Guangzhou Transportation

Getting to Guangzhou

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 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 Privince.


Guangzhou South Railway Station
Guangzhou South Railway Station

Guangzhou has three railway stations handling passenger transport.
The Railway Station at Huanshi Road is the largest and the most important one, operating trains between the city and Beijing, Wuhan, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi'an, Lhasa and many other China cities. The East Railway Station (Tianhe Railway Station) mainly provides through trains from to Hong Kong and frequent bullet trains between to Shenzhen. The North Railway Station in Huadu District is a small station mainly operates bullet trains between the city and Wuhan.

 Beijing - Guangzhou Train vs. Flight
 Hong Kong - Guangzhou High Speed VS. Through Trains
 Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong Train

 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 Staion, 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 over 300 foreign ports. Some ports there provide passenger transport service. Panyu Lianhuashan Port and Nansha Port provide high speed passenger liners to reach Hong Kong daily.

See more about Hong Kong - Guangzhou Ferry 


How to Travel around Pearl River Delta


How to Travel from Guangzhou to Other Cities

Guangzhou Bus
Public Bus
Guangzhou Subway
City Subway

Urban Transportation

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

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), extra 50% will be automatically charged for 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 and paying the deposit. The deposit usually costs CNY 199 or CNY 299 and it charges CNY 0.5 - 1 for a 30 minutes' ride.

There are 14 water buses 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 most-visited attractions near ferruly ports.

- Last modified on May. 31, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Transportation
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.
Asked by Adv. Sultan from BANGLADESH | Nov. 29, 2019 09:46Reply
Please let me know how can I reach Foshan
From the Guangzhou Airport by bus or Subway ( metro) I prefer bus because if I have to change the line it's very difficult for me.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa from THAILAND | Dec. 02, 2019 18:48

You can take the intercity bus from T2. And it departs from 7:40 to 1:20 with interval of 30-40 minutes.
Asked by Agata from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 07, 2019 12:26Reply
does anybody know if there is a ferry to Panyu Lianhuashan Port from Xidi port or canton tower port?
if so, whats the cost and time of departure? any tips to get to lotus hill by boat most appreciate.
Answers (1)
Answered by Theo from USA | Nov. 10, 2019 21:47

As I know, you can't take ferry to lotus mountain. You can take bus from Guangzhou Coach station to Panyu Coach station, then take direct bus line of Lianhuashan to scenic area.
Asked by Tashfeen Hussain from SOUTH AFRICA | Oct. 23, 2019 08:26Reply
How do I go from Guangzhou south railway station to Sanyuanli by bus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Chase from POLAND | Oct. 24, 2019 01:44

Taking bus takes long time. Thus it is suggested to take subway line 2 to Sanyuanli. The duration is around 40 mins with the fare of CNY6.
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