Guangzhou Baiyun International

Guangzhou, China

About The Airport

The main airport serving Guangzhou and Guangdong province is the nation's third busiest after Shanghai and Beijing. It has two four-story terminals. Terminal 1 is split into areas A & B - international flights leave from area A. Terminal 2 opened in April 2018 and is the largest terminal building on mainland China.


Free Wi-Fi is available for 300-minute sessions, but the signal can be weak. Anyone with a Chinese mobile number can get a user ID and password by text. Alternatively, you can scan your passport at a self-service machine or visit an information desk to get a user ID and password. Look out for the luggage trolleys that have internet-enabled tablets for easy browsing. If you're planning on travelling throughout China, you can get a portable Wi-Fi router delivered to the airport - visit Some sites you may use to store online information or contacts such as Google or Facebook may not be accessible in China - make sure you have back-ups or printouts of important information.

Getting to and from the airport

The airport is 28km from downtown Guangzhou.

Taxi - taxi pick-up points at Terminal 1 are near Doors A8 and B6; at Terminal 2 they can be found at Doors 50 & 52. Only use official, metered taxis and avoid touts who approach you in the Arrivals hall. If you don't speak Mandarin, consider getting the name of your destination written in Simplified Chinese or have a map handy - if you are unable to do this prior to arrival, the information or hotel desks may be able to help you.

Bus - over 11 bus services connect Baiyun Airport to the city center, stopping at major hotels, bus and railway stations. There are also plenty of longer distance bus routes from the airport.

Train - there are two Metro stations - Airport South (Terminal 1) and Airport North (Terminal 2). Metro Line 3 links both stations to the Tianhe District in downtown Guangzhou (this line boasts the longest subway and longest rail tunnel in the world). Airport South station is under Terminal 1 (take the lifts or escalators down) and is signposted in English. Airport North station is under Terminal 2 on floor B1. Trains run between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. If you have 5 or 10 yuan notes or coins, you can buy a ticket from the machines; alternatively, you can get a ticket at the Metro Customer Service Center.

Hotel shuttle - free airport shuttle buses are provided by several nearby hotels, including the Country Garden Airport Phoenix Hotel, the Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu, and the Holiday Inn Guangzhou Airport Zone.

Car rental - car rental firms operate from the airport. It's common for visitors who have a long onward journey or lots of daily travel to hire a car with a bilingual driver. If you are being collected by a car, make sure you agree the meeting point in advance; private cars cannot wait outside the terminals and need to use a short-term parking lot.

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There are a number of parking lots, offering both outdoor and covered spaces. P1 is recommended for international passengers and arrivals and is a 6-minute walk from Terminal 1 Area A through a covered corridor. P4 & P5 are frequently used by domestic passengers and arrivals and are a 15-minute and 6-minute walk respectively from Terminal 1. P2 & P3 are also close to the terminal and offer long-term parking rates. Multi-story parking lots P6, P7, & P8 serve Terminal 2 - parking is free for the first 15 minutes. Disabled parking spaces are also available.

Transit and in-airport hotels

This dual-terminal airport has a large footprint, so leave plenty of time for walking between facilities. A free Airport Express shuttle bus will take you between terminals - wait at Door 10 of Terminal 1 and Door 42 of Terminal 2. A complementary Metro service between terminals is also offered for passengers.

If you are transiting to another international flight at Guangzhou, you will need to pass through customs and security and go to the transfer counter before getting to your next flight - at least 90 minutes is recommended even if your luggage is checked through to your next destination.

Terminal 1 offers rooms at the Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Hotel, which has its own golfing greens and outdoor pool, and is just seconds from the airport by walkway from Gate 12. In Terminal 2, the in-airport hotel is the Plaza Premium Aerotel, found on the fourth floor.


Healthy Travel Tip

Suffer from motion sickness? Bring some ginger (jiāng) pastilles or tea in your hand luggage. You can also get traditional remedies from well-known Chinese herbalist Tong Ren Tang - there are outlets in both terminals.

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