How to get around in Qingdao?
Liuting International Airport began serving the public on August 5, 1982 and has developed into an important air hub in east China. Presently, over 400 flights operate here, connecting the city with destinations both at home and abroad including Busan, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xian.Currently, there are five shuttle buses running between the airport and downtown, covering most areas of the city. In addition, there are inter-city buses traveling between the airport and Rizhao, Weifang, Jiaozhou, Zibo, Rushan, Shouguang, Dongying, Jimo and Laixi, and other towns.
Trains operated here include those to/from cities outside Shandong Province such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanchang, Xuzhou, Zhengzhou, Xian, Lanzhou, Xining, Chengdu, Taiyuan, and also cities inside Shandong Province including Jinan, Heze, Yantai and Zibo.
As the first metro line in Shandong Province, Qingdao metro line 3 links North Railway Station and Qingdao Railway Station, operating from 06:15 to 21:30 at intervals of 7-8 minutes daily. To open in late 2017, line 2 will cover 22km (13mi) and link Licungongyuan and Zhiquanlu via 18 stations. Line 11 is going to connect Aoshanwan and Miaolinglu. It will operate in the first half year of 2018. By the year of 2020, 10 more metro lines, which shall cover about 300 mi (470 km), will form a convenient metro system in the urban and suburban areas. By then, it will be pretty convenient to head for the railway stations, long-distance bus station, and airport.
More than 10,000 taxis are serving in the city, so it is quite convenient to travel by taxi. For short trips, most drivers would charge by meter. However, they prefer a flat rate for certain long-distance travels. In this case, it is best to negotiate for a fixed price before departing.