Hainan Island Transportation Guide, Reach Hainan Island by Flights, Trains & Buses

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Hainan Island Transportation Guide: How to reach Hainan Island from Mainland China and Overseas?

Hainan Island is located in the south China sea, separated by Qiongzhou Strait from Main Land China. There are several ways to reach Hainan Island, the tropical paradise of China:

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By Flights to Hainan Island China:

99% of visitors reach Hainan Island by flights. There are 2 airports on Hainan Island, one is in Haikou, the capital city of Hainan Island, the other is in Sanya, the beach destination of Hainan Island. If there is no direct flight from where you stay to Haikou or Sanya Airport, the best option is to take a transit flight via Guangzhou from Mainland China and Hong Kong from Overseas.

There are limited International flights to Hainan Island, so connecting flights via Hong Kong, Shanghai or Beijing are recommended.

By Train/railway to Sanya & Haikou Hainan Island China:

Would be a good choice for travelers with enough time and want to enjoy the landscape along the railway, also to experience China’s first cross-straits passenger rail link from Hainan Guangdong Province to Haikou Hainan Island.

By Ferry/Boat to Sanya Hainan Island China:

Hainan is the second largest island in China after Taiwan. BUT for your information, there is no ferry/boat from Shenzhen or Guangzhou/Canton to Haikou Hainan Island.

The ferry from Hong Kong to Haikou was canceled a long time ago. The only way from Hong Kong to Sanya or Haikou, Hainan Island is by flight.

The only port where you can take a ferry to Hainan Island is Hainan beaches, the very southern point at Leizhou Peninsula,about 30-45 minutes boat ride, but nowadays, the ferries are mainly for cargo as most people take flights or trains.

By Buses to Sanya/Haikou Hainan Island China:

Though you could travel to Haikou & Sanya, Hainan Island by buses from some Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guilin, Nanning and more cities, but it is really a hard journey. So we don’t recommend this transportation. It is not fun to sit in a very crowded bus over 12 hours with closed windows.