How do you get from Guangzhou airport to the city?

How far is Guangzhou Airport from the city? It is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) far away from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to downtown area. There are three traveling ways: 

1. Metro line 3: about 30 minutes; CNY 2-10 

2. Airport Shuttle Bus: around 50 - 150 minutes; CNY 6 - 60

3. Taxi: around 60 - 90 minutes; CNY 100 - 210 according to the distance

1. Metro Line 3 (North Extension)

Guangzhou Metro Line 3 is dedicated to link the Baiyun International Airport and the downtown area, covering Tianhe District, Haizhu District and Panyu Distrcit.

 Station at T1: Airport South
 Station at T2: Airport North
 Operation Time: 06:00 - 23:15 at T2, 06:02 - 00:08 the next day at T1
 Main Stops in Downtown: Guangzhou East Railway Station, Canton Tower, Zhujiang New Town…
 Travel Time: around 30 minutes
 Ticket Fare: CNY 2 – 10

2. Shuttle Bus

15 shuttle bus lines are in service, sending passengers to transportation hubs, famous hotels, top shopping malls, etc. in downtown. 

Shuttle Bus Line Destinations Travel Time Ticket Fare
Line 1 Guangzhou Railway Station 60 min CNY 22
Line 2 & its night line Garden Hotel, Huashi (GDH) Hotel, South China Normal University, Teemall Plaza 50 min CNY 25/27
Line 3 Rosedale Hotel 50 min CNY 26
Line 4 Vanke Shangcheng Yufu, Wa King Town Hotel 100 min CNY 29/35
Line 5 & its night line Gangrun Hotel, Haizhu Square, New Pearl River Hotel 50 min CNY 19/20+
Line 6C Meilin Lake Traffic Center 60 min CNY 15
Line 7A & its night line Panyu Hotel, Panyu Lestie Hotel 70 min CNY 38
Line 7C Nansha Pilot Free Trade Zone/Nansha Jiaomen City Bus Station 100 - 120 min CNY 56
Line 8A Bikko Hotels International, Xiangxue Apartment, Lestie Hotel (Huangpu Lab) 90 min CNY 31/36
Line 8B Yuechao Supreme Hotel at Xintang, Phoenix City Airport Waiting Hall 120 min CNY 35/39
Line 8C Winton Hotel, Double Tree by Hilton, Science City 80 - 100 min CNY 32/33/35
Line 9 Short Line Guangzhou International Logistics Park, Keep Orange Community 75 min CNY 6/8/10
Line 10 Textile Trading Park, New Pearl River Hotel 60 min CNY 26/27
Guangzhou South Coach Terminal Line Guangzhou South Coach Terminal, Guangzhou South Railway Station 60 min CNY 60
Zengcheng Licheng Line Zengcheng Terminal for Airport Shuttle Bus 100 min CNY 57

3. Taxi

This is the most convenient way. But it costs more. 

 Pick-up Points at Terminal 1:
Gate A11, Gate B4

 Pick-up Points at Terminal 2:
Domestic Flight Arrival Hall: Gate 50
International Flight Arrival Hall: Gate 53

How much is taxi from Guangzhou airport to city? 

Destination Distance Estimated Travel Time Estimated Fee
Guangzhou Railway station 32 km (20 mi) 60 min CNY 100
East Railway Station 40 km (25 mi) 70 min CNY 130
South Railway Station 60 km (37 mi) 90 min CNY 200
Tianhe Coach Station 37 km (23 mi) 65 min CNY 120
Guangyuan  Bus Station 32 km (20 mi) 50 min CNY 95
Pazhou International Exhibition Center 45 km (28 mi) 80 min CNY 150
Tianhe Sports Center 40 km (25 mi) 70 min CNY 130
Canton Tower 43 km (27 mi) 70 min CNY 150
Yuexiu Park 32km (20 mi) 60 min CNY 100
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall 43km (27 mi) 70 min CNY 120
Guangzhou Museum 32km (20 mi) 60 min CNY 120
Chimelong Tourist Resort 56km (35 mi) 90 min CNY 220
Sacred Heart Cathedral 35km (22 mi) 60 min CNY 130
Shamian Island 36km (22 mi) 65 min CNY 130
Ancestral Temple of Chen Family 33km (21 mi) 60 min CNY 120

 The information listed above is for reference only; exact price will be based on the actual distance traveled.

See the Airport Intercity Bus for the bus routes from Baiyun Airport to Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Foshan, Jiangmen, Zhongshan, Zhaoqing, Qingyuan, Huizhou and Shunde.

 Airport Transfer Service with clean cars and professional drivers

- Last updated on Oct. 24, 2023 by Nancy He -
Questions & Answers on How do you get from Guangzhou airport to the city?
Asked by JH from SINGAPORE | Oct. 21, 2023 20:55Reply
Baiyun to GongYuanQian station, Yue Xiu
Family of 9 with elderlies and kid arriving CAN/Baiyun on 17 Dec at 10am. What is the best way to go to our hotel at no. 70 ZhongShan 5th Road / Gong Yuan Qian metro station ?

If recommendation is to take taxi, appreciate if you can provide an estimated cost.
Answers (2)
Answered by Hailey | Oct. 23, 2023 02:12

It is more suggested to take Metro. You can take Metro Line 3 from the airport to Jiahewanggang and then transfer to Metro Line 2 to Gongyuanqian. It takes about 50 minutes to reach and it takes CNY 7 per person.

If taking taxi, 9 people may need 3 taxis and the total fare may be over CNY300 for a single journey.

Answered by JH | Oct. 24, 2023 00:11

Many thanks Hailey. Will explore the local train as per your advice.
Asked by Christine from SINGAPORE | Sep. 14, 2023 23:42Reply
What metro line and what airport bus from airport to Baiyun Hotel?
I am going to Guangzhou next month and would appreciate advice on (a) what is the metro line from the airport to Baiyun Hotel in Yuexiu District (b) also advise me the airport bus number from airport to Baiyun Hotel. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Sarah | Sep. 17, 2023 19:16

There is no direct metro or shuttle bus available and you need to transfer.

First, take Metro Line 3 from the airport to Jiahe Wanggang and then interchange to Metro Line 2 to Guangzhou Railway Station. After that, transfer to Metro Line 5 to Taojin Station. Get out of the Exit B and walk north about 150m to the hotel.
Asked by Harry Gin from UNITED STATES | Jan. 06, 2020 17:55Reply
Metro# 3 Stop near Guangzhou Railway Station
Is there a stop close to the Railway Station as I am staying at the Xinghe Xianjiang Hotel nearby. Thanks, Harry
Answers (1)
Answered by Gary from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 07, 2020 18:25

The nearest metro station from GZ Railway Station is "GZ Railway Station"(line 2/5).
Asked by Osman from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 01, 2020 11:27Reply
From Baiyun Airport to Crowne Plaza
Do I need to book tickets in advance or buy them from the driver?
Answers (2)
Answered by Manny from USA | Jan. 02, 2020 18:46

Actually, you can take subway to your hotel: Take metro line 3 to Jiahe Wanggang station, then transfer to metro line 2 to Railway Station, and take metro line 5 to Taojin station (Exit B), and walk east around 500m to the hotel.
Answered by Osman from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 05, 2020 23:42

Thanks for the answer. I'm interested in à bus transfer cause I'm gonna have two heavy suitcases with me. Metro is not convenient. But thanks.
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