Getting Around

Owing to its particular location on the coast of the East Sea and to the south of the Yangtze Delta, Ningbo has been an important Chinese trading port ever since the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. It is also the communication hub of Eastern Zhejiang Province. This area has developed quickly these last few years and transportation here has become quite convenient.

According to the long-term plan, Ningbo will operate 8 subway lines by 2025-2030. Currently, only subway line 1 and line 2 are in service, and line 3 and line 4 are under construction. Line 1 connects Gaoqiao West and Xiapu, passing 29 stations in total. Line 2 runs between Lishe International Airport and Qingshuipu, via Ningbo Railway Station, City God temple and Drum Tower.
See subway maps for reference.


There are about 260 bus lines in Ningbo. Most of the lines charge between CNY1~CNY2. However, according to the distance of the line, some of the tickets would be over CNY2 but lower than CNY7. Most of the lines run in intervals of 4~20 minutes. Few lines run in intervals of 20~70 minutes. The earliest leaving time in the morning is during 05:00~07:00 (several long lines leaving at 08:30). The last bus leaves during 17:00~23:00. There are night lines in the city including Bus No.2 and also the lines among 205~291 (except 238). These lines usually only run after 18:00 and continue until 23:00 at night.

Tourism Lines:
No.238 Liang-Zhu Cultural Park—Tianyi Pavilion-Moon Lake Park—Fan's Residence
Operating hours: 06:30~18:00 (November to the next April); 06:30~18:30 (May to October)
Ticket Fare: CNY1

No.371 Zhaobao Shan—South Street—Zhenhai Station-Ningbo University—Tianyi Pavilion

No.560 Nanzhan West Road—South Station—the 1st Hospital—Tianfeng Pagoda-Ming Yuan
Operating hours: 06:15~20:00
Ticket fare: CNY2


Over 4,000 taxis are serving the city. The starting price is CNY11 for the first 3km (2mi) and CNY2.4 is charged for each additional kilometer (0.6mi). When the distance is within 20km (12mi), the cost of each kilometer (0.6mi) is CNY3.4, and the price is CNY3.8/km when a car runs farther than 20km (12mi). Waiting fee is also charged: it is for free for the first 6 minutes, and CNY2.4 per extra 4 minutes. When you take a taxi at night between 22:00 and 05:00 the next day, night allowance is required, and the cost of each kilometer (0.6mi) increases by CNY0.6.
Taxi Reservation Hotline: 0574 81890
- Last modified on Sep. 26, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Getting Around Ningbo
Asked by Barry from USA | Sep. 25, 2018 10:32Reply
Would anyone be kind to guide me how to take bus from Xuefu Yihao 学府一号 to Aiju Primary School?爱菊小学
i’d be so appreciate
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Answered by Vincent from USA | Sep. 26, 2018 00:30

Does the school is Aiju Art School? I only find this on the map. If yes, you can take the Bus 368 at Higher Education Zone, about 5-minutes walk from Xuefu Yihao. Then get off at Front Mo Family Lane. After walking about 3 minutes, you will see the school.
Asked by J.Chang from USA | Jul. 27, 2018 16:33Reply
How to buy IC card in Ningbo? And will there be a fee and how to get a refund.
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Answered by Tony from CANADA | Jul. 29, 2018 23:03

You can buy a card at 149 Baizhang Road, bus lines 3, 15, 302, 354, 556, 336, 357, 517 can take you there. The fee is CNY 30 and you can get refund there also.
Asked by Mr.MICHAEL_LANDOLL from DE | Mar. 02, 2018 02:47Reply
Transfer from Ninghai New Century Hotel to Ningbo Airport, Thursday 15.3., 03:00 a.m. Flight CA1854
I had this Transfer half a Year ago, is it still available ?

Michael Landoll
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Answered by James from AUSTRIA | Mar. 04, 2018 21:57

As I know, the flight departs around 8:30am from the airport. Btw, there is no public transport available, so you can only take a taxi from the hotel. The fare is around 250-260RMB.
Asked by Ck from MALAYSIA | Aug. 07, 2017 02:05Reply
How to get to ningbo marriott hotel from high speed station?
Which mode of transport and estimated cost please?
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Answered by Carl from RUSSIA | Aug. 08, 2017 01:54

You can take bus no.30 from the railway station to Zhongshan Square Bus Stop. Then you may walk about 170 meters ahead and then turn right for about 100 meters to find your hotel. The ticket fare is no more than CNY2/person.
Asked by Rui from SINGAPORE | Apr. 07, 2017 01:43Reply
Hi, How do I get to Wulong Pond from CITI Ningbo International Hotel? Thank you.
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Answered by Katherine from USA | Apr. 09, 2017 22:14

You need to walk southwards for about 110 yards (100 meters) along North Jiangdong Road, and then turn right to Lingqiao for around 260 yards (240 meters). Continue to turn left to Lingqiao Road for 175 yards (160 meters) to NB’s Daily Bus Stop. Afterwards, you can take bus no.130 branch line to China-Base NB Company Bus Stop. Then transfer bus no.638 and get off at Qingyunti Scenic Spot Bus Stop. Upon arrival, you may find the destination on your own.
Answered by Rui | Apr. 10, 2017 02:09

Thanks Katherine for the reply.
May I know is the China-Base NB Company Bus Stop also known as South Bus Station; the one opposite the Main Railway Station?
Answered by Katherine | Apr. 10, 2017 05:01

Rui, they are not the same station. There are still around 3 miles (5 kilometers) between two stops.
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