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 Nov. 19, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Transportation
Asked by Alvin Tan from MALAYSIA | Nov. 17, 2018 04:24Reply
Haizhu tram in Guangzhou
1. How do I buy the ticket for this tram? Is it from ticketing machine or from onboard the tram?
2. Is the fare RMB2 for whole day usage or is it for each trip ie. whenever I get off from a station, I'll need to buy a new ticket if I want to board the tram again?
Answers (2)
Answered by Wolowitz from USA | Nov. 18, 2018 18:56

You can swipe the local transportation card as you board the tram, or buy the tickets at the ticket vending machine or the box office on the platform.

Besides, the fare of CNY2 is for each trip. If you get off from one station, you have to buy a new ticket to take the tram again.
Answered by Alvin Tan from MALAYSIA | Nov. 19, 2018 18:36

Can the metro subway 1 day pass be use for this tram service?
Asked by My from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 15, 2018 21:25Reply
We are Australian. Our flights are from Yangon to Guangzhou via Bangkok then to Stockholm.
We will arrive around 19.50 and we will depart around 2300, can we have 3 days visa free in GZ? If yes, if we arrive on 2/4/2019 until what date we should leave ? Do you which chinese official visa website I can look at to ensure ? In case, when we arrive in GZ, they can not give us 3 days visa free, can we get the visa to stay in Baiyun airport ? Which airport in the city we should land for 3 days free visa ? Thanks for your help.
Answers (1)
Answered by Waino from GERMANY | Nov. 18, 2018 19:04

Yes, you can enjoy 72-hour free visa. If you arrive on February 4th of 2019, you should leave China before 23:59, February 7th of 2019.

You don't worry about this, and I'm sure you are eligible for 72-hour free visa in Guangzhou and you are allowed to travel in the whole Guangdong Province. The procedures are as followed: Inform the airlines when boarding – Fill an Arrival/Departure Card on the flight - Apply the 72-hour permit – Claim the luggage – Go through the custom - Leave airport.
Asked by woon from MALAYSIA | Nov. 12, 2018 18:43Reply
hi..i will be arriving at guangzhou baiyun international airport at 2am.
how do i get to guangyong lido hotel. if by taxi how much it cost. is it safe. tq
Answers (1)
Answered by Lenore from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 13, 2018 21:46

There is no bus running at 02:00am. You are advised to take a taxi, the fee is about CNY 90 -100. Don't worry. You can take the photo of the license plate number and send it on your social media. And take the bill before you get off. In addition, you are suggested to negotiate the price before getting on the car.
Asked by Robia Chiu from CANADA | Nov. 04, 2018 07:05Reply
Travel from Guangzhou Nan train station to Zhongshan
We know the most convenient way to travel from Hong Kong to Zhongshan is by ferry, but we would like to tty out the high speed train to GZ South Railway station
How do we go from GZ South Railway Station to Zhongshan city centre?

Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Qahira from USA | Nov. 04, 2018 18:41

You can take the bullet train at the South Railway Station to Zhongshan Railway Station.
Asked by ElsSan from SINGAPORE | Nov. 02, 2018 21:25Reply
What is the taxi fare charges from No 318 dade road Yuexiu to Guangzhou airport?
By meter or per trip ?
Answers (1)
Answered by William from USA | Nov. 04, 2018 18:43

It is about CNY90 - 100 in a single trip.
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