Dalian Transportation

Getting Around

Dalian metro system is expected to bring great convenience to the locals together with the city buses and trams. As planned, 10 subway lines will run in the city. By now, line 1, line 2, line 3 and line 12 are in service, and line 4, line 5 , line 7 and line 13 are under construction.
 See metro maps for reference

City Bus

 Public Buses
The public bus transport in Dalian is highly developed. Over 150 routes enable budget visitors to get around the city easily. The buses' operating times vary, starting between 4:30am and 6:30am and finishing between 8pm and midnight. Make sure of the operating hours when you take a bus.

Most buses have no conductors and so you will need to prepare one or two Yuan in change before getting aboard. There are many one-way streets in the city, so do not always take it for granted that the return will drop you on the same street. People in the city are very kind to foreigners, so ask locals for help.

There are three well-preserved old tram routes from colonial times in the city. Luckily they still serve as an important means of transport. The antique red trolleys of 201, 202 and 203 cruise the downtown and southwestern areas in the city.

Buses with the initial number 6 are suburban commuters.

The flexible mini-buses usually cruise the lanes and corners of the city. You can flag one down at anywhere. The ticket price is two yuan.

 Special Tourist Bus

Bus No. 901 is a main tourist buses which cover almost all the tourist attractions in the city except Golden Pebble Beach (Jin Shi Tan) scenic area at the northern end of the city.

 Tourist Bus 901
This route covers most of the southwestern part of the city and then goes northwards to the bustling downtown area.

Route: Dalian University of Technology --> North Gate of Dalian University of Technology --> Software Park --> Digital Square --> Dongbei University of Finance and Economics --> Heishijiao --> Xinghai Bathing Place --> Dalian Medical University -->Huawusuo --> Xinghai Square --> Xinghai Exhibition Center --> Heping Square --> Taiyuan Streert --> Wansui Street --> Olympic Square --> No. 129 Street --> Qingniwaqiao (Railway Station) --> Youhao Square --> Zhongshan Square

Ticket: CNY 2
First Stop Xinxin Villa, operating hours: 06:00 - 20:00
Last Stop Dalian University of Foreign Languages, operating hours: 06:35 - 20:00



There are four cities in China with well-preserved trams from the old days, namely, Hong Kong, Changchun, Anshan and Dalian, among which those in Dalian are said to be the best preserved. Trams are not only an important means of transport but a historical testimony of this century-old city. The well-preserved tram lines were built by Japanese colonists in the early 1900s and nowadays these 'relics' still serve as a crucial means of transport in the downtown area.

There are three tram routes running through the city from east to west at a speed of 20km/hour (about 12 miles/hour).

 Bus 201

Railway Station --> Dongguan Jie --> Shichang Jie --> Datong Jie --> Beijing Jie --> Wuyi Square --> Zhengong Jie --> Xinggong Jie --> Shahekou Railway Station

If possible, tourists are suggested to take this route in the day for it passes through the bustling residential areas and you can have a chance to see the daily life of the local people.

 Bus 202
Xinggong Jie --> Jinhui Shopping Mall --> Jiefang Square --> Gongcheng Jie --> Heping Square --> Xinghai Exhibition Center --> Heishijiao --> Gaoxinyuan -->Qixianling --> Hekou --> North Hekou

This route takes passengers from the downtown area to the Xinghai Scenic Area including the Xinghai Square, Exhibition Center, Xinghai Park and the famous bathing area.

 Bus 203
Route: Railway Station --> Shengli Qiao -->Minsheng Jie --> Minzhu Square --> Sanba Square --> Erqi Square --> Si'ergou

This is highly recommended for tourists who are enjoy lush lawns, European style buildings, musical fountains and various charming squares.



Dalian is not very large, so taxi can be a good choice for travelers who want to quickly see the city. Generally, local taxi drivers have a good reputation for their hospitality and honesty; in particular, they are very kind to foreign visitors. Most drivers would use taximeter following the charging rule below:

Flag-down Rate for the first 3km (2mi) Daytime: CNY10
Night (22:00 – 05:00 the next day): CNY13
Rate within 20km (12mi) CNY2/km
Rate beyond 20km (12mi) CNY3/km
Waiting Fee (Free for the first 3min) Rush hours (06:30 – 08:30 & 16:30 – 18:30): CNY0.5/min
Other time: CNY0.3/min

Note: The Pearl Card (Ming Zhu Ka) is a public transportation IC card. Some taxis accept this kind of IC card as a way of payment.

- Last updated on Jun. 27, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Getting Around Dalian
Asked by Teun from NETHERLANDS | Dec. 18, 2019 21:25Reply
what is the best way to go from the airport to " Uniloft hostel Dalian Railway station branch"
No. 17, Yinghua Street, 116011 Dalian, China. How much is a normal fare for a taxi? and how much will public transport cost me? and would you need a card for public transport or can you pay cash?
Answers (1)
Answered by Theo from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 22, 2019 22:16

It is suggested to take taxi directly, which costs around CNY25. It costs CNY1-4 by public transport but you need to walk a long distance. You can buy a transportation card or pay fare by cash.
Asked by Ximena from MEXICO | Nov. 12, 2019 04:14Reply
How do I get from the Dalian High tech zone to Zhongshan district by bus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Luke from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 14, 2019 18:41

You can take bus 531 from Hekou station to Youhao square station, then walk east around 600m to Zhongshan district. It takes around 75 minutes with CNY2.
Asked by Ksenija Maltez from SERBIA | Dec. 29, 2018 04:21Reply
Which bus goes between Dalian Univ. of Foreign Languages and the city center, how long is the ride?
Answers (1)
Answered by Delia from FINLAND | Jan. 02, 2019 19:40

Well, what do you mean by the city center? Do you have the specific destination?
Asked by Svetlana from RF | Jul. 24, 2016 03:18Reply
how to get from dalian university of foreign languages to the forest zoo?
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Answered by Amy from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 25, 2016 03:14

Take bus Northern Square of Main Railway Station-Lvshun Line from Xueyuan Station to Convention & Exhibition Center Station. Then, change to bus line 49 to it.

Or, you can take a taxi there for about CNY 90. :)
Asked by Tan from MALAYSIA | Jul. 09, 2016 05:41Reply
how to get from dalian train station to dalian happy snow world? thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Lucy from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 09, 2016 21:54

There is no direct bus or subway. I suggest you take a taxi, and it may cost you about CNY35.
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