The 2nd best way around Dalian, is to take a taxi. Ask your concierge to tell the driver where you want to go, and get a card from the concierge telling a cab driver to take you back to your hotel. very easy. By the way, the best way to get around is to walk. Just remember to have the card to get you back to your hotel if you get lost!
Like other cities in China, the streets of Dalian are filled with taxis. Taxis are a convenient means of getting around, although obviously it is much more expensive than taking the bus. Most of the taxis are of a blue and white color. The starting fare is 8 yuan for the first 3 kilometers. After that, it's 1.20 yuan per kilometer. When it's time to pay, most taxi drivers would round the final cost to the nearest yuan.
Dalian has something you don't usually see in other Chinese cities, street cars. These very modern street cars are air-conditioned and quiet. But like buses, they can become pretty crowded. There are three street car routes: 201, 202, and 203. Route 201 runs between the Dalian train station and the Shahekou train station; 202 runs through the Shahekou District toward Xinghai Square; and 203 runs between the Dalian train station and Donghai Park. The cost is 1 yuan.
Taxis are always a good option in China.
In Dalian it is not different, because taxis here are also cheap.
Basic fare is RMB 8,00 (US$ 1,00) plus RMB 1,20 (0,15 cents) / km.
Just follow the basic rule: if you don't speak any Chinese, have with you a card with the written address where you intend to go.
In some of the squares there are little 3 wheeled blue things. Similar to a micro-machine British Reliant Robin (1974-89). If you don't care how long it takes to get some where and you are only going about 10 blocks, this is for you. These things only hold two passengers and don't go quite as fast as the Robin... Actually, I have been passed by people on bicycles more than once, especially if you are going up hill. If you don't mind the constant vibrating and road noise, this isn't a bad choice.
Negotiate prices with motorcycle drivers. These are great when you aren't in too big of a hurry and are traveling alone or with one other person (as long as neither of you are incredible obese). Tell the driver where you are going and compromise on a price. To go about 4 blocks it costs about 3 or 4 yuan.
Taxis are great. Sure they aren't all air conditioned and some of the taxi drivers like to talk to you a lot, even if you don't speak Chinese they just keep talking.
The best thing about the taxis is you can bargain. After 10:00 pm (also when most of the buses stop and when the taxi prices go up) you can, for the most part, bargain prices. If you know how much the ride would cost during the day, that would help. Just tell the driver where you want to go then suggest a price, they will probably roll their eyes and gesture to get in the taxi or just laugh and say no. I saved a lot of money that way.
If you don't have exact fare when boarding a bus you can pay with a higher amount and get your change by getting the money off passengers that board after you. For example if the fare is one kuai and you only have five kuai. Pay with the five and get one kuai from the next four passenger that board after you. This is a perfectly normal thing to do here in Dalian.
I dont know how Chinese call those little means of transportation. I would call it Di di. That means "younger brother" in Chinese. And somehow they look like the younger (much younger) brother of the buses.
Anyway, I never drove with "Di di", I think in the bus its more comfortable.
Oh, yes, I (!!!) gave those means of transportation that nickname, better not to ask someone that you wanna use a "Di di"....
According my friend, Dalian is the only city with a tram. I was a little bit surprised because not so many people used it when we drove from downtown to the Dong Hai Park. From there you can take a taxi to visit some nice spot along the Binhai Lu.
There's a tram system in Dalian city. There's a limited number of routes for the tram. It will cost RMB1 for a trip. But now thre is a modern tram,but there is only 2.it will cost 2rmb.It will be cheaper with a public transport card that can be bought from the Commercial bank.
I went to the train station and it looks very messy with a lot of traffic and people.
The train i take is leaves from Beijing at 6:30pm, arriving the next morning in Dalian at 6:12am. oh my god,it is 12 hours.imaging that!!!Tickets for a hard sit is 140 RMB per way.
The public bus system is quite good within Dalian city. It is quite convenient so far. It cost RMB1 for a single trip on those normal big buses and trams (exact change as no change will be given). Get a map from any stalls selling newspaper (RMB 2) and the bus routes will be detailed on the map. However, the map will be in Chinese (han yu).
Dalien bus system s good and easy to use. To go to the beach take the number 5 bus from Jiefang Lu.
Note; the bus starts and ends here so you need to get on on the "wrong" side of the road (north bound).
Bus costs 1 Yuan, you drop your money in the slot as you get on.
I recommend waiting for a double decker as then you can get a visit of Dalien included in your money!
- rate goes up after ?10:00 pm
- cheap compared to western prices but we only used them if late at night, had a lot to carry or a long way to go - used the buses most of the time
- 8 RMB gets you most places