Yuyao North Train Station (Yuyao Bei Chezhan) offers regular high speed service to and from Ningbo, Hangzhou, and other Chinese cities via CRH train. Tickets can be purchased in person or online, but must be picked up at the ticket office in person. The train station is about 25 minutes in a taxi from Yuyao city centre, halfway to the nearby town of Cixi, and should cost around ¥25. Tell the taxi driver that you want to go to Yuyao Bei. Alternatively and far more cheaply, take the 102/103/104 buses from Yuyao city centre to Yuyao Bei Train station. It costs ¥1 for the journey. (There are other bus routes that go to Yuyao Bei station if you ask around.)
There is another older train station in Yuyao, that caters for the slow trains. This is located beside Yuyao High Speed Bus Station (7 Chezhan Road in the city centre).
Yuyao is accessible by bus from other neighbouring cities including Hangzhou (two hours), Shanghai, Shaoxing and Ningbo. There are two high-speed intercity bus stations in Yuyao. The North High-Speed bus station (at Yuyao Bei train station - also located here is the North regional bus station) serves Shanghai and Shaoxing and other north-bound destinations. The High Speed bus station in Yuyao city centre is beside the old train station and serves Ningbo and Hangzhou and other towns and cities.
There are four regional bus stations in Yuyao - North (at Yuyao Bei train station), East, West and South. Generally, you should go to the bus station that corresponds to the direction you want to travel in. The main regional bus station in the city centre is the South Bus Station. From here, you can take a multitude of regional buses to the rural outskirts of Yuyao and beyond.
Taxis and pedicabs (rickshaws) are available in the well-trafficked parts of town. Pedicab rates are negotiable whereas taxis typically are metered (though rates may be negotiated upfront in some cases). Taxis are generally better value than rickshaws. As a general rule of thumb, always go by the meter in China. Yuyao people are generally nice and fair to foreigners, but one should always be aware and practice common sense when using any mode of transportation.
There is a decent network of city buses in Yuyao to get around the city. They cost ¥1. There are also a multitude of regional buses that connect small rural villages with Yuyao.
Like most Chinese cities, Yuyao has it's own dialect, a language similar to Shanghainese called Yuyaohua. Being able to speak a few words of Yuyao's dialect (something not even expected of Chinese from outside the city) will go a long way towards impressing the locals.
Below are a few useful Yuyaohua terms:
A foreigner can find reprise in and around the Grand Pacific Hotel area. While there are not that many foreigner bars, one can find many other foreigner comforts around this area.
The Tongji Bridge Area (通济桥区) serves as Yuyao's central bar district. Look for the row of traditional-looking wooden buildings along the south side of the Yaojiang River which contain numerous bars and tea houses.
Like most Chinese cities, violent crime in Yuyao is almost nonexistent but theft and pickpocketing is fairly prevalent. Staying vigilant in crowded areas and keeping valuables out of exterior pockets will go a long ways towards protecting your belongings.
EF Yuyao is one of the numerous english-language schools located in Yuyao. It currently has 12 foreign teachers and english-speaking Chinese staff. It is located at 60-62 Xin Xi Men Road.
Gao Feng Zhong Xue (GaoFeng High School) always has at least one foreign teacher from an English speaking country on staff. Generally, the school is very friendly to foreigners and can help you if you ask.