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Xiamen Gaoqi Airport to City Centre

Xiamen is a stunning port city that has an eclectic mix of Chinese, European and Japanese cultures. There are three different sections to Xiamen; two islands and the mainland. Be sure to visit the relaxing island of Gulangyu during your stay, for its amazing beaches and laid-back vibes. 

There are two different ways to get from Xiamen airport to the city, taking a taxi or the public bus. Taking a Xiamen airport taxi is the quickest transfer option as it takes just 20 minutes and costs around €5.50 (CNY 40) during the day and €6.60 (CNY 48) at night (23:00 to 05:00). On the other hand, taking the public bus takes longer, with a travel time of 30 minutes, but costs a lot less at €0.15 (CNY 1) one-way. 

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €5.50 20min 24/7
Bus €0.30 30min 06:30–22:10

How to get from Xiamen Airport to the City by Taxi

Taking a Xiamen airport taxi is the quickest and most convenient way to travel. The total journey time from Xiamen airport to the city is just 20 minutes and the cost is around €5.50 (CNY 40) during the day and €6.60 (CNY 48) at night (23:00 to 05:00).

What's the cost of a taxi from Xiamen Airport to Xiamen City?

The local taxis at the airport don’t offer a set rate fare for their services. Instead, your journey from Xiamen Gaoqi airport to the city will be charged using a taximeter. The average cost for this ride will be around €5.50 (CNY 40) during the day and €6.60 (CNY 48) at night (23:00 to 05:00).

If you’d like the peace of mind that comes with a set rate fare, we suggest booking your Xiamen airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€5.50 (CNY 40)

Trip Duration

20 min

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Xiamen Airport.

Where do I ind a taxi at Xiamen Airport?

You can easily find the local Xiamen airport taxis outside of Gate 7 in Terminal 3 and Gate 3 in Terminal 4.

Convenience

Taking a taxi is the quickest and easiest way to travel from Xiamen airport to Xiamen city, especially if you’re travelling with luggage. You won’t need to rely on the complicated public transport or worry about finding your way to your hotel after you reach the city, as your driver will drop you right at your hotel door in just 20 minutes.

Editor’s Note

Although taxis in Xiamen are very affordable, to save on your taxi fare, you can split the cost with up to 3 other passengers.

Useful Tips

Ensure your driver resets the taximeter before beginning your journey.
Not all drivers speak English, be sure to write down your hotel's address to make communication easier.
There's a 20% surcharge for travelling during the hours of 23:00 to 05:00.

How to get from Xiamen Airport to the City by Bus

There are many different bus lines that run from Xiamen Airport to Xiamen City. Line 27, 37, 41, 81, 84 and 91 all run to different areas of the city, but the BRT bus is the fastest option. The average journey time is around 30 minutes, and the cost for a one-way ticket on the public buses is €0.15 (CNY 1), making it the cheapest transfer option.

How much is the bus from Xiamen Airport to Xiamen City?

The cost of a one-way ticket on any of the public buses from Xiamen airport to the city is €0.15 (CNY 1). This must be paid directly to the driver on the bus in local change.

Cost

€0.15 (CNY 1)

Trip Duration

30 min

*There's a waiting time of up to 20 minutes for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The buses run from 06:30 to 22:10.

Where do I find the bus at Xiamen Airport?

The buses can be found outside the passenger terminals at Gate Number 7 in Terminal 3 and Gate Number 5 in Terminal 4.

Convenience

Although the public bus is the cheapest way to get from Xiamen Gaoqi airport to the city or your hotel, it’s not the most convenient. You will have to wait up to 20 minutes for a bus, there’s little to no luggage space and the buses can get very crowded and uncomfortable. Plus, after 22:00, the buses stop running, so if you land at night, you will have to find alternate transportation.

Editor’s Note

Although the bus is cheap, if you're travelling with small children or large luggage items, I suggest taking a taxi for your convenience.

Useful Tips

The buses all leave from Gate 7 at Terminal 3 and Gate 5 at Terminal 4.
The BRT is the fastest most direct bus line.
Be sure to travel light as there's no luggage storage on the bus.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the distance from Xiamen Gaoqi airport to the city centre?

The distance from Xiamen Gaoqi airport to the city centre is around 12 km. Taking a Xiamen airport taxi will take around 20 minutes to get there and the public buses will take 30.

How can I get from Xiamen airport to Xiamen city centre?

There are two different options to get from Xiamen airport to Xiamen city; taxi or bus. Taking a Xiamen airport taxi will cost around €5.50 (CNY 40) and will take approximately 20 minutes to reach the city. Taking one of the public bus lines will take 30 minutes to reach the city in low traffic and will cost just €0.15 (CNY 1) one-way. 

What’s the cost of a taxi from Xiamen airport to city?

The local taxi drivers will charge you approximately €5.50 (CNY 40) during the day and €6.60 (CNY 48) at night (23:00 to 05:00) for the journey from Xiamen airport to the city, based on a taximeter. However, depending on your exact destination in the city, this price will change. For a set rate fare you can rely on, we suggest booking your Xiamen airport taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups. 

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