Guangzhou Metro

Guangzhou Metro owns 14 lines in operation with a length of 478 km (192 mi) and 297 stations. Its mileage is the 3rd in China and the 10th in the world. In 2016, the reliability of the metro's operation was No. 1 and the on-schedule rate was No. 3 in the world. Hereunder are the details including Guangzhou metro operating hours and metro stations:

 Lines in Operation

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 Line 1: Guangzhou metro line 1 is made up of 16 stations. It is a very important vehicle to go to the local  East Railway Station. 
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:10

 Line 2: There are 24 stations along the metro line 2. This line running from north to south could take you to the Railway Station and the South Railway Station quickly.
Operating Hours: 06:00-00:02 next day

 Line 3: The line 3 is formed with one north-south-ward main rail and a northeastward branch. This line has reached Guangzhou Baiyun Airport from downtown area directly.
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:48

 Line 4: Starting from Huangcun in the north to Jinzhou in the south, Line 4 boasts 18 stations in total, two of which are under construction – Guanqiao and Qingsheng stations.
Operating Hours: 06:00-00:21 next day

 Line 5: The Guangzhou MTR line 5 is an artery connecting the eastern and western parts of the city and passing the Railway Station. It covers some major business and residential districts.
Operating Hours: 06:00-00:04 next day

 Line 6: Guangzhou metro line 6 is U-shaped, running between Xunfenggang and Xiangxue.
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:56

 Line 7: Metro line 7 connects South Railway Station and Higher Education Mega Center South via Chimelong Tourist Resort.
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:30

 Line 8: Opened in 2010, Guangzhou subway line 8 serves at the south bank of the Pearl River from west to east, linking Fenghuang Xincun and Wanshengwei. Its phase two and north extension will open in the end of 2018.
Operating Hours: 06:15-00:02 next day

 Line 9: This metro line runs through Huadu District from Fei'eling to Gaozeng.
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:15

 Line 13: This line runs from Yuzhu to Xinsha via 11 stations. It covers 27 km (17 mi) through Baiyun, Liwan, Yuexiu, Tianhe, Huangpu and Zengcheng Districts.
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:19

 Line 14: The main line connects Jiahewanggang and Dongfeng. The Knowledge City branch line of line 14 links Xinhe and Zhenlong via 10 stations.
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:37

 Guangzhou-Foshan Line: GuangFo Line is the first intercity underground rail in China, connecting Guangzhou City and Foshan City.
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:27

 Line 21: Zhenlong West - Zengcheng Square
Length: 26 kilometers (16 miles)
Main Stations: Zhongxin, Kengbei, Fenggang, Zhucun, Shantian
Operating Hours: 06:00-23:19

 Automated People Mover System (APM): Zhujiang New Town Automated People Mover System (APM) is only 8 kilometers (5 miles) in length, which is the world's first underground and unmanned rail.
Operating Hours: 07:00-23:38

Passengers are waiting for subway train.
Passengers Waiting for Metro Train
Purchase Ticket from Self-service Ticket Machine
Purchase Ticket from Self-service Machine

Ticket Fare:

Except of the APM's ticket of CNY2, the metro utilizes a stage fare system. The longer the journey the more you pay. 
1. For the first 4 kilometers (2 miles), the ticket fare is CNY2. 
2. During 4 kilometers (2 miles) to 12 kilometers (7 miles), passengers pay CNY1 for each additional 4 kilometers (2 miles). 
3. During  12 kilometers (7 miles) to 24 kilometers (15 miles), CNY1 is paid for each additional 6 kilometers (4 miles). 
4. When more than 24 kilometers (15 miles), CNY1 is paid for each additional 8 kilometers (5 miles).

Ticket Types:

The common ticket types include single-trip ticket, deposit ticket and Guangzhou Transportation Smart  Card (called Yang Cheng Tong in Chinese). The deposit ticket and the Transportation Smart  Card holders can enjoy a 5% discount when they take it.

Entrance of Guangzhou Subway StationSingle-trip ticket is often used by tourists. It is only valid on the day when you purchase it. You can return a single-trip ticket within 30 minutes after you buy it. Hereunder is several steps to teach you how to purchase a single-trip ticket:
a).Find the TVM (Ticket Vendor Machine) according to the signs in the Guangzhou metro station;
b).Choose the station on the machine's screen;
c).Make sure how many tickets you want to buy;
d).Pay for the ticket according to the amount of the money shown on the screen;
e).Get the ticket and the change.

 Remark: The machine only accepts CNY5, CNY10 and the coins of CNY0.5 (5 Jiao) and CNY1 (1 Yuan).

Guangzhou Transportation Smart Card

The card is widely used on bus, ferryboat, metro, telecom business and many other places in the city. The area where this kind of card can be used has been spread from city downtown area to Zengcheng, Huadu, Panyu and many other suburban areas of the city.

The most suitable type for tourists is Guangzhou Metro Deposit Card. The card costs CNY20 and then you can add value to it. The leftover value in the card is not refundable. If you want to recharge your card, you can go to the following customer service centers in the Guangzhou metro stations in the city:
 No.466, North Renmin Road, Yuexiu District
 Exit J of Gongyuanqian Station (i.e. the transfer station between the Lines 1 and 2)
 Exit G of Tiyu West Road Station (the transfer station between Line 1 and Line 3)

- Last modified on Nov. 17, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Metro
Asked by Yong Khuan Meng from MALAYSIA | Nov. 09, 2019 22:24Reply
Any ticket price for tourist staying guangzhou 3 days n travel multiple times?
Answers (4)
Answered by Jill from USA | Nov. 11, 2019 20:01

Yes, you can buy Three-day Travel pass and it costs CNY50/card.
Answered by Yong Khuan Meng from MALAYSIA | Nov. 12, 2019 01:52

Thank You very much. Very helpful advice.
Answered by Ahmed from EGYPT | Nov. 15, 2019 06:57

Where can i buy the 3 day pass ?
Answered by Yong from MALAYSIA | Nov. 17, 2019 17:37

At any MTR station at Guangzhou
Asked by Yeo from SINGAPORE | Nov. 06, 2019 14:40Reply
Guangzhou Metro fare
Hi, do senior citizen above 70 yrs old and kids aged 4,8 & 10 need to pay for metro rides? (Tourists)
If the kids need to pay, are they qualified for student fares?
Answers (2)
Answered by Chay from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 08, 2019 00:33

People above 65 years old can enjoy the free tickets.
Children under 1.2 meters are free of charge; between 1.2 to 1.5 meters can buy children ticket; above 1.5 meters need to buy the adult ticket.

However, the above discount policy only adapt for Guangzhou citizens.
Answered by Yeo from SINGAPORE | Nov. 13, 2019 01:44

Thank you!
Asked by Agatha from POLAND | Nov. 05, 2019 13:53Reply
Yuntai Garden
Hi, I have few question, hope you can help: to get to Yuintan Garden from Beijing road using public transport? how long it take to get there and how much bus cost? to get to the Lotus Mountain using public transport? how long it take to get there and how much bus cost?
3. is there any website I can find bus schedule?
4. is it possible to rent a bicycle? if so, could you recommend any places?

Thank you .
Answers (1)
Answered by Lisa from THAILAND | Nov. 07, 2019 17:43

1. You can take bus 24 from Wendu Rd station to Yuntai Garden station, which takes 50 minutes with CNY2.
2. You can take metro line 3 to Shiqiao station or take metro line 4 to Shiqi station, then take bus line of Lotus Mountain to your destination. I don't know where do you start off so I can't tell you how long it takes and how much it costs.
3. No, there is no English version.
4. You can find sharing bicycle on the street.
Asked by Wong from MALAYSIA | Oct. 30, 2019 22:23Reply
Can you buy a Yang Cheng Tong card from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport subway station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jennie from USA | Nov. 03, 2019 22:03

Yes, you can.
Asked by Noor Sherina from MALAYSIA | Oct. 18, 2019 03:13Reply
Pearl River Night Cruise in Guangzhou
We are staying at Lilium Elysees Hotel, which is the nearest station.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kate from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 21, 2019 00:00

The nearest port is Tianzi. You can take metro line 2 to Haizhu square station (Exit A), then walk east around 700m to it.
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