Ji'nan is connected by air to many Chinese cities, including Beijing (1 hr.), Shanghai (1 1/2 hr.), Xi'an (1 1/2 hr.), Guangzhou (2 1/2 hr.), Chongqing (2 hr.), Zhengzhou (1 hr.), and Hong Kong (2 1/2 hr.). CAAC buses (1 hr.; ¥20) depart for the Yao Qiang Airport 40km (25 miles) to the east from Yu Quan Sen Xu Xin Hotel at Luoyuan Dajie 68 every hour from 6:10am to 6:10pm. Buses also meet incoming flights (last bus at 10pm) and end their run at the same hotel. Plane tickets can be purchased at the CAAC office (tel. 0531/8602-2338) from 9am to 5:30pm. China Eastern Airlines is at Jingshi Lu 408 (tel. 0531/8796-4445; 8:30am-5pm).
From Ji'nan's main railway station (tel. 0531/9510-5688) in the west of town, trains run to Beijing (16 trains daily, 4 1/2-7 hr.; 5 D-series trains daily, 3 1/2 hr.), Shanghai (6 trains daily, 9-14 hr.; 1 D-series train daily, 7 hr. 20 min.), Tai'an (1 hr.), Yanzhou (2 hr.), Qufu (3 hr.), Zibo (1 hr.), Weifang (2 1/2 hr.), Qingdao (5 hr., 2 1/2 hr. on D-series trains), and Xi'an (19 hr.). Train tickets can be bought 5 days in advance at the railway station.
From the long-distance bus station (tel. 0531/96369) in the northern part of town, buses depart for Tai'an (every 30 min. 6:30am-6:10pm; 1-1 1/2 hr.; ¥20-¥24, different types of buses), Qufu (every 40 min. 6:50am-6:30pm; 1 1/2-2 hr.; ¥39-¥43), Qingdao (various times; 6:50am-8:30pm; 5 hr.; ¥70-¥99), Zibo (every 30 min. 6am-7pm; 1 hr. 40 min.; ¥28-¥35), and Weifang (every 40 min. 7am-6pm; 3 hr.; ¥55-¥65).
Most taxis charge ¥7.50 for 3km (2 miles), then ¥1.50 per kilometer until 5.5km (3 1/2 miles), after which the price rises to ¥2 per kilometer. From 10pm to 5am, the rates increase very marginally.
The China Shandong Travel Service (Zhongguo Shandong Luxingshe) at Lishan Lu 185 (tel. 0531/8260-8108) can arrange customized tours of other Shandong destinations like Tai Shan, Qufu, Weifang, and Zibo.
Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- The Bank of China at Luoyuan Dajie 22 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) is open for foreign exchange.
Post Office -- The main post office (8:30am-6pm) is in the old part of town at Jing Er Lu 162 (corner of Weier Lu).
Visa Extensions -- The local PSB is in the old part of town at Jing San Lu 145 just east of Wei Wu Lu (tel. 0531/8508-1088; Mon-Fri 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm). The surly staff at counter 8 can process visa extensions; allow 5 business days.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.