Haikou, the capital of Hainan Province, is located on the northeast edge of Hainan Island, while Sanya, the superstar among worldwide visitors, is located on the southwest edge. The two cities are closely connected with each other by Hainan Ring High-Speed Railway, which runs along the coast of Hainan and helps visitors to make loop travel here. In addition to trains, visitors can also drive or ride a long-distance coach from Haikou to Sanya.
Sanya is about 219 kilometers southwest of Haikou. The driving distance between them is about 303 kilometers. To go from Haikou to Sanya, bullet trains are the best choices (1.5~3.5 hours), followed by private car (4 hours around) and long distance coach (from 4 hours).
The entire Hainan Ring High-Speed Railway is composed of its west section and east section, while the two sections both start from Haikou and end at Sanya. Each of Haikou and Sanya has 3 mainly-used high speed railway stations. On Haikou side, they are Haikou Railway Station, Haikou East Railway Station and Meilan Railway Station. On Sanya Side, they are Sanya Railway Station, Yalongwan Railway Station (Yalong Bay Railway Station) and Fenghuangjichang Railway Station (Sanya Phoenix Airport Railway Station). If you follow a bullet train along the west section, you will arrive at Fenghuangjichang Railway Station first, while Yalongwan Railway Station first if you go with the east section.
For anyone who want to ride the train, you don't have to check whether it is go along the west section or east section but pay more attention to your starting station, departure time, ending station, arrival time, etc. Every day, there are over 210 bullet trains running from Haikou to Sanya. Please check the real-time Haikou to Sanya train schedules, duration, ticket and price at below.
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Haikou East Railway Station is located between Haikou Railway Station and Meilan Railway Station. It has the most frequent daily high speed trains to Sanya. More than half of bullet trains to Sanya depart from this station.
Meilan Railway Station is built on the same location of Haikou Meilan International Airport, with an underground passage between them. This station has about 90 daily high speed trains to Sanya.
Sanya Railway Station is the most busy bullet railway station in Sanya. It has the most frequent bullet trains to/from Haikou. If you are going to stay overnight in Sanya downtown, you can get off your train at this station.
Yalongwan Railway Station is the closest station to Yalong Bay, with a driving distance for about 10 kilometers (15~20 minutes by car). Also, it is the closest station to Haitang Bay, which is about 16.5 kilometers and half an hour east of the station by car. If you are going to Sanya by train and will stay overnight at one of the resorts or upscale hotels at the two bays, you are suggested to get off your train at Yalongwan Railway Station.
Fenghuangjichang Railway Station is built facing Sanya Phoenix International Airport. It is close to the famous tourist site Tianya Haijiao Scenic Area on the west shore of Sanya Bay. Visitors who want to visit Tianya Haijiao after getting off the train are suggested to arrive at this station, or, Sanya Railway Station or Yalongwan Railway Station is more recommended.
You are also available to get from your hotel or other places like office to Sanya by driving. No matter you prefer self-driving or going with a professional local driver, the driving time needs 4 hours around. Considering the journey is a little bit long, traveling with a professional local driver is more recommended. We China Discovery also have private car service at affordable price! Besides the private car service, we can also help you with hotel booking, itinerary recommendation, etc. If you are in need, please feel free to contact us for more details.
In addition, there are long-distance buses available. Every day, Haikou East Bus Terminal has over ten buses running to Sanya Bus Terminal. Those buses are scheduled every an hour between 6:00am to 18:00pm. The bus ride takes at least 4 hours. Considering the language barrier and the hassle of finding the right bus terminals, this is not really a good choice. However, it is the most budget option.
Class of Ticket
You can usually choose from the First Class Seat, the Second Class Seat or Business Class Seat on the high speed trains. While, there are three types offered on the normal train, including Soft Sleeper, Hard Sleeper and Hard Seat. learn more >>
Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel
Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or via a ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. Train ticket alteration and cancellation are only available at ticket counters. learn more >>
Board & Get off
1) Prepare your passport and China Visa; 2) Get to the right train station at least 30 mins in advance; 3) Collect your train ticket; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. learn more >>
Passengers don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. learn more >>
Facilities and Service
All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service, including luggage racks, air-conditioner, power socket, dining car, hot water, etc. learn more >>
Best Time to Visit Sanya: October ~ Next May
Places to Visit: Various bays, Betelnut Valley, Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park, Yanoda Rainforest Park
How to Get There: International flights from London, Singapore, Seoul, Jakarta, Moscow, Novosibirsk, etc., and domestic/regional flights from most major cities like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, etc.
Generally, a Sanya tour can be short or long, and many travelers choose to stay in Sanya for about 4~7 days. We suggest you visit at least one bay for a real "holiday", such as Yalong Bay, Sanya Bay, Dadonghai Bay or Haitang Bay where you can immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere by taking a sunbath, strolling on the soft beach, viewing the coastal scenery, etc. It is also available to spend several hours or more time experiencing some watersports, such as diving, surfing, yacht, fishing, etc. For travelers interested in the primitive nature of tropical forests, Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park or Yanoda Rainforest Park, which needs 0.5~1 day, is worthwhile. Besides, Nanshan Temple (0.5~1 day) with the world’s largest statue of Avalokitesvara - Nanhai Guanyin is also recommended if you have a Buddhist faith or want to appreciate a religious savory. For travelers needing an in-depth tour, Binglanggu is a nice option for local minorities exploration!
Want to escape the crowds and explore Hainan? Don't miss Haikou - the capital city with lots of culture fun. A classic Haikou tour takes about 2 days. The top highlights include informative Hainan Museum, old buildings in Qilou Old Street, Volcanic Crater Park, etc. Besides, you can spend 1~2 days exploring the undeveloped bays and uninhabited islands, 1~2 days appreciating the peaceful town of Boao and its unique natural landscapes, 1~2 days involving in the sunny homeland of minorities in Lingshui, etc.
Top 3 Haikou Sanya tours chosen by most customers to explore Haikou Sanya in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.
Haikou / Bo'ao / Waning / Lingshui / Sanya
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