Public transportation in Guangzhou
Guangzhou is quite a sprawling city and even the tourist attractions are spread out enough to make exploring it by foot impractical. The city boasts a very good subway system which will satisfy most transport needs while taxis are fine for those hard to reach places.
Getting Around Guangzhou By Subway
The excellent Guangzhou subway system will meet the needs of most tourists to Guangzhou. The system is modern, clean and easy to navigate. All the stations that tourists are likely to use have English signs and there are announcements in English on the trains telling you the name of the next station. Some of the more far-flung stations are missing English signage, however. The first trains start from the ends of the lines around 6am while the last ones leave around 11pm. Trains arrive every 4-7 minutes. Please be aware of the peak hours from 7:30-9:00 in the morning, 17:30-19:30 in the afternoon, you do not want to be in the train.
Getting Around Guangzhou By Taxi
Taxi is the most convenient way to get around Guangzhou when the subway isn’t an option. Taxis are plentiful, though it can be very difficult to get one during peak hours. There are dedicated taxi stands around the city, but you can usually hail a cab from anywhere. To avoid communication problems, take the name of your destination written in Chinese and show it to the taxi driver.
Guangzhou taxis are expensive compared to other Chinese cities, but still very cheap by Western standards
Getting Around Guangzhou By Bus
Trying to decipher the bus system is probably more hassle than it’s worth. But those determined to take buses will pay ¥2 per trip within the Guangzhou center. Buses are usually very crowded. Stick to the subway if possible.
Getting Around Guangzhou By Bicycle
The streets of Guangzhou aren’t exactly ideal for bike-riding due to the incredible crowds of people, narrow streets and brash drivers. But now shared bikes are very popular. Normally you need to download an app for a certain bike company and put money in you bike account, then you can use the bike whenever you want.