Guangzhou South Railway Station is the largest high-speed railway station in South China and is an important transportation hub connecting Beijing to Guangzhou. It also serves trains connecting major southern cities, such as Guiyang and Nanning, to Guangzhou.
The station links up smoothly with high-speed (D/G), intercity (C), and normal-speed (T/Z/K/numbered) trains, subway and highway. Guangzhou South Railway Station ranks no. 7 among all the high-speed railway stations in China and is widely used by foreigners.
- Region: Panyu District, Guangzhou. (广州市番禺区)
- Address: Shixing Avenue South, Shibi Street, Panyu District, Guangzhou. 广州番禹区石壁街石兴大道南
- How to access: Taxi (recommended), metro
- Station Size: 15 platforms
Popular High-Speed Trains to/from Guangzhou South Railway Station
Vibrant Express from Guangzhou to HK
Guangzhou–Hong Kong High-Speed Trains
In 2018, high-speed trains between mainland China and Hong Kong became available. Now it only takes about an hour to travel between Guangzhou and HK. Find detailed information and train schedules by reading Guangzhou–HK High-Speed Trains. Check more information about HK high-speed trains by reading HK–Mainland High-Speed Trains.
Guangzhou–Zhuhai Intercity Railway
The C (intercity bullet) trains to Zhuhai also depart from Guangzhou South. There are 30 C trains per day running between Guangzhou and Zhuhai, from 14:56 to 22:33. They take about an hour and cost 70 yuan for a second-class seat.
Popular Train Route Info
- Guangzhou–Hong Kong: There are 34 high-speed trains a day running from Guangzhou South to Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station. The journey takes about an hour and costs 187 yuan for a second class ticket. (How to Book a High-Speed Train Ticket from the Mainland to HK).
- Guangzhou–Beijing: There are 5 high-speed trains a day running from Guangzhou South to Beijing West Railway Station . The journey takes about 8 to 10 hours and costs 862 yuan for a second class ticket.
- Guangzhou–Shenzhen: There are 121 high-speed trains a day running from Guangzhou South to Shenzhen North Railway Station. The journey takes about 30 minutes and costs 74.5 yuan for a second class ticket.
- Guangzhou–Foshan: There are 66 high-speed trains a day running from Guangzhou South to Foshan West. The journey takes about 20 minutes and costs 74.5 yuan for a second class ticket.
- Guangzhou–Shanghai: There are 4 high-speed trains a day running from Guangzhou South to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station . The journey takes about 7 hours and costs 793 yuan for a second class ticket.
- Guangzhou–Guilin: There are 43 high-speed trains a day running from Guangzhou South to Guilin /Guilin North /Guilin West Railway Station. The journey takes about 8½ hours and costs 813.5 yuan for a second class ticket.
- Guangzhou–Xi’an: There are 8 high-speed trains a day running from Guangzhou South to Xi’an North Railway Station. The journey takes about 30 minutes and costs 74.5 yuan for a second class ticket.
Guangzhou South Railway Station Map
Guangzhou South Railway Station is in Panyu District, quite far from the city center. There are many parks around the station, however, nice places for you to spend time if you need to wait a couple of hours for the next train.
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The Layout of Guangzhou South Railway Station
Guangzhou South has four floors. Below are the main functions of each floor:
- F3 (Floor 3): waiting hall, commercial area, and ticket windows for rescheduling
- F2: train boarding, arrivals, train transfers, station entrances and drop-off, and security checks
- F1: arrivals, inquiry desks, exits, baggage storage, transfer, ticket windows, station entrances, bus, and taxi stands
- B1 (Basement 1): subway, parking lot, and coach station
The ticket change windows on F3
F3 is the main floor with a commercial area where you can buy food and souvenirs. There are ticket windows and ticket machines for passengers to collect their tickets. Ticket Office 5 is for ticket rescheduling, and Window 66 is especially for HK–mainland train tickets.
F2 is a train-platform floor, but you can go directly to F3 from F2 if you need to transfer to another train. You can also enter the station on F2 and take an escalator to F3.
The ticket hall on F1
There are many sections on F1. In the arrivals section, there are some enquiry desks at the exits. In the entrance section, there are ticket halls on the west and east sides for ticket collection, cancellation, and rescheduling.
The coach station is at the east of B1. You can take an escalator down to the station from the East Square of F1.
Ticket Checks for Foreigners and Passengers from HK, Macau, and Taiwan
In the ticket-check area, there are many automatic machines for passengers using Chinese ID Cards. But there is a special manual ticket-check passage for foreigners and passengers from HK, Macau, and Taiwan. Please make sure that you line up in the right ticket-check passage.
1. Ticket Office 2 on F1, southeast direction (small flow)
2. Ticket Office 3 on F1, southwest direction (small flow)
3. Ticket Office 5 on F3, northeast direction (large flow)
Guangzhou South is a large station with many passengers, and generally it takes over 30 minutes to collect your ticket(s) at the ticket hall. So if you have not yet collected your tickets, we kindly advise you to arrive at the station at least 1.5 hours before your departure time.
4. Working hours: 5.30 am– - 12.20 pm
- Enquiry desk: There are some enquiry desks on F1 and F3. If you get lost or have any physical discomfort, you can always ask for help at the enquiry desks. They are usually located near the exits and waiting areas.
- Baggage storage: There is a left luggage office near West Exit 10. It costs from 15 to 25 yuan for each piece of baggage.
- Smoking room: The smoking room is near boarding gate B10 on F3, and is equipped with charging sockets.
- Caring area: This is a rest place for older, pregnant, disabled, or infant-and-mom passengers, and it’s located in the middle of the waiting area. The caring area also offers baggage portage and fast-track arrangements.
What to Eat at Guangzhou South Railway Station
You don’t need to worry about where to buy food at Guangzhou South, because the station is endowed with some famous chain stores. There are two main commercial areas : one is on the same floor as the waiting area, and the other is an overhead floor above the waiting area.
You will find Starbucks, KFC, McDonalds, Ajisen Ramen and Chinese chain restaurants in the waiting area. And if you are in a hurry to catch your train, you can go to Family Mart for bottled beverage and sandwiches, bread or dessert.
Transportation Around Guangzhou South Railway Station
There are two metro lines available:
- Metro line 2: Guangzhou South to Jia He Wang Gang Station (嘉禾望岗)
- Metro line 7: Guangzhou South to Higher Education Mega Center South Station (大学城南)
Guangzhou Metro Line Network, click the map to see a larger map:
The bus station is on the west of F1, and there are 33 bus lines departing from Guangzhou South.
Taxi stands are on F1. The starting fare is 12 yuan (within 3 kilometers), and the continuing fare is 2.6 yuan per kilometer. For night service (11 pm to 5 am), you need to pay 30% more for the continuing fare.
Guangzhou South Coach Station is in the East Square of Guangzhou South Railway Station. It has coaches to cities and districts around Guangzhou, such as Shenzhen, Dongguan, Zhongshan, and Zhuhai. If train tickets are sold out, you may wish to take a coach to your destination.
Getting to Other Places from Guangzhou South Railway Station
To Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, About 59 Kilometers
>>> By subway: Metro Line 2 → Metro Line 3 (North Extended Line), 27 stops in total
1. Take metro line 2 at Guangzhou South Railway Station and get off at Jia He Wang Gang Station (23 stops).
2. Transfer to metro line 3 (North Extended Line) and get off at Airport South (T1, 4 stops).
3. Walk about 160 meters to reach the airport.
>>> By taxi: The journey takes about 1½ hours and costs about 200 yuan.
To Guangzhou East Railway Station, About 26 Kilometers
>>> By subway: Metro Line 2 → Metro Line 1, 19 stops in total
1. Take metro line 2 at Guangzhou South Railway Station and get off at Gong Yuan Qian Station (公园前站, 12 stops).
2. Transfer to metro line 1 and get off at Guangzhou East Railway Station (7 stops).
3. Walk about 10 meters to reach the station.
>>> By taxi: The journey takes about an hour and costs about 80 yuan.
To Guangzhou Railway Station, About 23 Kilometers
>>> By subway: Take metro line 2 and get off at Guangzhou Railway Station. There are 15 stops in total.
>>> By taxi: The journey takes about an hour and costs about 70 yuan.
To Guangzhou’s Old City Center–Beijing Road, Yuexiu District, About 22 Kilometers
Yuexiu District is the old city center of Guangzhou, with many famous commercial and trade subzones. Most of the historical travel attractions are in Yuexiu. We will take Beijing Road (Pedestrian Street) as an example to illustrate how to get to this district.
>>> By subway: Metro Line 2 → Metro Line 6, 12 stops in total
1. Take metro line 2 at Guangzhou South Railway Station and get off at Haizhu Square Station (11 stops).
2. Transfer to metro line 6 and get off at Beijing Road Station (1 stop).
3. Leave from Exit B and walk about 320 meters to get there.
>>> By taxi: The journey takes about 50 minutes and costs about 70 yuan.
To Guangzhou’s New City Center–Tianhe District, About 27 Kilometers
Enquiry desk at Guangzhou South Railway Station
Tianhe District is a new and modern city center with tall buildings and popular shops. Many of Guangzhou’s modern-day landmarks such as the CTF Finance Centre and Guangzhou Opera House are in this district. We will take Tianhe Sports Center as an example to show you how to get to this district.
>>> By subway: Metro Line 2 → Metro Line 1, 18 stops in total
1. Take metro line 2 at Guangzhou South Railway Station and get off at Gong Yuan Qian Station (12 stops).
2. Transfer to metro line 1 and get off at Tianhe Sports Center Station (6 stops).
3. Leave from Exit C and walk about 90 meters to get there.
>>> By taxi: The journey takes about 45 minutes and costs about 80 yuan.
To Canton Fair, About 21 Kilometers
>>> By subway: Metro Line 2 → Metro Line 8, 16 stops in total
1. Take metro line 2 at Guangzhou South Railway Station and get off at Chang’gang Station (昌岗站, 8 stops).
2. Transfer to metro line 8 and get off at Xin’gangdong Station (8 stops).
3. Leave from Exit A and walk about 480 meters to reach Canton Fair (Pavilion).
>>> By taxi: The journey takes about 40 minutes and costs about 65 yuan.
To Canton Tower, About 21 Kilometers
>>> By subway: Metro Line 7 → Metro Line 3, 10 stops in total
1. Take metro line 2 at Guangzhou South Railway Station and get off at Hanxi Changlong Station (4 stops).
2. Transfer to metro line 8 and get off at Guangzhou Tower Station (6 stops).
3. Walk about 70 meters to reach Canton Tower.
>>> By taxi: The journey takes about 30 minutes and costs about 70 yuan.
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Attractions Around Guangzhou South Railway Station
Chimelong (Changlong) Tourist Resort, Only 8 Kilometers
Chimelong Tourist Resort is a 5A national resort with tourist hotels, restaurants, and entertainment services. There are five main districts in Chang Long: Chimelong Paradise, Guangzhou Chimelong Safari Park, Chimelong Water Park, Changlong International Circus, and Chimelong Birds Park. There is so much to see you can spend even a couple of days in Chimelong with friends.
How to get there: Take metro line 7 and get off at Hanxi Changlong Station. By taxi, it takes about 15 minutes and costs about 25 yuan.
Dafushan Forest Park, Only 10 Kilometers
Dafushan is an ecological forest park with beautiful mountains and ponds.
How to get there: Take bus 312 and get off at Dafushan North Gate (大夫山北门). By taxi it takes about 15 minutes and costs about 30 yuan.
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