Guangzhou Train Travel Guide
Here you can find useful information on Guangzhou train travel, including guide for Guangzhou Railway Stations (location, website address, how to get there), ticket booking hours, advance ticket reservation period, train schedule for main itineraries as well as some useful note for passengers who travel on China train first time.
Guangzhou Railway Stations Guide
There are four passenger railway stations in Guangzhou city, naming Guangzhou Railway Station, Guangzhou East Railway Station, Guangzhou South Railway Station and Guangzhou North Railway Station respectively. Guangzhou Railway Station and Guangzhou East Railway Station are located in the urban area while Guangzhou South Railway Station and
Guangzhou North Railway Station are located in the outskirt area. Passengers choose Wuhan Guangzhou High Speed Railway (Wuguang High Speed Railway) should take their trains at Guangzhou South Railway Station or Guangzhou North Railway Station. Passengers take Guangzhou Kowloon Through Train for Hongkong Special Region should depart from Guangzhou East Railway Station.
- Guangzhou Railway Station: No. 159, Huanshi West Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou 510010, People's Republic of China.
- Guangzhou East Railway Station: Lin He Zhong Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 510610, People's Republic of China.
- Guangzhou South Railway Station: Shibi Town, Panyu District, Guangzhou 510150, People's Republic of China.
- Guangzhou North Railway Station: Xinhua Street, Huadu District, Guangzhou 510800, People's Republic of China.
How to Get to Guangzhou (Central) Railway Station from Baiyun Airport:
- by Airport Express
Passenger can take airport line 1 (5 to 15 minutes per) from the airport's Car Sitting Area and get off at Air-ticket Office Station. Guangzhou Railway Station is just 160 meters away from the Air-ticket Office Station. Airport buses are availiable from 7:00am until the airport's closing time. Journey time is about 45 minutes and ticket price is RMB 16 Yuan.
Remark: If you travel with big luggage, you can use this option as airport express is quite spacious.
- by Taxi
Distance between Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Guangzhou Railway Station is about 30 kilometers. Driving time for the taxi is about 30 minutes and cost is about RMB 80 Yuan (For reference only!) during daytime's working hours.
Remark: this option is best for a group of 2-3 people.
- by Metro
The two places are connected by metro lines directly. By making a transfering to metro line 2 at Jiahe Wanggang station, passenger can get to Guangzhou Railway Station from Guangzhou Baiyuan Airport in about 30 minutes. Ticket cost for metro travel is RMB 7 Yuan.
Remark: Don't select this option if you are traveling with big luggages during the peak periods including 7:30am to 9:00am and 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
- Useful Note:
Guangzhou Railway Station mainly serves normal trains including four-digital trains, K trains, T trains and ect.
How to Get to Guangzhou South Railway Station from Baiyun Airport:
- By Metro.
Passenger can take the metro rail from Baiyun Airport directly and get off at Jiahe Wanggang station and then transfer to metro line 2 for Guangzhou South Railway Station. Journey time is about 1 hour and ticket price is RMB 10 Yuan.
Remark: Don't select this option if you are traveling with big luggages from 7:30am to 9:00am or 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
- by Taxi
Distance between Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Guangzhou South Railway Station is about 58 kilometers. Riding time for the taxi is a bit more than 50 minutes and taxi fare is about RMB 190 Yuan (For reference only!) during daytime working hours.
This option is best for group of 2-3 people.
- Useful Note:
Guangzhou South Railway Station is a high speed train station. Passenger taking bullet train for Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Shunde direction should depart here. Passenger taking high speed train for Dongguan, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Changsha direction can also choose to depart here.
How to Get to Guangzhou East Railway Station from Baiyun Airport:
- By Metro.
No. 3 metro line can take you from Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou East Railway Station directly. Journey time is about half an hour and ticket price is RMB 7 Yuan.
Remark: Don't select this option if you are traveling with big luggages during 7:30am to 9:00am or 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
- by Taxi
Distance from Baiyun airport to Guangzhou East Railway Station is about 39 kilomters. It takes a bit more than 40 minutes to ride on taxi and taxi fare is about RMB 120 Yuan during daytime working hours.
- Useful Note:
Passenger taking Guangzhou-Kowloon through train for Hong Kong should depart from Guangzhou East Railway Station. Passenger taking high speed train for Dongguan and Shenzhen direction can also depart here.
How to Get to Guangzhou North Railway Station from Baiyun Airport:
- by Airport Express
Airport express line 9 can transport passenger from Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou North Railway Station directly. Working time is from 5:25am to 7:55pm and bus frequency is 30 minutes. Riding time is 45 minutes and ticket fare is RMB 10 Yuan.
Remark: If you are traveling with big luggage, you can use this option as airport express is quite spacious.
- by Taxi
Distance between Guangzhou North Railway Station and Baiyun Airport is about 18km and riding time on the taxi is about 30 minutes. Taxi fare would be about RMB 50 Yuan during daytime working hours.
- Useful Note:
Guangzhou North Railway Station serves both normal train and high speed train. Passenger taking high speed bullet train for Wuhan, Changsha can depart here.
Transport between Guangzhou East Railway Station and South Railway Station:
- By Bus
No. 302A bus connects Guangzhou East Railway Station with Guangzhou South Railway Station directly. Its operating hour is from 6:30am to 11:30pm. Journey time on the bus is about 70 minutes.
- By Metro
Passenger can take line 2 metro rail from Guangzhou South Railway Station and making a transfer at Gongyuan Qian station to transfer to line 1 for Guangzhou East Railway Station. Journey time is about 45 minutes and ticket price is RMB 7 Yuan.
Remark: Don't select this option if you are traveling with big luggages during 7:30am-9:00am or 5:00pm-7:00pm.
- By Taxi
Distance between the two place is 29km. It takes about 45 minutes to ride on a taxi and fare is about RMB 80 Yuan in daytime's working hours.
Transportation Guide for People attending Canton Trade Fair
I would like to visit the canton trade fair. My point of entry is ShenZhen. What train route should I take? Thank you.
Please input Shenzhen and Guangzhou in the searching boxes of www.chinatrainguide.com and do a search, you will find the latest train timetable in the searching result page. You can choose any train station in Guangzhou as a destination.
Now let me tell you how to transport from Guangzhou Train Stations to Pazhou Complex, the venue of Canton Trade Fair:
How to get to Canton Trade Fair from Guangzhou Railway Station
- By Metro
We recommend you take the metro to get to Canton Trade Fair from Guangzhou Railway Station. To do so, you should take Guangzhou Metro Line 2 to Changgang metro station firstly and then transfer to Metro Line 8 and get off the subway either at Xingang East or Pazhou. Journey time is about half an hour and ticket price is RMB 5 Yuan. Working hours for Guangzhou Metro is from 6:20am to 11:20pm.
- By Taxi
Riding distance from Guangzhou Train Station to Canton Trade Fair is about 17km on a taxi. Driving time is about half an hour and taxi fare is about RMB 50 Yuan in day time's working hours.
How to get to Canton Trade Fair from Guangzhou East Railway Station
- By Metro
to travel by Metro, you should firstly take Guangzhou Metro Line 3 (northern northern extension) to Tiyu Xilu and then transfer to Line 3 to Kecun. From Kecun, you can take metro line 8 and get off either at Xingang East or Pazhou to visit Canton Trade Fair. Total journey time is about 20 minutes and ticket fare is RMB 4 Yuan.
- By Taxi
It's more convenient to travel by taxi to visit Canton Trade Fair from Guangzhou East Train Station. Distance between the two place is about 10km and riding time is below half an hour. Taxi fare is about RMB 30 Yuan in daytime's working hours.
How to get to Canton Trade Fair from Guangzhou South Railway Station
- By Metro
To travel by metro from Guangzhou South Train Station, passenger should firstly take metro line 2 to Changgang firstly and then transfer to Line 8 to Canton Trade Fair Pazhou Complex. Journey time is about 38 minutes and ticket fare is RMB 6 Yuan.
- By Taxi
Riding distance between Guangzhou South Train Station and the venue of Canton Trade Fare is about 23km. It takes about 40 minutes to travel by taxi and taxi fare is about RMB 65 Yuan in daytime's working hours.
Guangzhou Train Ticket Booking Guide
Ticket windows of Guangzhou Railway Stations open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ticket Reservation Period in Guangzhou
Advance train ticket reservation period in Guangzhou is 20 days maximum, including the date of journey. That means, passengers can reserve tickets on September 6 if they want to start the rail travel on September 25.
Ticket reservation period may be shortened to 3 - 5 days during holiday seasons including May 1st holiday, China National Holiday (October 1st) and etc.
China have the busiest railway networks. If you buy the ticket on the date of journey, you may get disappointed as tickets might have been sold out already. We recommend you book your ticket in advance to make sure your journey will not be delayed.
Comparing to the high speed bullet train, the normal train has a higher occupancy rate. Therefore, if you are traveling on the high speed bullet D train or G train, you can purchase ticket
in some later time. Otherwise, if you are traveling on the normal train, purchasing ticket in your earliest time would be the best choice.
There is no additional charge to purchase ticket from the ticket window of the train station directly. Meanwhile, ticket agency charges CNY 5 Yuan each as booking fee.
China Railway Department sells train tickets online through its official website www.12306.cn. This Chinese website doesn't work to international travelers as it doesn't accept payment by overseas credit card. If you have a Chinese receptionist in China, it's your best choice to let your receptionist to purchase ticket through www.12306.cn on your behalf by providing your passport information.
Once ticket has been successfully reserved, you can then pick the ticket from ticket window of the train station anytime before the departure of the train. You can also pick the ticket from a ticket agency that is close to you, meanwhile, the ticket agency will charge RMB 5 Yuan as processing fee each ticket. No need to pay to collect ticket from the departure train station.
Railway Rules and Regulations You Should Know
Chinese rail industry has its own characters and railway rules and regulations are different with any other country in the world. Getting familiar with these rules will make your rail travel in China more successful and happy!
- Inflammable or explosive dangerous goods, animal and pet are not allowed to take on the train.
- Luggage weight requirment: child passenger can take luggage under 10kg on board of the train free of charge. Adult passenger can take luggage with weight under 20kg on board of the train free of charge and diplomatic personnel can take luggage under 30km on board of the train free of charge. To transport your luggage free of charge, total length of your luggage ( length+width+height) should be under 200cm.
- Remark: in practice, some passengers can take over-weighted & over-sized luggage without additional charges on board of the train, depending on if you are traveling during the busy season, if there are enough free space on the train, how the train conductor execute the regulation and etc. The high speed bullet train, or sleeper cabin on the normal train usually has more free space and it's easier for passengers to transport over-weighted luggage free of charge under those two mentioned conditions.
Child Tickets: Requirments, Prices and etc.
Instead of age, China railway has special requirments on height to buy child ticket. Requirments on child ticket can be summarized as the follows:
- Children with the height under 120cm can enjoy free rail travel and don't need to pay. No seats are designated to children who don't pay for train travel.
- Children with the height from 120cm to 150cm have privileges to buy discounted train tickets. Price for child's seat ticket is about a half of that of adult ticket and price for sleeper ticket for child is about 70% of that of adult ticket.
- Children with the height above 150cm should buy fully-priced train tickets no matter how old they are.
Frequently Asked Questions on Guangzhou Train Travel
Question: where should I go to purchase ticket
i am in guangzhou. I wanna go to sanya, in what station can I buy the tiket from guangzho to sanya?
You can purchase ticket from any train station or ticket agency that is close to you, however, you will have to go to Guangzhou Train Station to take the train for Sanya.
Question: change my ticket
I have now been told I need to go to Guangzhou instead of Shanghai. I have already bought a ticket to Shanghai. How do I find change my ticket?
You will have to go to the departure station to the train you booked to change the ticket. Ticket agency has no right to change or cancel ticket for you.
Question: can I purchase more tickets than I need
Is it possible to book and pay for the entire 4 berth soft sleeper cabin, but only have two of us occupying the cabin?
No, it's not allowed to travel by the train this way. Your two people will just be allowed to purchase two tickets on the specified train. Train tickets in China are sold under real name
system, you will have to show your passport for both of your people before you are allowed to purchase train ticket. With two passport, you can purchase two tickets on the specified train and specified date.
What's more, as a public transport tool, train is widely used by the public people in China which makes it's in shortage most of times. If each of your people occupy two berths, someone else will have no berth to use and that will be unfair to them.
BTW, there are two-bed cabins on some special routes such as Beijing-Xi'an, Beijing-Shanghai, Beijing-Guangzhou and etc.
Question: lost property
I left my IPOD in a white case on my bed on the T99 train from Shanghai to Guangzhou this morning. I was in cart no 7 and the top bed number 14.
Has it been found and can I get it?
Can you speak Chinese? If yes, please make a phone call to this number 020-12306 ASAP and explain your matter to the receptionist of the hotline, they will help you to contact the train conductor of T99 to see if they found your lost Ipod or not.
Otherwise, you will have to go to the Lost and Found of Guangzhou East Train Station and see if they have collected Ipod for you or not.
Wish you luck!
Question: Train to Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Does the train from Guanzhou to Hong Kong reach the Hong Kong International airport?
If not, what is the closest distance does the train do with respect the airport location?
Guangzhou to Hong Kong train terminates at Hung Hom Station of Hong Kong. Direct buses are avaliable from Guangzhou to Hong Kong Airport. Once arrive Hung Hom Station, you can take A21 bus to get to Hong Kong Airport directly.
You don't have to go to Hong Kong Airport by train. Direct buses for Hong Kong Airport are available in high frequency from Guangzhou Tianhe Bus Station, Guangzhou Haizhu Bus Station, Guangzhou Yuexiu Bus Station, Guangzhou Huangpu Bus Station and etc.
Airport buses also pick up people at some famous hotels such stops as Guangzhou Xin Shi Ji (new century) Hotel, Huayuan Hotel, Huaxia Hotel, Guangzhou China Hotel, Guangzhou Dongfang Hotel and etc.
Riding time is about 4 hours and ticket price is Renminbi 200-250 Yuan to travel by bus.
Question: Recognizing a ticket agency
How do I recognize a ticket agency in any city? What sign or logo should I loook for?
Are there also ticket agencies in Singapore?
You can judge if it's a legal train ticket agency in three steps:
1. A legal ticket agency has special network to sell ticket, including at least 1 network-based computer and 1 custom ticket printer.
2. A bronze panel is hanged on the wall of the agency's office, claryfing the authorized administration of railway (name and logo), authorized serial number for the agency and etc. There are nearly 20 regional railway administrations in China, that means, a ticket agency in Guangzhou is authorized by a complete different railway administration with agency in Beijing.
3 Booking fee is required to be announced on a bulletboard that is remarkblely posted in the office of the ticket agency. Only Renminbi 5 Yuan for each ticket is required to book ticket through a legal agency. If someone charges you more than 5 Yuan to book a ticket offline, most likely, she/he is not from a legal agency. Please note, here what we discussed is booking fee.
If you want to let the agency to deliver ticket to the designated place, delivery fee will be generated. Unlike booking fee, delivery fee is unfixed and it's negotiable.
I don't know if there is a legal train ticket agency in Singapore.
Question: Guangzhou Train Travel Enquiry
What is the difference between east gangzhou and gangzhou? How far apart are they?
are there any food/drink/bar facilities on board any of these trains?
Guangzhou East Train Station and Guangzhou Train Stations are two different stations and you should go to corresponding station to take the train.
Distance from Guangzhou Train Station and Guangzhou East Train Station is about 11km. It takes less than half an hour to travel between the two places by taxi and taxi fare would be about RMB 30 Yuan in daytime's working hours.
You can also get to Guangzhou East Train Station from Guangzhou Train Station by subway. Here are the steps:
1. Taking subway line 5 for Wenchong direction and get down at Yangji Station.
2. Transfering at Yangji Station from subway line 5 to subway line 1 for Guangzhou East Train Station. You are suggested to get out of the subway station from F exit where you can access to Guangzhou East Train Station directly.
3. Total riding time by subway is about 20 minutes and ticket fare is RMB 4 Yuan.
Yes, food and drinks are provided on the train. There is a restaurant car on board of the train where you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Please note, unlike that of the western train, food and drinks on China normal trains are charged, in another word, you will have to pay for food and drinks on board of the train as food & drinks are not include in the price of ticket.
On most trains, restaurant is located on the No. 9 car of the train.
Question: Hangzhou-Guangzhou Train
elo ... do u have personnel cabin for long distance travel from hangzhou to guagzhou ... and how much it cost plz...
keep in touch
No, there is no personal cabin for rail travelers to travel from Hangzhou to Guangzhou. The best solution is a soft sleeper cabin which can accomodate 4 people.
Question: Guangzhou-Beijing Luxury Train & Price
Hi, I am planning a journey from Guangzhou to Beijing on 25th of October with my 2 kids (12 yrs-taller then 150cms- & 8 yrs -shorter then 150cms). We want to take soft sleepers but some sites are showing soft sleepers and also delux cabin, what is the difference? How can I see the exact prices for my family? Thanks!
There are two beds in the deluxe cabin and there are four beds in the normal soft sleeper cabin, which makes it's more spacious in the deluxe cabin. What's more, private toilet, television, sofa as well as wardrobe are also provided in the deluxe cabin.
Price for deluxe soft sleeper on Guangzhou to Beijing train is RMB 1385 Yuan for upper bed and RMB 1447 Yuan for lower bed. The kid under with height under 150cm can purchase child ticket which amounts to about 70% of that of adult ticket in price.
Normal soft sleeper ticket price is RMB 752 Yuan for upper bed and RMB 786 Yuan for lower bed. Again, the kid under 150cm can get a 30%-off discounted ticket.
Question: entry visa to HK - Guangzhou
Hi, I will be in China mainland (Guangzhou)and I would like to go to Hong kong and come back. My question is: Is it possible to get a VISA at the trains station immigration office to go to HK and then come back to China mainland ?
Thanks and Best Regards
I am sorry, I can't give you an exact answer as we don't deal with International travel business, most likely, you can get a visa there at the immigration office of Guangzhou East Train Station.
Question: Train Info
want to go from Guangzhou to Nimbo and was curious about the soft sleeper and what that is.
I know you are traveling first time by train in China, right? Please check this page http://www.beijingchina.net.cn/transportation/train/interior-photos-of-china-train.html and you will know what does a soft sleeper looks like.
I would like to use the high speed train from Guangzhou South station to Zhuhai Gongbei station. Is it permitted to take two pieces of luggage on the train?
According to the railway regulation, one adult passenger can take luggage with weight under 20kg on board of the bullet train. There is designated luggage rack inside the train car. For safety, please lock your luggage firmly to make sure it will not fall down from the rack and hurt other passengers.
Question: Is Passport Required to Purchase Train Ticket for an Infant?
i am traveling to beijing from guangzhou with my 6 month old daughter, she was born in guangzhou and has the birth certificate. Can i use her birth certificate as I.D.? because she doesn't have passport yet. and do i need to pay for her in the train? how much? your reply will be a big help to me. thank you.
You don't have to purchase ticket for your daughter, therefore, her passport/certificate will not be required at all. Passport is required only when people are purchasing/reserving tickets. Since she doesn't need a train ticket, her passport will not be required.
You can let her share a sleeper with you. In this case, you should purchase a lower soft sleeper or even a deluxe sleeper as this will make your trip much comfortable. Soft sleeper cabin or even deluxe sleeper cabin has fewer people which makes it much spacious and clean, that's just a infant wanted for travel.
All trains running on Guangzhou-Beijing rail route has sleeper cabins.
Question: Can I Purchase Ticket without the Original Passport?
Thank you so much for the reply. Please i have another question, i' m worried about my way coming back from beijing to guangzhou, is it ok for me to take train without my ORIGINAL PASSPORT? because i am going to submit it to the beijing immigration for my working visa, so by that time i only have the photocopy of my passport and the official receipt from the CHINA IMMIGRATION that my passport is with them..i can't wait for my passport which will be out after a week because i have some important appointment in Guangzhou...i will be waiting for your reply, thank you so much..
I have no right to give you the final answer, you must understand this.
you can try to submit a copy of your passport to ticket seller and see if it works. If not, you will have to use the original one. My personal opinion is that there should be no problem for you to purchase ticket without the original passport in hand even this may bring unexpected troubles to you.
Question: Train Tickets Are Sold in Higher Price to Foreigners than to Chinese People?
I have a quick question. I am a USA citizen, and I am planning to travel from guangzhou to liuzhou by train. I checked the price on your website, but am I going to pay for a different price because I am not a Chinese citizen? Thank you for your information!
Train tickets are sold in same prices to world wide people, that means, you will not be charged additional money just because you are an expatriate to China.