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

Hainan Island Transportation Guide: How to reach Hainan Island from Mainland China and Overseas, Trains to Hainan from Mainland China, Ferry to Hainan Island, Drive to Hainan Island.

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Hainan Island is located in the south China sea, separated by Qiongzhou Strait from Mainland 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 direct flights from the following overseas countries/areas to Hainan Island including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and London: For your easy reference, we have updated the international flights to Hainan (updated on Sept. 16, 2019). With Hainan Visa Waiver Policy, it is now very easy to make a last-minute trip to Hainan Island

Drive your own car to Hainan Island

With Hainan Island’s temporary Driving Permit or your Chinese License, it is easy to drive your own car to Hainan Island. From Guangzhou, it takes about 15 hours.

You may wonder how to cross the strait to Hainan as there is no bridge or underground tunnel.  No worry, you can take a ferry which carries you and your car.  There are 2 ports on Mainland China where you can buy a ferry ticket for your car: Hainan (海安) and Hainan New Port (海安新港. For your information, Hainan is the only place so far in China with no toll gates on Highways or national roads.

It costs CNY415.50 to transfer your car (including one driver) to Haikou Port. All other passengers in the same car shall buy normal passenger tickets at CNY41.5/adult and half price for a child.

All drivers must make a reservation in advance on-line by scanning this QR CODE or visit the home page of Hainan Harbour Service Company:

Travel by trains from Mainland China to Hainan, updated trains from Mailand China to Hainan Island

Hainan Island is the second-largest island of China after Taiwan. Though it is Island, it is still possible to travel by trains from Mainland China.  Traveling by train from Mainland China to Hainan would be a good choice for travelers with enough time and want to enjoy the landscapes along the railway.

But some may wonder how you can travel from Mainland to an Island without a railway? NO, no railway connects Hainan Island with Mainland China, but the Chinese engineers solved the problem with China’s first sea-rail link by using a ferry to transfer the trains. All the trains will be disconnected upon arrival at Hainan, last stop on Mainland China, then a ferry will transfer them to Hainan Island on the trains will be reconnected and continue their journey to Sanya.

So far there are trains from Guangzhou Guangdong Province to Haikou, trains from Beijing to Haikou & Sanya, trains from Shanghai to Haikou, and also from Changsha Hunan Province to Haikou.

For updated trains from Mailand China to Hainan Island, please check the official website of China railway www.12306.cn. 

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.

So with the above information, I believe you have found the right way to reach Hainan Island by flights, trains, ferry or to drive your own car to Hainan Island.

Reach Hainan Island from Mailand China by Trains, Flights, Ferries, or drive to Hainan Island.