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.

 Guangzhou - Beijing Train vs. Flight
 Guangzhou - Shenzhen - Hong Kong Train

 Major Rail Lines from Guangzhou to: 

This city has a convenient expressway system radiating from the downtown area to cities countrywide especially cities in and around Guangdong Province. Now there are nearly 20 big long-distance bus stations, among which the Provincial Bus Station, Guangzhou Passenger Station, Fangcun Bus Station, Tianhe Bus Station and Yuexiu South Bus Station are the major ones.

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 provides high speed passenger liners to reach Hong Kong daily. Huangpu Port offers ships to Xiuying Port, Haikou.

Guangzhou Bus
Public Bus
Guangzhou Subway
City Subway

Urban Transportation

There are 13 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 13    Line 14 
Guangzhou - Foshan Line    APM
Line to be Opened:
 Line 21
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, three sightseeing bus lines are in service which take tourists to the major attractions in town.

A taxi charges CNY10 for the first 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) and CNY2.6 for succeeding each kilometer (0.6 mile). When a taxi runs farther than 35 kilometers (21.7 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.

The water transport in this city is mainly made up of Suigang Port, Zhoutouzui Port, Zengcheng Xintang Port, Panyu Lianhuashan Port and Nansha Port. There are six water buses running along the Pearl River, supplying residents and tourists with a more convenient transport service with four piers along the line - Zhongda Ferry Pier, Tianzi Ferry Pier, Xidi Ferry Pier and Fangcun Ferry Pier. The whole journey takes 40 minutes and costs CNY2.

- Last modified on Jan. 02, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Transportation
Asked by Mampai from SOUTH AFRICA | Jan. 02, 2019 04:48Reply
How do I take a bus or train from Guangzhou airport to Rosedale Hotel?
How much does it cost?

Is it convenient to take a bus/train of taxi?
Answers (1)
Answered by Christine from ICELAND | Jan. 02, 2019 17:32

It is advised to take metro line 3 from Airport South to Jiahewanggang first. Then change to metro line 2 to Changgang, Exit C2. The ticket fare is CNY8 per person. Afterwards, walk southwest around 200 meters to find the hotel.
Asked by Bec from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 01, 2019 07:08Reply
Taxi from Foshan to Guangzhou Baiyun international airport 2019
How much is the taxi fare from Crowne Plaza, Foshan to Baiyun International Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Muhammad from CAMEROON | Jan. 01, 2019 21:50

As I know, generally speaking, it costs CNY250 to 300 for the single trip.
Asked by Roger from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 30, 2018 01:52Reply
How can I find out in English what will be playing at the Guangzhou Opera House in March 2019
how do I book tickets and how do I book a tour of the building?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nathan from NETHERLANDS | Jan. 01, 2019 21:48

Well, its official website only has Chinese version. Thus you are advised to ask help for the hotel staff or Chinese friends. They can book the tickets for you in advance. Or try to dial 4008-808-922 to book the tickets or tour.
Hope helpful!
Asked by Rdill from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 26, 2018 23:43Reply
I have a transfer time at Guangzhou Airport of 2 hours
from international flight(London) to international flight (Ho Chi Minh City).
Both flights are China Southern Airlines and Terminal 2.
Will this be enough time if the first flight is on time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Cameron from DENMARK | Dec. 28, 2018 17:47

Yes, generally speaking, you have enough time to make this transfer. :)
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