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Guangzhou Taxi & Water Bus


Guangzhou Taxi
Local Taxi

There are more than 30,000 taxis in the city. They are in different colors, operated by different taxi companies, amongst which the Baiyun and Guangjun Taxi Groups as well as Guangzhou Transportation Group enjoy the best reputation. Taxis of the three groups are respectively in blue, yellow and crimson. You can also find some green and golden taxis in town, which are operated by other small taxi companies.

The local cab charges CNY10 for the first 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles), and CNY2.6 for each additional kilometer (0.6 mile). If a car runs farther than 35 kilometers (21.7 miles), additional 50% fee is charged for empty return.

For a long-distance travel, most drivers would call for a flat rate. Under this circumstance, bargaining helps you get a reasonable price. The rates below show the fare from Baiyun International Airport to local railway stations:

To Guangzhou Railway Station: CNY80-90;
To East Railway Station: around CNY100;
To South Railway Station: around CNY150;
To North Railway Station: CNY40-50.

 Water Bus

Guangzhou Water Bus
Water Bus

Being a part of Guangzhou public transportation system, the water bus plays a significant role in the local public system. From September, 2013, twelve water bus lines will run along the channels of the Pearl River in the city, supplying residents and tourists with a more convenient transport service. 26 piers are scattered along the Pearl River.

Two kinds of water buses have been newly put into use. One type is like a yacht in appearance, having three decks, two ordinary decks and one sightseeing deck. It can hold about 99 to 199 people on one. The other type, having two decks, is a passenger ship and it can hold about 199 people at maximum. A water bus is not only used as ferryboat but is also a good choice to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Pearl River. During the sail, you can see lots of characteristic architecture. Compared with the Pearl River Night Cruise, the cost is much cheaper.For convenience, the water bus company installed GPS automobile station reporters at different piers. In this way, passengers could know the arrival time of these buses. This kind of transportation is quite popular. It is planned that about 18 water bus lines will be in operation from 2016. 

The twelve lines operate now are:

Route Ferry Terminal
S1 (Jinshazhou - Xidi) Jishazhou, Shiweitang, Huangsha, Xidi
S2 (Fangcun – Zhongda) Dayuanshuaifu, Fangcun, Xidi, Tianzi, Zhongda
S3 (Ruyifang - Shiweitang) Ruyifang, Tanwei, Shiweitang
S4 (Xidi - Haizhuang) Xidi, Aozhou, Haizhuang
S5 (Yuzhu - Shenjing) Whampoa Military Academy, Yuzhu, Hunagpu Xinzhou, Shenjing
S6 (Huangsha – Yongxing Street) Huangsha, Fangcun, Yongxing Street
S7 (Tianzi - Fangzhi) Tianzi, Fangzhi
S8 (Shengzong - Qiankou) Shengzong, Diankou
S9 (Baixianke - Baihedong) Baixianke, Baihedong
S10 (Yuzhu - Changzhou) Yuzhu, Changzhou
S11 (Huangsha – Guangzhou Tower) Huangsha, Dayuanshuaifu, Guangzhou Tower,
S12 (Changzhou – Haixinsha) Changzhou, Yuzhu, Haixinsha
Tip: It is very safe to take them. Each water bus is equipped with enough life jackets and sea-sickness medicine and the like.

Operation Hour: 07:00 to 18:00
Interval: 20 minutes during peak time and 30 minutes in other time
Fare: It is CNY 2 for deck one, but it is CNY1 if one travel between two adjacent ports. For the water bus line S11, it is CNY 6 for a single trip and CNY10 for a round trip on the sightseeing deck. Guangzhou Transportation Smart Card can be used for taking the boat.

Available city buses to the major ferry piers:

Zhongda 8, 11, 121, 131a, 131b, 182, 229, 24, 247, 266, 272, Guangzhou Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Tourism Bus Line 2, Night Line 6, Night 42
Tianzi 1, 4, 57, 128, 186, 194, 208, 219, 236, 544
Xidi 1, 128, 131, 186, 208, 217, 219, 236, 281, 31, 38, 521, 538, 556, 57, 64, Tourism Bus Line 2
Fangcun 19, 52, 64, 181, 206, 217, 309, 838, 812
Guangzhou Tower 262, 468
Jinshazhou 290, 55, 830
Huangsha City Bus Line 19, Subway Line 1, Foshan Special Line 2218, Foshan Special Line 2277