Guangzhou Taxi & Water Bus


Guangzhou Taxi
Local Taxi

Whenever you travel around Guangzhou, you can easily find the taxi and go to the destination you want to go to because there are over 20,000 taxis in service day and night. Each car can carry four adult passengers. The official taxis 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 the three main 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.


Guangzhou Taxi Price

Flag-down Rate CNY12 for the first 3km (2mi)
Unit Fare 1. CNY2.6/km over 3km in the daytime
2. CNY3.38/km over 3km from 23:00 to 05:00 the next day
Waiting Fare CNY44/h when driving with the speed of lower than 10km/h
Empty-run Fee 20% fee for the extra distance 15-25km ( 9-15.5mi), 50 % fee for the extra distance beyond 25km (15.5mi)

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 CNY80-100
East Railway Station 35.5km CNY90-130
South Railway Station 50km CNY140-190
North Railway Station 14.5km CNY40-60
Canton Tower 43km CNY130-160
Haizhu Square 32km CNY90-120

Water Bus

Guangzhou Water Bus
Water Bus

In Guangzhou, the water bus is a convenient transportation mode besides bus, metro and taxi. Currently, there are 10 water bus routes operating now. About 30 docks and 50 passenger ships are in service. 

Many tourists choose to enjoy the beautiful scenery on both sides of the Pearl River by water bus because 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 water buses. This kind of transportation is quite popular.

After getting off the ship, remember to go to the market near the wharf to taste the local food or walk around casually to feel the rhythm of life in this city. Don't miss the hot destinations nearby, such as the 1850 Creative Park at the Fangcun Wharf, the Shamian which is full New Baroque and Chinese-Western style architecture at Huangsha Wharf, Mansion of the Canton Customs, the oldest existing customs building in China at Xidi Wharf and the Beijing Road Pedestrian Street at Tianzi wharf.

 The 10 lines operate now are:

Route Ferry Terminal
S2 Tianzi, Zhongda
S4 Aozhou, Xidi
S5 Shenjing, Xinzhou
S6 Huangsha, Fangcun
S7 Tianzi, Fangzhi
S8 Shengzong, Qiankou
S9 Baixianke, Baihedong
S10 Yuzhu, Changzhou
S11 Zhongda, Haixinsha
S13 Nanpu Jinxiu Bandao, Huangsha

Ticket Fare & Operating Hours

Route  Ticket Fare/person Operating Hours   Frequency
S2 CNY2; CNY5 for VIP From Zhongda: 7:00 - 17:00
From Tianzi: 7:30 - 17:30
60 minutes
S4 CNY2 Aozhou: 06:45 – 20:15
Xidi: 06:52 – 20:30
15 minutes
S5 CNY2 Shenjing: 05:45 – 21:45
Xinzhou: 06:00 - 22:00 
20-30 minutes
S6 CNY2 06:00 – 22:00  10 minutes
S7 CNY2 Tianzi: 06:52 – 19:08
Fangzhi: 06:45 – 19:00    
S8 CNY2 Shengzong: 07:08 - 18:38
Qiankou: 07:00 – 18:30 
S9 CNY2 Baixianke: 06:00 – 19:50
Baihedong: 06:10 – 20:00
20 - 30 minutes
S10 CNY2 Yuzhu: 05:45 – 23:50
Changzhou: 05:45 – 24:00 
07:00 - 09:00 17:00 - 19:00: depart irregularly
15 minutes other time
S11 CNY2, CNY5 for VIP Zhongda: 07:00 – 17:30
Haixinsha: 08:00 – 18:00
30 minutes
S13 CNY3, CNY5 for VIP Nanpu Jinxiu Bandao: 7:05, 7:45
Huangsha: 17:45, 18:25

  Tip: It is very safe to take the water bus. Each one is equipped with enough life jackets and sea-sickness medicine.

Available City Buses to the Major Ferry Piers:

Zhongda 8, 11, 121A, 131A, 182, 229, 247, 266,Night Bus Line 6, Night Bus Line 42, Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Tourist Bus Line 2
Tianzi 1, 4, 10, 57, 128, 131A, 131B, 183, 194, 208, 544, Night Bus Line 1, Night Bus Line 16, Night Bus Line 31, Tourist Line 2
Xidi 31, 38, 103, 106, 209, 217, 238, 538, 552, 556, Night Bus Line 1, Night Bus Line 113, Night Bus Line 26, Night Bus Line 72, Night Bus Line 7
Fangcun 782, 965
Huangsha Metro Line 6 (Huangsha Station), 1, 9, 25, 27, 64, 75, 106, 181, 208, 209, 217, 270, 538, 552, Night Bus Line 1, Night Bus Line 37, Night Bus Line 72, Guang 123, Guang 281, Guang 67
- Last updated on Dec. 06, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Guangzhou Taxi & Water Bus
Asked by TOU from CAMBODIAR | Feb. 12, 2024 18:18Reply
What are the best taxi app in Guangzhou? Can I use Google map there?
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia | Feb. 18, 2024 22:26

Google map is not accessable in China. The popular taxi apps here include autonavi and Tencent Map.
Asked by David Tang from SINGAPORE | Dec. 04, 2023 08:07Reply
8 hours Taxi Serevice/
I wish to charter a TAXI for 8 hours .from Xcellent Shifu Hotel at 9.30 am till 17.30 pm on 7 Dec 23
Just 4 passengers No Luggage Bags. Please quote your best rate.
Answers (1)
Answered by Molly | Dec. 06, 2023 00:57

It is more recommended to hire a car directly.
Asked by barani from SINGAPORE | Oct. 05, 2023 21:33Reply
Is there a taxi service available from Guangzhou international Airport to Huizhou City (150km)?
How much Fare ?
How long Will it take it?
Answers (1)
Answered by Leo | Oct. 06, 2023 18:33

It is available to take a taxi. However, the fare would be very high, over CNY600. The travel time is about 1.5-2 hours.

It is more suggested to take an airport shuttle bus, which departs at 09:40, 11:30, 13:30, 15:30, 17:30, 19:40 and costs CNY90-100 per person.
Asked by Deepak kumar from INDIA | Nov. 17, 2019 07:33Reply
Is night fare in guangzhou of taxi is different compared to day time..
Answers (1)
Answered by Kenny from THAILAND | Nov. 19, 2019 19:58

Yes, it is counted from 23:00 to 5:00 of next morning. The cab fare will add 30%.
Asked by Lim from MALAYSIA | Nov. 12, 2019 06:18Reply
Baiyun Airport to fu ho hotel
I.have 8 person.How much it will.cost if I take two taxi or a van from airport to fu hi hotel . Arrive in airport 11.15pm thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Tina from CANADA | Nov. 14, 2019 18:59

It costs around CNY110-CNY130/car.
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