Luoyang's small airport is located about 11km (7 miles) north of the city center. Daily flights go from Luoyang to Beijing (1 1/2 hr.) and Shanghai (1 hr. 30 min.). Tickets can be purchased at the CAAC office (Minghang Shoupiao Chu; tel. 0379/6231-0121) on Guo Hua Lu just north of the railway station. CITS can arrange tickets and is at Jiudu Xi Lu 4, Luyou Dasha (tel. 0379/6432-5061).
From the railway station (tel. 0379/6256-1222) just north of the city center on Daonan Xilu, trains run to Beijing (express train 8 hr.), Shanghai (14 hr.), Xi'an (5 hr.), Zhengzhou (1 1/2 hr.), and Kaifeng (2 1/2 hr.).
From the long-distance bus station (tel. 0379/6323-9453), opposite the railway station on Jinguyuan Lu, buses run to Zhengzhou (every 30 min.; 6:30am-7:30pm; 2-2 1/2 hr.; ¥40), Kaifeng (hourly; 7:14am-4:40pm; 3 hr.; ¥50), and Dengfeng (hourly; 1 1/2 hr.; 5:30am-6pm; ¥20). High-end hotels can arrange comfortable private cars from Zhengzhou to Luoyang for around ¥1,500. A better deal can be found by hiring a city taxi for ¥400 to ¥500, subject to negotiation.
Most taxis charge ¥5 for 3km (2 miles), then ¥1.50 per kilometer until 10km (6 miles), after which the price rises to ¥2.25 per kilometer. From 10pm to 5am, prices rise to ¥5.80 for 2km (1 1/4 miles), then ¥1.75 per kilometer thereafter. The bus costs ¥1. From the railway station, bus no. 81 runs to the Longmen Grottoes, bus no. 83 runs to the airport, and bus no. 11 runs to the western part of town via the Friendship Hotel.
Banks, Foreign Exchange & ATMs -- The Bank of China (tel. 0379/6332-0031; Mon-Fri 9am-noon and 1-5pm) is located at Zhongzhou Zhong Lu 439. Foreign exchange is available at counters 3 to 5. An ATM is located here.
Post Office -- The main post office (tel. 0379/6391-1123; 7:30am-6:30pm) at Zhongzhou Zhong Lu 216 has a Western Union in addition to the usual services.
Visa Extensions -- Located at Tiyuchang Lu 1, the Gonganju (PSB; tel. 0379/6393-8397 or 0379/6313-3239; Mon-Fri 8am-noon and 3-6:30pm in summer, 8am-noon and 2-5:30pm in winter) can process visa extensions in 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.