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How to get from Shenzhen Baoan Airport to the City Centre

From huge skyscrapers to world-class shopping malls, Shenzhen is the modern metropolitan bridge city between Hong Kong and mainland China. Be sure to check out the impressive 600-meter-high Ping’an International Finance Centre and the many local wares on sale throughout the city.  

There are three ways to get from Shenzhen airport to the city centre; taxi, bus or metro. Taking a Shenzhen airport taxi takes just 30 minutes and costs around €14 (CNY 100). Metro line 11 is the cheapest option as it costs just €1.50 (CNY 10) and takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. Your final option from Shenzhen airport to the city is the Airport Express Bus, which takes 60 minutes and costs around €3 (CNY 20).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €14 30min 24/7
Bus €6 60min 07:45–00:00
Metro €3 90min 06:04–00:01

How to get from Shenzhen Airport to the City Centre by Taxi

Taking a Shenzhen airport taxi to the city of Shenzhen is the quickest and most comfortable way to travel. The local taxis are available 24/7 and take just 30 minutes to reach the city centre. The average cost for this journey is €14 (CNY 100), based on a taximeter.

Cost of a taxi from Shenzhen Airport to the City

The local drivers will charge around €14 (CNY 100) for the journey from Shenzhen airport to the city centre. Your fare will be calculated using a taximeter, which includes an airport surcharge of €0.45 (CNY 3). It’s important to note that your driver can increase your fare by 20% during the nighttime hours of 23:00 to 06:00.

Cost

€14 (CNY 100)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 outside of Shenzhen Airport.

Where do I find a taxi at Shenzhen Airport?

The local taxis can be found on the east side of the Ground Transportation Centre, on the second level.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Shenzhen airport to the city centre is the most convenient way to travel. The total journey time is at least half that of the public transport options, and you won’t need to wait around for your transfer to begin. Instead, you can make your way directly from the door of the airport to the door of your hotel in just 30 minutes.

Editor’s Note

If you're travelling in a group or with lots of luggage, taking a taxi is your best transfer option. You can split the fare between you and can have peace of mind that your belongings are safely stored in the trunk.

Useful Tips

There's a surcharge of €0.45 (CNY 3) added to your taxi fare for airport pickups.
Shenzhen airport drivers don't speak any English, be sure to write your hotel's address down and show it to them.
Taking a taxi at night is 20% more expensive than during the day.

How to get from Shenzhen Airport to the City Centre by Bus

The Airport Express Bus runs from Shenzhen airport to the city every day from 07:45 to 00:00. The average travel time is 30 minutes, however, there are different lines of the Airport Express Bus that all run to different parts of the city, so the travel time may vary. The cost of a one-way ticket on the bus is around €3 (CNY 20).

How much is the bus from Shenzhen Airport to the City?

The cost of a one-way ticket will depend on the exact bus line you choose to travel on. However, the average price for the Airport Express Bus from Shenzhen airport to the city centre is €3 (CNY 20).

Cost

€3 (CNY 20)

Trip Duration

60 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes for the Airport Express Bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Airport Express Bus runs from 07:45 to 00:00.

Where do I find the bus at Shenzhen Airport?

All buses leave from the ‘Ground Transport Center’ at Shenzhen airport. Simply follow the signs and then look for the bus stop with the correct Airport Express Bus number.

Convenience

Taking the Airport Express Bus is a fairly inexpensive transfer option, but it’s not the most convenient. You will have to wait up to 30 minutes for the bus and the bus makes many stops along the way, making it a slower transfer option. Plus, once you reach the Shenzhen city centre, you will have to take a taxi to your final destination.

Editor’s Note

Taking the bus is the most convenient of the two public transfer options. If you're looking for a cheap transfer and are travelling light, choose the bus.

Useful Tips

Try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the bus departs to secure a seat.
There's no storage on the bus, be sure to travel light.
Try to carry change for your bus ticket as the driver won't be able to break large notes.

Welcome Pickups transfer

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Shenzhen. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Prices

DAYTIME
€40.0
NIGHTTIME
€48.0
Same price as a regular taxi from the line

PRICES FOR

Sedan Car

4 pax, 4 pieces of luggage

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How to get from Shenzhen Airport to the City Centre by Metro

Taking the Metro Line 11 is the slowest transfer option, but it’s also the cheapest. The cost of a one-way ticket is just €1.50 (CNY 10) and the journey time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

How much is the metro from Shenzhen Airport to the city?

The cost of a one-way ticket will depend on the time of day you’re travelling but will be approximately €1.50 (CNY 10). To purchase your ticket for the metro from Shenzhen airport to the city centre, you can go to one of the automatic ticket machines or the manned kiosk.

Cost

€1.50 (CNY 10)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 30 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 8 minutes for the metro.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Metro Line 11 runs from 06:04 to 00:01.

Where do I find the metro at Shenzhen Airport?

The metro station is located underneath Shenzhen Airport Terminal 3, on the B1 level of the Ground Transport Center.

Convenience

Although the cheapest transfer option, taking the metro from Shenzhen airport to the city is the least convenient. Due to many stops, it will take around 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the city and from there, you will need to find additional transportation to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a cheap public transport option, I strongly suggest taking the bus to save time and effort.

Useful Tips

There's very limited storage space on the metro, be sure to travel light.
Keep your ticket with you after purchasing, as random checks are performed.
If you land early in the morning, the metro won't be running.

Frequently asked questions

What’s the cost of a taxi from Shenzhen airport to the city centre?

The cost of a local taxi from Shenzhen airport to the city is around €14 (CNY 100), based on a taximeter. However, this price may vary depending on your exact destination in the city and if you’re travelling at night. To secure a set rate fare you can rely on. We recommend booking your Shenzhen airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups. 

What’s the Shenzhen airport to city distance?

The distance from Shenzhen airport to the city centre is around 32 km. Taking a Shenzhen airport taxi will take 30 minutes, the Airport Express Bus will take around 60 and the metro line 11 will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach Shenzhen. 

How can I get from Shenzhen airport to the city of Shenzhen?

There are three ways to get from Shenzhen airport to the city; taxi, bus or metro. Taking a Shenzhen airport taxi is the fastest way to travel as it takes just 30 minutes and costs around €14 (CNY 100). Taking the metro is the cheapest option, with a ticket price of €1.50 (CNY 10) and a journey time of 1 hour 30 minutes. Another good budget option is the Airport Express Bus, which costs just €3 (CNY 20) one-way and takes around 60 minutes to reach Shenzhen city centre. 

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