Haikou Transportation: Get to Haikou by Flight, Train or Cruise

Haikou (海口), also known as “the Coconut City”, is the capital city of Hainan Province. Located in the north of Hainan Island, Haikou City is not only a southern coastal city rich in tropical resources and natural beauty, but also a famous historical and cultural city in China, which has a history of thousands of years since it opened as a commercial port during the Northern Song Dynasty. Visitors can reach Haikou by flight, liner and train. This Haikou transfer guide will help you to know how to get to/around Haikou efficiently.

Flights to Sanya

Haikou Meilan International Airport 海口美兰国际机场 IATA: HAK

Address: The Intersection of 201 Provincial Highway and Qiongwen Avenue, Meilan District, Haikou City 海口市美兰区琼文大道与201省道交叉口

Haikou Meilan International Airport is about 25 kilometers southeast of Haikou City Center. It is one of the busiest airports in Hainan and the first airport in China which has an off-island duty free shop. Till the end of 2019, there are overall 2 terminals in Haikou Airport. The airport provides about 169 airlines, connecting over 105 domestic and foreign cities, including Beijing (4 hrs), Xian (3 hrs), Shanghai (3.5 hrs), Chengdu (2.5 hrs), Guangzhou (1.5 hrs), Chongqing (2 hrs), Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, etc. in China and foreign cities like Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Moscow, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Bali, etc.

  • • Haikou Airport to Downtown Haikou: The airport is about 25 km away from Haikou city center. Visitors may take the airport shuttle buses to the downtown area, the bus departs accordingly with flights from/ to Haikou urban area. The whole journey takes about 30 minutes. The shuttle buses may stop by: Longfeng Hotel, Haikou East Railway Station(Haifu Road), Hainan Provincial Government (Qiong Theater) and Haikou Civil Aviation Hotel, etc. Or you may also take a bullet train at Meilan Airport Railway Station and reach Haikou East Railway Station (which is only 5~6 km from Haikou City Center) within 15 minutes, then transfer to places you are planning to pay a visit.
  • • Haikou Airport to Sanya: Travelers may take bullet trains to get to Sanya from Meilan Airport Railway Station directly. Everyday there are over 50 bullet trains running between two cities from 06:50 ~ 21:45. The whole journey takes about 2 hours.

Trains to Haikou

There are mainly 2 railway lines connecting Haikou with mainland of China and other hot destinations on Hainan Island, which are Guangdong-Hainan Railway and Hainan Roundabout Railway.

  • • Guangdong-Hainan Railway (粤海铁路): As China's first cross-sea railway, the Guangdong-Hainan Railway connects Zhanjiang City in Guangdong Province, Haikou City and Danzhou City in Hainan Province. It consists of two rail lines and one ferry line, namely the Zhanjiang-Hai 'an Railway in Guangdong Province (139 km), the Qiongzhou Strait Train Ferry (24 km), and the Haikou-Chahe West Ring Railway (182 km) in Hainan Province. Since its completion in 2003, the railway has greatly alleviated the traffic bottleneck between Hainan Island and the mainland. Visitors who are interested in experiencing cross-sea train trip can take normal trains from Guangzhou (11.5~13 hrs), Beijing (about 34 hrs) and Changsha (19.5 hrs), etc. and arrive at Haikou Railway Station in Hainan.
  • • Hainan Roundabout Railway (海南环岛铁路): It is a high-speed railway in Hainan Province in China. The ring-shaped railway is an important part of the coastal corridor. By the end of 2015, Hainan Roundabout Railway starts from Haikou Railway Station in the north and ends at Sanya Railway Station in the south. The total length of the railway is about 650 km with 25 passenger and freight stations. The maximum operating speed of high-speed trains on the railway is about 250 km/h.

Hainan Train Stations

At present, there are mainly 2 train stations operating in Haikou, which are Haikou Railway Station and Haikou East Railway Station.

Haikou Railway Station 海口站

Address: Yuehai Avenue, Xiuying District, Haikou City 海口市秀英区粤海大道

Haikou Railway Station is located along the seaside, over 20 km away from downtown Haikou, which takes 30~40 minutes by car. It’s an important stop of Guangzhou-Hainan Railway and Hainan East Ring High-speed Railway. There are normal trains from Guangzhou (11.5~13 hrs), Beijing (about 34 hrs), Changsha (19.5 hrs), etc. that may stop at this station. Trains that connect Hainan with cities on the mainland of China are normal trains, which means it might take much longer than flights. Therefore, it is generally not recommended for foreign travelers to choose.

Haikou East Railway Station 海口东站

Address: Dingcunyiheng Street, Longhua District, Haikou City 海口市龙华区丁村一横街

Haikou East Railway Station is located in the downtown area and about 6 km away from the city center, which takes 20 minutes by car. It is the main high-speed railway station in Haikou city and mainly operates bullet trains to Sanya (about 2 hrs) and to other popular cities on Hainan Island.

Haikou to Sanya

Distance: about 280 km (about 1.5 ~ 3 hours' high-speed train; 6 hours’ Private Car)

Sanya, the most popular scenic city in Hainan and one of the most popular winter resorts in China, is about 280 km (about 174 miles) away from Haikou. The best way to transfer between two cities and have an overview tour of Hainan Island is by taking bullet trains. Every day, there are nearly 70 bullet trains operating between Haikou (Haikou East, Meilan Airport, Haikou) and Sanya (Sanya, Yalong Bay, Yazhou, Fenghuang Airport) from 06:40~22:20.

Real-Time Train Schedules: Haikou to Sanya | Sanya to Haikou

Cruise to Haikou

Taking a cruise into Haikou is a unique experience. Every day, more than 40 passenger ships sail to/from mainland coastal areas and Hong Kong, etc. Recently, most passenger ships to Haikou are from Hai'an Port (海安港) or Xuwen Port (徐闻港) in Zhanjang City, Guangdong Province. The ferry route is 15~24 miles in a straight line. The whole cruise journey takes 2.5~4.5 hours (include embarkation and disembarkation time and sailing time).

Haikou has three ports, Haikou Port (also known as Xiuying Port ), Haikou New Port (海口新港) and Nangang Wharf (南港码头). Xiuying Port and Haikou New Port are the two main passenger ports. Both ports run ships that can ferry both people and cars. Nangang Wharf is the main cargo terminal.

Haikou New Port 海口新港

Address: 500 meters north of Xingang Flyover, Binhai Avenue, Xiuying District, Haikou City 海口市秀英区滨海大道新港天桥往北500米

Haikou New Port mainly operates passenger and car ferries to/from Hai’an, Zhanjiang and Beihai. It is about 20 km away from Haikou city center, which takes around 40 minutes by car/taxi and 1.5 hours by public buses.

Xiuying Port 秀英港

Address: Gangyuan Road, Xiuying District, Haikou City 海口市秀英区港元路

Xiuying Port is mainly bound for Zhanjiang and Beihai routes. It is about 7 km away from downtown Haikou, which takes 20 minutes by car/taxi and 50 minutes by public buses.

How to Get Around Haikou

By Haikou Tourist Bus Line - "New Meilan": The tourist bus line can direct to famous scenic spots in the city, such as Qiongtai Academy, Five Officials Temple, Hairui Tomb, Xiuying Fort Barbette and Wanlv Park, etc.

By City Bus: There are over 80 bus lines in Haikou City, all of which are air-conditioned buses. Besides the “Meilan” Tourist Bus, there are also special sightseeing bus No.1 and No.2 can transfer you between the Five Officials Temple and Hainan Tropical Wildlife Park.

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How to Plan a Haikou Tour

Best Time to Visit Haikou: October ~ Next May

Places to Visit: Qilou Old Street, Huoshankou National Geopark, Holiday Beach, Hairui Tomb, Hainan Museum, etc.

How to Get There: Flights from Beijing (4hrs), Shanghai (3.5hrs), Xian (3hrs), Chengdu (2.5hrs), Guangzhou (1.5hrs), etc. and bullet train from Sanya(2hrs).

Normally, it takes 1~2 days for travelers to explore Haikou City, 1 day to visit historical sites, museums, architecture and old streets in the downtown area including Five Officials Temple, Hairui Tomb and Qilou Old Street, etc. and enjoy delicious local cuisines and snacks. Take another day to immerse yourself in the embrace of nature, bathing in the tropical sun. You are suggested to rent a car and visit East Harbour Mangrove Forest, Hainan Tropical Wildlife Park and Leiqiong Global Geopark in one go.

☛ 3 Days Haikou Tour

To fully indulge in the coastal landscape and activities, lie on the beach and bathe in the sunshine, you may continue your tour to Sanya (3~5 days), which is praised as “China's tropical answer to Hawaii”. It is one of the best places to visit in China in winter and an ideal place for vacations and honeymoon.

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Let our professional travel consultant to help you with the hotel booking, airport pick-up and drop-off and day-by-day arranging! Even though Haikou has already built a convenience tourism system, it maybe still a troublesome thing to get to some top attractions in rural area, such as Leiqiong Global Geopark and East Harbour Mangrove Forest, etc. by yourself. Moreover, our experienced travel guide can take you on an immersive exploration of local food, culture and slow pace of life. The tour is customized for you with your interest, need, group size and every special requirement. If you are interested, please feel free to contact us!

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