Nanjing's double-decker bus tour: how to see Nanjing on a budget

Nanjing has a double-decker bus that tours around the entire city for less than USD $5. 

You've read that correctly. 

Nanjing has a double-decker bus sightseeing tour, not unlike those you find herding tourists around London. You've probably never heard of it. Two reasons: it only just recently opened for business...and marketing for the tours is practically non-existent. 

Lucky for you, this post contains all the details regarding Nanjing's red bus routes. 

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all about tickets

You can purchase your tickets for the tour on the bus. Tickets can be purchased with cash or mobile pay {AliPay or WeChat wallet} for 30RMB {USD $4.37 at time of publishing}. Children can acquire a ticket for free with an adult. Tickets are valid for 1 day {24 hours} and allow you to hop on and off the bus at any of the designated stops along its route. 

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all about the bus

The bus tour runs on two lines; old Nanjing {line 1} and new Nanjing {line 2}. Buses run only in one direction, leaving from one side of the road. The easiest way to find the bus stop nearest to you is to have a Chinese friend call ahead of time via 025-83211706. Once on the bus, you can hop on and off as much as you like over the course of the day. There is an estimated 20-30 minute wait in between buses, so make sure to take that into account if you check out one of the en route attractions. 

Line 1 includes: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen’s Mausoleum, Crescent Lake Park, Gulou Park, Jiming Temple, Ming Imperial Palace, Presidential Palace, Nanjing Musuem, and the Ming Tombs.

Line 2 includes: Yuhuatai Revolutionary Memorial, Hexi Shopping Plaza, Nanjing Massacre Memorial, Porcelain Tower {Bao'en Temple}, Presidential Palace, Confucius Temple, Mochou Lake Park, Bai Lu Zhou Park, Yuhuatai Revolutionary Memorial, and Zhonghua Gate. 

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ALL ABOUT AMENITIES

Your bus tour ticket also gets you a free set of headphones that plug into the seat-back in front of you, giving you a guided audio tour of the history behind the sights. There are eight language options to choose from, including English! All of the buses on the tour are air-conditioned, which is a total necessity for those 40C degree Nanjing summer days {like the day Renee and I went on our excursion}. Unfortunately, there is no food or drink sold on board the bus, so bring your own snacks to keep you going. 

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Making use of this new tourist transport in Nanjing is a great and affordable way to see all the main attractions of the city while learning about their history. I highly recommend those who are new to the city or on a visit take advantage! 


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