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How to get from Shenzhen Airport to Guangzhou

Located on the Pearl River, Guangzhou is a sprawling port city, filled with avant-garde architecture and fascinating museums. Some of the must-see attractions are the Guangdong Museum, Chen Clan Ancestral Hall temple and the Guangdong Folk Arts Museum. 

When it comes to transport from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou, you have three different options; taxi, bus or train. Taking a Shenzhen airport taxi is the fastest and least stressful way to travel. A taxi from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou takes just 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs around €50 (CNY 350). The cheapest transfer option is to take the bus, which costs €11 (CNY 75) and takes around 2 hours to reach Guangzhou. Your final option is to take the metro line 11 and the high-speed train, which takes 2 hours and 20 minutes and costs around €13 (CNY 92).

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €50 90min 24/7
Bus €22 120min 09:00–20:00
Train €26 140min 07:00–18:21

How to get from Shenzhen Airport to Guangzhou by Taxi

Taking a taxi from Shenzhen Airport to Guangzhou is the most comfortable and the fastest way to travel. You can reach your hotel in Guangzhou in just 1 hour and 30 minutes and the cost will be around €50 (CNY 350) during the day and €60 (CNY 420) at night (23:00 to 06:00), based on a taximeter.

What's the taxi fare from Shenzhen Airport to Guangzhou?

The average cost of a local taxi from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou is €50 (CNY 350) during the day and €60 (CNY 420) at night (23:00 to 06:00). However, it’s worth noting that any toll road charges and surcharges for taking a taxi at the airport will be added to your fare.

If you’d prefer a set rate fare with no hidden additional costs, you can book your Shenzhen airport transfer in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Cost

€50 (CNY 350)

Trip Duration

1 Hr 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?

All of the local taxis can be found on the east side of the Ground Transportation Centre. Simply head to the second level and you will see the line of taxis waiting.

Convenience

If you’re looking for a stress-free, quick and comfortable transfer option from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou, taking a taxi is your best option. You won’t have to worry about navigating complicated public transport networks or dragging your heavy luggage through bus and train stations. Instead, you can make your way directly to the door of your hotel in just 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a more budget-friendly transfer option, I suggest splitting the cost of a taxi with up to 4 passengers or booking your transfer in advance with a trusted company such as Welcome.

Useful Tips

Ensure your driver resets the taximeter before you begin your journey.
There's an airport surcharge of €0.50 (CNY3) automatically added to your final fare.
Luggage that can fit in the trunk can be transported for free.

How to get from Shenzhen Airport to Guangzhou by Bus

There’s a bus that runs directly from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou daily from 09:00 to 20:00. The total travel time is around 2 hours and the cost of a one-way ticket is €11 (CNY 75), making the bus the cheapest transfer option available.

How much is the bus from Shenzhen Airport to Guangzhou?

The cost of a one-way ticket on the bus from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou is €11 (CNY 75). You can book your tickets online through China Bus Guide or purchase them from the driver on the bus in local currency.

Cost

€11 (CNY 75)

Trip Duration

2 Hrs.

*There's a waiting time of up to 1 hour for the bus.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The bus is available from 09:00 to 20:00.

Where do I find the bus at Shenzhen Airport?

All buses depart from the Ground Transportation Centre at Shenzhen airport. Simply follow the signs for the centre and then check each stop for your bus.

Convenience

If you’re looking for a very affordable transfer option from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou, taking the bus is a great choice. However, there is up to an hour wait for the bus and the journey time is a long 2 hours, so if you’re on a time crunch, this isn’t a very convenient option.

Editor’s Note

There's luggage storage below the bus for suitcases up to 20 kg. If you're travelling with heavier luggage you may be refused or have to pay extra.

Useful Tips

Be sure to arrive 10 minutes before the bus departs to ensure you get on board.
The buses are usually air-conditioned and comfortable.

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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Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

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Drivers are always on time

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Prices

DAYTIME
€105.0
NIGHTTIME
€126.0
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 Guangzhou by Train

There’s no direct train from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou. First, you will need to take the metro line 11 to the city centre (Futian Station), then switch to one of the high-speed trains from there to Guangzhou. The total journey time is around 2 hours and 20 minutes and the cost is approximately €13 (CNY 92).

How much is the train from Shenzhen Airport to Guangzhou?

The cost of the metro line 11 from Shenzhen airport to Futian station is €1.50 (CNY 10) and the cost of a ticket for the high-speed train from there to Guangzhou is around €11.50 (CNY 82), making a total journey cost of €13 (CNY 92).

Cost

€13 (CNY 92)

Trip Duration

2 Hrs 20 Min.

*There's a waiting time of up to 5 hours for the train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The metro line 11 runs from 06:04 to 00:01 and the high-speed train from 07:00 to 18:21.

Where do I find the train at Shenzhen Airport?

There’s no train station at Shenzhen airport. You will first need to take the metro line 11 to Futian Station in the city centre and then take the high-speed train from there to Guangzhou.

Convenience

Taking the train from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou is the slowest and most complicated way to travel. You will need to navigate both the metro line and train lines in the city centre and will need to drag your luggage through multiple stations.

Editor’s Note

If you're looking for a budget transfer option from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou, I suggest taking the bus rather than the train as it's cheaper and much more convenient.

Useful Tips

The high-speed train only leaves 6 times a day, be sure to check the schedule before beginning your journey.
Although the metro line 11 runs into the night, the trains stop running at 18:21.
Be sure to travel light as there's no luggage storage on the metro.

Frequently asked questions

How much is the taxi fare from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou?

The local taxi drivers don’t give a set rate fare for the journey from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou. Instead, they will use a taximeter to calculate your fare. The average cost is around €50 (CNY 350) during the day and €60 (CNY 420) at night (23:00 to 06:00). If you’d prefer a set rate fare you can rely on, we suggest booking your Shenzhen airport taxi in advance with Welcome Pickups.

Is there a direct Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou train?

No, there’s no train that runs from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou. You will first need to take the metro line 11 into the city centre to Futian Station and then take a high-speed train from there to Guangzhou. The total journey time is around 2 hours and 20 minutes. 

How can I get from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou?

There are three different ways to get from Shenzhen airport to Guangzhou; taxi, bus or train. Taking a Shenzhen airport taxi is the quickest way to travel as it takes just 1 hour 30 minutes and costs around €50 (CNY 350). Taking the bus is the cheapest way to travel, with a one-way ticket costing just €11 (CNY 75) and a journey time of 2 hours. The slowest way to travel is by taking the metro line 11 and the train. The total journey time is 2 hours 20 minutes and the cost is approximately €13 (CNY 92).

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