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4 Best Ways To Get From Guangzhou to Shenzhen: Step-By-Step Guide

from Guangzhou to Shenzhen

Compare Transportation Options from Guangzhou To Shenzhen To Find What Suits You Best.

Guangzhou to Shenzhen route is highly popular among business travelers visiting local factories and suppliers in both cities. While you might imagine it to be a simple step to travel between two megapolises, infrequent travelers to the region will find it a challenge to get from Guangzhou to Shenzhen.  Many are only vaguely aware of the available transportation options, and even less aware of what to expect during the journey itself.

After reading this blog,  you will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to effectively select the right transportation for you, plan the journey to transfer from Guangzhou to Shenzhen.

There are five main modes of transportation from Guangzhou to Shenzhen; train, private car, coach bus and taxi.  And each varies dramatically on the 4 key areas of concern below you should ask yourself regarding this journey:

  1. Time: How many hours do I have to spend to get from Guangzhou to your Shenzhen destination?
  2. Convenience: How many transit switches and different modes of transport during this trip am I willing to deal with?
  3. Comfort: How comfortable am I sharing a full vehicle, and walking with all my luggage for some distances at various points in the journey?
  4. Cost: What is my budget for this journey? Am I willing to spend more for a reduced time, and increased convenience and comfort?

According to these main criteria, let’s first briefly compare and review each transport mode, then after we’ll take a more in-depth look at the pros and cons of each ground transportation.

Traveling From Guangzhou to Your Hotel In Shenzhen 

(+Metro or Taxi)
Car Service
Coach Bus
(+Metro or Taxi)
Time 2.5 – 3.5 hrs 1h 40 min – 2.5 hrs
3 – 4.5 hrs 2.5 – 3.5 hrs
Convenience Moderate Highest Lowest Moderate To High
Comfort Moderate Highest Lowest High
Cost Moderate Highest
(Get Quote)
Lowest High
Safety High Highest Low To Moderate Low To Moderate
Mandarin Chinese
Preferably Yes No Definitely Yes Definitely Yes

Table of Content:

  1. Guangzhou To Shenzhen By Train
  2. Guangzhou To Shenzhen By Private Car
  3. Guangzhou To Shenzhen By Coach Bus
  4. Guangzhou To Shenzhen By Taxi



1. Guangzhou to Shenzhen By Train

Boarding Train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen

  • Time: 2.5 hrs (ticket purchased in advance), 3.5 hrs (otherwise)
  • Convenience: Lowest
  • Comfort: Low To Moderate
  • Cost: Low
  • Safety: Moderate (Using Taxi) To High (Using Metro)

Travel Steps & Timeline: 

Travel Steps By Train

  • Guangzhou Initial Point → Take Taxi / Subway to one of the Guangzhou Railway Stations (30 min.-1 h)
    → Buy Train Tickets to Shenzhen (15-25 min. Wait for the next departure (25-90 min)
    → Travel by Train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen (29 min – 1h 39 min)
    → Arrive at one of the Shenzhen Railway Stations
    → Queue For Taxi / Subway (10-25 min.)
    → Reach Final Destination in Shenzhen (30 min.-1 h)

Summary: Trains from Guangzhou to Shenzhen run very frequently from 06:00 to 23:00 on a daily basis, which makes it easy to fit your schedule (see the detailed schedule below). They depart from all railway stations in Guangzhou and arrive at various Shenzhen railway station. That makes the trip by train more flexible since you can choose the suitable departure and arrival station closer to your hotel and destination point. There are more than 220 trains running both ways on the Guangzhou – Shenzhen line, 205 of them are high-speed trains. The shortest train route takes only 30-53 minutes from Guangzhou South Railway Station to Shenzhen North Railway Station. You will also need to consider the time to get to and from these train stations. Please note that both Guangzhou and Shenzhen are large megapolises with heavy traffic at times and taking a taxi to your final destination can add a significant amount of time.

Recommendation: Taking a train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen is quite a convenient option with multiple trains departing every day from different stations. However, for business travelers without experience in reading Chinese, or the patience to get to busy railway stations, wait in long lines for tickets or next departure, it can be a rather stressful and time-consuming affair.

If you’re adventurous, light on luggage, enjoy trains, and have extra time to spend, then getting from Guangzhou to Shenzhen by train is a decent option at relatively low cost (costs are given below). Plan your timing accordingly as delays are inevitable – wait & queue for a taxi to get to the station in Guangzhou, wait again at the railway station while passing through security and purchasing a ticket, and again for the next train departure, and (once arrived to Shenzhen) wait again at the taxi stand or at a metro station in Shenzhen. Unfortunately, you will have to drag your luggage at each step of the journey.  For those who want quick and easy, and willing to pay a bit more, private car is a better choice.

Guangzhou to Shenzhen Trains In Detail

Every day there are more than 140 pairs of trains running between Guangzhou and Shenzhen. There are 2 types of high-speed trains that depart daily: C, D, G high-speed trains and K, T and Z normal trains of a lower class. The normal train takes about 1.5 h to 3.5 hours to get from Guangzhou to Shenzhen, whereas high-speed train takes about 30 min to 1.5 hours. G train has the fastest speed, and then followed by C, T train and K train. Various trains operate at different stations.

Choose the most suitable departure depending on the train type, railway station location, travel duration and ticket price (see below).

 Guangzhou To Shenzhen By Train – General Schedule:

The Earliest Train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen: 06:00

The Last Train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen: 23:08

Duration: from 29 min to 1 h 39 min.

Frequency: The train from Guangzhou to Shenzhen go almost every 30 minutes.

► Step 1. Where Do You Depart From?

Guangzhou Departure Stations:

1. Guangzhou Railway Station → Shenzhen (Arrive at All Stations)

Guangzhou Railway Station (Chinese: 广州站) sits on the high-speed Guangshen railway just west of Guangzhou East, and located closer to Guangzhou city center. It is served by the Guangzhou Metro on Line 2 and Line 5.

C high-speed trains run from Guangzhou Railway Station to Shenzhen Railway Station daily from 06:05 to 22:20  (last departure), with the duration of about 1 h 35 min and the frequency of 30 min to 1 hour.

  • C-Train Ticket Price:
    • First Class seat:  CNY 99.5 (USD 15)
    • Second Class seat:  CNY 79.5 (USD 12)
  • Duration of C-trains: 1 h 35 min

K, T, Z trains run from Guangzhou Railway Station to Shenzhen West, Shenzhen East and Shenzhen Railway Station from 04:09 to 20:25, with the duration of 2 h 10 min.

  • K-, T-, Z-Train Ticket Price:
Soft Sleeper
CNY93.5 (US$14) – CNY230.5 (US$35)
Hard Sleeper
CNY77.5 (US$12) – CNY158.5 (US$24)
Hard Seat
CNY23.5 (US$4) – CNY65.5 (US$10)
  • Duration of K-, T-, Z-Trains: 1 h 29 min – 3 h 23 min

2. Guangzhou East Railway Station → Shenzhen Railway Station

Guangzhou East Railway Station or Guangzhoudong railway station (Chinese: 广州东站) also known as Tianhe Station located in the city’s Tianhe District, Dongzhan Road. It is the closest railway station to Guangzhou Downtown or Canton Tower. The railway, metro, and bus terminal stations are interconnected as a single station complex. There is an immigration checkpoint within the station for Guangdong Through Train passengers traveling to and from Hong Kong.

Guangzhou East Station serves mainly for Guangzhou to Shenzhen line from 06:11 to 22:44 with C-trains.

  • C-Train Ticket Price:
    • First Class seat:  CNY 99.5 (USD 15)
    • Second Class seat:  CNY 79.5 (USD 12)
  • Duration of C-trains: 1 h 35 min


3. Guangzhou South Railway Station → Shenzhen North & Futian Stations

Guangzhou South Railway Station (Chinese: 广州南站), also known as New Guangzhou station or Shibi station, is the largest train station in Guangzhou located in Shibi, Panyu District.

From Guangzhou South Railway Station, G trains arrive at Shenzhen North Station from 06:48 to 23:08 (last departure) and to Shenzhen (Futian) Station with two departures at 16:46 and 17:17. The shortest travel time by G-train is from Guangzhou South Station to Shenzhen North Station (29-53 min).

  • G-Train Ticket Price:
    • Business Class seat: CNY199.5 (US$30)
    • First Class seat:  CNY 99.5 (US$ 15)
    • Second Class seat:  CNY 74.5 (US$ 11)
  • Duration of G-trains: 29-53 min [SHORTEST]

4. Guangzhou North Railway Station → Shenzhen North Station

Guangzhou North Station (Chinese: 广州北站) is the furthest railway station from Guangzhou city center. It is located in Huadu District in far northern suburbs of Guangzhou. G trains only go from Guangzhou to Shenzhen North Station from 08:21 to 21:47 (last departure).

  • G-Train Ticket Price:
    • Business Class seat: CNY267 (US$20)
    • First Class seat:  CNY 134 (US$ 14)
    • Second Class seat:  CNY 94 (US$ 14)
  • Duration of G-trains: 1-1 h 10 min

See detailed schedule of Guangzhou to Shenzhen trains.

► Step 2. Where Do You Arrive?

Arrival Stations in Shenzhen:

1. Shenzhen Railway Station:

Located in Luohu District, this station is next to Luohu Port which is the closest cross-border checkpoint to Hong Kong. From Shenzhen Railway station, you can take a taxi, subway, city buses to the city center or airport shuttle bus to Shenzhen International Airport.

2. Shenzhen North Railway Satation:

Located in Longhua, Bao’an District, the station is a little far from Shenzhen city downtown. However, subways, city buses and coaches within easy reach from the station make it convenient for passengers to go to other places and attraction sites. You can walk to the Shenzhen Metro Lines 4, 5 and 6. Passengers going to Beijing, Xiamen, Xi’an, or Zhengzhou can also take bullet trains here.

3. Shenzhen Futian Railway Station:

It is a station on the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link, and the final station on mainland China before the train enters Hong Kong. Futian station is located in the Futian District, bringing great convenience for passengers in the southern part of the city. Both subway lines and city buses are available for easy transfers.

► How To Buy Train Tickets?

At a Train Station:

You can buy a train ticket at any train station in Guangzhou using cash, Chinese bank card, as well as wechat-wallet and Alipay which are tied to your Chinese bank account; foreign credit cards are not accepted. You will need to bring the original copy of your passport. Self-service machines are available for passengers holding a Chinese ID card only. It is advised to buy train tickets a few days ahead in China due to the high demand.

If you choose to buy the ticket at the station on a same day you want to travel to Shenzhen, you’ll need to wait for 2-3 hours on average before you can get on the next available train. So, buying a train ticket in advance is highly recommended especially if you go for a-day-trip and cherish every hour.

► Online:

If you speak Chinese and have a Chinese bank account, you can book train tickets online on Chinese Railway’s official website without any extra fees, filling out your passport details.

If you successfully bought the train ticket online, it is still highly recommended to arrive at the train station early (at least 40 minutes before the departure) to print out your online reservation. You will need to show your reservation number and original copy of passport. Unfortunately, there is no fast queue for just printing out your online ticket, you will still need to queue up in the normal queue (which can be unpredictably long) together with other people who want to buy a ticket.

Change Ticket:

If you want to change your ticket to earlier or later time, you can change it only once for free. Any changes to your ticket must be made at the specific window of the station for foreigners or normal windows but you should better confirm at the window before queuing up to avoid wasting of time.

► Few Things to Note:

► Please note that during National holidays in China, the demand for trains is extremely high. The train tickets are usually sold out a month or 3 weeks ahead. It is not recommended for tourists to travel during the National holidays, particularly: 1) the Chinese New Year Period in January/February, and 2) National Golden week October 1–7th.

► All Guangzhou Railway Stations are large stations like airports, and it takes time to navigate there, find the ticket counters, the railway platform or long-distance bus area. There are also multiple security checks at the entrances. Most people do not speak English and at times it could be a stressful experience to find where to go. But as long as you carefully follow the signs, you’ll get where you need.

The good thing about trains is that they typically depart on time without delays. Please arrive at the railway platform in advance to queue and board.

Guangzhou and Shenzhen are large megapolises with heavy traffic at times. Please take into account that you will need extra time to find the transportation to your final destination in Shenzhen and plan your time accordingly.


2. Guangzhou to Shenzhen By Private Car & Limo

Lady sitting in a private car from Guangzhou to Shenzhen

  • Time: Quickest, 1h 40 min – 2h 30 min
  • Convenience: Highest
  • Comfort: Highest
  • Safety: Highest
  • Cost: Get a quote

Travel Steps & Timeline:

Travel Steps By Private Car

  • A private driver arrives at the requested address in Guangzhou and greets you (1 min.)
    → Driver helps with loading your luggage and wait for you to board the vehicle (2 min.)
    → Travel in private car to Shenzhen and continue on in the car to your final Shenzhen destination (60-80 min.).

Summary: Whether it’s your first venture into Guangzhou-Shenzhen trip or you’re a regular visitor to the region, convenience and peace of mind whilst travelling are on everyone’s wishlist. If you rent a private car with a driver, getting from Guangzhou to Shenzhen becomes absolutely hassle-free, affording you the time to concentrate on the purpose of your trip. Selecting the right car service will also afford you the right level of flexibility you require when travelling. If flight plans change, the right car service can accommodate your needs and arrange accordingly, meaning your trip is never distracted with unnecessary travel arrangements.

With a private car service, you can opt for drivers who speak English. Cantonese and Mandarin are spoken widely in Shenzhen but finding local taxi drivers who speak or understand English can be a challenge. Finding a car service in Shenzhen who offers additional services can be useful, some companies even offer guided tours of the city should you have time.

The process of finding a service to rent a car with a driver in Shenzhen should always be quick and simple, and so should payment methods. Ensure that the company you choose has a payment method you’re familiar and comfortable with.

Recommendation: Traveling by private car from Guangzhou to Shenzhen is a great option for business travelers and those who want to avoid any hassle and troubles traveling between two busy cities. This is the quickest, safest and the most time-efficient way to transfer between Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The driver will pick you up wherever you request in Guangzhou and smoothly deliver you to your destination in Shenzhen. You won’t need to worry about dragging your luggage, delays of any sort and taxi scams. Guangzhou private car service is perfect for small and big groups, families with kids, and generally, those who want to enjoy comfort and expediency.

A private transfer by car is the safest, quickest way to travel from Guangzhou to Shenzhen. China Car Service is a trusted transportation service helping business travelers for almost two decades. We provide door-to-door service at competitive prices.

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3. Guangzhou Airport to Shenzhen By Coach Bus

Guangzhou to Shenzhen By Bus

  • Time: Slowest, 2.5 – 4.5 hrs
  • Convenience: Low
  • Comfort: Lowest
  • Safety: Low To Moderate
  • Cost: Lowest (see below)

Travel Steps & Timeline:

Travel Steps By Coach Bus

  • Get a taxi or metro to reach one of the bus stations in Guangzhou (5-10 min.)
    → Purchase a ticket and wait to board coach (20-40 min.)
    → Board coach and travel to Shenzhen (2.5-3.5 hours)
    → Make way to the taxi stand, queue and wait for a taxi / metro (10-20 min.)
    → Take a taxi to Shenzhen destination (15-20 min.)

Summary: Getting from Guangzhou to Shenzhen is the slowest and the least convenient way to travel between two cities. Although you can find a bus schedule, not at every station coach buses depart on time. The bus departs once there are enough people following the Guangzhou to Shenzhen route (more than half of the coach is full), meaning you will have to wait for other people to depart. The speed of the bus on the road is very slow and the journey can take a significant amount of time (up to 4.5 hours to your hotel in Shenzhen), with heavily congested traffic in both cities.

Recommendation: Traveling by bus from Guangzhou to Shenzhen is the cheapest and at the same time the slowest option. The journey by bus takes unpredictably long time with the heavy traffic, slow speed and not fixed bus schedule. Also, operators at bus stations speak Chinese only which makes the journey difficult and stressful at times. The signs at the big bus stations are not always straightforward and it is difficult to know where to go and buy a ticket to the right destination station. This option is only recommended to travelers with high patience, on a very low budget and flexible time schedule. Though a bit more expensive, the train is a faster, more convenient and comfortable option for this route.

Guangzhou to Shenzhen By Coach In Detail

Buses depart from different coach/bus stations both in Guangzhou and Shenzhen every day. The buses are quite slow and with traffic conditions, the duration can be as short as 2 hours or as long as 3.5 hours. You will also need to consider the time required to get to/from the bus station to your final destination in Shenzhen.

The bus service time is from 05:35 to 22:00 in Shenzhen and from 04:00 to 23:00 in Guangzhou. There are also night coaches available but they are recommended for travelers for safety concerns.

The most convenient part of using coach is that passengers can catch a coach at any Guangzhou bus station and choose the departure station in Shenzhen (when you buy a ticket).

For example, a direct bus from Guangzhou to Shenzhen departs from Guangzhou Municipal and arrives at Shenzhen Futian. There is a coach to Shenzhen every 12 minutes at the Guangdong Provincial Coach Station (广东省汽车客运站) from 06:10 to 23:00, and there is a coach every 15 minutes at Guangzhou Coach Station (广州汽车客运站) from 06:00 to 22:00. The approximate ticket price of around CNY 60-65 Yuan (USD 9). A coach from Guangzhou Airport Station goes only to Shenzhen Longgang and Yinhu Stations.

See Detailed Coach Bus Service Hours

► Step 1. Where Do You Depart From?

Departure Stations in Shenzhen:

Buses depart from the following Guangzhou coach stations: Guangzhou Municipal, Guangzhou Provincial, Guangzhou Airport, Dongpu, Huangpu, Haizhu, Guangyuan, Jiaokou, Luochongwei, Fangcun, Guangyuan, Fangcun, and Tianhe. Main bus stations are:

► Tianhe Bus Station 天河汽车客运站

  • Located in a newly developed Tianhe district that is called Guangzhou’s Silicon Valley, this station is close to Guangzhou downtown.
  • Address: 633 Yanling Road, Guangzhou 广州市燕岭路633号 (not far from Guangzhou East Railway Station)

► Guangzhou Provincial Bus Station 广州省汽车客运站

  • Guangzhou Provincial Bus station is near the Guangzhou train railway station which is located on Metro line 2 and line 5.
  • Address: No. 147-149, Huanshi West Road, Guangzhou 广州市环市西路147-149号

► Yuexiu South Bus Station 越秀南汽车站

  • Located in the oldest downtown area and the commercial center of Guangzhou.
  • Address: at the crossing of Yuexiu Nan Road and Dongyuan Heng Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou (广州越秀区越秀南路东园横路交叉口)

► Step 2. Where Do You Arrive?

Arrival Bus Stations in Shenzhen:

Bus from Guangzhou arrives at Shenzhen Futian, Nanshan, Luohu, Baoan, Longgang, Yinhu and Shenzhen Airport Stations.

If you need to get to Shenzhen city center, then Futian or Nanshan Station are a better choice. Luohu Station provides easy access to Hong Kong and is linked to the metro system and city buses to downtown. Both Baoan and Longgang Bus Stations are far from Shenzhen city downtown, located in industrial areas of Shenzhen. Located in Futian District, Yinhu Bus Station is only for buses coming from Guangzhou Airport Station.



4. Guangzhou to Shenzhen By Taxi

 Guangzhou to Shenzhen By Taxi

  • Time: 2.5 – 3.5 hours
  • Convenience: Low
  • Comfort: High
  • Safety: Low To Moderate
  • Cost: See below

Summary: Another option to get from Guangzhou to Shenzhen is to taxi which takes about 3 hours. It is not easy to find an authorized taxi that will go from Guangzhou to other neighboring cities like Shenzhen. The cabs are normally operating within the city area, and there are additional tolls for taxi drivers to pay when they leave Guangzhou area. Therefore, many of them tend to refuse to go to other cities.  Prices would be negotiated, not by taxi meter. Even if you can negotiate with the driver in Chinese (taxi drivers do not speak English) and the driver acts in good faith, the price he actually charges is uncertain and may fluctuate a lot depending on time, traffic and the driver’s mood, causing you significant stress, frustration and delay.

*Note: More and more taxis only take payment online by Wechat or Alipay now, as cash is less and less common in China. As of the date of this blog, you must open a Chinese bank account to link to Wechat or Alipay wallet, in order to make such payments.  This can be problematic for foreigners, as taxis also don’t accept international credit cards.

There are also black taxis operating, and there is a chance to be scammed. Black taxis can offer you a price which would seem reasonable or even cheap, and then they can drop you off in the middle of a highway. You may end up significantly out of pocket and at the wrong destination by taking an illegal car. Booking a trustworthy private transfer online prior to your arrival is a better and safer option to travel between Shanghai and Suzhou.

Recommendation: We recommend this option only for travelers who have the local’s knowledge and ability to negotiate in Chinese clearly with the taxi driver on pricing and the destination. Even knowledgeable travelers looking for an authorized taxi cannot be certain on the journey time. Due to the uncertainty in timing, and the rate that the taxi driver will charge, this option neither ensures you to save your time or money nor guarantee your safety.


Guangzhou to Shenzhen Summary

With the multitude of options available there’s no one “best way” to get to Guangzhou from Shenzhen. However, depending on the priority of your requirements there are clear winners:

  • If your number #1 concern is a price and you aren’t concerned about time or the inconvenience of carrying your luggage, you should take a Guangzhou – Shenzhen Train.
  • If your number #1 concern is low price and you have extra time to spare, you can travel by a Coach Bus.
  • If your number #1 concern is time, safety, expediency, and comfort, then you should consider hiring a private car.

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