By the end of 2016, Guangzhou Metro owns 10 lines in operation with a length of 309 km (192 mi) and 167 stations. Its mileage is the 3rd in China and the 10th in the world. In 2016, the reliability of the metro’s operation was No. 1 and the on-schedule rate was No. 3 in the world.
Lines in Operation
Line 1: Guangzhou metro line 1 is made up of 16 stations. It is a very important vehicle to go to the local East Railway Station.
Line 2: There are 24 stations along the metro line 2. This line running from north to south could take you to the Railway Station and the South Railway Station quickly.
Line 3: The line 3 is formed with one north-south-ward main rail and a northeastward branch. From Oct. 2010, this line has reached Guangzhou Baiyun Airport from downtown area directly.
Line 4: Starting from Huangcun in the north to Jinzhou in the south, Line 4 boasts 18 stations in total, two of which are under construction – Guanqiao and Qingsheng stations.
Line 5: The metro line 5 is an artery connecting the eastern and western parts of the city and passing the Railway Station. It covers some major business and residential districts.
Line 6: Guangzhou metro line 6 is U-shaped, running between Xunfenggang and Xiangxue.
Line 7: Metro line 7 connects South Railway Station and Higher Education Mega Center South via Chimelong Tourist Resort.
Line 8: Opened in 2010, Guangzhou subway line 8 serves at the south bank of the Pearl River from west to east, linking Fenghuang Xincun and Wanshengwei.
Automated People Mover System (APM): Zhujiang New Town Automated People Mover System (APM) is only 8 kilometers (5 miles) in length, which is the world’s first underground and unmanned rail.
Lines to be Opened
Line 9: This metro line is still under construction and it will open at the end of 2017. It will run through Huadu District from Fei’eling to Gaozeng.
Line 13: This line, from Yuzhu to Xinsha via 11 stations, will serve the public in the end of 2017. It will cover 27 km (17 mi) through Baiyun, Liwan, Yuexiu, Tianhe, Huangpu and Zengcheng Districts.
Line 14: The line will be constructed in four parts. Its Knowledge City branch line will operate in Dec., 2017, linking Xinhe and Zhenlong via 10 stations. The phase one will serve the public in 2018. Phase two and phase three are still under planning.
Except of the APM’s ticket of CNY2, the metro utilizes a stage fare system. The longer the journey the more you pay. For the first four kilometers, the ticket fare is CNY2. During around 4 kilometers (2 miles) to 12 kilometers (7 miles ), passengers pay CNY1 for each additional 4 kilometers (2 miles). During 12 kilometers (7 miles) to 24 kilometers (15 miles), CNY1 is paid for each additional 6 kilometers (4 miles). When more than 24 kilometers (15 miles), CNY1 is paid for each additional 8 kilometers (5 miles).
The common ticket types include single-trip ticket, deposit ticket and Guangzhou Transportation Smart Card (called Yang Cheng Tong in Chinese). The deposit ticket and the Transportation Smart Card holders can enjoy a 5% discount when they take it.
Single-trip ticket is often used by tourists. It is only valid on the day when you purchase it. You can return a single-trip ticket within 30 minutes after you buy it. Hereunder is several steps to teach you how to purchase a single-trip ticket:
a).Find the TVM (Ticket Vendor Machine) according to the signs in the metro station;
b).Choose the station on the machine’s screen;
c).Make sure how many tickets you want to buy;
d).Pay for the ticket according to the amount of the money shown on the screen;
e).Get the ticket and the change.
Remark: The machine only accepts CNY5, CNY10 and the coins of CNY0.5 (5 Jiao) and CNY1 (1 Yuan).
Guangzhou Transportation Smart Card, like the MetroCard in New York City and the Oyster Card in London, is mainly used in public transportation. The card is widely used on bus, ferryboat, metro, telecom business and many other places in the city. The area where this kind of card can be used has been spread from city downtown area to Zengcheng, Huadu, Panyu and many other suburban areas of the city. There are eight types of these cards. Among them, the most suitable type for tourists is CNY30 Card without deposit. The card costs CNY10 and then you can add value to it. The highest value you add is CNY30 or CNY50 and each recharge should be a multiple of CNY10. The leftover value in the card is not refundable. If you want to recharge your card, you can go to the following customer service centers in the metro stations in the city:
No.466, North Renmin Road, Yuexiu District
Exit J of Gongyuanqian Station (i.e. the transfer station between the Lines 1 and 2)
Exit G of Tiyu West Road Station (the transfer station between Line 1 and Line 3)