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 and line 7 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 modified on Jan. 02, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Getting Around Dalian
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?
Answers (1)
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.
Asked by nasim from CHINA | Jun. 02, 2016 03:07Reply
How to get from dalian airport to lvshun?
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Answered by Robert from DENMARK | Jun. 02, 2016 03:31

Upon landing, you are suggested to take a taxi from the airport, get off at Bus Station of Jinzhou Development Zone. The cab fare would be CNY 70-80 in the day time. There are several direct coaches that can take you to lvshun. They depart 06:30, 07:30, 09:20, 10:20, 13:10, 14:10, 16:10 and 17:10. The ticket fare is CNY 15.5 per person.
Asked by tahir from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 02, 2016 12:09Reply
Which bus or train should I take from Dalian interntl airport to the university of technology?
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Answered by Henry from CANADA | Apr. 05, 2016 01:33

By public transportation, here is the way: take subway line 2 to Jiaotong University. Then transfer to bus line 10 and get off at Luanjin Dongjie. Walk for around 500yd to the West Gate of the university. The school actually is only 13-14km from the airport, so you can also take a taxi for a direct travel. It costs CNY30-40 at most.
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