Bus & Bullet Train Travel
Sanya has an extensive public bus network serving both the city centre and the surrounding areas.
Passengers should pay the bus fare when boarding. Usually the exact fare should be put into the slot box beside the driver. Fares vary according to distance travelled, with most journeys within the city centre just ￥2.
The fare breakdown is usually posted inside the bus on the wall just behind the driver, and in addition some buses have a conductor who can assist with fare queries.
Passengers should board at the front and alight from the rear doors.
Some drivers will only stop when they’re aware that there are passengers who want to get off, and often the driver or conductor will ask if anyone wants to get off when the bus is approaching the next stop. If you do want to get off simply shout ‘Xiache – 下车’ to the driver or conductor.
Bus stops in the town centre have signage showing which buses stop there, and their respective routes.
In addition each bus has its number and destination marked on the front and the various places it stops at marked on its side next to the door.
As signage is almost exclusively in Chinese characters it is advisable to make a note of the characters for the places you want to go to in advance.
Two bus routes of particular note for visitors are the Number 8 and Number 27 which serve the airport and Yalong Bay (亚龙湾) respectively.
In addition, the Number 25 and 16 buses run regularly between Nanshan Temple and Yalong Bay, with routes passing through downtown Sanya and Dadonghai.
Tramline in Sanya
Sanya’s first tramline underwent its first test run on January 1st, 2019.
The 8.37-km-long tramline runs from the Sanya Railway Station to the intersection of Shengli Road and Jiangang Road, with 15 stops on the route, including Sanya Railway Station, Yuxiu Road Station, Fenghuang Road Station, Shuicheng Road Station, Sanya River East Road Station, Jiefang Road Station, Jinjiling Street Station, Youyi Street Station, Yingbin Road Station, Jixiang Street Station, Tuanjie Road Station, Xinfeng Street Station, Guangming Street Station, Yuejin Street Station, and Jiangang Road Station.
The tramcar has a maximum operational speed of 50 to 70 kilometers per hour, but it will run at speeds between 20 and 30 kilometers per hour to ensure safety in the downtown area. For a single trip, a tramcar can carry a maximum capacity of 368 passengers. Passengers can swimp the Tianyaxing Card or use WeChat or Alipay to buy tickets.
By the end of 2020, the city plans to build four tramlines with a total length of 60.6 kilometers. The tram lines will be used to supplement Sanya’s existing public transportation network.
Buses from Sanya to other towns and cities in Hainan, as well as some cities in the Mainland depart from the main Bus Station in Jiefang Road, nearby Bu Xing Jie / Walking Street.
Tickets should be bought before boarding in the ticket hall by the main street entrance.
In addition there are daily bus services to Sanya from major cities in the mainland such as Nanning, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Xiamen.
Sanya Bus Station:
Tel: +86 898 88272440
Address: Commercial Walking Street, Jiefang Road, Sanya 三亚市解放路步行街旁
Transport: Take Bus Route 1,2,5,7,8,10 or 12 and get off at Sanya Bus Station Stop
Sanya is served by a big network of railways. The older railways carry regular trains both around Hainan and to and from the mainland, while the newer ones carry the bullet trains that operate solely on Hainan Island.
Hainan Eastern Ring Railway
Opened in December 2010, the 308-km-long fast bullet train service links the major towns and tourism destinations of the east coast of Hainan Island from Sanya to Haikou, and stops include Sanya (三亚), Yalong Bay (亚龙湾), Lingshui (陵水), Shenzhou (神州), Wanning (万宁), Boao (博鳌), Qionghai (琼海), Wenchang (文昌), Haikou Meilan Airport (海口美兰机场), Haikou East (海口东), Chengxi (汽车南站), Xiuying (秀英), Changliu (长流) and Haikou (海口)
Smartly-dressed attendants serve passengers food and drink throughout the journey, and are also on-hand to help passengers who are in need of assistance.
Trains run regularly throughout the day from 7am onwards.
Hainan Western Ring Railway
The new 345-km-long railway passes through 16 stations between Sanya and Haikou. The 16 stations are Haikou (海口), Laocheng Town (老城镇), Fushan Town (福山镇), Lingaonan (临高南), Yintan (银滩), Baimajing (白马井), Haitou (海头), Qizi Bay (棋子湾), Dongfang (东方), Jinyue Bay (金月湾), Jianfeng (尖峰), Huangliu (黄流), Ledong (乐东), Yazhou (崖州), Phoenix Airport (凤凰机场) and Sanya (三亚).
Sanya Railway Station
Address: 10, Yuxiu Road, Sanya 三亚市育秀路10号
Transport: Take Bus Route 4, 10, 35 or taxi and get off at Sanya Railway Station Stop
Yalong Bay Railway Station
Address: Intersection of Gaoxin Road and Tiandu Road, Jiyang District, Sanya三亚市吉阳区高新路与田独路交叉口
Transport: Take Bus Route 9,18, 20, 25, 27, 28, 33, 45 or taxi and get off at Yalong Bay Railway Station Stop
Yazhou Railway Station
Address: Yabao Road, G225, Yazhou District, Sanya三亚市崖州区G225崖保路附近
Transport: Take Bus Route Yazhou Line 6 or taxi and get off at Yazhou Railway Station Stop
Sanya Airport Railway Station
Address: Jichang Road, Tianya District, Sanya三亚市天涯区机场路附近
Transport: Take Bus Route 8, 36 or taxi and get off at Sanya Airport Railway Station Stop