Guangzhou Taxi & Water Bus


Guangzhou Taxi
Local Taxi

There are more than 30,000 taxis in Guangzhou. They are in different colors, operated by different taxi companies, amongst which the Baiyun and Guangjun Taxi Groups as well as Guangzhou Transportation Group enjoy the best reputation. Taxi service in Guangzhou of the three groups are respectively in blue, yellow and crimson. You can also find some green and golden taxis in town, which are operated by other small Guangzhou taxi companies.

How to Get Taxi in Guangzhou

1. Hail a Taxi by Hand Signal
2. Taxi Despatch Number: +86 8623 1800
3. Online Car-Hailing Apps: Didi, Uber...

Guangzhou Taxi Price

Flag-down Rate CNY10 for the first 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles)
Unit Fare CNY2.6 for each additional kilometer (0.6 mile)
Empty-run Fee 50% fee for the extra distance beyond 35 kilometers (21.7 miles)

Taxi Fare for Reference

For a long-distance travel, most drivers would call for a flat rate. Under this circumstance, bargaining helps you get a reasonable price. The rates below show the fare from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport to city taxi fare:

Destination Distance Fare from Baiyun Airport
Guangzhou Railway Station 28km CNY80-90
East Railway Station 35.5km CNY100
South Railway Station 50km CNY150
North Railway Station 14.5km CNY40-50
Canton Tower 43km CNY140-150
Haizhu Square 32km CNY100-110

Water Bus

Guangzhou Water Bus
Water Bus

Being a part of Guangzhou public transportation system, the water bus plays a significant role in the local public system. From September, 2013, twelve water bus lines will run along the channels of the Pearl River in the city, supplying residents and tourists with a more convenient transport service. 26 piers are scattered along the Pearl River.

Two kinds of Guangzhou water buses have been newly put into use. One type is like a yacht in appearance, having three decks, two ordinary decks and one sightseeing deck. It can hold about 99 to 199 people on one. The other type, having two decks, is a passenger ship and it can hold about 199 people at maximum. A water bus is not only used as ferryboat but is also a good choice to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Pearl River. During the sail, you can see lots of characteristic architecture. Compared with the Pearl River Night Cruise, the cost is much cheaper.For convenience, the water bus company installed GPS automobile station reporters at different piers. In this way, passengers could know the arrival time of these buses. This kind of transportation is quite popular. It is planned that about 18 water bus lines will be in operation from 2016. 

 The twelve lines operate now are:

Route Ferry Terminal
S1 (Jinshazhou - Xidi) Jishazhou, Shiweitang, Huangsha, Xidi
S2 (Fangcun – Zhongda) Dayuanshuaifu, Fangcun, Xidi, Tianzi, Zhongda
S3 (Ruyifang - Shiweitang) Ruyifang, Tanwei, Shiweitang
S4 (Xidi - Haizhuang) Xidi, Aozhou, Haizhuang
S5 (Yuzhu - Shenjing) Whampoa Military Academy, Yuzhu, Hunagpu Xinzhou, Shenjing
S6 (Huangsha – Yongxing Street) Huangsha, Fangcun, Yongxing Street
S7 (Tianzi - Fangzhi) Tianzi, Fangzhi
S8 (Shengzong - Qiankou) Shengzong, Diankou
S9 (Baixianke - Baihedong) Baixianke, Baihedong
S10 (Yuzhu - Changzhou) Yuzhu, Changzhou
S11 (Huangsha – Guangzhou Tower) Huangsha, Dayuanshuaifu, Guangzhou Tower,
S12 (Changzhou – Haixinsha) Changzhou, Yuzhu, Haixinsha
 Tip: It is very safe to take them. Each water bus is equipped with enough life jackets and sea-sickness medicine and the like.

 Operation Hour: 07:00 to 18:00
 Interval: 20 minutes during peak time and 30 minutes in other time
 Fare: It is CNY 2 for deck one, but it is CNY1 if one travel between two adjacent ports. For the Guangzhou water bus line S11, it is CNY 6 for a single trip and CNY10 for a round trip on the sightseeing deck. Transportation Smart Card can be used for taking the boat.

 Available city buses to the major ferry piers:

Zhongda 8, 11, 121, 131a, 131b, 182, 229, 24, 247, 266, 272, Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Tourism Bus Line 2, Night Line 6, Night 42
Tianzi 1, 4, 57, 128, 186, 194, 208, 219, 236, 544
Xidi 1, 128, 131, 186, 208, 217, 219, 236, 281, 31, 38, 521, 538, 556, 57, 64, Tourism Bus Line 2
Fangcun 19, 52, 64, 181, 206, 217, 309, 838, 812
Guangzhou Tower 262, 468
Jinshazhou 290, 55, 830
Huangsha City Bus Line 19, Metro Line 1, Foshan Special Line 2218, Foshan Special Line 2277
- Last modified on Apr. 16, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Taxi & Water Bus
Asked by ANIL KHANNA from INDIA | May. 17, 2019 06:40Reply
What is cost if taxi for 2 from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to double tree by Hilton at Dongfeng road?
Answers (1)
Answered by Fiona from USA | May. 19, 2019 23:19

It takes about CNY100 per taxi.
Asked by sarah from USA | Apr. 16, 2019 15:51Reply
Late night taxi from Guangzhou South rail station
We'll be arriving in GZ on the last high speed train of the evening from Hong Kong, arriving at GZ Nan (South) station at 23:41 (11:41 pm). Will we have any trouble getting a taxi at that time to take us to our hotel?
Answers (1)
Answered by Arsh from ROMANIA | Apr. 16, 2019 20:48

You can take a taxi but maybe need to line for some minutes.
Asked by Satvik Shah from HONG KONG | Feb. 08, 2019 03:14Reply
Are taxis always freely available in Guangzhou?
I am visiting on 25th feb to look at the fashion market on Zhanxi Road and was wondering if taxis are freely available? any peak hours to avoid? and are they friendly to foreigners?
Answers (1)
Answered by Ryan from GERMANY | Feb. 20, 2019 00:40

Generally speaking, it won't be difficult for you to get a taxi. But you are advised to avoid the morning and evening peaks (07:00-09:00; 17:00-19:00). I went Guangzhou before and the drivers are friendly. Don't worry.
Asked by Vijay GORADIA from INDIA | Oct. 21, 2018 02:20Reply
Guangzhou international airport to Sofitel Foshan public taxi services and cost
Pls inform public taxi services and it's approx cost from Guangzhou international airport to Sofitel Foshan for 2 passenger.
Answers (1)
Answered by Malia from USA | Oct. 22, 2018 01:37

The approx taxi cost is about CNY 200 - 300.
Asked by Lee from SINGAPORE | Sep. 09, 2018 02:57Reply
How much as it cost to take a taxi from Baiyun Airport to Holiday Inn in Shifu
Answers (1)
Answered by Mike from NETHERLANDS | Sep. 09, 2018 23:59

It costs cny 100 or so.
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