Bus is one of the most convenient transportation in Dalian. You can visit most of attraction place in Dalian as long as you can find the right bus route that will bring you there. However, it's sometimes annoying to keep or trying to find 1 RMB coin in everytime you need to use bus. Well, there is solution for that!
Dalian has a smartcard system for buses called Dalian Pearl Card or in Chinese called 成册刷卡 (Chéng cè shuākǎ) that valid for public buses, mini buses and trams. The smartcard can be bought from Bank of Dalian branches.
What do you need to prepare?
30 RMB for deposit
Some amount of money to put in the card
Bank of Dalian Operating hours: 5:30 a.m. – 10:40 p.m.
Average charge: Fares range from RMB1 – RMB2. Normal fares within the city with the smartcard will cost RMB0.90 to RMB1.00. For the mini-buses, it will cost about RMB2.00.
If you do not want to use the bus card any more, you have to bring your passport with you and go to the Dalian Transportation Corporation to cancel it.