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As one of the most important transportation hubs in Southwest China, Guiyang is often the first and last stop when taking a trip to Guizhou Province. You can get to Guiyang conveniently and swiftly either by air or on a train. Guizhou has an established highway network, which covers every county and city in the province, and Guiyang is in the center of this network.
The only airport in Guiyang is Guiyang Longdongbao International Airport. The airport is 12 kilometers (7 miles) from downtown Guiyang, which is about 15 minutes’ drive.
Currently, 81 air routes are operated from this airport, connecting the main China cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Guilin, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, etc.
International air routes just cover a few East Asian cities: Bangkok, Singapore, and Osaka.
No matter which way you choose to travel, a lack of English services could be the main problem. For overseas travelers, using a private transfer offered by a travel service (such as China Highlights) might be a better choice.
Guiyang is the transportation center for tourism in Guizhou, with trains being the main form of transport. Guiyang currently has two railway stations.
Guiyang North Railway Station, an important railway hub in Southwest China, began operation in 2014. It is the largest high-speed railway station in Guizhou Province. The high-speed lines extend to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, and other main cities in China.
The high-speed trains can reach speeds of 250 to 350 kilometers per hour. The cars are clean and comfortable, and the journey is smooth as well as fast. Nowadays, it has become the most popular form of transportation in China.
In addition, you can take the train to some cities in Guizhou Province, such as Kaili (near multiple ethnic minority villages, including Jidao Miao Village and Matang Gejia Village), Anshun (near Huangguoshu Waterfall), and Tongren (near Fanjing Mountain).
Guiyang Railway Station is located in the center of downtown Guiyang. It is the departure station for ordinary trains. Many major cities and travel destinations are connected, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, and Kunming.
Guiyang subway’s Line 1 is now fully operational. Taking Line 1, you’ll be able to reach several important stations and attractions in Guiyang, such as Guiyang Railway Station, Guiyang North Railway Station (a high-speed train station), and Hebin Park.
Subway lines 2 and 3 are under construction.
Taxis in Guiyang are managed by several different taxi companies and therefore have different colors. The starting taxi fare is 10 yuan (within 3 kilometers) or 8 yuan (within 2 kilometers). The excess is 1.8 yuan per kilometer in the daytime (6:30am–10pm) and 1.9 yuan per kilometer at night (10pm–6:30am).
The city buses are a convenient and fast form of transportation in Guiyang. They run to all parts of the city. The number of stations and buses is extensive, so there is no need to worry about missing a bus because you'll be able to take the next one very quickly.
The bus fare is 1 yuan for an ordinary bus and 2 yuan for one of the new buses with air-con and nicer interiors. No change is given on the buses so make sure you have enough change on you. Most buses run from 6am to 10pm.
Guiyang has two main bus stations. From Jinyang Station, you can take buses to Yunnan, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Guangxi, and other provinces. Guiyang East Station operates buses that link cities and counties in Guizhou Province. This might be a plan B or C for local people.
Lack of English is still a challenge as most of the taxi drivers in Guiyang can’t speak English and there may not be English services for the buses. If you can’t speak Chinese, ask the staff in your hotel to write down the information needed and show it to a taxi driver or ticket seller, or use a mobile map to find your way around.
A better option is to take a private tour and travel with an English-speaking guide. Your guide can help you to solve any problems encountered, and you can travel around the city in a private car.
If you are worried about how to choose the best way to travel to/around Guiyang, contact us now. Tell us what you need, and our professional travel advisors will help you to customize a Guiyang tour with the best transportation options.