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 Jo Ng from SINGAPORE | Nov. 25, 2019 21:04Reply
Harbin Taxi for 5 passengers
Hi, is it easy to get a taxi for 5 passengers? 3 adults and 2 kids age 11,12
Answers (1)
Answered by Eleanore from FINLAND | Nov. 27, 2019 22:38

Well, generally speaking, one taxi can only take four passengers. According to the situation. you are suggested to take two taxis.
Asked by Yap Cheau Jing from MALAYSIA | Nov. 13, 2019 23:10Reply
Harbin Transportation Card
Hi, I would like to know is there any transportation card to use in Harbin and where I can buy it. Thank you.
Answers (5)
Answered by Kate from MALAYSIA | Nov. 17, 2019 19:22

Yes, there is local transportation card you can use in the city. Where do you intend to live? So I can find the nearby place you can buy it.
Answered by Debbie from MALAYSIA | Nov. 18, 2019 01:31

Can I buy in airport?
Answered by Kate from MALAYSIA | Nov. 18, 2019 18:08

Sorry, you can't.
Answered by Debbie from MALAYSIA | Nov. 18, 2019 18:49

Then where should I get it? I live at 道里区
Answered by Kate from MALAYSIA | Nov. 20, 2019 17:44

You can go to No.70, Shitoudao Street to buy one. Or you can buy the card in some convenience stores.
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. :)
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