Guangzhou is the transportation hub of southern China. The new Guangzhou Airport is an important international airport. Each day there are flights to all parts of China and some foreign countries. Guangzhou's highway system is also well developed. The region's sprawling roads can take visitors to the whole country. There is also good water transportation system in which the Huangpu Port is a very important large port in Southern China.
Airport transfer tip: Guangzhou is an important transfer point during a journey to China. Travelers flying to Guangzhou may need to wait around half a day or one day before boarding their next flight. You can check out how to spend this half day or one day in Guangzhou.
Air transport: Guangzhou Baiyun Airport is about 6 kilometers (about 4 miles) from the Guangzhou urban area. In China, the passenger traffic of Baiyun Airport is only second to that of Beijing Capital Airport.
Besides airlines to every part of China, there are 16 international airlines that link Guangzhou with Los Angeles in the USA, Amsterdam in Holland, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, Osaka and Tokyo in Japan, Paris in France, Seoul in South Korea, Lagos in Nigeria, and South and Southeast Asian countries (including Vietnam, Laos, Burma, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia).
It takes about 30 minutes taking a taxi from downtown to the airport, and the fare is about 20 yuan. A shuttle bus is also available, costing 3 yuan per person, and the shuttle bus sets out when the bus is full. Check the timetable of the airport shuttle buses or book a flight ticket.
There are five railway stations in Guangzhou: Guangzhou Railway Station; Guangzhou South Railway Station, offering most bullet trains; Guangzhou East Railway Station, offering more convenient bullet train access to central Guangzhou from Shenzhen / HK; Guangzhou North Railway Station, and Guangzhou West Railway Station.
Guangzhou Railway Station is in Huanshi Road (环市路), and it is the largest and the most important station in Guangzhou at present. Trains depart to Beijing, Wuhan, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Lhasa and many other cities in China.
There is a developed highway system in Guangzhou. Guang-Fo (Guangzhou-Foshan) Highway and Guang-Hua Highway were put into use in succession. Now, there are about 20 big long-distance bus stations in Guangzhou including the major ones of the Provincial Bus Station, Fangcun Bus Station, Guangzhou Passenger Transport Center, Tianhe Bus Station and Yuexiu South Bus Station, offering plenty of coaches to different cities and counties in and out of Guangdong Province. Read more on Guangzhou coaches.
Guangzhou is located beside the Pearl River, and it is one of the most famous port cities in China. The Pearl River is the second largest navigable river in China. Passengers can take ships to Hong Kong, Macau and Haikou.
There are many ports in Guangzhou including Humen Port, Xinsha Port, Huangpu Port, Nansha Port and many other ports. The ship routes link Guangzhou to hundreds of ports including domestic ports and foreign ports. Most of these ports are cargo ports.
However, three ports provide passenger transport: 1) Panyu Lotus Mountain Port provides high speed passenger liners to Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong daily, 2) Huangpu Port offers ships to Xiuying Port in Haikou, 3) Nansha Port operates ships to Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal in Macau. Read more on Guangzhou ships.
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Guangzhou Metro: Guangzhou's subway network covers much of the city center. The ticket ranges from 2 Yuan to 14 Yuan. Currently, Lines 1 and 2 are the most useful to tourists, because these two lines run east-west and north-south respectively across the city center. Line 3 is also very useful because it connects the Guangzhou East Station for bullet train travel to Shenzhen.
In Guangzhou, there are about 8,000 buses, most of which are air-conditioned buses. Hence the ticket fare is different: 1 yuan for common buses, and 2 yuan for air-conditioned buses. In addition, ticket fare for some buses run pass collage town, Luoxi Bridge and Yongzhou Ridge is 3 yuan. These buses are mostly available from 06:00 to 22:00.
For passengers' convenience, Guangzhou is also equipped with night buses (Night 1–Night 41), most of which are available till 01:50 in the night and some of them even run overnight. Ticket fare (for the distance under 21.5 kilometers or about 13 miles) is 1.5 yuan per person for common buses and 3 yuan per person for air-conditioned buses, and that for the distance above 21.5 kilometer is 2.5 yuan and 4 yuan orderly.
At present, Guangzhou has about 16,000 taxis, but demand is also huge particularly during peak hours from 7:30 am to 9 am and at lunch and dinner.
Taking a taxi, follow the principles of "marked prices:" The flag down fare is 7 yuan for the first 2.3 kilometers, and it is 2.6 every additional kilometer after that. Make sure they turn on the meter and carry small change/bills to avoid counterfeits.
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Private drivers: Hiring a private driver might be the best option if you want to do a lot of touring or business in Guangzhou. A private driver or aid from an English speaking guide/interpreter is relatively inexpensive compared to Western countries and Japan. It is the most convenient and pleasant way to travel.
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