Sanya has turned into a major tropical resort destination in Asia from a small costal county in just a decade. In July 1st, 1994, Sanya Phoenix International Airport started to operate. In 2008, 6 million travelers flew in and out of Sanya by plane. It was connected to mainland China railway system in April 18th, 2007. There are direct trains reaching Sanya from some major cities in China like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Changsha. The Circular Hainan Express makes traveling to and from Sanya by road convenient. Sanya has successfully attracted major cruise lines to port in the recent years.
Sanya Phoenix International airport, situated in the northwest of Sanya city, 11 kilometers away from downtown, is currently the largest international airport in the south Hainan Island. Foreign citizens from countries that have diplomatic ties with China can apply for landing visa at Hainan port. Group tourists from certain countries can enjoy 21 days visa free journey.
If you have enough time, or if you want to get closer to the island sight, shuttle bus is your prime choice-easy and cost-effective with broad network. There is shuttle bus heading for between Sanya and Haikou every 20 minutes during 7am to 6pm while change to be every hour during 7pm to 11pm.
The distance of eastern expressway between Haikou and Sanya is about 250 kilometers, passing Qionghai, Wanning lingshui. Along the way, the deluxe bus doesn't stop during the tour while charge for RMB80, takes about 3 hours, and common bus stop by every city and country while cost lower, takes about 4-5 hours.
Besides, there are more than 20 runs between Sanya and mainland province like Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan and Jiangxi.
Would be good for travelers with enough time and want to see more on the way, also to experience the China's first cross-straits passenger rail link from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, to Haikou and Sanya, Hainan island.
Traditional way is taking a boat from Guangdong or Guangxi province to Haikou, Hainan island, But after all, you need shift your way heading for bus station to Sanya.
To date the Sanya International Wharf Has come into use. Currently a route has been opened for Hong Kong—Sanya—Vietnam Halong Bay—Hong Kong, Which visits Sanya at Least 6 times a month. In the future more boasts from home and abroad will disembark in Sanya. By then you can go for a voyage by taking a boat to Sanya from broad
How to transport in Sanya? The following ways could help you to get your destination by your choice.
Taking a taxi is the most convenient way to reach the various beaches and sights. The taxi meter start with RMB5 and 2 kilometers included, then adding RMB2 per kilometer. In the national holidays including first week of Jan., May, Oct and Chinese Spring Festival, it will be an extra fee of RMB5 for first 2 kilometers, which means the basal price will be RMB10, not RMB5 as usual.
The buses will lead you to every county and region in the city as well as every scenic spot and area. In fact, apart from certain more remote destinations such as Dragon Bay, the End of The Earth, the convenient city shuttle bus is the first choice for traveling.
Dadonghai←→West bus station. Heading for every 5minutes (No.202 and No.204), RMB1 per person, one stop same as whole distance.
Yalong Bay←→the End of the Earth. Heading for every 15minutes, full price is RMB12 per person, can be cut down according to the distance.
Sanya Bay←→Nanshan Tourism Zone. Heading for every 20minutes, full price is RMB10, can be cut down according to the distance.
For a long distance or multi-spots in one day, beside taxi, tour microbus is a good choice. This is kind of private car with a personal diver especially for touring. Usually the drivers are expert in tourism as well and for about the same cost of taxi, sometimes even less. It has a regular daily rental according to the distance of the spots you plan to go.
No matter how many spots you'll go and how long you'll take within daytime, they will be the same place where you are and keep waiting. It is the most convenient way to reach the destination.
Driving & Rental cars
Driving a car along the beach or in the mountain, discovering the world by your own with a map, that would be an unforgettable experience.
To hire a car needs license of course, but for a foreigner in China, who needs a Chinese consent, that's easy, applying to the local traffic police station with license you had,
There is a bunch of company offers car renting service, some of them ask forRMB3000 or more deposit as the guarantee and some ask for none, at the same time ID card, return ticket are necessary as well. You needn't pay any other tax beside the rentals. The only cost is the expenses of gasoline. If you don't have a license or don't want to take time on getting Chinese consent, just pay extra RMB100-150 per day for a driver.
A suntan is earned. For a coast road tour or short stretches of countryside, if you want more activity, get you a bicycle. All beachfront hotels offer bicycle renting service, choose one you like and get on your way with a map. Beside hotels, in Sanya Bay, Dadonghai district, take a stroll first, then you will find stores offering the same renting service as hotels, to tell you the truth, there you just pay less then half of the hotels.
Motorbikes and three-wheel vehicles are very popular in Sanya. However, generally they are operated illegally and very dangerous. We suggest you not to choose them as your traffic tool during your trip.