Most travelers going to Xiamen resort to air-travel, making it the fourth largest air traffic hub in China after Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Daily direct flights are available from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Haikou, Hangzhou, Kunming, Shanghai and Shenzhen. In addition, you can also go to international destinations such as Bangkok, Singapore, Manila and Osaka.
Compared with air transport, railway transport seems to be no match, for the city is in essence an island linked to the mainland by a bridge. The rail links to this part of the world are not the best, although they have been improving recently. However train links to most parts of the North, due to the mountainous topography of Fujian, still take fairly circuitous and time-consuming routes.
It is possible to take a daily bus to go to Fuzhou and Quanzhou from the long-distance bus station or the ferry terminal. Distant destination such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen are also reachable by regular and frequent coaches. Luxurious air-con buses also depart from the larger hotels.
Regular ships leaves the Amoy Port Administration Passenger Station at Heping Pier on Tongwen Rd. Every week, there is a ship to Hong Kong (every Wednesday 17:00 depart from Xiamen, leave Hong Kong on every Tuesday 14:00). There are also direct cargo ships linking Xiamen and
Going from one place to another within the city is fairly easy with over 50 public transport routes. Bus fares are RMB1. Minibuses also shuttle back and forth in the city, but be prepared for delay because minibus drivers are liable to wait until the bus is full. Fares for such buses are from RMB1 and above depending on the number of stops. Taxis can be hailed with ease in the downtown area and at major scenic spots on the outskirts.