Public Transport in Harbin
Getting Around Harbin By Taxi
Taxis are the most convenient way to traverse Harbin and are plentiful. Be warned that traffic can be horrendous in Harbin and Harbin’s taxi drivers are some of the most reckless in China. To avoid communication problems, take the names of your destinations written in Chinese and show these to the taxi drivers. Make use of our “Show the taxi driver” notes below every place mentioned in our guide. It will make getting around Harbin by taxi much easier.
Flagfall in Harbin is ¥8, which covers the first 3km. Each additional kilometer costs ¥1.9. Some of the older taxis are a little cheaper. Prices rise slightly at night. A ¥1 fuel surcharge is added to the final fare shown on the meter.
Getting Around Harbin By Bus
Trying to decipher Harbin’s bus system is probably more hassle than it’s worth. But those determined to take public transport will pay ¥1 per trip within the Harbin center. You drop the money in the slot next to the driver when you board the bus. No change is given so try to have exact change. Buses leading to various sightseeing attractions are listed in the sightseeing section of this guide.
One useful bus is #16, which runs from Youyi Lu at the northern end of Zhongyang Dajie, along Shangzhi Dajie, past the train station and nearby Hongbo Square in the commercial center of the city. For buses to sightseeing attractions outside the city center, see the ‘Attractions’ section of this guide.
Getting Around Harbin By Ferry
When the Songhua River isn’t frozen over there are ferries from the Flood Control Monument to Sun Island Park. At other times of year, you can take the cable car instead.
The Harbin Subway Situation
Harbin is in desperate need of a subway in order to relieve the stress on its roads. Supposedly there are plans for one, with an east-west line the first to open. But it is unclear when this might actually happen.