Xiamen Transportation Guide

With favorable transport facilities, Xiamen used to be one of the five major trading ports in China. Now Xiamen has basically established a three-dimensional communication network integrating aviation, railways, highways and waterways, powerfully supporting and guaranteeing the rapid development of the local economy. The Xiamen Gaoqi Airport is the fourth largest international airport in China, and its turnover of international passenger transport was only next to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou airports. Now 26 domestic and foreign airline companies do business in Xiamen, and Xiamen has opened 145 foreign and domestic air routes, of which 34 international and regional air routes go to Hong Kong, Macao, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, the United States, Luxemburg and other countries and regions; and 111 domestic air routes link Xiamen with all the major cities in China. Now Xiamen has become an important hub airport in the southeastern coastal areas in China. Passenger trains depart from the Xiamen Railway Station to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Nanchang, Yingtan, Xi'an, Chongqing and Fuzhou regularly. The expressways and quality highways in Xiamen radiate in all directions, reaching all the major cities in China. The Xiamen Harbor is a vital port between the Shanghai Port and Hong Kong Port. Over 20 major shipping companies have established agencies in Xiamen. Now the Xiamen Harbor has opened 57 shipping lines, with 415 scheduled ships a month. As one of the major Asian-Pacific ports, ships can go to all the major ports in the world from the Xiamen Harbor.


Located in the southeast of Xiamen Island, about 10 kilometers from the city proper of Xiamen, the Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is the fourth largest airport. only next to that of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, and is the national second-class artery airport.

The Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, which was open to air traffic on October 22. 1983, has 34 international and regional air routes, which cover Europe. Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Hong Kong and Macao. Scheduled flights go to many foreign cities, such as Seoul, Osaka, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok and Singapore. There is air service between Xiamen and 75 cities, including 58 domestic cities. Everyday scheduled flights go from Xiamen to Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou. Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Nanchang, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuyishan, Xi'an and Mount Putuo. The Xiamen Airport has become an important pivotal airport in China.

The Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport possesses a 3.400-meter-long runway, a 3,300-meter-long parallel taxiway, and seven taxiway links. With an area of 250,000 square meters. the apron can hold 37 large and medium-sized aircrafts at the same time. The terminal building has a total of 149.000 square meters, and the airport can handle10 million people/times a year.

There are many ways for tourists to go to the city proper:

(1) Tourists may go to the downtown area of Xiamen by shuttle bus. After walking out of the "Arrival Hall," tourists should walk westward for three to five minutes to the parking lot to Oct on a bus, six yuan a person.

(2) Tourists may take public buses.

Bus No. 27: From the airport to the ferry, one yuan a person. The last bus departs at 21:20.

Bus No. 37: From the airport to the railway station, one yuan a person, 06: 30-22:15

Bus No. 41: From the airport to the bonded zone, two yuan a person, from 06:30-21:40.

Bus No. 81: From the airport to the Lianhua Second Village, one yuan a person, 06:45-22:05.

Bus No. 91: From the airport to the Convention and Exhibition Center, one yuan a person, 06:32-21:15

(3) Taxis: The starting price for taxis in Xiamen is eight yuan for the first three kilometers, and then taxis charge two yuan per kilometer from the fourth kilometer.

Airline information: 86-592-5706017/6028940

Hotline for booking tickets: 86-592-5738816

Web: http://www.iport.com.cn/en/


Located at the junction of Xiahe Road and Hudong Road. the Xiamen Railway Station was first constructed on April 17. 1957, and is under the jurisdiction of the Nanchang Railway Bureau. At present, passenger trains depart regularly from the Xiamen Railway Station to Beijing. Shanghai, Nanjing. Hangzhou. Hefei. Nanchang. Yingtan. Xi'an. Chongqing. Fuzhou and other cities in China.

Tourists may log onto the website of the Xiamen Railway Station to get the information on passenger trains and the railway station, book train tickets, inquire the ticket prices, and handle the transport of baggage.

Now the Xiamen Railway Station has started the use of the hotline service (16881677), and the ticket-booking and consulting-service system by mobile phone short message.

Transport: Various buses routes from all directions go directly to the railway station, and taxis are available around the city.

Hotline for booking tickets: 86-592-16881677

Inquiry telephone: 86-592-2038888

Web: www.xmhcz.com


The highways in Xiamen radiate in all directions. Now there are Fuzhou-Xiamen. Xiamen-Shantou, Xiamen-Zhangzhou, Quanzhou-Xiamen Expressways and the Chengdu-Xiamen expressway under construction. Long-distance buses go to all the places in Fujian Province, as well as to Hunan. Hubei, Anhui and Zhenjiang in the north, and to Hong Kong. and Shenzhen, Guangzhou. Zhuhai and Shantou in the south. Xiamen has three long-distance bus terminals, i.e.. Songhai, South Hubin and Jimei, where passenger buses go to Shanghai, Nanjing, Hefei. Nanchang. Yingtan and Fuzhou regularly.

◎ Songbai Long-distance Bus Terminal

Add: 211 Lianvue Road

Tel: 86-592-5089328

◎ Hubin South Long-distance Bus Terminal

Add: 59 South Hubin Road

Tel: 85-592-2215238

◎ Jimei Long-distance Bus Terminal

Add: 159 Yinjiang Road, Jimei

Tel: 86-592-6068319

Price complaints hotline: 85-592-12358/5615610


The Xiamen Harbor is a natural good harbor in South China. It is open to navigation 24 hours a day. The shipping lines of the Xiamen Harbor extend to all the coastal cities in Fujian: to Shantou, Guangzhou and Hainan Island in the south: to Dalian, Tianjin, Qingdao, Yantai, Nanjing, Zhejiang and Shanghai in the north; and to 167 countries and regions in the world, such as the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Pakistan, Turkey, Kuwait, and Morocco etc.

◎Xiamen Harbor Passenger Service Center

Add: Xiamen Harbor

Tel: 86-592-2022516

◎ Maritime Passenger Transport Tourism Co., Ltd of the Xiamen Shipping Corp.

Add: 33 Lujiang Road

Tel: 86-592-2125187

◎ Peace Tourism Passenger Transport Co., Ltd of the Xiamen Harbor Affairs Group

Add: 3 Lujiang Road

Tel: 86-592-2022528

Urban Traffic

Xiamen boasts a perfect public traffic network, and the main means of transportation in the city proper include public buses, taxis, minibuses and ferryboats. All the public buses in Xiamen are self-service, so passengers need to prepare small changes before getting on a bus. The prices of bus tickets include one yuan, two yuan and three yuan. Taxis can be found everywhere in Xiamen, with the starting price of eight yuan for the first three kilometers; and the bridge and cave tolls will be charged separately. The starting price for minibuses in Xiamen is one yuan, and passengers will be charged according to the distance of the trip. Ferryboats are the means of transportation between Gulangyu Island and Xiamen, and they charged on the back way. Tourists can also rent cars from the automobile firms for quick and convenient travel.

Public Buses

Xiamen has a great number of public buses, over 150 bus lines and over 300 bus stops. Many buses depart from the ferry. Xiamen University and railway station. Usually buses run from 06:00-23:00 every day. All buses in Xiamen are self-service, so tourists need to prepare some small changes.

According to the actual conditions, Xiamen has set up the special bus lanes, harbor-type bus stops, auxiliary lanes, sections only for buses, crossings forbidden for turning to the left and main intersections, providing preferential treatment to public buses.

The public buses in Xiamen are equipped with the multi-media information system, such as the bus stop audio-introduction system. and the TV set, which keeps introducing public bus lines, tourist attractions, useful life tips.

Some buses or double-deckers have conductors, but many of them are self-service. Please prepare small changes in advance.

In addition. Xiamen has many minibuses running along the special lines, with the names of the departure and destination stations written on the front of the minibus. Tourists have only to give a hand signal for a passing minibus to stop outside of the forbidden zones. With the starting price of one Yuan. the minibus will charge passengers according to the distance of the trip. Minibuses are convenient and flexible, but sometimes passengers need to wait for a long time in the minibuses.

Buses to the suburbs of Xiamen run regularly to Jimei, Tong'an, Haicang and other places via the Xiamen Bridge. Passengers may get on such buses at the Suburban Bus Station in North Siming Road. the railway station or other bus stations. Passengers will be charged according to the distance of the trip.

Service hotline of the bus company: 86-592-5852027 5859275

Telephone of the taxi and minibus company: 86-592-5615610


Xiamen has a large number of taxis, which can be seen everywhere in the city, from the bustling shopping areas to the quiet residential quarters. The starting price for taxis is eight yuan for the first three kilometers, and passengers will be charged two yuan per kilometer starting from the fourth kilometer. Usually, the taxi signboard can be found close to the bus stop, and in front of large shopping centers. markets and malls. Passengers will pay the taxi fee according to the figure indicated on the taximeter. If a falsehood is found, please contact the Xiamen Transport and Communications Management Department by phone (85-592-5615610) or bring

forth an appeal.

◎ Xiamen Kangfu Taxi Co., Ltd

Add: 109 Gugong Road

Tel: 86-592-2286093

◎ Xiamen Strait Taxi Co., Ltd

Add: 4/F. the Auto Test Center, 11-13 Jinhu Road

Tel: 86-592-5773888


Ferryboats are the main means of transportation for tourists to go back and forth between Xiamen Island and Gulangyu Island across the Egret River from 06:00-23:00 everyday, with an interval of several minutes between two ferryboats. It takes about eight to 10 minutes from Xiamen to Gulangyu Island by boat. Round-wav ticket costs RMB eight yuan and they charged on the back way. If a passenger prefers to have a better seat on the second floor, he will be charged nine yuan. Ferryboats also go back and forth between Jimei, Haicang, Zengying, Shima and Haicheng. If the weather is very bad. ferryboats may stop operation.

Xiamen offers four maritime navigation routes: Round-the-Island Route. Round-Gulangyu Island Route. West Sea Area Route (including Gulang Islet, Fire Island and Baozhu Islet) and Maritime Navigation Route.

Maritime Passenger Transport Tourism Co., Ltd of the Xiamen Shipping Corp.

Add: 33 Lujiang Road OTe1: 86-592-2125187

Inquiry for ferryboat tickets: 86-592-2135051

Auto Rental Companies

Xiamen has nearly 30 auto rental companies, such as Taicheng. Yingshi. Dongshunfa and Xinnan, which can provide various kinds of services according to the demands of tourists. There are several ways for tourists to rent cars: If a client rents a car to travel in Xiamen, he needs only to pay fuel fees and other fees will be handled by the company: if a client need to rent a car plus a driver, he may select an experienced driver to drive: if a client wants to rent a car for quite a long time, he needs to pay some deposits and rental fees every month for the car for a long time: and if a client needs to rent a car for a short period of time, the rental fees will be charged by a day, half a day, or hour. The clients can also relegate his own car to the auto companies.

Recommended Auto Lease Companies

◎Tianzun Auto Lease Service Company

Add: 153 Huguang Rd. Tel: 86-592-5053955

◎DongshunfaAuto Service Co., Ltd

Add: Room 03A. 152 Mingfa International New City, East Lianqian Rd.

Tel: 86-592-5923001

◎Yingshi Auto Lease Co., Ltd

Add: 173-I5 Shop. Lianyue Rd.

Tel: 86-592-5072888/5073888

◎Xinnan Auto Lease Co., Ltd

Add: 14 South Lianhua South Rd.

Tel: 86-592-5 1 3 1428

Taicheng Auto Lease Co., Ltd Add: l/F, 41 Huli Ave.

Tel: 86-592-5778881

◎Juli Auto Service Co., Ltd

Add: Room 707. Hongyi Building, 235 North Hubin Rd.

Tel: 86-592-5042022

◎Chepu Auto Co., Ltd

Add: 4E Mingong Building. New Lotus Village

Tel: 86-5 92-5 1 36087

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