Transport in SZ

Writer:   | Editor: Jane Chen  | From:  | Updated: 2018-March-22

Trains

Train stations of Shenzhen

Shenzhen Railway Station 深圳站

Shenzhen Railway Station, also known as Luohu Station, is a major train station located in Luohu District. If you need to get to downtown Guangzhou, this station makes a great departure point. You can take Metro Line 1 to Luohu Station or take buses to reach the railway station.

Shenzhen North Railway Station 深圳北站

The trains at Shenzhen North Railway Station dispatch high-speed intercity trains to cities as far as Xi'an. Citizens can take Metro Line 4 and 5 to reach Shenzhen North Railway metro station located below the railway station.

Futian Railway Station 福田站

With an area of 147,000 square meters, Futian Railway Station is the largest underground station in Asia, and second largest underground rail station in the world. It is located in Futian District, the central business district of Shenzhen.

The station is on the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link. In addition to serving high-speed intercity trains, the station connects with Shenzhen Metro trains 1, 2, 3, 4 and 11 as well.

Shenzhen East Railway Station 深圳东站

Shenzhen East Railway Station is located in Buji of Longgang District. Citizens can take Metro Line 3 and 5 to reach Buji metro station nearby the railway station.

Shenzhen West Railway Station 深圳西站

Shenzhen West Railway Station is located in Nanshan District. It is also called Nantou train station. Passengers can take Metro Line 1 and get off at the Daxin Station.

Shenzhen Pingshan High-speed Railway Station 深圳坪山站

Shenzhen Pingshan High-speed Railway Station is located in Pingshan District. It is notable as a high-speed railway station on the Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway.

Guangmingcheng Railway Station 光明城站

The Guangmingcheng Railway Station is located in Guangming New Area, Shenzhen. Several trains running between Shenzhen and other areas like Guangzhou, Chaoshan and Changsha stop here.

 

How can foreigners buy a train ticket in China?

The official ticket selling web site of the Ministry of Railways is www.12306.cn.

Foreigners can either purchase a train ticket at the station ticket office or buy a ticket online through the 12306 official website or app. Through www.12306.cn, passengers can look up relevant train information.

Foreign passengers should carry the original or a photocopy of their valid identity document (such as their passport, you have to photocopy the original passport instead of a photocopy of a photo of the original passport) and purchase the ticket directly at the ticket office inside the railway stations.

Foreign passengers can also purchase train tickets via the 12306 website after registering an account on the website with their passports. Later they can collect the ticket at a train station ticket office by presenting their passports. Please note that foreign passengers cannot collect their train tickets with their passports at the automatic ticket dispensers.

 

Taxi services

There are three kinds of taxis in Shenzhen -- red, green and blue. The flag-fall price is 10 yuan for the first two kilometers and 2.6 yuan for every additional kilometer. Red and green taxis have a fuel surcharge of 2 yuan. The electric taxis, which are blue, have no fuel surcharge.

On-call taxi service: 96511

Didi

If you want to travel in a more comfortable car at a lower price, call Didi Chuxing - China’s most popular car-hailing service.

More often than not, waiting for a normal cab in the city causes a headache, but with this app you can simply type your destination and a car will be waiting at your door within 10 minutes.

Didi Chuxing provides services including taxi hailing, private car hailing, and Hitch (carpooling).

The app can be downloaded for free and has an English version. You can also use the service via WeChat Pay or Alipay.

 

Airport

As a modern international airport integrated with ocean, land and air transportation in China, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport is the first international airport equipped for transit mode in China. By the end of 2017, it boasted a total of 36 international air lines. The total passenger turnover in 2017 reached over 40 million and the international passenger turnover reached 3.5 million.

You can visit the official English website of Shenzhen International Airport by clicking here.

 

Metro

The Shenzhen Metro is the rapid transit system for the city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province, China. As of August 2017, the system consists of 8 separate lines, with seven more under construction.

The system opened on December 28, 2004, making Shenzhen the sixth city in Chinese mainland to have a subway after Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Wuhan. The Shenzhen Metro currently has eight lines, 166 stations, and 286 kilometers (178 miles) of total railway in operation.

Lines in Operation

Line 1 (Luobao Line): Luohu - Airport East

Line 2 (Shekou Line): Chiwan - Xinxiu

Line 3 (Longgang Line): Shuanglong - Yitian

Line 4 (Longhua Line): Futian Checkpoint - Qinghu

Line 5 (Huanzhong Line): Qianhaiwan - Huangbeiling

Line 7 (Xili Line): Xili Lake - Tai'an

Line 9 (Meilin Line): Hongshuwan South - Wenjin

Line 11 (Airport Line): Bitou - Futian

You can visit the official English website of Shenzhen Metro by clicking here.

 

Shenzhen Tong

It is highly recommended to obtain a Shenzhen Tong card for public transport use in Shenzhen.

The Shenzhen Tong card is a contactless stored value card that provides customers a simple, safe and secure way to pay. It can be used to pay fares on the metro and most buses in Shenzhen. The Shenzhen Tong card can be purchased and recharged at metro stations, some grocery stores, as well as Shenzhen Tong outlets.

To obtain a Shenzhen Tong card is free but passengers need to pay a 20-yuan deposit, which can be refunded when the card is returned. To return Shenzhen Tong cards, please visit the Shenzhen Tong customer service sites across Shenzhen at Laojie Station, Convention and Exhibition Center Station or Bao'an Center Station.

Bus riders using Shenzhen Tong cards can enjoy discounts of up to 35 percent. Metro passengers using Shenzhen Tong cards enjoy a 5 percent discount.

Service hotline: 969966