Zhongshan is not a large city and its external communication depends heavily on its well developed system of highways, complemented by water transport. Three important freeways pass through the city, connecting Zhongshan to several other metropolises and prosperous cities in China. In addition, the city's road network has been extended to a number of cities on the Pearl River Delta.
The closest airport to Zhongshan is the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN). In September, 2006, the City opened a new airport lounge, providing travelers with easy access to airport shuttle busses.
Departure location: A and B airport lounge of CAN
Departure times: Once an hour from 8:50 am to 7:50 pm at the A lounge; Once an hour from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm at the B lounges.
Departure location: Seasons View Executive Hotel, No.93, Dongyu Road, Eastern District. (Take bus 1, 6, 9, or 12 to get to the hotel)
Departure times: Once an hour from 6:00 am to 10:00 am as well as from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm
Tip: We recommend leaving at least two and a half hours before your plane is scheduled to depart.
Because Zhonghshan does not have train service, most visitors and residents rely on the bus system for both everyday and travel transport. At present, the city has a developed highway net, including a series of buses stations. The Zhongshan Main Bus Station connects to Hainan, Guizhou, Sichuan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Fujian, Zhejiang, Hunan and Henan provinces. 15 bus routes connect to other parts of Guangdong Province as well. Buses to Guangzhou depart once every 25 minutes; buses to Shenzhen depart once every 20 minutes. The ticket office is open from 06:00-21:00, and tickets are available four days before your departure date. This bus station is located at the crossing of Fuhua Road of the West District and the No.105 National Highway.
Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Rail was partly completed and put in to use in January 2011. Not the same as Guangzhou-Zhuhai Railway, this is an intercity mass rapid transit. It links the new railway station in Panyu (Guangzhou South Railway Station) and Zhuhai, via Shunde, Zhongshan, Jiangmen. Many people regard it as Guangzhou-Zhuhai Light Rail, but in fact, it uses multiple unit trains.
Along the rail, there are two train stations in the city, Zhongshan Station and the North Railway Station. Zhongshan Station is located in the Torch Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone and the North Station is located between the north part of Shiqi District and the port area. Shiqi District is considered to be the city center, so the North Station is closer to the city center. Passengers to Shiqi District, West District, South District and the Port District should get out the train at the North Station, while those who go to East District, Wuguishan District and the industrial development zone should get off at Zhongshan Station.
Everyday, there are about forty trains leaving from Guangzhou South to the two railway stations in Zhongshan, and vice versa. Those D trains are available at Guangzhou South from 06:30-23:00 and at two railway stations in Zhongshan from 07:20-23:00. It takes about 35 minutes from Guangzhou to the North Station and 45 minutes to Zhongshan Station. The full ticket price to the North Station is CNY24 for the first class seat and CNY20 for the second class. CNY26 and CNY22 are the full price to Zhongshan Station.
The city has developed a convenient maritime mode of transportation between city and Hong Kong. Zhongshan Passenger Traffic Port is located in the Torch Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone, just 51 sea miles (about 59 miles) away from Hong Kong. Currently five luxurious high-speed ferries sail between the city and China Hong Kong City, Hong Kong International Airport, and the Macau ferry terminal. The trip to the Hong Kong International Airport takes about an hour and ten minutes, while the other journeys take about an hour and a half.
From Hong Kong
China Ferry Terminal→Zhongshan: 08:00, 08:30, 10:00, 13:00, 15:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00
Hong Kong International Airport→Zhongshan: 09:35, 15:40, 20:10
HK-Macau ferry terminal→Zhongshan: 08:55
To Hong Kong
Zhongshan Port→ China Ferry Terminal : 08:00, 09:30, 11:30, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00
Zhongshan Port→Hong Kong International Airport: 10:30, 17:00
Zhongshan Port→HK-Macau Ferry Terminal: 18:00
Zhongshan Port supplies visitors with two free buses passes. You can use them according to your travel itinerary. Make sure that you keep your voyages ticket for it will be required when you make reservations using your free bus passes. The free bus schedule is as follows:
Port→Xiao Lan: via Dong Sheng Yue Hua Hotel, Xiao Lan Hotel, Travel Hotel and Jucheng Hotel at: 10:10, 11:00, 12:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00, 20:00, 22:00 and 21:00 (Fridays only)
Port→Agile Garden: at 09:50, 10:20, 11:00, 12:30, 15:00, 16:30, 18:00, 20:00, 22:00 and 21:00 (Fridays only)
1.Arrive at the port 30 minutes before departure.
2. If you plan to go to the Hong Kong International Airport, make sure that you bring valid tickets, passports and visas.
You can travel around the city easily on the city buses. At present, over 80 bus lines are opened in city area, most of which are self-service (meaningyou should have CNY2/person ready when you board each bus). There are buses to surrounding towns which can greatly facilitate the transport between the cityproper and outskirt area. Comparatively, sights of Zhongshan are widely dispersedand no special tour lines and sightseeing buses are available currently. However,there are city buses running to some scenic spots.
For example, Bus No.2 passes Sun Yat-sen's Memorial Hall. Bus No.33 can helpyou getting to the beautiful water town in Minzhong Town. As for the highly praised green cascade of the Yangtze River, you can get Bus No.6 and off the bus at the stop of Changjiang Leyuan. Zhongshan Spring and gulf course are easy of access. Bus No.11 A and B, Zhongshan-Zhuhai Bus can take you there straight from thecity center.
There are city buses to Shenzhen Airport too. They can be found in the terminal building in Zhongshan built by Shenzhen Airport. It makes people much easier to get to the airport.
There are more than one thousand taxis of fourteen taxi companies in the city. According different types of vehicles, the fares are different. For Beijing Hyundaiand Santana, the start-rate for short trips is CNY7 for the first 2 kilometers(about 1.2 miles) and then CNY2.48 for every additional kilometer (about 0.6miles). CNY2.2 is charged for every additional kilometer for Jetta brand vehicles.The other rate is for trips further than 10 kilometers. The same start-rate isthe same as the former, but each additional kilometer is CNY2.6.
During the night from 22:00 to 05:00, twenty percent of basic fare per kilometersis additionally charged if the distance is more than 2 kilometers.