Most Shantou residents travel by autobikes. However, car use has grown rapidly over the past couple of years. Public transportation is provided by bus, ferry and taxi. The Shantou Waisha Airport is 13 kilometres away from the city centre and was constructed in 1956. Nearly 2 million people utilise the airport each year.
Taxi is the usual way to travel between the airport and the city centre. The taxi fare is around 20-30 RMB. The new Chaoshan International Airport, located in Jiedong County which borders Shantou to the southeast, is currently under construction. It is expected to replace Waisha Airport in 2010 and to provide better services to Chaoshan residents.