Boasting the largest railway station in South China, Guangzhou faces Hong Kong and Macau across the sea. There are five railway stations available in Guangzhou: Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station, Guangzhou South Railway Station, Guangzhou West Railway Station, and Guangzhou North Railway Station, among which Guangzhou Railway Station is the oldest.
Also known as Dashatou Railway Station locally, Guangzhou Railway Station is 2,300 kilometers (1,429 miles) from Beijing Railway Station, 2,294 kilometers (1,425 miles) from Beijing West Railway Station, 182 kilometers (113 miles) from Kowloon Railway Station, 361 kilometers (224 miles) from Maoming East Railway Station, and 176 kilometers (109 miles) from Shenzhen Railway Station. It has an area of 377,600 square meters (4,064,000 square feet).
The major railway lines running through Guangzhou Railway Station are the Beijing – Guangzhou Railway, the Guangzhou – Maoming Railway, the Guangzhou – Zhuhai Railway, and Wuhan – Guangzhou Railway.
Over 100 pairs of trains run in and out of Guangzhou Railway Station, including over 20 high-speed D-trains to Shenzhen, and it takes only one and a half hours from Guangzhou Railway Station to Shenzhen Railway Station. Below is a list of major train lines from the station to the other railway stations in China:
|Common||2571/2574||Nanning||16:38||6:30 next day||13h 52min|
|K1008||Xinyang||13:31||6:20 next day||16h 49min|
|K1160/K1161||Yantai||10:00||21:50 the third day||35h 50min|
|K1296/K1297||Yinchuan||19:16||16:19 the third day||33h 3min|
|K192/K193||Chengdu||8:32||15:08 next day||30h 36min|
|K202/K203||Chongqing North||15:47||13:59 next day||22h 12min|
|K210/K211||Ningbo East||15:08||14:27 next day||23h 19min|
|K222 /K223||Taizhou||9:15||13:00 next day||27h 45min|
|K226 /K227||Lanzhou||20:36||7:30 the third day||34h 54min|
|K302||Xuzhou||21:10||21:50 next day||24h 40min|
|K326 /K327||Wenzhou||11:04||11:01 next day||23h 57min|
|K36 /K37||Liuzhou||17:46||9:20 next day||15h 34min|
|K365 /K364||Kunming||13:58||15:02 next day||25h 4min|
|K528||Nanjing||8:00||8:15 next day||24h 15min|
|K600 /K597||Baotou||14:49||8:40 next day||17h 51min|
|K64 /K65||Guiyang||15:30||11:56 next day||20h 26min|
|K642 /K643||Xiangyang||13:25||6:24 next day||16h 59min|
|K648 /K645||Xi'an||10:52||14:20 next day||27h 28min|
|K756 /K757||Luoyang||19:14||19:11 next day||23h 57min|
|K770 /K767||Hanzhong||9:32||12:34 next day||27h 2min|
|K82 /K83||Xiangyang||17:20||21:31 next day||28h 11min|
|K827 /K830||Chengdu East||19:22||10:32 next day||15h 10min|
|K841 /K844||Zunyi||13:45||12:50 next day||23h 5min|
|K85 /K88||Jiujiang||18:40||10:01 next day||15h 21min|
|K9126 /K9127||Yongzhou||22:58||8:31 next day||9h 33min|
|K9208||Yueyang||21:26||7:51 next day||10h 25min|
|K9218||Changsha||23:26||8:40 next day||9h 14min|
|K9250||Shaoguan East||9:03||11:40||2h 37min|
|K9258||Hengyang||23:40||7:00 next day||7h 20min|
|T124 /T121||Changchun||19:04||7:05 the third day||36h 1min|
|T16||Beijing West||16:48||13:27 next day||20h 39 min|
|T170||Shanghai South||13:58||9:40 next day||19h 42min|
|T180||Jinan||21:20||19:09 next day||21h 49min|
|T254||Tianjin||18:30||20:13 next day||25h 43min|
|T256||Zhengzhou||16:09||8:50 next day||16h 41min|
|T264 /T265||Lhasa||12:12||19:20 the third day||55h 8min|
|T38 /T35||Urumqi||23:53||6:35 the third day||54h 42min|
|T8316 /T8317||Zhangjiajie||20:02||8:52 next day||12h 50min|
|T90||Shijiazhuang||14:10||9:05 next day||18h 55min|
The general rate for a taxi in Guangzhou is 10 RMB for the first 2.5 kilometers (1.6 miles), and 2.6 RMB for every additional kilometer, which applies to the daytime and at night.
The bus fee in Guangzhou is one RMB for the common buses and 2 RMB for the air-conditioned ones. The following buses take you to Guangzhou Railway Station from the downtown area: B2, B10, 8, 11, 14, 18, 30, 31, 52, 55, 79, 180, 201, 210, 211, 228, 254, 257, 529, 550, 552, 803, 803A, 805, 807, 807A, 840, 862, and 862B.
Metro lines 2 and 5 are just below Guangzhou Railway Station, of which metro line 2 leaves for Jiahewanggang and Guangzhou South Railway Station respectively. Metro line 5 starts for Jiaokou and Wenchong respectively from Guangzhou Railway Station. Visitors can take metro lines 2 and 5 to the major scenic spots, such as Yuexiu Park.
Starting at Xinhua Avenue, Huadu District, Guangzhou, Guangzhou North Railway Station can be reached from Guangzhou Railway Station by first taking subway line 5 to Xicun, and then transferring to bus 71.
Guangzhou South Railway Station is located at Shibi Village, Zhongcun Town, Panyu District, Guangzhou, and can be reached directly by taking subway line 2 from Guangzhou Railway Station within 45 minutes.
Located at Zhanqian Road, Xicun, Liwan District, Guangzhou, Guangzhou West Railway Station can be reached directly by taking subway line 5 from Guangzhou Railway Station within 10 minutes.
Located at 1, Dongzhan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, Guangzhou East Railway Station can be reached directly by taking bus 271 from Guangzhou Railway Station within one hour.
Baiyun International Airport is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Guangzhou Railway Station. Visitors can get to the airport in the following ways:
Walk to the Civil Aviation Ticket Office Stop from Guangzhou Railway Station, and then transfer to subway line 1 to the airport.
Walk to Dongfang Hotel Stop from Guangzhou Railway Station, and then take subway line 5 to the airport.
Take subway line 2 to Jiahewanggang from Guangzhou Railway Station and then subway line 3 to the airport.
Take a taxi to the airport at a cost of about 90 RMB.
Subway line 2 takes visitors from the station to Yuexiu Park in 12 minutes.
Buses 24, 210, or 257 take visitors from the station to White Cloud Mountain.
Subway line 5 can be taken first from the station to Taojin Stop, and then visitors can transfer to bus 30 to travel to the South China Botanical Garden.
Guangzhou Railway Station is 176 kilometers (109 miles) from Shenzhen Railway Station, and over 20 high-speed trains run to Shenzhen Railway Station from 6:03am to 10:20pm daily. Below is list of the D-trains leaving for Shenzhen from Guangzhou Railway Station.
|High-Speed Trains from Guangzhou to Shenzhen|
Guangzhou Railway Station is well-equipped with modern service facilities and is composed of three floors above the ground as well as one underground floor. The first floor serves as the subway line exits and entrances, taxi stands, and parking lots, where it is very convenient for visitors to transfer between the different means of transport. The second floor serves as the VIP waiting rooms and port halls. The third floor serves as waiting rooms for visitors leaving for Shenzhen, Guiyang, Wuhan, and Nanning. The underground floor serves as the entrance and exit halls for the subway lines. The food stalls, book stalls, and tea houses are mainly distributed on the second and third floors.