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Tourists can use the Guangzhou Metro system to tour and enjoy all the excellent highlights and shopping places in this city. What's more, the cost for the transportation is quite low compared to the rest of the world. The MTR is a foreign tourist's friend so you can enjoy your time in Guangzhou.
Here, we have provided you with the latest Guangzhou Metro map as well as useful information about the ticket fares, ticket types, major metro lines, and some tips. Bookmark this page!
The ticket fares depend on the distance you travel.
There are many types of metro ticket and many ways to take the metro — you can choose the most suitable one depending on where you are going or how long you are staying in Guangzhou.
Single-trip tickets are most used by tourists. You can buy your ticket from a ticketing office or an automatic vending machine (the machines only accept 5/10 yuan notes, 0.5/1 yuan coins, and Chinese payment apps).
Then simply show your ticket at the gate to enter and return it to exit. Be aware that the ticket is only valid on the day you purchase it and the ticket could be easily lost as it’s only coin-sized.
Unless you are planning to spend more than just a few days traveling around, simply using single-trip tickets is recommended to avoid the hassle of getting a metro card or setting up a payment account.
A Day Pass and 3-Day Pass are sold in any Guangzhou Metro station. A Day Pass costs 20 yuan and allows you unlimited use of Guangzhou Metro within 24 hours from the first time you use it to pass through the gate (a 3-Day Pass costs 50 yuan and can be used for 72 hours).
This is a better type of ticket if you are going to use the metro lines a lot within a couple of days.
If you have a UnionPay credit card with the “QuickPass” logo and have used it at least once with a POS or ATM, you can use this card to take the metro. This is available for all Guangzhou Metro lines except the APM line.
You can also bind this card to your Apple Pay account and use your iPhone (iOS 11 or higher) or Apple Watch (watchOS 4 or higher) to take the metro.
Passengers can use the QR code program in WeChat to take the metro. Follow these steps to try this modern and popular way:
The metro cards Yang Cheng Tong and Guang Fo Tong can be used on metro trains and buses. They are only useful if you are staying longer and are planning to use the metro trains and buses a lot. After the 16th ride in a month, the ticket prices for rides drop by 40%.
At present (2019), there are 14 metro lines in Guangzhou. Here, we have listed the lines that are useful for travelers:
You can use the metro system to tour Guangzhou. It is faster to travel via the metro than to take a taxi to many popular spots. It is difficult to get lost, although traveling might be bewildering if you catch the wrong train.
As a tourist, you'll probably want to see the main highlights and go shopping during your trip, so here are some quick travel trips to reach various popular places.
Chimelong is very popular because of the circus with animal acts, the safari park, and the amusement park, which are all good.
Take Line 3 and go to Hanxichanglong Station. From there, you can take a free shuttle bus or simply walk there.
These are the two favorite shopping streets, which are about 4 kilometers away from each other. Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street is for retail bargains and Beijing Street also has old buildings for sightseeing purposes.
Beijing Street is reached by taking Line 1 to Gongyuanqian Station and Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street is reached via Changshou Station.
Shamian Island can be reached from Huangsha Station on lines 1 and 6. Like the Shanghai International Settlement, Guangzhou had an international settlement where governments and wealthy people built stylish buildings on Shamian Island.
Check the map and signs carefully: Although the signs and announcements are in English, it is still a problem for overseas travelers to get on the right train and get off at the right station. The best idea is to check the map and signs carefully and talk to the English-speaking staff if you are not sure.
Be prepared during rush hours: Over 8 million people use Guangzhou Metro every day. During the rush hours of 08:00–09:00 and 17:00–18:00, there is only standing room left.
Notice the time of the last train: The last train on some metro lines departs at about 22:30, so you are advised to finish your visit before this time or use taxis late at night.
If Guangzhou Metro doesn't sound like the way you would like to tour Guangzhou, visit the city with us in a comfortable private car and with an English-speaking guide. You can save time by not having to manage the route and deal with ticketing issues, and can stay away from the crowds.
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