Hiring a car in Chengdu is not advised due to heavy and chaotic traffic, especially at rush hour times. Metered taxis are available, though difficult to find in some areas. Note that it is necessary to have your destination written in Chinese as most drivers don't speak English. There are plenty of public transport options, however, most of which are marked on tourist maps available from the airport, railway station, and souvenir shops.
Public transport in Chengdu is mostly comprised of an extensive bus network. It is worthwhile to buy a transit card, which offers discounts and eliminates the need to carry exact change. The other half of Chengdu's public transport is the metro, which connects the North and South Railway Stations. Fares are CNY 2-5 depending on distance. A second line, running northwest and southeast, has recently been completed.
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