It's quite convenient to travel around Dalian by ferry. The ferry also provides a convenient choice for travelers from another place. Dalian Port conducts shipping businesses with ports in more than 150 countries and regions. There are round trip-ferries per day between Dalian and Yantai, Weihai, Penglai, Qinhuangdao, Tianjin Port, and various islands in Changhai County, Dalian.
For information about service time of specific routes, you can log on to 5612.portdalian.com. Dalian Port Passenger Station is located at the north end of Wuwu Road in the eastern part of the city. To get to the downtown area, you can take bus No 801 or No 13, or spend a little more than 10 yuan to grab a taxi.
If you want to go on a self-driving tour in Dalian in your own car, you can bring it with you and transport it via the ferries at the Dalian Port. For example, the shipping fee for a car from Tianjin to Dalian is around 300 yuan, which is cheaper than driving from Tianjin to Dalian on the expressway.