Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (广州白云国际机场) is China's second busiest airport and the base for China Southern Airlines. Serving the Pearl River Delta area, it offers an extensive range of domestic flights to most major Chinese cities, as well as direct international routes to Europe, North America, South Korea, Japan, South East Asia, India, Oceania, the Middle East and Africa.
The airport is 28 km (17 miles) north from central Guangzhou.
There are domestic flights to every major Chinese city. Additionally there are a wide selection of flights to international destinations. Due to lower landing fees, connections are often cheaper than transferring at nearby Hong Kong International Airport.
The most convenient way into the city is by metro. The airport station is at the northern end of Line 3. The lower level of the airport terminal leads to the Airport South Metro station. A journey to the East Railway Station, or to Tiyu Xilu Metro station (both ¥12) takes about 50 minutes. Trains run about every five minutes, with the first train leaving the airport at 6:10AM and the last train from and to the airport departing at 11PM.
Airport Express buses operate from just outside the arrival terminal. They are less comfortable and reliable than the metro. There are also direct Airport Express buses to some cities in the Pearl River Delta region, such as Zhuhai and Foshan. However, there is no direct bus to Macau or Hong Kong.
Taxis take about the same time as the metro. A ride to central Guangzhou will cost about ¥120, inclusive of a ¥15 toll fee. Taxi stations are available outside Arrival Hall Section A Gate 5 and Arrival Hall Section B Gate 6. Ignore the taxi touts - they will invariably cost more and be less safe than official taxis. The taxi queue after 11PM can look impossibly long, but in fact you will get to your taxi in around 20 minutes after queuing.
Eat and Drink
As with all Chinese airports, long delays are a fact of life. Evening flights and heavy rain can cause a flight to be delayed many hours or even cancelled. Airlines will provide you with water and a (very low quality) takeaway meal for free. If you have a cancelled flight or missed a connection due to a delay, many airlines will also put you up in a hotel for free.