Guangzhou South Railway Station Guide

Guangzhou South Railway Station (广州南站 – Guangzhounan), is located in Panyu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province. It is a large, modern railway passenger station, the largest and busiest in Southern China, that services high-speed G series trains (gaotie) to almost all regions of China, inc. Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong.

It is part of the Guangzhou Railway Passenger Transport Hub, one of the four major railway passenger transport hubs together with Guangzhou Railway StationGuangzhou East Railway Station, and Guangzhou North Railway Station. It is also known as “New Guangzhou Station” as it is intended for it to become the city’s major rail station.

The high-speed railway station is a core station of Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macao and the Pan-Pearl River Delta network servicing the major lines including

  • Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway
  • Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway (XRL)
  • Guiguang high-speed railway
  • Nanguang railway
  • Yuexi coastal railway
  • Guangzhou-Zhuhai railway

Guangzhou South Railway Station ranks first in the country in terms of passenger numbers, surpassing Shanghai Hongqiao Station and Beijing South Railway Station. During the May holiday season 2018, the station saw 1,672,300 passengers, with an average daily arrival of 557,400 passengers. The highest daily delivery volume was 574,300, which was the highest in history. During the Spring Festival of 2018, the total number of passengers arriving at the station ranked first in the country, with a total of 17.137 million passengers

 

Getting to and from Guangzhou South Station

Chinese/EN Name: 广州南站 / Guangzhou Nan / Guangzhou South Railway Station
Chinese/EN Address: 广东省广州市番禺区石壁街道石壁村 / Shibi Street, Panyu District, Guangzhou

Taxi

A taxi from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Guangzhou CBD (Tianhe) would take around 40 minutes and cost 70 RMB.

 

Guangzhou Metro

You can take line 2 and line 7 to the station. The metro station shares the same name as the train station – Guangzhou South Railway Station (广州南站). The metro station is inside the railway station so it is very convenient.

Metro Line 2  – Guangzhou South Railway Station  Jiahe Wanggang – hours: 06:00 to 23:30

Metro Line 7 – Guangzhou South Railway Station University City – hours: 06:00 to 23:30

The metro from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Guangzhou CBD (Tianhe) would take around 50 minutes and cost 6 RMB.

See Guide to the metro and line map

 

Intercity Coach

The Guangzhou South Bus Terminal  (广州南汽车客运站) is located in the East Square of Guangzhou South Railway Station offering bus routes to Shenzhen, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Zhuhai and other places in Guangdong Province. See a schedule listed further below.

 

Local Public Bus

Guangzhou South Bus Terminal (广州南汽车客运站) : 288a, 301a, 303a, 309a,  k330,  k6,  k990, 3, 102, 20, 61, 79

 

Station Map

 

 

Station Guide

All station signage is dual language (CN/EN) and the process is straightforward. The station is large so please allow ample time for transiting from taxi to train, or metro to train.

The process: On arriving, head up to the ticket windows on the 3rd floor, after purchasing a ticket head to the departure hall entry and security check where you will show passport and ticket and luggage scan. Once you are in the departure hall check your train number against the large LED screen to see which gate to go through to board your train. Gates will open 15 min before train departure time.

3F floor
Function: pick up tickets, change tickets, drop off passengers, pit stop, security check, departure hall

2F floor
Function: boarding, getting off, transferring, drop-off, pit stop

Ground floor (1F floor)
Function: main arrival hall, purchase tickets, collect tickets, public transport, taxis, pick up point

Basement level (B1 floor)
Function: subway, parking, car.

 

Food

There are several fast food shops in the station, such as 72nd Street, Real Kungfu, KFC, McDonald’s, SPR Coffee, Starbucks etc. , mainly located on the third floor (elevated waiting floor).

 

Buying a Train Ticket

At the station

1st floor – there are ticket offices in the northeast, southeast and southwest corners
3rd floor – in the northeast corner there is a ticket change office

You must show your passport to purchase a ticket. Tickets stop selling at 15 minutes before departure.

In the Guangzhou area

You can purchase tickets at train ticket offices ( 火车票代售点 – Huǒchē piào dài shòu diǎn) that are located throughout the city. Here is a Baidu map of ticket offices in Guangzhou.

Online

There are several third-party services that offer ticket booking in advance online and in English. Like ticket offices, online ticket sellers add a small fee, a popular choice is trip.com/trains/.

 

Where to stay near Guangzhou South Railway Station

Guangzhou Gaotie South Tiecheng Hotel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Guangzhou Gaotie South Tiecheng Hotel is set in Guangzhou, 7 km from Chimelong Paradise. Jiangnanxi Station is 12 km away.

Guangzhou South Railway Station Number One Hotel

Guangzhou South Railway Station Number One Hotel is set in the Panyu district in Guangzhou, only 200 metres from Guangzhou South Railway Station and 7 km from Chimelong Paradise.

More hotel picks for near GZ South here.

 

Intercity Bus Schedule from Guangzhou South Bus Terminal (广州南汽车客运站)

Line Via Terminus Departure time  Fare (RMB) Mode
Shenzhen Shekou Shajing Bus Station, Baoan Xixiang, Shenzhen University Shekou Bus Station 09:20-20:30 (every 2hrs) 75 Direct
Shenzhen Longgang Songgang, Gongming L, Longhua Bus Station, Henggang Longgang Bus Station 11:00-21:55 (every 2hrs) 80 Direct
Shenzhen Longhua Gongming L, Longhua Bus Station Gongming Road intersection, Guanlan Bus Station 10:10-19:50 (every 1.5 hours) 75 Direct
Shenzhen Buji Putian Bus Station, Shenzhen North Railway Station Buji Bus Station 12:40-23:00 (every 2hrs) 80 Direct
Baoan, Shenzhen Xinqiao Auto Parts City, Baoan New City Bus Station Baoan Passenger Transport Center 9:50-18:40 (every hour) 65 Direct
Shenzhen Baoan 2 line Changan L, Shajing Bus Station, Fuyong Bus Station, Baoan Passenger Transport Center, Baoan Xixiang Shenzhen Nantou Checkpoint 08:50-22:30 (every 30min) 65 Direct
Shenzhen Shiyan Songgang Bus Station, Gongming Road junction Shiyan Bus Terminal 10:40-19:00 (every hour) 69 Direct
Dongguan Dongguan Main Station and Nancheng Bus Terminal Dongguan Automobile Passenger Transport East Station 7:40-22:30 (every 30min) 51 Direct
Fenggang, Dongguan Zhangmutou, Tangxia, Fenggang Bus Station Fenggang Bus Terminal 10:00-22:00 (every 40 min) 78 Direct
Changping, Dongguan Shilong, Shijie, Hengli, Changping Changping Bus Terminal 10:20-21:30 (every hour) 70 Direct
Dongguan Dalang Dongguan East Bus Station, Liaobu Dalang Bus Terminal 9:00-22:40 (every 40min) 65 Direct
Qingxi, Dongguan Dalingshan, Huangjiang, Qingxi Bus Station, Qingxi Bus Terminal 10:30-22:00 (every 1.5hrs) 73 Direct
Changan, Dongguan Houjie, Humen Xiangkai, Chang’an Changan Bus Terminal 9:10-21:30 (every hour) 60 Direct
Dongguan Zhongtang Wangniudun, Zhongtang Bus Station Zhongtang Bus Terminal 15:00 45 Direct
Zhongshan Tanzhou Xiaolan, Fuhua, Sanxiang Zhongshan Tanzhou (Golden Bay) Station 9:30-20:30 (every hour) 50 Direct
Zhongshan Ancient Town Nantou, Xiaolan, Zhongshan Ancient Town Zhongshan Guzhen Station 11:35-19:35 (every hour) 35 Direct
Zhongshan Xiaolan Nantou (Zhongshan), Xiaolan, Zhongshan Ancient Town Xiaolan Bus Station 10:35, 15:35, 20:30 35 Direct
Zhuhai Sanzao Doumen Station, Hubin Road Station, Sanzhao Bus Station Sanzao Bus Terminal 9:30-18:05 (every hour) 68 Direct
Zhuhai South Water Doumen Bus Station, Pingsha, Nanshui Nanshui Bus Station 9:50-19:10 (every hour) 76 Direct
Zhaoqing Zhaoqing Passenger Terminal Zhaoqing Passenger Terminal 9:20-20:40 (every hour) 55 Direct
Huaiji Huaiji Huaiji Yueyun Bus Station 17:00 80 Direct
Sihui Sanshui Bus Station, Dawang Bus Terminal Sihui Bus Station 8:25-20:10 (every hour) 46 Direct
Yunfu Yunfu Bus Station Yunfu Bus Station 18:15 70 Direct
Luoding Luoding Bus Station, Luojing Bus Station Luoding Bus Station 13:10 80 ordinary
new Emerging bus station Emerging bus station 10:30-21:00 70 Direct
South Station Express (Zengcheng Guangyuan Line) Phoenix, Xintang Bus Terminal, Xiancun (L), China Business School Zengcheng Bus Terminal 8:30-23:00 (every 30min) 32 ordinary
South Station Express (Zengcheng Guangyu Line) Changping (Chang’an), Zhenlong, Zhongxin, Yangang, Zhucun, Yamada, Sanlian Zengcheng Bus Terminal 10:20-18:40 (every 40min) 32 ordinary
South Station Express (Conghua) Changyaoling, Xinhe, Taipingchang, Shengang Conghua Bus Station 08:30-19:30 (every 30min) 28 ordinary
Huiyang fresh water Chen Jiang (Chongqing Station), Huizhou Bus Station Huiyang Bus Station 10:50-19:00 (every 50min) 90 Direct
Huizhou Boluo (L), Chen Jiang (Chongqing Station) Huizhou Bus Station 9:10-21:30 (every 40min) 82 Direct
Huidong Boluo (L), Xiaojinkou, Huidong Bus Station, Huidong Bus Station 13:00, 14:25, 17:50 84 ordinary
Huizhou Longmen Yonghan, Nankun Mountain Grand View Garden, Shaying Xiangxi Fort, Longmen (Longhua) Longmen Bus Terminal 12:30, 13:40 71 ordinary
Heyuan Heyuan, Heyuan to Heping, Heyuan to Lianping, Heyuan to Zijin, Heyuan to Longchuan Heyuan Bus Terminal 08:20-18:00 (every hour) 105-140 Direct
clever Lecong, Nanzhuang, Xiqiao Gaoming Bus Station 7:55-19:00 (every 50min) 44 Direct
Foshan Sanshui Sanshui Bus Station Sanshui Bus Station 9:00-20:30 (every hour) 30 Direct
Shunde Beibei, Luneng, Daliang Bus Station, Ronggui Bus Station Ronggui Bus Station 7:45-20:00 (every 50min) 22 Direct
Jiangmen Jiangmen Bus Station Jiangmen Bus Station 08:50-20:50 (every hour) 32 Direct
Jiangmen Kaiping Water outlet Kaiping Bus Terminal 8:55-20:50 (every hour) 63 Direct
Taishan Siqian (L), Dajiang, Shuibu Taishan Bus Station 8:10-20:30 (every 1.5hr) 70 Direct
Heshan Leliu, Longjiang, Longshan Bus Station, Jiujiang Heshan Bus Station 8:45-20:00 (every hour) 43 ordinary
Maoming Lintou (Electric White), Maoming Bus Station Maoming Bus Station 09:15, 14:30, 16:15 110 Direct
Gaozhou Yangjiang Baisha, Maoming Bus Station Gaozhou Chengdong Station 9:00, 12:00, 16:30, 18:20, 19:40 120 Direct
Huazhou Yangjiang Baisha, Maoming Bus Station Huazhou Bus Station 8:10, 13:10, 15:10, 16:20 120 Direct
Yangjiang Yangjiang Bus Station Yangjiang Bus Station 12:00-18:30 (every 1.5hrs) 80 Direct
Yangjiang Zhapo Yangjiang Bus Station Yangjiang Zhapo Bus Station 15:10, 17:10 100 Direct
spring Chunwan, Heshui Yangchun Bus Station 14:00, 16:00, 19:00 95 Direct
Xu Wen Ma Zhang, Tunxi, Leizhou, Xuwen, Hai’an Xu Wen 18:40 190 Direct
Puning Shanwei Pubian, Lufeng Xiahu, and Kuitan Puning Chengxi Bus Station 12:40 120 ordinary
Jiedong Kuitan, Gaobai, Chiwei, Hongyang, Jieyang Maya Jiedong Bus Terminal 12:30 140 ordinary
Chaozhou Shanwei Pubian, Lufeng Xiahu, Kuitan, Puning, Hongyang, Jie, Chaozhou Chaozhou Bus Terminal 9:00, 13:50, 16:00, 18:30, 20:50 150 ordinary
Jieyang Kuitan, Gaobai, Chiwei, Hongyang Jieyang Bus Terminal 10:00, 17:40, 18:40, 21:30 140 ordinary
Shantou Chaoyang Chaoyang Bus Terminal, Xiqiao Chaoyang Guanyu 11:15, 13:50, 17:50, 20:40, 130 ordinary
Qingyuan Huadu (Shiling), Qingyuan Xincheng Bus Station Qingyuan Xincheng Bus Station 8:25-20:40 (every 1.5hrs) 38 ordinary
Hainan Sanya Mazhang, Leizhou (L), Haikou, Qionghai, Wanning, Lingshui Sanya 16:30 260 Direct
Nanning, Guangxi Binyang, Nanning Guangxi Nanning Jidong Bus Station 17:00 300 Direct
Meizhou Wuhua Zijin, Anliu (Wuhua), Wuhua Shuizhai, Wuhua Meizhou Wuhua Bus Station 14:30, 15:55 120 ordinary
Meizhou Meizhou Meizhou Bus Station 17:00 170 Direct
Jingmen, Hubei Yiyang, Changde, Qixian, Public Security, Changsha, Jingzhou, Jingmen Jingmen Bus Passenger Transport Center 13:00 350 Direct
Xinhui District Xinhui District Xinhui Bus Station 10:00-17:10 25 Direct