Public buses

Public bus in cities are the most common and popular form of public transport. Public bus fares in China are extremely cheap and usually cost a flat RMB1 or RMB 2 (US$0.15 to US$0.25). You pay the same price regardless of the distance you travel.


You can pay with coins or notes or you can get a smartcard which entitles you to a discount. Be careful when travelling in crowded buses as pickpockets are not unknown. Most of the big cities buses are air-conditioned.


Ask a Chinese colleague or friend to advise you on what buses to take.