Shantou Transportation


Shantou shares the airport of Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport with Jieyang and Chaozhou City. The Airport is located at the joint of Paotai Town and Denggang Town, Jieyang City. It is at the central area of Shantou, Chaozhou and Jieyang and about 28.5km away from the city center area of Shantou. At present, there are totally about 20 scheduled flights in the airport, and 18 of them are domestic flights between Chaoshan area and major Chinese cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Xi'an, Wuhan and Changsha. The airport's flight network also covers Bangkok and Singapore.



Shantou Railway Station is one of the most important transport centers of Guangdong Province. You can get there from many cities, including Guangzhou, Jiujiang, Maoming, Shenzhen, Wuchang and Nanchang. For the detailed information about the schedules, you can check our China trains. The station is in the east of the city where you can take city-buses like No.2, No.4, No.6, No.8, No.11 and No.12 to go to the urban city.

Chaoshan Railway Station is a high speed train station serving Shantou and the nearby Chaozhou and Jieyang. It is about 19 miles (31 km) from downtown Shantou, you can shuttle by express bus between them two. Its destinations include Xiamen, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Fuzhou, as well as Hong Kong since September 23, 2018.

 See more Hong Kong - Shantou Train, Chaoshan - Guangzhou Train, Xiamen - Chaoshan Train, Shenzhen - Chaoshan Train

Long-distance Bus

Many highways of the nation pass through the city, making it quite easy to get to the city by long distance buses. There are six long distance bus stations, of which the most important is the Shantou Central Long Distance Bus Station; that is near the railway station on the Taishan Road. Buses in the station can reach many cities both in Guangdong Province and in other provinces like Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Guangxi, Hunan, Hubei, Henan, Anhui, Hainan, Jiangsu, Shandong and Sichuan. Also, there are buses directly to Shanghai and Macao. After you arrive at the station, many city buses are at your service to carry you around the city, such as No.2, No.4, No.6, No.8, No.11, No.12, No.31 and No.103.


Ports in the city have ships to many other harbor cities of China. Shantou Port is the most important one where you can go to Hong Kong, Xiamen, Quanzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin, etc. Other ports like Xidi Port, Laiwu Port and Chang Shan Wei Port are just for the mooring of ships to the counties or tourist destinations near the city.
Address of the Shantou Port Group: No.31, Han Jiang Road
Enquiries Phone: 0754-8932266
 Currently, there is no subway service in Shantou. It is planned that there will be nine subway lines in the city. The U-shape rail transit system will cover the city proper and stretch to the suburban areas. The first phase of line 1, line 2, and line 3 will be built at first, and they are expected to open  by 2020.


In this city, there are many city buses that can carry you to every corner of the city as well as the nearby tourist destinations. The fare for most of the city buses ranges from CNY1 to CNY2, so you need to prepare enough changes before you get on the bus. For some buses like No.18, No.25, No.102 and No.103, the ticket for the whole journey is a little bit expensive, ranging from CNY5 to CNY6; but the exact fee varies according to the distance you travel. So you need to make sure about the specific fare if you take these buses.


Taxis in the city charge CNY10 for the first 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles). For each additional kilometer (0.6 mile), it costs CNY2.4. Except charging by the meter, some taxi drivers prefer a flat rate. Under this circumstance, you’d better negotiate with the driver for an exact price before boarding.


It is very convenient for you to take a ferry to tourist destinations or nearby villages and counties. Xidi Port, Guangchang Port, Chang Shan Wei Port and Laiwu Port all have short cruise lines around the city. Especially in Guangchang Port on Hai Bin Road, there are two special cruises only in summer: the Harbor Dinner Cruise and the Harbor Night Cruise. The former starts at 18:40 hours and the latter starts at 21:10 hours every night. No.9, No.12, No.16, No.17, No.19, No.23, No.25, No.101 and No.103 city buses can bring you there. 

- Last modified on Apr. 15, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shantou Transportation
Asked by Demetri Mustafaa from USA | May. 07, 2019 04:50Reply
Which city is better to live in and why? Shantou or Xiamen
Answers (1)
Answered by Alice from USA | May. 08, 2019 20:08

I think Xiamen is better and it is a more advances city in many aspects compared with Shantou.
Asked by Eva from SINGAPORE | Apr. 09, 2019 22:37Reply
How to go Guangji Bridge, also known as Xiangzi Bridge from Shantou International Hotel?
By Bus/subway/taxi? How much is the charges? Also do we need to buy entrance ticket for Xiangzi Bridge?
Answers (2)
Answered by Eleanore from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 15, 2019 02:14

Upon landing, it is suggested to take a shuttle bus from the airport to Chaozhou Jinxin Hotel first. The bus schedules are 06:00, 07:20, 09:30, 11:00, 12:40, 13:40, 15:00, 16:10, 17:30 and 19:00. The ticket fare is CNY20/person. It takes around an hour on the way. After arriving, take a taxi to the destination. The cab fare is CNY 10 to 20.
Answered by Eva from SINGAPORE | Apr. 15, 2019 22:37

Thank you Eleanore
Asked by Ken from SINGAPORE | Mar. 05, 2019 03:57Reply
I want to visit my relative in Chaozhou and enjoy the food in Shantou.
As we have only two persons, it will be quite expensive to charter a mini bus. What is the most cost effective way to go around like charter a Taxi etc. If I want to charter a Taxi or private car, how much does it cost per day or per half day ?
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Answered by Ben from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 05, 2019 19:57

Hi, you can contact some car rental companies like ehi car services and it costs about CNY600 to 800 per day.
Answered by ken from SINGAPORE | Mar. 06, 2019 19:36

Thanks. Ben.
Asked by Leng from SINGAPORE | Feb. 28, 2019 02:07Reply
How to travel from jieyang airport to kuitan ? How long the distance to take ?
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Answered by Jeremiah from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 05, 2019 19:17

Upon landing, take airport shuttle us to get to Puning Clothes Market Coach Station first. The bus schedules are 05:20, 07:20, 10:50, 11:50, 13:40, 14:50 and 16:30. The duration is around 1.5 hours. The ticket fare is CNY45/person. Then take a taxi to Puning Liusha Coach Station. There are several direct coaches that can take you to Kuitan. It takes around 40mins on the way.
Asked by Jooliang Soh from MALAYSIA | Feb. 25, 2019 05:12Reply
Taxi fare from Jieyang airport to chaoshan train station
How much is the taxi fare from Jieyang airport to Chaoshan high speed train station. Beside taxi,is there any other alternative transport and how much is the charges.
Jooliang Soh Malaysia
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Answered by Cheyenne from DENMARK | Feb. 25, 2019 18:02

Generally speaking, the cab fare is CNY30 to 40.
Or upon landing, you can take the direct shuttle bus from airport to Chaoshan Railway Station. The bus schedules are from 06:40 to 19:30 every 20mins. The ticket fare is CNY18/person.
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