Guangzhou Transportation

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport
 Baiyun Airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport is about 17 miles (28 km) from the city center. It is one of the three busiest air transportation hubs in China. There are totally 123 scheduled flights in the airport, and 86 of them are domestic flights between the city and major Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an. Major cities worldwide can be reached in 15 hours. The airport's flight network covers South and Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition, there are flights to Los Angeles, Paris, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul and Lagos.

Baiyun Airport boasts a very convenient ground transportation system. This system is mainly made up of taxis, six airport express bus lines (Line1, Line2A, Line2B, Line3, Line4 and Jinshazhou Line), ten airport shuttle bus lines (Line5, Line6A, Line6B, Line7A, Line7B, Line8A1, Line8A2, Line8B, Line9 and Line10), and frequent airport intercity bus between the city and other cities in Guangdong Province.


Guangzhou South Railway Station
Guangzhou South Railway Station

Guangzhou has four railway stations handling passenger transport.
Guangzhou South Railway Station in Pandu is the busiest and the most important one, operating trains between the city and Beijing, Wuhan, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an and many other China cities. 

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 Major Rail Lines from Guangzhou to: 

Currently, six major bus stations are in operation in Guangzhou. They are Provincial Bus Stations, Tianhe Bus Station, Jiaokou Bus Station, Fangcun Bus Station, Guangyuan Bus Station and Guangzhou South Bus Station, transferring visitors to the cities within and beyond Guangdong such as Dongguan, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Changsha, Wuhan, Xiamen and Kunming.  The Tianhe Bus Station runs the bus routes to Gongbei Port near to Macau.
 See more Guangzhou to Hong Kong Bus 

It is one of the ten most famous port cities in China. Guangzhou Port is made up of Humen Port, Xinsha Port, Huangpu Port and many other inner ports. The ship routes lead to more than 100 domestic ports and many foreign ports. Some ports there provide passenger transport service. Pazhou Port and Nansha Port provide high speed passenger liners to reach Hong Kong daily.

See more about Hong Kong - Guangzhou Ferry 


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How to Travel from Guangzhou to Other Cities


How to Travel to Guangzhou from Global Cities

Guangzhou Bus
Public Bus
Guangzhou Subway
City Subway

There are 14 metro lines used in the city at present. The subway utilizes a stage fare system. The longer the journey the more you pay. At present, Guangzhou metro has connected most important parts of the city, including Baiyun Airport, the Railway Station, East Railway Station, South Railway Station and Foshan City.
Operating Metro Lines:
Line 1   Line 2   Line 3   Line 4    Line 5   Line 6   Line 7   Line 8   Line 9   Line 10   Line 11   Line 12   Line 13   Line 14   Line 18   Line 21   Line 22   Guangzhou - Foshan Line    APM   Tram THZ1   Tram THP1

Metro Maps          Bus/Metro Search

City buses are easily accessible in the city, including daytime lines, night lines, airport shuttle buses, tourist buses and BRT lines. Apart from that, five sightseeing bus lines are in service which take tourists to the major attractions in town.

A taxi charges CNY12 for the first 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) and CNY2.6 for succeeding each kilometer (0.6 mile). When a taxi runs farther than 25 kilometers (15.5 miles), an extra 50% will be automatically charged for an empty return.

There are various dockless bikes hitting the streets of the city, including Mobike, ofo, and Bluegogo. Download the corresponding app and you can use these bikes after the ID verification. It charges CNY 2.5 for a 30 minutes' ride.

There are 10 water bus routes running along the Pearl River, supplying residents and tourists with a more convenient transport service. Normally, a ticket costs CNY2/3 per person and CNY5 for VIP. By taking a water bus, visitors can not only enjoy the beautiful scenery of Pearl River, but also can experience local culture and life with visits to the most-visited attractions near ferry ports.

- Last updated on Oct. 13, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Transportation
Asked by Leslie from MALAYSIA | Oct. 09, 2023 10:07Reply
Connecting flight from Guangzhou to Harbin
Hi, we are scheduled to reach Guangzhou at about 12:35PM and the next flight is at 7PM.
We intend to take the metro to visit the city centre in the hours in between.
1) Do we need any special pass to exit & re-enter for departure?
2) I believe the check-in luggage are all the way to Harbin, but we will need to store our hand luggage. Is it difficult to find lockers?

Answers (1)
Answered by Trace | Oct. 10, 2023 01:16

1. So your next destination after Guangzhou will be Harbin? Is Harbin your final destination or another mid-stop? If Harbin is another intermediate stop, just make sure your scheduled arrival time in Guangzhou to scheduled departure time from Harbin is less than 24 hours, you can travel visa free. Just apply for a temporary stay permit in Guangzhou to leave the airside. If it is longer than 24 hours or you will travel around in Harbin, you need to apply for a visa in advance.
2. There is "Left Luggage" counter in the airport. Just ask the staff where it is.
Asked by Christine WOO from SINGAPORE | Sep. 24, 2023 00:56Reply
Are cash payments accepted by public transportation in Guangzhou and Foshan?
Are cash payments accepted by (a) taxi drivers (b) public buses (c) subway rides (d) small retail shops in Guangzhou and Foshan?
Can I easily hail for taxi rides in these two cities? Or must I pre-book online using Didi and other ride apps?
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia | Sep. 25, 2023 20:26

Cash is accepted, but you'd better prepare some changes, because the staff may not have cash to give the changes.
Asked by nick Thomas from UK | May. 25, 2023 14:38Reply
Hi is the train station next to the Pullman hotel guangzhou please
Answers (1)
Answered by Jack | May. 26, 2023 01:04

Do you mean Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel? The nearest train station is Guangzhou East station and the distance is about 30 km.
Asked by Annette Imperatore from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 12, 2020 21:08Reply
International arrival to Guangzhou connection to Xi'an
HI we are flying in from Melbourne Australia to Guangzhou CZ 0344 then getting connecting flight 3207 TO Xi'an all on China Southern Airlines all out of terminal 2.
Do we need to collect luggage ten check in again.
regards Annette
Answers (1)
Answered by Ian from USA | Jan. 13, 2020 19:21

Yes, you need to claim the luggage and check in again.
Asked by Cari from SINGAPORE | Dec. 05, 2019 22:32Reply
Bullet train to Shenzhen and back
Hi, I'll be staying at Zhuhai special economic zone hotel. May I know which train station should I go to take the bullet train to Shenzhen? I'll be staying at Metropark Hotel near the Saibu mtr station.
Thank you so much in advance!
Answers (1)
Answered by Rita from THAILAND | Dec. 09, 2019 16:52

The nearest one is Guangzhou Railway Station, so you can take taxi to there with around CNY10. When you go back, you can take bullet train from Shenzhen Railway Station and the cab fare is also around CNY10.
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