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Guangzhou to Shenzhen Transportation

Guangzhou South Railway StationGuangzhou is a transportation hub of China

The distance between Guangzhou and Shenzhen is not very far: the railway section from Guangzhou East Railway Station to Shenzhen Railway Station (in Luohu District) is 139 kilometers (86.4 miles).

The transportation between these two big cities in South China is very convenient and efficient. Travelers can take a train or coach to come and go between Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Travel by Train

Guangzhou East Railway StationGuangzhou East Railway Station

Every day there are more than 230 pairs of trains running between Guangzhou and Shenzhen, including three kinds of trains: high-speed trains (G), intercity high-speed trains (C), and normal trains (K, T, or Z).

For train schedules, ticket prices, and ticket booking, please check out China Train Search.

See How to Choose Train Types and Seat Classes in China.

Intercity High-Speed Trains (C)

There are about 90 intercity high-speed trains (the train number starts with C) operating from Guangzhou to Shenzhen. The trains depart from all four of the passenger railway stations in Guangzhou and you can select your train depending on where you are.

  • Guangzhou East Railway Station: Located near Guangzhou CBD, this might be the most convenient station.
  • Guangzhou Railway Station: Located in the west side of downtown Guangzhou.
  • Guangzhou South Railway Station: Located in the south of Guangzhou, this station is the nearest to Shenzhen. Set aside at least 1 hour to reach the station if you are in the downtown area and 2 hours if you are in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
  • Guangzhou North Railway Station: This is located in the far north of Guangzhou city. If you are in the downtown area, you may need 2 hours to get there.

The ticket for a first-class seat is 99.5 yuan (14 USD) and a second-class seat is 79.5 yuan (11 USD).

High-Speed Trains (G)

Highspeed train in ChinaHighspeed train in China

There are over 100 high-speed trains (the train number starts with G) departing from Guangzhou to Shenzhen every day. The trains depart from Guangzhou South Railway Station (plus about 10 trains from Guangzhou North Railway Station) to Shenzhen North Railway Station.

For G trains that depart from the two stations further away from the downtown area, you may need to set aside 1 to 2 hours to reach the station before your train departs.

The ticket prices for first- and second-class seats in G trains are the same as C trains. There are luxury business-class seats in G trains, which cost twice the price of first-class seats.

Normal Trains (K, T, or Z)

Every day, there are about 20 normal trains (the train number starts with a K, T, or Z) running between Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The trains depart from Guangzhou Railway Station and arrive at Shenzhen, Shenzhen West, and Shenzhen East railway stations.

These trains are slower than high-speed trains, taking you to Shenzhen in 2 to 3 hours. They are only useful when you need to save every cent of your budget.

Guangzhou to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

ShenzhenShenzhen

First, take a train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen. No matter which railway station you arrive at, you can take the metro or bus to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. The journey from the railway stations to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport may take about 1½ hours.

  • From Shenzhen Railway Station: Bus 330 or airport bus Line 1 takes you directly to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport. Alternatively, take Metro Line 1 to Chegongmiao Station and then transfer to Line 11 to reach Airport Station.
  • From Shenzhen North Railway Station: Take the direct bus E29 or take Metro Line 5 to Qianhaiwan Station and transfer to Line 11.
  • From Shenzhen West Railway Station: Take bus M562 to Daxin Station, transfer to Metro Line 1 to Qianhaiwan Station, then transfer to Metro Line 11.
  • From Shenzhen East Railway Station: Take Metro Line 3 to Futian Station then transfer to Line 11. Alternatively, take Metro Line 5 to Qianhaiwan Station and then transfer to Line 11.

Travel by Coach/Bus

There are many coach/bus stations both in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The duration of the journey between both cities is about 1½ to 2 hours.

Every day, there are hundreds of coaches running between Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The service time is from 05:35 to 22:00 in Shenzhen and from 04:00 to 23:00 in Guangzhou.

Be aware that the coaches only offer limited facilities and services. There are also great challenges for overseas travelers to find the stations, book the tickets, and get on the vehicles, and you are not recommended to take the night coach for safety concerns.

Check out this information for Guangzhou coach/bus stations.

Where to Catch a Coach Traveling from Guangzhou to Shenzhen

  • Guangdong Passenger Transport Terminal (广东省汽车客运站)
  • Tianhe Bus Station (天河汽车客运站)
  • Guangzhou Guangyuan Coach Station (广园汽车站)
  • Guangzhou Passenger Transport Station (广州汽车客运站)

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