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: 

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 mainly 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.

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

See more about Hong Kong - Guangzhou Ferry

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 13    Line 14 
Guangzhou - Foshan Line    APM     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.

 Further Reading: 
How to Travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong
How to Get to Guangzhou from Hong Kong Airport

- Last modified on Apr. 26, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Transportation
Asked by Henry Chin from MALAYSIA | May. 15, 2019 22:16Reply
How to get to Sunny Private Apartment Hotel from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Julie from AUSTRALIA | May. 16, 2019 19:52

Take Metro line 3 (north extension) from the airport to Yantang Station and transfer to Metro Line 6 to Beijing Road. Get out of the Exit B and walk west about 200m to the hotel. It takes about 1 hour and costs CNY8.
Asked by Lawrence from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 23, 2019 00:30Reply
How to get to Landmark International Hotel from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
What is the best way to get to Landmark International Hotel from Baiyun International Airport? Is Metro train better than shuttle bus?
Answers (1)
Answered by Gabriel from CANADA | Apr. 24, 2019 23:12

Yes, taking metro is more convenient. It is advised to take metro line 3 to Linhe West Station, Exit C. Then walk northeast around 850 meters to find the destination.
Asked by Corrins from MALAYSIA | Apr. 13, 2019 01:17Reply
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Likto Hotel
Hi, may I know what is the options available for me if I want to travel from Baiyun Airport to Likto Hotel?
Answers (1)
Answered by Elizabeth from CANADA | Apr. 15, 2019 02:15

It is advised to take metro line 3 to Jiahewanggang Station and transfer to metro line 2 to the Main Railway Station. Then take metro line 5 to Taojin Station, Exit A. Afterwards, walk south around 600 meters to find the hotel.
Asked by Shermane from MALAYSIA | Apr. 09, 2019 21:13Reply
How to go from Guangzhou to Shenzhen
Hi, may i know what is the faster way to reach Shenzhen? By train? I will be staying at Boyi Hotel, wish to travel to (Guangdong-Shenzhen-long hua-shang mei chuang ke da sha). How do i go ? By the way i am holding Malaysia passport, done with one time visa. Any else document needed?

Hope to hear you soon.

Answers (1)
Answered by Crystal from FINLAND | Apr. 15, 2019 02:53

You are suggested to take a bullet train from South Railway Station to Shenzhen North Railway Station. The duration is around 40 mins.
After arriving, take metro line 5 to Qinghu Station, Exit C. Then take bus no.M339 to Heji Cangchu Bus Stop. Walk southwest around 450 meters to find the destination. In addition, you don't need other documents. Just bring your passport.
Asked by martin from NEWZEALAND | Apr. 08, 2019 20:47Reply
Hi how much and how long would take to get from Country Garden Airport Phoenix Hotel
Hi how much BY TAXI and how long would take to get from Country Garden Airport Phoenix Hotel To Shanghai street and also from Country Garden Airport Phoenix Hotel to Huacheng Square flower city square?
as well?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jane from MALAYSIA | Apr. 12, 2019 01:30

The taxi fare is respectively about CNY130 and 140.
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