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Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN)

General information about Guangzhou airport

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport was built in 1932 and became one of the main transportation hubs in China. With the city rapid growth the more people needed to use the airport. So the old airport needed to be changed to a new one. Expansion of the first was impossible due to the dense development of the territories around the airport. The new airport opened on August 5, 2004 in 28 km from Guangzhou city center. The New Baiyun Airport replaced the 72-year-old one, which is closed now.

The new Baiyun Airport is five times bigger than the former airport. It was specially built as the largest transportation hub in South China. The investment for construction was 19.8 billion RMB. Modern Baiyun airport covers an area of 15 square kilometers and it's located in Huadu and Baiyun districts. The name of Baiyun Airport (白云) is translated from Chinese as “white cloud”. It’s also the name of the most famous mountain in Guangzhou.

Transportation between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 in Guangzhou

The new Baiyun airport has two terminals T1 and T2. There is a 24-hours free inter-terminal shuttle running between them (Airport Express). At rush hour 06: 00-08: 00 and 15: 00-18: 00 the bus leaves every 5 minutes, the rest of the time - every 10 minutes, at night from 23:00 to 06:00 - every 15 minutes.

It’s also possible to take subway to travel between the terminals. The trip is free. Line 3 connects T1 (Airport South Station) and T2 (Airport North Station). It operates daily from 6:00 to 23:45 and the train arrives every 5 minutes. The trip between the terminals takes 2 minutes.

Terminal 2 (T2) Guangzhou Airport

The official opening of Terminal 2 was in April 2018. This is a part of the master plan ($2.1 billion) to expand the airport and turn it into the main aviation center of southern China by 2025.

The new terminal T2 covers 880 700 square meters area. T2 is the domestic terminal for Chinese Southern Airlines, hence it accepts all Skyteam members airlines. It serves 40 million passengers a year which makes the total capacity of Baiyun Airport reach 80 million passengers a year.

The design of T2 is convenient and efficient in order to avoid unnecessary manoeuvres that could slow down the passengers. One more feature of T2 is that it is designed in a white cloud shape that emphasizes the belonging to the local heritage.

T2 is a 4-floor building with an area measuring over 658,000 square meters.

The terminal is equipped with an enhanced security system, 339 check-in desks, 120 fully automated check-in desks and 52 automatic baggage controllers. There are more than 360 shops and restaurants, Duty-free and the transit Airhotel from the Plaza Premium Group which debuted here in 2018. T2 is also equipped with play areas, several cinemas and a rooftop garden.

T2 is home to China Southern Airlines. In addition, most of SkyTeam member airlines also typically operate in Terminal 2.

Domestic: China Southern Airlines, XiamenAir, Sichuan Airlines, Chongqing Airlines, Hebei Airlines.

International: Japan Airlines, Kenya Airways, Saudia, Garuda Indonesia, Korean Air, China Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air France, Thai Airways, Aeroflot, Sichuan Airlines, China Southern Airlines.

Transportation “Airport-Guangzhou-Airport”

Baiyun Airport is located in 28 km from Guangzhou city-center. How can you get from Baiyun Airport to Guangzhou city centre and back? There are 3 options:

  1. Subway Line 3: 30 mins, 2-10 RMB

  2. Shuttle-bus: 50-120 mins, 6-57 RMB

  3. Taxi: 60-90 mins, 100-300 RMB (charge by the meter)

Subway Line 3

Line 3 connects Guangzhou city centre and Baiyun Airport and goes through Tianhe district, Haizhu district and Panyu district.

  • Station at T1 - Airport South, 6:02-23:17
  • Station at T2 - Airport North, 6:00 - 23:15

The main stations in the city: Guangzhou East Railway Station, Canton Tower, Zhujiang New Town.


There are 17 busses that take passengers to hotels, big markets and tourist attractions in Guangzhou. Each bus has its own number and runs every 20-30 minutes to the city centre and main suburbs of Guangzhou.

Bus numberStopTrip Duration, minsTicket fee,¥
1Guangzhou railway station6022
2ACrown Plaza City Center, Jinan University station, Tianhe square5028
2BHuashi hotel(GDH)5023
3Xingdu Grand hotel5026
4Vanke Shangcheng Yufu, Sheraton hotel10029/35
5Hilbin hotel , Baima market, Haizhu Plaza5014/18/21
6Haitao hotel, Grandview Mall, CITIC Plaza6021
7APanyu hotel, Yongcheng hotel7027/32
7BQifu New Village, White Palace hotel12028/30
7CPilot Free Trade Zone Nansha Area100 - 12045
8ABaoli Holiday hotel, Bikko hotel, Crowne Plaza Science City9023/26/28
8BSun City hotel, Phoenix City Airport Waiting Hall12032/36
8CWinton hotel, Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Science City80 - 10023/25
9Northern railway station, Grand Peak hotel, Huadu square756/8/10
10Textile Exchange Park6025
Cong HuaCong Hua Terminal6034
Zeng ChengZeng Cheng Terminal10057


Taxi is the most convenient as well as the most expensive option.

  • The taxi stop in T1 is located at the exits A8 (Gate A8), B3 (Gate B3), B8 (Gate B8).
  • Taxi stop in T2 is in the local arrivals hall - Exit 50 (Gate 50), and in the international arrivals hall - Exit 52 (Gate 52).

If you don’t know what to see in Guangzhou then read our article about the most interesting sights in Guangzhou. In order to clarify all the details of your furniture tour to China contact our manager.