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Guangzhou Transportation

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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.

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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).

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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.

Trains

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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. 

Coach/Bus

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.

Ship

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. 

Jetfoil

The five-star Premier Jetfoil with exclusive and luxurious services of superb quality comes and goes between Macau, Hong Kong, Hong Kong International Airport, Shenzhen Baoan International Airport, Shenzhen Shekou Port, and Guangzhou Nansha Port. 

The newest five-star Premier Jetfoil is equipped with the latest LED lighting system, a top-quality Samsung onboard entertainment system, a VIP Cabin that comes with a self-controlled air conditioning and lighting system, and free WiFi service. Passengers of the VIP Cabin can use the online meal reservation service by reserving it on www.turbojetbooking.com 24 hours prior to sailing time to specify their meal choice. 

Check out more information about jetfoil transport between Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Macau.

City Transportation

Subway

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.

Buses

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 or 23:00.

For passengers' convenience, Guangzhou also has night buses marked with the prefix 'Ye’ (夜, night). Most night bus routes run from around 22:00 to 23:00 after which there are night buses Night route numbers are not related to the normal route numbers. The fare is usually ¥3 - ¥4. There are more than 100 night routes, but most of them stop running between midnight and 1:30 am, and some start again around 5am. In most cases, taking a taxi after midnight and before sunrise is a better idea. Some routes continue overnight.

Taxis

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At present, Guangzhou has about 30,000 taxis operated by different companies, but demand is huge particularly during peak hours from 7:30 am to 9 am and during lunch and dinner. So you might have difficulty hailing a taxi during rush hours.

Make sure they turn on the meter and carry and give only small change/bills to avoid counterfeits. Another problem is that they may driver around to raise the fare.

Fares: The flag-down fare is 10 yuan for the first 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) and 2.6 yuan is charged for each additional kilometer (0.6 mile). After 35 Kilometers, a 50% surcharge is added automatically.

Taxis to/from the airport are also available and take about the same time as the Metro. A taxi ride to/from central Guangzhou will cost about 115 RMB with an additional 15 RMB toll fee depending on where you get off/on and the traffic situation.

Taxis to/from the East Railway Station (Dong Zhan) and the airport costs about 130 RMB. The East Railway Station is conveniently in the Tianhe District in the main city center of Guangzhou and near many main attractions.

You might consider hiring a private driver for convenience and enjoyment (the line for cabs at the airport often is over 45 minutes) and also if you are planning to go to several places or need to ride for an extended time. Information is below. See more about Taxis in China.

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