Having been in operation since October 22, 1983, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) is one of the busiest airports in China. It is located at the northeast end of the city just 10 kilometers from the city center. Over 50 domestic airline routes connect Xiamen to 58 cities in China including the major cities. In addition, a number of international flights leave from Gaoqi International Airport every week taking passengers to 17 cities in South Korea, Japan, America, Southeast Asia, and Europe. Transport between the airport and the city center is quite convenient. At the bus station about 100 meters west of the airport, shuttle buses regularly depart for the railway station in the city center. The charge is CNY6 per person and the trip takes about 30 minutes.
Bus transport in Xiamen is well developed and is considered convenient by most tourists. Nearly two hundred bus routes make nearly 300 stops around the city. The Ferry dock, Xiamen University and the railway station are the main starting stops. Buses operate from 06:00 to 23:00. There are ordinary public buses and double-decker buses with or without a conductor, and every line charges CNY1 per person. According to estimate, there are some ninety bus routes running between the city proper and outskirt areas. Another more than one hundred bus routes cover the city proper. In addition, a special tourist bus route is also available. Starting from the Ferry Dock, the bus runs through the city and covers many famous tourist attractions, and only charges CNY1 per person.
A taxi charges CNY8 for the first three kilometers (about 1.9 miles), and CNY2 for the next five kilometers (about 3.1miles) plus a 50% surcharge for each extra kilometer. In addition, 50% allowance is charged for the part beyond 8 kilometers. This is for single trip and it is not charged if renting a cab for round trip. What's more, the waiting time is charged for every five minutes. Waiting time refers to the time for waiting traffic lights, car speed below 12 kilometers per hour. The first five minutes are free and fare for every kilometer (CNY2) will be charged for every five minutes after that.