Harbin Transportation

Harbin Transportation -- Getting Around

Harbin subway has line 1 and line 3 in service. Line 1 runs between East Railway Station and South Railway Station, extending 11 miles (18 kilometers). Line 3, which is the only loop line in the city, connects Yidaeryuan and Chengxianglu. According to the long-range plan, a network of “9 lines + 1 circle” will serve the city in the future.
See Harbin Subway Map


The most convenient way of visiting in and around Harbin is via the extensive bus network with more than one hundred bus routes reaching all parts of the city. Usually, the starting time of these buses is between 05:00 and 06:30, and run until between 19:00 to 21:30. Most of the buses are self service, so you have to prepare enough small changes before boarding.

Additionally, two special tourist routes are operating between 07:00 to 19:00 daily. One departs from the Flood Control Monument and runs to Sun Island. The other passes several tourist spots in the downtown area, for example, the Flood Control Monument, St. Sofia Orthodox Church, City Railway Station and Museum.



No.117 is the only trolleybus route remaining in the city at present and runs between Harbin Infectious Disease Hospital and Longzhang Road, passing Xiangfang Avenue, the South Campus of Normal University, Northeast Forestry University, Lesong Square etc.
Working Hours: 05:30 to 20:30


Taking a taxi is the best way to save time and the charge is inexpensive in the city. Currently, there are around 14,000 taxis serving the public and the car brands are mostly Jetta, Saibao and Hongqi. It costs CNY8 for the first 3km (1.9mi); the fare for each extra kilometer (0.6mi) is CNY1.9 in the daytime and CNY2.5 at night (22:30 – 06:00 the next day). When the car runs over 12km (7.5mi), extra 50% is charge for empty return.

1. For each ride, CNY1 is charged for fuel fee.
2. It costs CNY100-130 between Taiping Airport and city proper for a single trip, for which CNY20 toll fee needs to be paid by passengers.
3. It is hard to hail a taxi during the peak hours (07:00 – 08:30 and 16:00 – 18:30) and the shift hours (15:00 – 16:00).


At present, six ferry lines are in operation, four of which sail to Sun Island. You can take these ferries respectively at Jiu Zhan, Tongjiang Jie, the Flood Control Monument and Dao Wai Qi Dao Jie between 08:00 and 17:00.

This year, visitors also have opportunities to take a night cruise aboard the cruise liner Dragon or Phoenix to enjoy the piece and tranquility of this city. This service operates from 15:00 to 22:30 while a luxury service operates from 15:00 to 21:00.

- Last modified on Aug. 29, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Getting Around Harbin
Asked by yk from VIETNAM | May. 04, 2019 20:44Reply
Are there direct buses to Changbaishan from Harbin?
Where can i buy the tickets and what are the bus timetables? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Dylan from AUSTRALIA | May. 07, 2019 01:03

There is a bus from Haxi Bus Terminal to Changbaishan at 11:00 every day. It takes about 6.5 hours and costs CNY146 per person.
Asked by Kittichai Prajerdchaiwong from THAILAND | Jan. 12, 2019 15:46Reply
my arrival time at Harbin Airport is 11.00 pm. is it easy to get taxi to Songbei Shangri-La hotel ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Athena from DENMARK | Jan. 13, 2019 22:13

Yes, you can easily find several taxis outside the terminal building.

Or according to your arrival time, you can take airport shuttle bus line 1 and arrive at Tongda Street.
The bus will operate until the last flight arrival. After arriving, take a taxi to your hotel.

You can choose the way you like. :)
Asked by monica from INDONESIA | Oct. 27, 2018 02:33Reply
if I want to ride Harbin bus or subway, does it need a transportation card?
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Answered by Hachilah from ITALY | Oct. 29, 2018 00:56

You can also pay with cash.
Asked by Gabriella from INDONESIA | Oct. 19, 2018 13:55Reply
Is it easy to find taxi in Harbin for 5 person in city area?
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Answered by Josh from USA | Oct. 21, 2018 20:47

The normal taxi in mainland China only holds 4 passengers and you can try to hire a private car, such as the business class coach with 7 seats. It is very easy to get one. You can book one at a regular taxi enterprise or ask the hotel you live in to help you.
Answered by gabriella from INDONESIA | Oct. 25, 2018 00:51

how much the cost to hire/rent private car for 5person?
Answered by Charles from USA | Oct. 25, 2018 18:15

It may be about CNY500 per day.
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