Guangzhou Transportation Guide serves you detailed transport information and introduces fights to Guangzhou, Guangzhou high speed trains, Guangzhou normal trains, Guangzhou cycling, Guangzhou Ferry, Guangzhou buses, Guangzhou bus stations and railway stations, Guangzhou taxis and ways of getting in and around Guangzhou.
As the traffic heart in Guangdong, Guangzhou has relatively convenient transportation and easily hobnobs with both domestic and international tourists. Moreover, there are buses, taxis, subways and many other vehicles for passengers to choose from, which adds more convenience and pleasure for our friends from afar.
How to Get to Guangzhou
At present, Guangzhou has only one airport, Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport. Located in the intersection of Renhe Town in Baiyun and Xinhua Town in Huadu District, Baiyun International Airport, is the second busiest and largest airport in Southern China with lots of routes. The airport operates flight service to dozens of cities in China, as well as international cities and regions such as Vietnam, Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia, etc.
Guangzhou Airport Transfer
The transportation from the airport is very convenient. Visitors can make a transfer by airport bus, metro, taxi and so on. Therefore, do not worry how to get the downtown.
By Airport Shuttle Bus
There are 17 shuttle bus lines supplying convenient transportation for passengers between Baiyun Airport and the downtown area.
- Peak time: per 5 minutes(06:00-08:00; 15:00 -18:00)
- Off-peak time: per 10 minutes(08:00-15:00; 18:00 -23:00)
- Regular time: per 15 minutes(23:00-06:00)
- Terminal 1: Get on at Gate 1-10 ; get off at Gate 1-10
Terminal 2: Get on at Gate 2-42 ; get off at Gate 2-42
It is the most convenient and efficient way between Baiyun International Airport and downtown by taking north extension section of Line 3(Opening Time: 6:10 - 23:00).
Terminal 1: Outside of Gate No. 2 of Arrival Hall
Terminal 2: Outside of Gate No.50 and No.52 of Arrival Hall
The taxi pack-up point of A arrival is set outside the gate of A8, while B arrival is set outside the gate of B6. The taxi pick-up points of B arrival will be adjusted and increase to two, they are Gate B3 and Gate B8 pick-up points.
By Airport Intercity Bus
The passenger station between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 has buses to other cities of the province, such as Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Foshan, Shunde, Jiangmen, etc.
144-hour Visa Free Transit via Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Visitors are allowed a visa-free stay of up to 144 hours when taking an international transfer via Baiyun International Airport provided they hold valid international travel document and confirmed interline ticket to a third country.
More about 144 Hours Transit Visa Free
- How to Get to Guangzhou Canton Fair from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport
- How to Get to China Import and Export Fair (Guangzhou Canton Fair)
- How to Get to Guangzhou City Center from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport
At present, there are three major train station under service in Guangzhou, namely, Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station, Guangzhou South Railway Station. What's more, Located in No. 1 Zhanqian Road, Huadu District, Guangzhou North Railway Station has been under reconstruction until 2020 according to plan. By then, the combination of ordinary railway, high speed railway, subway, light railway and long distance bus, Guangzhou North Railway Station will become the large-scale passenger transport hub surpassing Guangzhou South Railway Station.
Located in No. 159 Huanshi West Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou Railway Station is the junction of Guangzhou-Shenzhen Railway, Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, Guangzhou-Maoming Railway and Foshan-Zhaoqing Intercity Railway. Also, Guangzhou Metro Line 2 and Line 5 converged on this station. So it is not only one of the most important railway stations in Guangzhou but the main railway hub station in China.
Located in No. 1 Dongzhan Road, Linhe Subdistrict, Tianhe District, Guangzhou East Railway Station is the main passenger center of Guangzhou railway. There are three major routes: Guangzhou-Kowloon, Guangzhou-Shenzhen, Guangzhou-Meizhou-Shantou.
Located in Shibi Village, Shibi Subdistrict, Panyu District, Guangzhou South Railway Station, the core station in Pan- Pearl River Delta, is the biggest and busiest railway station in Southern China. Moreover, it is renowned as a world-class comprehensive transport hub, connecting Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
More about Railway Stations in Guangzhou
Guangzhou is the largest highway hub in the south. There are several long-distance bus stations to different directions in Guangzhou, among which Guangzhou Bus Station, Guangzhou Provincial Bus Station, Tianhe Bus Station and Guangyuan Bus Station are the major and frequently used.
Guangdong Bus Station
Next to Guangzhou Railway Station, Trade Fair and Metro Line 2, Guangdong Bus Station covers several routes including more than 30 cities of other provinces such as Guangxi, Hainan, Shanxi, Henan, Jiangsu, Liaoning, etc.
Location: No.158, Huanshi West Road, Yuexiu District(广州市环市西路158号)
How to Get There: Bus No. 7, 30, 31, 33, 34, 52, 180, 201, 205, 210, 211, 225, 228, 231, 238, 254, 256, 257, 260, 271, 275, 290, 529, 523, 530, 543, 545, 545, 550, 552, 803, 805, 807, 823, 840, Night 15, Night 18, B2、B2A, Metro Line 2 (Guangzhou Railway Station)
Opening Time: 00:00-24:00
Guangzhou Provincial Bus Station
With a history of more than 30 years, this station is one of the largest transportation hubs in south China. At present, it provides a great number of bus lines to cities in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Guizhou, Hunan, Henan, Jiangxi, Shanxi and Jiangsu.
Location: No.145-149 Huanshi West Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou(广州市环市西路145-149号)
How to Get There: The nearest metro station is Guangzhou Railway Station on line 2 and line 5. F exit has the shortest distance to Guangzhou Provincial Bus Station. Bus No. 30, 31, 52, 180, 201, 210, 211, 228, 254, 257, 275, 529, 550, 552, 803, 805, 807, 807A, 840, 862, 862B, B2, B2A, B10, (Night 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 25, 41, 55, 77 and 79), 5, 7, 30, 34, 38, 42, 111, 180, 181, 251, etc. can get there.
Opening Time: 00:00-24:00
Tianhe Bus Station
Tianhe Coach Terminal enjoys a fabulous location, facing South China Expressway on the east, North Ring Expressway on the west and being gone through by Metro Line 3 and Line 6.
Location: No.633, Yanling Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou City(广州市天河区燕岭路633号)
How to Get There: Bus No. 498, 28, 297, 30, 346, 39, 46, 494A, 534, 535, 54, 65, 83, 84A, 84, 884, B11 and B12, Airport Express 8A1; BRT 10, 18, 47, 54, 64 and 80; Night 10 and 71; Metro Line 3/ 6 (Tianhe Coach Terminal)
Opening Time: 00:00-24:00
Guangyuan Bus Station
Location: No.283, Guangyuan Middle Road, Baiyun District
How to Get There: Bus No. 175, 179, 181, 189, 199, 210, 241, 24, 257, 265, 273, 298, 32, 38, 46, 481, 540, 60, 63, 805, 93 and University Town special line 1
Opening Time: 06:00 – 01:30
- Guangkun Expressway
- Erguang Expressway
- Daguang Expressway
- Jiguang Expressway
- Guangao Expressway
- Leguang Expressway
- Xuguang Expressway
- S21 Expressway
As a seaside city, Guangzhou waterway passenger transport has multiple passenger ports, including Nansha Port, Panyu Lianhuashan Port, Zhoutouzui Port, Zengcheng XintangPort and other passenger ports. Ferry service is available between Guangzhou and several cities. Panyu Lianhuashan Port connects Guangzhou with Hong Kong (about 2 hours & 20 minutes) and Hong Kong Airport Port (about 1 hour and 50 minutes). Panyu Nansha Port connects Guangzhou with Hong Kong Airport Port, and the trip takes 70-90 minutes. At present, there are more than 10 ship routes in Guangzhou, which travel between the wharfs on the Pearl River, making it easy to travel the Pearl River, reducing the burden of land transportation in Guangzhou, which offers the convenience for tourists' sightseeing.
- Zhujiang Night Cruise –Xidi Wharf
- Lichee Bay Cruise
- “The Red Boat of the Pearl River” Cruise
- Zhujiang Night Tour –Haixinsha West Wharf
- Pearl River Night Cruise from Zhongda Wharf
- Night Tour Dashatou Pier on the Pearl River
- Zhujiang Night Tour–Tianzi Wharf
- Pearl River Night Cruise Tour
- Yuzhu Wharf
- Yuren Wharf
Guangzhou-Hong Kong Transportation
Guangzhou is about 160 km from Hong Kong and you can have several ways to get there, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Those choices include the new fast train, the old fast train, cross-border coaches, ferry, and flying (yes, flying).
It is very expensive and not a very convenient way to travel between Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Because you need to speed some time at the airport when you arrive there.
Since September 23, 2018, it is available to get to Guangzhou from Hong Kong by high speed train. At present, there are over 30 pairs of high speed trains in service every day from 06:48 to 21:37 and the trip only takes about 1 hour. In addition, there are 12 pairs of normal trains running daily with the total length of 183 km (114 mi) and the duration of about two hours between Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
By Cross Border Bus
There are modern luxury coaches that run from various pick-up points (mostly hotels) in GZ that cross the border into various destinations in HK inc. airport, Disneyland, and the main districts such as Central, Kowloon, etc. The bus heads from GZ to the Shenzhen HK border at Shenzhen Bay where you disembark (with luggage), cross the border through customs, then get back on a bus to complete the journey.
How to Get Around
As of December 28, 2018, there were a total of 14 operating lines of the Guangzhou Metro, namely Line 1, Line 2, and Line 3 (including the northern extension of Line 3), Line 4, Line 5, Line 6, Line 7, Line 8, Line 9, Line 13, Line 14 (including Knowledge City Branch), Line 21, APM Line and Guangfo Line, a total of 257 stations and 31 interchange stations , Operating mileage of 478 kilometers; operating mileage ranks third in China and third in the world. The metro lines in Guangzhou which almost cover all the main tourist areas and the interchange is very convenient. The starting fare is CNY 2.
- Line 1
- Line 2
- Line 3
- Line 4
- Line 5
- Line 6
- Line 7
- Line 8
- Line 9
- Line 13
- Line 14
- Line 21
- Guangfo Line
City bus is the cheapest way to travel around Guangzhou. For people who are interested in getting closer to local life style, taking a bus in Guangzhou is a good way. City bus services in Guangzhou covers in all directions, by which you can go to most of the scenic spots in Guangzhou. CNY 2 for common public buses and some are charging by section. Except the payment by Yang Cheng Tong, most buses provide mobile payment, which is exactly simple and convenient. By the way, it is a wise choice to avoid the rush hours.
By Water Bus
Water Bus is very popular in Guangzhou. There are 18 ferries that transverse the 12 routes with some 26 piers. At the peak time, which is 7 am to 9 am, and 4 pm to 6 pm, the ship comes every 20 minutes. Outside of those times, the ship comes every 30 minutes. Equipped with the comfortable seats and the windows of the sightseeing, it’s not only cheap & convenient but also provides a different way to enjoy the scene of Guangzhou. You needn’t worry about the safety at all because every ship has at least five crew making sure everything is ok, as well as the life jackets and seasickness medicine in case of the accident.
The city has built its first tram line along the south bank of the Pearl River. A one-way journey – from Canton Tower to Wanshengwei - stops at 11 stations and covers 7.7 kilometers.
As a sightseeing-oriented route, the above-ground tram trip is highly recommended – only 2 yuan fare for any distance on the same day, free wifi, space for bikes and a wide-open view of central Guangzhou and the Pearl River. The tram also has easy connections to the city's bicycle way, the metro system and the underground APM line.
Trolleybuses were once just a memory in the minds of some older Guangzhou resident, but now they are back in the ancient southern Chinese city's Yuexiu district.
Hundreds of taxi are standing by in the city. You can take a Wave-to-Stop taxi easily expect some peak time. The flag-fall price in downtown, which covers the first 3 kilometers of a trip, is 12 yuan during the daytime. And after 11 pm there is 30% extra charge. If you depart from railway stations or long-distance bus stations, it is quite normal that passengers can discuss for a flat rate with the driver.
By Sightseeing Bus
It is also a nice experience to take double- decker sightseeing bus with non-stop and directly to attraction sites. Also, there are some culture show in the bus, such as hand painted postcards, paper-cut, old steam trains and classic cars, etc. They are all telling you the old stories of Guangzhou.
Three routes are provided: Ancient Town Line, Xiguan Line and New urban axis Line.
Ticket price: CNY 30 a day; CNY 50 two days.
More about Guangzhou Twin City Sightseeing Bus
By Sharing Bike
The sharing bikes like Mobike and Hellobike can be easily founded and rented at a low price in the Guangzhou streets. To download bike sharing apps and finish the ID verification procedure, you can use these bikes. Usually CNY 0.5 - 1 for every 30 minutes.
Guangzhou Transportation by Region
- Liwan District
- Yuexiu District
- Haizhu District
- Zengcheng District
- Conghua District
- Nansha District
- Huadu District
- Tianhe District
- Baiyun District
- Panyu District
- Huangpu District
Guangdong Transportation by Region