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
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).
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.
Single-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)
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