The base rate for taxis is 8 RMB during the day for the first 3 kilometers and then 2 RMB for each additional kilometer. From 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. the base rate is 10.4 RMB. Dalian is not a very big city; therefore you generally won't spend more than 20 RMB traveling within the city.
As of 2007, there is only one light rail line in Dalian running between Dalian Railway Station in the east and the national tourist spot Jinshitan in the west. With a full length of about 49.15 km, this line has 12 stops, nearly all of which are popular destinations in Dalian. Running through Zhongshan District, Xigang District, Shahekou District, Ganjinzi District and the Development Zone, the light rail starts at 6:30 a.m. and the last one runs between 7:50 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (depending on the season) at an interval of every 20 minutes (10 minutes during rush hours).
To and from Dalian
Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport is about 10 km from downtown, only around 10 minutes drive by taxi. Airport buses run between Civil Aviation Mansion (No. 143 Zhongshan Lu, Xigang District) and the airport regularly at RMB 5. There are flights to and from nearly all the major cities within China like Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Kunming, Hong Kong etc. International flights to and from Tokyo, Hiroshima, Munich, Seoul, Los Angeles, Vancouver, London, Paris, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Sydney and Frankfurt are also available.
Note: The taxis of the airport are all in line at the far right of the entrance of the airport.
Located at Qingniwa Qiao in the downtown area, Dalian Railway Station is the terminal station of the Hada railway line. Connected with northeastern and northern China railway networks, there are more than 50 tour trains from and to Beijing, Shenyang, and Harbin daily at Dalian Railway Station.
Shenda Highway, the first highway built on the Chinese mainland runs through Liaotong Peninsular, connecting Shenyang, Liaoyang, Anshan, Yingkou and Dalian. Huanghai Dadao Highway (from Dalian to Dandong) has already extended to Zhuanghe City in the southeast of Liaodong Peninsular. National Highway 201 and 202 both start from Dalian and there are five main long-distance bus stations in Dalian City.
As the most important harbor city in the northeast of China, the ferry transportation system of Dalian Harbor is relatively developed. There are regular ferries from and to Yantai, Weihai, Penglai, Qinhuangdao, Tianjin and Changhai County. Express tour boats also run between Dalian and Yantai, Qinghuangdao, Changhai County, and even Inchon in Korea.
Dalian Harbor Passenger Terminal is at the northern end of Wuwu Lu, in the east of the city. The harbor covers a large area and there are even buses transporting passengers from the waiting room to the pier. You should arrive at the waiting room half an hour before departure.