Being a part of Guangzhou public transportation system, the water bus plays a significant role in the local public system. From September, 2013, twelve water bus lines will run along the channels of the Pearl River in the city, supplying residents and tourists with a more convenient transport service. 26 piers are scattered along the Pearl River.
Two kinds of water buses have been newly put into use. One type is like a yacht in appearance, having three decks, two ordinary decks and one sightseeing deck. It can hold about 99 to 199 people on one. The other type, having two decks, is a passenger ship and it can hold about 199 people at maximum. A water bus is not only used as ferryboat but is also a good choice to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Pearl River. During the sail, you can see lots of characteristic architecture. Compared with the Pearl River Night Cruise, the cost is much cheaper.For convenience, the water bus company installed GPS automobile station reporters at different piers. In this way, passengers could know the arrival time of these buses. This kind of transportation is quite popular. It is planned that about 18 water bus lines will be in operation from 2016.
The twelve lines operate now are:
|S1 (Jinshazhou – Xidi)||Jishazhou, Shiweitang, Huangsha, Xidi|
|S2 (Fangcun – Zhongda)||Dayuanshuaifu, Fangcun, Xidi, Tianzi, Zhongda|
|S3 (Ruyifang – Shiweitang)||Ruyifang, Tanwei, Shiweitang|
|S4 (Xidi – Haizhuang)||Xidi, Aozhou, Haizhuang|
|S5 (Yuzhu – Shenjing)||Whampoa Military Academy, Yuzhu, Hunagpu Xinzhou, Shenjing|
|S6 (Huangsha – Yongxing Street)||Huangsha, Fangcun, Yongxing Street|
|S7 (Tianzi – Fangzhi)||Tianzi, Fangzhi|
|S8 (Shengzong – Qiankou)||Shengzong, Diankou|
|S9 (Baixianke – Baihedong)||Baixianke, Baihedong|
|S10 (Yuzhu – Changzhou)||Yuzhu, Changzhou|
|S11 (Huangsha – Guangzhou Tower)||Huangsha, Dayuanshuaifu, Guangzhou Tower,|
|S12 (Changzhou – Haixinsha)||Changzhou, Yuzhu, Haixinsha|
Tip: It is very safe to take them. Each water bus is equipped with enough life jackets and sea-sickness medicine and the like.
Operation Hour: 07:00 to 18:00
Interval: 20 minutes during peak time and 30 minutes in other time
Fare: It is CNY 2 for deck one, but it is CNY1 if one travel between two adjacent ports. For the water bus line S11, it is CNY 6 for a single trip and CNY10 for a round trip on the sightseeing deck. Transportation Smart Card can be used for taking the boat.
Available city buses to the major ferry piers:
|Zhongda||8, 11, 121, 131a, 131b, 182, 229, 24, 247, 266, 272, Sightseeing Bus Line 1, Tourism Bus Line 2, Night Line 6, Night 42|
|Tianzi||1, 4, 57, 128, 186, 194, 208, 219, 236, 544|
|Xidi||1, 128, 131, 186, 208, 217, 219, 236, 281, 31, 38, 521, 538, 556, 57, 64, Tourism Bus Line 2|
|Fangcun||19, 52, 64, 181, 206, 217, 309, 838, 812|
|Guangzhou Tower||262, 468|
|Jinshazhou||290, 55, 830|
|Huangsha||City Bus Line 19, Metro Line 1, Foshan Special Line 2218, Foshan Special Line 2277|