Xiamen Transport

Will I need to drive my own vehicle to conduct my everyday life (work/school/shopping) at my destination?
Not necessarily. A taxi is a convenient and economical alternative for getting around Xiamen.
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How can I legally drive a vehicle in this city?
If you hold an international driver's license, you can drive in Xiamen. If not, you must take a series of tests before you are allowed to drive.
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What side of the road do people drive on?
On the right.
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Describe typical public transportation an expat might use to get around the city.
There is no subway in Xiamen. Therefore, taxis are typical public transportation. For taxi service, please call: 5320000. In addition, you can take a bus for a charge of 1 or 2 RMB.
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Could an expat also use public transportation to get out of the city—to surrounding towns, recreation areas or suburbs? If so, list options.
Yes, you can take a train, express coach or plane. For more information, contact Crown Xiamen or call the following numbers for quick inquiry:

  • Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport Information Desk: 6020017
  • Railway Station Information Desk: 3988666
  • Coach Inquiry Office: 2201246

There is also a ferry service linking Xiamen Island and Gulangyu Island and there are two major bridges linking Xiamen Island to the mainland.
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In regards to transportation, are there any safety issues I should be aware of?
Be conscious of the road conditions. Drivers, bike riders and pedestrians are not accustomed to giving way.
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Where do I buy tickets/tokens/etc. for the major public transportation?
You can buy these at the ticket centers of the transportation company. For Coach Ticketing, please call 2215238.
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Crown Relocations has made every effort to present accurate information. However, regulations, rates and other variables are subject to change and Crown Relocations cannot accept responsibility for the errors that might result. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please contact your local Crown representative.