on Jan. 31, 2019 -