Chaozhou Transportation


At present, there is no airport in Chaozhou, but there is an international airport in Guangzhou and a small one nearby. The small Shantou Airport is about 40 kilometers away. There is a shuttle bus from the Chaozhou Long-distance Bus Station to Shantou. The shuttle bus runs every ten minutes, and the ticket price is 10 RMB per person.

The huge Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (IATA: CAN, ICAO: ZGGG) is in Guangzhou that is the capital city of Guangdong Province. Guangdong is about a 5 hour journey by bus or vehicle. It is China's second or third busiest airport, and flights fly in from many cities overseas. At the Chaozhou Railway Station, there are trains that go to Guangzhou that take as long as 7 or 9 hours to arrive there. So if possible, it is better to take a bus.


The Shan-Fen Expressway and National Highway 324 both pass through Chaozhou City, and long-distance buses travel on these roads. Taking the bus is probably the quickest way to go to Chaozhou from Guangzhou or Shenzhen. There are many shuttle buses to Guangzhou at the West Gate Station and the China Travel Station. One or two buses go to Guangzhou every hour. It will take passengers about six hours to arrive.

The Guangzhou Tianhe Bus Station and the Guangdong Provincial Long-distance Bus Station in Guangzhou both have buses that depart for Chaozhou. The trip takes about 6 hours. It costs about 180 or 190 RMB.

The Tianhe Bus Station has buses to Shenzhen and nearby cities. The Tianhe Bus Station is also next to the Guangzhou East Railway Station so that you can catch trains for all over China and a super-fast (180-200 kilometers per hour average running speed) train that goes to the Luohu Hong Kong/Shenzhen City border crossing station. The trip on the bullet train takes about an hour. The cost for tickets between Guangzhou and Shenzhen is about 75 or 85 RMB depending on whether you get first class or second class tickets.

There are many buses for Shantou every day. There is a shuttle bus from the Chaozhou Bus Station to the Shantou Bus Station. The bus runs every ten minutes. It will take about 50 minutes to go to Shantou. It will take about four and a half hours to get to the Luohu Bus Station in Shenzhen by bus.

The West Gate Bus Station is also a long-distance bus station in Chaozhou. Passengers can take buses to get to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, zhuhai and other cities in the province.

  • The Chaozhou Bus Station is located opposite the Chaozhou Hotel.
    Phone Number: 0768-2202452
  • The West Gate Bus Station is located opposite Central Hospital.
    Phone Numbers: 0768-2262450, 0768-2285938


The railway transportation in Chaozhou is convenient. There are railway links to Guangzhou, Meizhou, Shantou, Shenzhen, Wuchang, Jiujian, and other cities. From Guangzhou, there are three trains to Chaozhou every day. Depending on the train you take, it will take about 7 or 8 hours to go from the Guangzhou East Station to the Chaozhou Railway Station, so it is quicker to travel by bus. In the future, people might be able to take the Chaozhang Railway to get to Shanghai, Ningbo, Xiamen, and Shenzhen directly.

  • Location: The Chaozhou Railway Station is located on Xinfeng Road. Passengers can take Bus No.2 to go there.
  • Inquiry Phone Number of the Chaozhou Railway Station: 0768-6853708

City Transportation


Taxis can be found everywhere in Chaozhou City, and the minimum fare for a taxi ranges from 3 Yuan to 5 Yuan depending on the kind of taxi. In addition, 1 Yuan is charged for a fuel surcharge. Make sure that the driver turns on the meter when he starts out and carry small bills to give him or you may get counterfeit money

City Bus

At present, there are 10 bus routes in Chaozhou. Buses run every ten minutes or so. The ticket costs 2 Yuan per person, and most routes run between 6:30 in the morning and 11:00 pm.

Tricycle Vehicle

In China, in the less developed areas, three wheeled pedaled or motor powered vehicles are used as taxis. They generally don't have meters, and the driver bargains. The price depends on the distance, and these vehicles often are not allowed on highways or roads where the traffic is fast. Chaozhou still has these types of vehicles on the roads. Be sure to bargain with the driver about the price before getting in to set the price. Otherwise, the driver might overcharge at the end of the ride.

Questions and Answers About Chaozhou Transportation

florence 2014-04-09
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we have 4 adults travelling from Fuzhou to Jieyang. What is the best possible way to travel to Jieyang? I learned that we can take a train to xiamen then a bus to Jieyang. My relatives are staying at An Pu,Chao An. So we should take bus to Jieyang or Shantou?
Adnan Rassiwala 2014-02-10
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I will be arriving at Hong Kong on 23rd Feb at 9:00 am and we need to go to Chaozhou. We will stay there for a day or two and then go to Foshan. Can you help us the best way to make this travel?

Hi Adnan, we are happy to help plan your China tour. Please kindly let me know below the information:

1. number of people in your group

2. class of hotel you'd like to stay in: 3/4/5 star

3. duration of stay in China

4. attractions or places of interests you would like to visit

5. exit city

After those information, I will send you a detailed itinerary, okay?

Thanks & regards, Whitney

Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-11
Ankur 2013-12-12
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What is the best way to travel between Guanzhou and Chaozhou? Also What is the bus schedule; I am unable to book tickets online in advance?
Hi Ankur, the best way is to take train from Guangzhou to Chaozhou. There are bus between these cities every half hour all the day and lasting about 5 hours. Simon Huang replied on 2013-12-13
Dear Christy I am planning to go with my wife and my brother and sis in law to Swatow However, my flight is from Singapore to Guangzhou arriving 12.30 ( past midnite) Can I take a domestic flight to Swatow , or by bus or by train What is the earliest time for them, and how much guest replied on 2013-12-20
Is Swatow a city in China? It doesn't look like a Chinese Name. If it is a place in Chaozhou, there is no flight between them and the last train leaving at 2:30 pm. The last bus leaving at about 11:55 pm. Your choice may be to overnight in Guangzhou and then take train or bus the next day. guest replied on 2013-12-21
Francis Cheng 2013-09-08
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There are two bus terminals at Guangzhou which has bus services to Chaozhou. How can I make sure that I am able to take the correct bus to Chaozhou Bus station and not to the West Gate Bus Station?

Dear Francis Cheng,

This is Christy from China Highlights Travel.

You can take a taxi to Tianhe Bus Station, where there are many buses to Chaozhou. Price for your reference is CNY200(USD33).

Good luck!


Christy Luo replied on 2013-09-08
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