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Getting Around Sanya

Updated: 2016-07-19 13:16:57

Public & Private Transport – Getting Around in Sanya


An extensive public transportation network and large number of taxis make Sanya an easy city to get around.

Public Buses

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 ¥1, and destinations further away between ¥2 and ¥5.


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.


Taxis in Sanya


Many taxi companies serve Sanya and the surrounding areas.
The minimum fare is ¥8, which covers the first 2 kilometres (or less), beyond which the charge is an extra ¥2 per kilometre.
For journeys longer than 10 kilometres, if the taxi is likely to be empty on the return journey, drivers may charge an additional ¥1 per kilometre travelled beyond 10 kilometres.


For destinations further away some drivers prefer to negotiate a flat rate rather than use the meter, but you can insist upon using the meter if you prefer.


Car Rental



A number of companies provide car hire services in Sanya.
Hainan has some spectacular scenery that is often best explored with a private vehicle. Remote beaches and mountain roads become easily accessible with a hire car.
To hire a car you will require the following documentation, a passport, a valid Chinese driving license and a credit card.


Please note that driving licenses from other countries including international driving licenses are not valid in China – a foreign driving license must be converted into a Chinese license.


Rental fees for a small sedan car are currently around ¥180 a day (excluding fuel and road toll fees). You can rental a car through a car rental company or the hotel you are staying in.


Here is a list of car rental services in Sanya: 


1. Zhizun Vehicle Rental Co. Ltd (Airport) 至尊租车三亚机场店
Tel: +86 898 38861238
Address: Exit of the domestic arrivals hall, Phoenix International Airport 三亚市凤凰机场国内出发大厅1号门


2. Zhizun Vehicle Rental Co. Ltd (Sanya) 至尊租车大东海店
Tel: +86 898 38861238
Address: 21 Yuhai Commercial Street, Yuya Avenue, Dadonghai, Sanya 三亚市榆亚大道大东海榆海路21号


3. OBAH Car Rental Service 欧巴艾赫汽车旅游租赁有限公司
Tel: +86 898 88665229
Address: 1st Floor, Zhonghua Cheng, Xin Feng Street, Sanya 三亚市新风街中华城一楼


4. Sanya On My Way Mingtai Vehicle Sales & Leasing Co. Ltd 任我行铭泰汽车租赁
Tel: +86 898 88362181
Address: 2nd Floor, Block B, Chuangye Mansion, Xinfeng Road, Sanya 三亚市新风路创业大厦B座2楼


5. Hainan Sanya Jiapeng Free Flying Vehicle Rental Co. Ltd. 海南三亚嘉鹏自由翔汽车租赁有限公司
Tel: +86 898 88265133
Address: 22 Jixiang Street, Sanya 三亚市吉祥街22号


6. Sanya Jinxiang Vehicle Rental Co. Ltd. 三亚锦祥汽车租赁公司
Tel: +86 898 38257766
Address: 3 Yuechuan Xi Road, Yingbin Road, Sanya 三亚市迎宾路月川西路3号