To visit Gulangyu Island, you can take a ferry from Lundu Terminal (轮渡码头) across the street of Zhongshan Road, or ride a bus that goes to Lundu Terminal (try to recognize the Chinese character of Lundu Terminal so you can read the bus route at any bus stops).
When you reach the terminal, you buy the ticket (Y8) at a counter, then wait for the ferry to come. It does not take long for another ferry to come. When you board on the ferry, there will be announced in Chinese that sitting upper deck will be charged extra Y1, staffs will collect the extra Y1 from you if you are heading upper deck. I think it is worth paying to sit on the upper deck to have great views of the harbor and also less crowd. The ride takes between 6 to 10 minutes. You will expect to see more tourists than local residents.
When you arrive Lundu Terminal (轮渡码头) on the Gulangyu Island, you could either proceed to your hotel directly or visit the Tourist Information Center to get an idea where you are heading or a free map.
You need to keep your ferry ticket because you need the ticket to ride the ferry back to Xiamen. The Y8 that you paid is included as your return fare.
On Gulangyu Island, you won't find any cars or buses on its streets. The only public transportation on the Island is the electric tourist buggy that circle around the island coasts. The following is the route of the electric buggy:
1) Shuzhuang Garden ( main tourist areas including beaches, Shuzhuang Garden, Sunlight Rock, Haoyue Garden, Character Engraving Art Gallery).
2) Lundu Ferry Terminal ( main ferry terminal of Gulangyu Island, Tourist Information Center)
3) Sanqiutian Terminal (northeast of the Island)
4) Villa Terminal (northwest of the Island)
5) Shuzhuang Garden
Y50 (Day Pass)
Y40 (Villa Terminal to Shuzhuang Garden)
Y20 (Lundu Terminal to Shuzhuang Garden)
Operating hours: 8:00 - 18:00
Hubin Long Distance Bus Station is the main bus station in Xiamen Island. The bus that I took from Shenzhen arrived at this station. Also, I took a bus from here to Shuyang (书洋), Fujian Tulou of Nanjing District. You can get a direct bus to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Guilin, Nanning, Suzhou, Shanghai, and other small town in Fujian.
This station is also the Xiamen Travel Distribution Center. It means you can buy tour packages like a day trip to Fujian (Nanjing) Tulou or a city tour and etc. All the trips leave and return from this station. There are window where you could arrange your trip. But I am not sure whether they have English tour, or someone who speaks English.
Public Bus: 10, 15, 23, 30, 43, 45, 85, 88, 99.
Address: No.59 Hubin Nan Lu.
In Chinese: 湖滨长途汽车站, hu bin chang tu qi che zhan.
Ferries to Jinmen (Kinmen): only available to locals (Chinese nationals with Fujian province ID), NOT FOREIGNERS.
There're also shuttle buses to Xiamen city (6 RMB/person), as well as long-distance buses to various other places in Fujian province eg Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Yongding, Putian etc.
For the shuttle buses to Xiamen city, walk out of the arrivals concourse and turn right.
Xiamen airport is north of the city. No need to go to town to get a long-distance bus to Quanzhou (or to a lot of destinations in the province) as the long-distance buses leaving from town will have to pass by Xiamen airport anyway. The airport has a counter that will arrange for transfers to these long-distance buses. Buy your ticket here; make sure to say that you don't want insurance if you don't, otherwise they'll automatically include it in the price. Ticket in hand, walk out of the arrivals concourse, turn left and continue walking past the KFC. Look out for the signs along the way.
There will be a minibus to ferry passengers from the airport to a shady-looking (but which isn't) transfer point a little way from the airport. The staff at this transfer point will yell (announce) the destination and departure time in Chinese when each bus comes in. Listen for your bus (and the correct departure time) carefully; if you don't understand Chinese I suppose you could shove your ticket under the nose of a staff member and impress upon them to drag you over to the correct bus when it comes.
The ride was reasonably comfortable though nothing to sing about. I think I took about 3 hours in all from Xiamen airport to Quanzhou, with 2 hours of that spent on the road.
This is the cheapest way to move around a city without a subway system. Starting price is RMB1 and practically the system connects from downtown to suburb. Xiamen is not a real big city, but it still take quite a long time if you really want to shuffle around the place. Bus service is GOOD comparing to those in Shenzhen. Driver is nice, but there is not ticketing auntie in the bus selling ticket. Please prepare for your coin.
Xiamen has this Bus Rapid Transit, known as BRT. It's a specially built roadways just for special buses to travel. These buses looks like normal buses but travel on on MRT/Metro tracks.
Cost only 50cents RMB for a short distance.
Interesting. The ride was smooth and comfy. Buy tickets/tokens at their BRT stations first.
We took the train from Dongguan to Xiamen and it took us around 14hrs ride. I must admit it was a much more comfortable ride than I thought it would! When you buy the train tickets, you can choose the seats tickets, the bunk beds tickets and the 4 beds to a cabin tickets.
The cheapest are the seats tickets where you only have the seat space, the bunk beds tickets entitled you to a soft bed in a big bunk with no doors or lock. The most expensive ones are the 4 beds cabin but you have the doors with locks and heater during winter time.
Again, I must say the train ride was surprisely comfortable. My friend advised me to visit the washroom first thing I get up the train for fear the washrooms would be very dirty later on. To myrelieve, the washrooms were still clean when I used them next day in the morning.
It is quite far from Xiamen Airport to Xiamen University. There is no direct bus to the univeristy. For the first comer without Chinese language at all (like me), taxi is the best choice. The price is fair, first 3 km is 8 yuan, then 1 yuan/km.
But remember, the driver really cannot understand english, even university, he didn't know what it is. Lucky I can write a little Japanese kanji, so I write down the University in kanji, and another lucky that kanji university in japanese is same with that in chinese.
Don't forget to write down the destination in chinese character before you get the taxi.
From airport to university cost 50-60 yuan.
The city buses cost 1-2 yuan depends on the distance
taxis are plenty but not easy to find in the rush hours (5-7pm). 8 yuan starting price and the first 3km is for free
there are ferries from the Heping Ferry Terminal to Gulangyu until midnight.Free from Xiamen to Gulangyu and 8 yuan from Gulang yu to Xiamen
Xiamen is well connected with the other major cities by air , trains and bus services
It might be difficult to book your train ticket at the times of the national holidays when most of the locals are on the move.However taking a bus is much easier.You have hard seat , soft seat and sleeper bus options.Soft seat buses seems to be the most comfortable ones.I took a bus From Xiamen to Shenzhen during the spring festival holiday.That cost me 200 yuan (about 20 euros) for a 9 hrs drive
the bus terminal is on the Hubin Nan Lu.taking a taxi from the ferry terminal costs 10 yuan
The train station is on Xiahe Lu (near carrefour) you can take bus 7 to get there
i have added a picture that shows how busy the train is on the public holidays
Probably the easiest way to Xiamen is by air. I flew into and out of the city three times from Guangzhou, Shenzen and Shanghai.
The airport is officially called "Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport". Airport code: XMN. It is the homebase for Xiamen Airlines.
There are road and rail connections but Xiamen is surrounded by mountains. Probably the sea was the best access in the old days when it was called "Amoy" and was the port that many Chinese from Fujian emigrated to Southeast Asia.
The beautiful Xiamen international airport is located by the sea in northeast of Xiamen island.
Right near the airport are many multi-national corporation factories like Dell, Canon. The airport is about 10km from downtown.
Xiamen Airport is one of those older airports, like Shanghai's Hongqiao. However, is it a coincidence that both these ariports seem to be so much easier to use than the more modern terminals (Beijing, Pudong, Guangzhou and even Xian)?
The curious concrete building, looking like a partially completed Meccano set, is compact but well laid out. Everything seemed to be where it is supposed to be, and I didn't feel I was walking halfway round the planet to find an ATM or a cafe or information like you do at so many Chinese airports. Plenty of shops, but still all of the 'mainly empty glass cabinet' variety.
China's airport planners have a lot to learn from places like Xiamen and Hongqiao!
Note that the local agent for Dragonair at Xiamen Airport is China Southern.
Xiamen Airport has a (relatively) good web site for more information (URL below)
It is a short 10 minute trip, but splurge the 1RMB to sit on the top deck and have unobstructed (and cleaner air) view of the Harbour City
This is the international airport of Xiamen, with flights to and from Hong Kong, Macau, other cities in China, as well as neighboring Asian countries.