Located about 10km northwest of the city, Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport serves as an important transportation hub in the Bohai area. It is about 10km from Dalian Railway Station, 5km from the Shenyang-Dalian Freeway and 35km from Lushun. Thirty international routes connect Dalian to over 30 cities in 14 countries. There are regular charter service between Dalian and regions in Southeast Asia, Europe, American and Russia.In addition, 69 domestic flights leave from the Zhoushuizi International Airport, roughly 10 kilometers northwest of the city center, taking passengers to most of the major Chinese cities.
As the terminus of the Harbin-Dalian Railway (Ha Da Railway), Dalian is well connected to the networks that cross the northern and eastern parts of China. Trains from the city can reach all cities in Dongbei (northeastern China) area and Beijing, Shanghai and Hankou. The high speed air-conditioned Tourist Specials running between Dalian and Beijing, Shenyang, Harbin and Changchun make excursions convenient. From Shenyang to Dalian there are two express trains - Liaoning-Shenyang Evening Express and Jinshitan Express.
The public bus transport in Dalian is highly developed. Over 150 routes enable budget visitors to get around the city easily. The buses' operating times vary, starting between 4:30am and 6:30am and finishing between 8pm and midnight. Make sure of the operating hours when you take a bus. Most buses have no conductors so you will need to prepare one or two Yuan in change before getting aboard. There are many one-way streets in the city, so do not always take it for granted that the return will drop you on the same street. People in the city are very kind to foreigners, so ask locals for help.
The conception of building Dalian’s Subway dates back to 1980s. In 1987, the plan was officially submitted for approval but failed. It was not until 2002 that its first line, line 3 was completed and operated. Currently, there are two lines - line 3 and 7 are in service. Another two, line 1 and 2 are under construction and predicted to be opened by July of 2014. In addition, line 6, 8 and 10 are also under construction. In future, the city will all together have 12 subway lines.
The city area of Dalian is not very large and a taxi would be a good choice for travelers who want to quickly see the city. The rates start from eight yuan for the first three kilometers (1.86 miles) with 1.8 yuan per additional kilometer (0.62 miles). Rates for the night service from 22:00 - 05:00 (next day) are 30% higher, starting at 10.4 yuan for the first three kilometers (1.86 miles) and 2.34 yuan for each additional kilometer. The local taxi drivers have a good reputation for their hospitableness and trustworthiness - they are very kind to foreign visitors. Tips: There is a marker fixed to the car window facing in to the taxi, on which is a picture of an animal and a number. This is so that you may recall which taxi you took in case you need to report a missing item.
The Pearl Card (Ming Zhu Ka) is a public transportation IC card. Some taxis accept this kind of IC card as a way of payment.