Datong Transportation

Air

Datong Airport is located in the north of Beijiazao Township, Datong County, about 15 kilometers from the downtown of Datong City. Flights to China's major cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu and Shenyang are available.

There are free airport shuttle buses from the downtown of Datong to Datong Airport.

The bus route is as follow:
Datong Hotel—Datong Continental Hotel-- Civil aviation ticket office located at Yingbin Dong Road—Datong Airport.

Railway

The domestic railways such as Beijing - Baotou, Datong - Fenglingdu, Datong - Qinhuangdao lines as well as the international railways to Erlianhaote and Moscow all join in Datong, which makes its railway transportation quite convenient.

Datong Railway Station, located at North Xinjian Road, can be easily reached by No.2, 4, 8, 14, 16, and 21 buses. Everyday there are many trains leaving for many major cities of China such as Taiyuan, Beijing, Hangzhou, Baotou and Shenyang.

Besides the option of purchasing train tickets at the railway station itself, train tickets can be purchased at alternative railway ticket offices in the city's suburbs. Find Datong train ticket offices.

City Transportation

Public Bus

The bus network of Datong City is so fully-developed that it covers the whole city. The fare for the buses varies according to the distance.

Taxi

There are more than 5,000 taxies in Datong City. The basic charge for a taxi is 5 yuan, and 1.2 yuan or 1.4 yuan is charged for every one more kilometer. Normally it costs 8 to 10 yuan from the city center to the railway station by taxi.

Bus/Coach

The highway network of Datong is well-developed, with more than ten main highways stretching to almost all parts of China. There are four long-distance bus stations in the city, namely Datong South Long-distance Bus Station, Datong North Long-distance Bus Station, Datong Xinpingwang Long-distance Bus Station, and Datong Xinnan Long-distance Bus Station.

  • Datong South Long-distance Bus Station, located at No.20 West Yantong Road, mainly operates long-distance buses to many major cities of China including Beijing, Tangshan, Shijiazhuang, Qianjiang of Chongqing, Jinan, Luoyang, Baoding, Baochang, Hohhot and Baotou.
  • Datong North Long-distance Bus Station, situated 200 meters west of Datong Railway Station, mainly runs the long-distance buses to Taiyuan and Shuozhou.
  • Datong Xinpingwang Long-distance Bus Station, located 100 meters south of Department Store of Mining Affairs Bureau, mainly runs the long-distance buses to other cities, counties and townships in Shanxi Province as well as Beijing.
  • Datong Xinnan Long-distance Bus Station, located at No.699 South Xinjian Road, mainly runs the long-distance buses to Taiyuan, Shuozhou and Beijing. The station can be reached by No.11, 15, 28, 30, 16 or 201 public buses.

Questions and Answers About Datong Transportation

Habib 2012-07-23
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Hi, we are planning to visit Mt. Wutai shan scenic area from Datong in Oct. Can we hire a car from Datong and how much it cost to Wutai shan, Taihuai town. Along the way also visit wooden pagoda and Hanging monastery can it be included. If by bus from Datong will it go direct to Taihuai town of Wutai shan. Thank you for your favorable reply
Hi, Habib. We could arrange a car rental (driver who does not speak English) for you from Datong to Wutaishan directly at the price of CNY3100 bases on 2 people's group. It takes around 3.5-4 hours' driving per way to Wutaishan, and if you want to go and visit sites along the way or need transfer back to Datong on second day, the price will be CNY3700. English-speaking guide costs CNY400 per day and CNY1000 for two days will be charged if you need stay overnight in Wutaishan. Please contact me at delia@chinahighlights.com whenever you need any further assistance. Delia Xie replied on 2012-07-25
Alex Oron 2012-06-30
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One more question related to my previous question: I see now that buses for Taiyuan run from two different locations. Which one should we go to for more frequent departures and for more comfortable buses?Thanks a lot again.Best regards
Hi Alex, You can take the bus from Datong Xinnan Long-distance Bus Station to Taiyuan. This is more more frequent departures. Regards, Coco Coco Yang replied on 2012-07-01
Alex Oron 2012-06-30
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Hello, We are planning to take a bus from Datong to Taiyuan. I read that it is faster than a train. Is it true? What are departure times for these buses?Thank you very much in advance and best wishes,
Hi Alex, Yes, it is faster to take a bus to Taiyuan than a train. It takes about 4 hours, but about 6 hours by train. The buses depart in every 30 minutes, the price is about CNY 110. Regards, Coco Coco Yang replied on 2012-07-01
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