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 metro lines by 2025-2030. Currently, only metro line 1, line 2line 3 and line 4 are in service. 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. Line 3 transports between Datongqiao and Gaotangqiao. Line 4 connects Cicheng Town and Dongqian Lake. 
See metro 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 updated on Nov. 13, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Getting Around Ningbo
Asked by Shuyi from MALAYSIA | Nov. 12, 2023 15:34Reply
Is there any taxi or DiDi service available at 3.30 a.m. to go to the airport?
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Answered by James | Nov. 13, 2023 01:40

Yes, of course.
Asked by Hong from INDONESIA | Sep. 03, 2019 04:49Reply
Is there Bus stop near The University of Nottingham Ningbo heading to the Main Railway station?
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Answered by Blake from USA | Sep. 05, 2019 19:14

Yes, of course. You can take bus 369/368 from Gaojiao Yuanqu station to Railway station directly. It takes around 75 minutes with CNY2.
Asked by Mr.SHAHADAT530 | Mar. 12, 2019 18:55Reply
What is the best way to book a taxi to any Ningbo attraction?
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Answered by Addison from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 15, 2019 00:42

Actually you don't need to book the taxi in advance. You can hail a Taxi by Hand Signal. Stand by roadside or at a designated taxi stand in the city and wave down a cab. Avoid intersections; otherwise, the driver won’t stop. Do not do it at the Ring Roads, urban expressways, and highways.
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.
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