Sanya Transportation


Phoenix Airport went into service on July 1st, 1994. According to 2001 data, the passenger handling capacity of the airport was ranked No.29 among 143 airports in the country. At present, it has 106 flights of which 103 are national direct and 3 international flights. As well, more than 20 flights are continuing tourism charter flights. Altogether the flights connect with 63 cities, including 23 international cities.

Located 11 kilometers away from Sanya city in the northwest, the airport is surrounded by the famous landscapes of romantic Sanya Bay and Luhuitou in the east and the well-known "Tianyahaijiao" in the west. The green Phoenix Mountain in the north, after which the airport takes its name and to the south, the vast South Sea.

Bus is the most convenient and economical way to reach the city; 10 yuan from the airport exit to Jiefang 1 Road right in the heart of the urban area.

You can ask the driver to stop at your hotel if you stay at Sanyawan; you can take Taihe No.102 tourism bus at 5 yuan if you stay at Sanyawan; and you can take No.2 and No.4 buses at 1 yuan to the urban area if you stay at Dadonghai.

Also, you can take a taxi to the downtown at the airport exit. Bargain with the driver for a reasonable price which is normally about 30 yuan. Tell the driver to take the Binhai Road, and you will enjoy the amazing landscape of the "Coconut Tree Dream Corridor".


Sanya Railway Station is the southernmost train station in China. Currently there are only three trains at Sanya Railway Station, which connect Sanya with Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. When taking the train, travelers can see tropical forests and enjoy the sea view along the way.

City Transportation

Transportation in Sanya is very convenient. The buses will lead you to every county and region in the city as well as every scenic spot and area. Their main line is from Dadonghai to Minhang station with a distance of 10 kilometers. The bus will stop at the stations in intervals of about 500 meters or at your waving it down to board. Also, new tourism lines have been opened from the city center to Yalong Bay, the End of the Earth and the Corner of the Sea and Nanshan Cultural Tourist Zone. The buses run on these lines every hour are No.2 and No.4 buses. Cost is 1 to 4 yuan.


Sanya has altogether more than 1000 taxis with a round sign symbolizing Sanya city on the car top and of different models, mainly VW Santana, VW Jetta and Toyota Xiali, providing passengers with sound service. Paying RMB5 for the taxi cost, you can get to the city center but to the scenic spots you should bargain with the taxi driver first. Generally speaking, from city center you have to pay RMB25 to Sanya Bay, RMB10 to Dadonghai beach and RMB 50 to Yalong Bay.

Renting Cars

It is a good choice to rent a car to drive around Hainan Island. Haiqi Self-driving Co, Ltd in Hainan has lots of cars and minibuses of 30 kinds for renting, varying from the most economical Xiali to the most luxurious Benz with a daily rent fee from 160 yuan to 1500 yuan. You may need a deposit to rent one.


There are three main lines leading passengers to every corner of the province, the east, middle and west lines. Each day, up to a hundred. coaches depart from Sanya Passenger's Station to other counties and cities in Hainan Province.

With the main station being located at No.16, Jiefang 2 Rd, passengers can take coaches to go other places from here. The coaches running between Sanya and Haikou depart every 20 minutes commencing at 7.00a.m and the last one leaving at 11.00p.m. Two standards of coaches are available, luxury and standard; it is your choice. In addition, about 20 long-distance coaches are available for you to go to Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi and other provinces everyday.


The Port Now open is the Sanya Port for passengers. One of the most luxurious steamships in the world, the Lion Star has commenced sailing the regular Hong Kong - Sanya - Vietnam line. It is very fast (over 24 mph) and has in excess of 980 guestrooms with capacity for 1960 passengers on board.

Questions and Answers About Sanya Transportation

Jean trinidad 2013-11-04
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May i know how far is sanya airport to sanya port? And how can we get to the port by bus and how much? We are from Philippines its a reunion with my family and we have 90yrs old dad with us. We are going to the port for cruise.

Dear Jean,
It is around 18-20KM from Sanya Airport to Sanya Port. You can easily find the bus station at Sanya Airport and take the bus to Sanya Port. The bus ticket cost around CNY15-20 per person.

Nancy Deng replied on 2013-11-05
Amber 2013-05-25
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My partner and I are wanting to do a sleeper bus from Sanya to Nanning. We know its long but we want to find out exactly how long, where we catch it, if we have to change over anywhere and how much. Other than how long it takes is there any other issues with it?

Hi Amber, sorry we don't have the detailed information.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-05-29
For anyone else needing to know: There are sleeper buses from Sanya Bus Station (Jiefang Road) They leave at 12:30, 13:20 and 14:30 Two buses arrive at Langdong Bus Station in Nanning and one reach Jiangnan Bus Station. The one we took at 12.30pm arrived at Jiangnan Station (which you then catch the 207 bus right outside) 11 stops to the well known pedestrian road. We were told via net it takes 12 to 13hrs but we didn't arrive until 7.30am which is fine by us as the buses are running. You get off at ferry terminal and your bus assistant will give you a car with the bus number plate, he will lead you into the terminal and will point to area where everyone on your bus will wait until a ferry turns up. He will then come back and get everyone once all the vehicles are loaded (we waited an hour, may be longer or shorter for others) then we all boarded the ferry, you can sit on hard metal seats for free or for 20cyn ea you can sit in air con on padded vinyl seats (depends on what you can and cant handle). Then 1.5 hrs later you arrive and get off and find your bus, it pays to keep note of people on your bus, to make sure your going right way. All the buses are in same area on land so quite easy. Then its quite simple from there. Our bus stopped at about 4am until 5am so drivers could sleep. They keep the engine running so the air con stays on. In case you haven't got a sleeper bus, some provide you with a pillow and blanket but this one just provided blanket which was still fine. Hope this helps anyone in the future as we had no idea what to expect. Try an get your hostel or hotel to write down time and destination in Chinese in case you get someone at station that didn't speak English. guest replied on 2013-05-30
Amber 2013-05-25
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If there is a bus from Nanning to sanya and it is 15hrs and costs 250-300 then surely there''s a bus doing that trip in reverse?

Hi Amber, sorry, we don't have the detailed information.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-05-29
Lisa 2013-01-08
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I was hoping to get a bus from nanning to sanya this Friday. Do you know how long this bus journey is? How much is it?Thank you

Hi Lisa, the bus from Nanning to Sanya departs from Nanning Jiangnan Coach Station 南宁江南客运站 at 16:00 19:00. It takes about 15 hrs. The price is about CNY250-300.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-01-09
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