Urban Transportation in Guangzhou

Urban Transportation

With the buses, trolley buses, mini-buses and Subways, the transportation in Guangzhou is very convenient. In 2010, the total length of the Guangzhou metro network (Line 1 to Line 9) will be 255km (not including the inter-city lines).



The metro network currently has 4 lines operational, 3 under construction and 4 planned. The total operational length is scheduled to grow to 190.8 km by 2010.

Line 1 (red) : Line 1 runs from Xilang to Guangzhou East Railway Station (18.5km).

Line2 (yellow): Line 2 runs from Sanyuanli to Wanshengwei, interchanging with Line 1 at Gongyuanqiao (18.3km). Extensions north to Jiahe and south to Nanzhoukeyun Station are scheduled for completion in 2008.

Line 3 (blue) :Line 3 will be a 36-kilometer Y-shaped line connecting Guangzhou East Railway Station (Line 1) and Tianhe Passenger Transport Station to Panyu Plaza. The line will in the future also be extended to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport

Line 4 (orange): Line 4 will run from Science Town to Pazhouta, where it will interchange with Line 2. The first section opened in 2005.

 Subways under construction

Guangfo Line : A 33-km metro line connecting Guangzhou to sister city Foshan is under construction for completion in 2006-2007.

Rolling Stock: 

126 Adtranz- Siemens Type B-car (Movia 456) - line 1

156 Bombardier Transportation/Changchun Car Company Type B-car (Movia 456) - line 2

120 Siemens AG/Zhuzhou Electrical Locomotive Works Metro cars - line 3

300 Kawasaki Heavy Industries + Sifang Locomotive and Rolling Stock  Series 05? - line 4-6




In Guangzhou , there are not only a lot of buses and trolley buses, but also some long-distance buses. All these can take people to everywhere within China.

Generally, the buses work from 5:00-6:10 to 21:15-22:30. The frequency of departure varies on different routes. Usualy, there will be one bus within every 5 or 15 minutes.




Guangzhou is the first city of China to practice the service Stop a Car at Anytime which is very convenient for people. At present, there are more than 16,000 taxis in Guangzhou and all the taxis can be divided into two prices: one is RMB2.6 for one kilometer, one is RMB2.2 for one kilometer.



Pearl River Delta Inter-City Rail Transit:

Guangfo Line: A subway connecting Guangzhou and its southwestern neighbouring Foshan City is under construction. The planned new subway will be 33km long (18.5km in Guangzhou and 14.5km in Foshan)with 21 stations which are all underground. The trial construction of Kuiqilu Station and Lijiao Station began in 2002 and 2003, and the whole construction will start by the end of 2005. It is expected to be finished by 2010.

Guangzhu Line: A light rail (140.8km, 19 stations) connecting Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai and a branch line from Zhongshan to Jianmen. The main line will run from New Guangzhou Railway Station to Zhuhai (elevated sections are 107km, mountain tunnel sections are 3.854km, total 114.477km, 13 stations). The branch line will run from Xiaolan to Jiangmen West (all elevated section with 26.328km, 4 stations). Construction began in 2005 for opening in 2008. It will use 45 air-conditioned 6-car-trains and the fare will be a max. of 55 Yuan.



Tour Buses:

Line 1: From Tianhe bus terminus – Zhongshan Balu to Sanqi.

Line 2: From Tianhe bus terminus- Zhongshan Balu to Sanqi

Line 3: From the Animal park to Maofeng Mountain.


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