Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport - CAN

Guangzhou, China (CN)

Getting around the airport

One main terminal

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport lies 28km north the city and is China's second busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic. 'Baiyun' refers to Mount Baiyun near the airport, and means 'white clouds'.

It has one terminal:

  • Basement (-1) floor: Underground train station and carpark.
  • First floor: Arrivals, split into zones A and B.
  • Third floor: Departures, divided into areas A and B with 118 gates. The A boarding area is on the east concourse and divided into East 1-East 3 while the B area is on the west side with three smaller concourses, West 1-West 3. All international flights leave from area A, East 1.
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Getting into Guangzhou

Take the Metro

While there are Airport Express buses going to many places and hotels in the city, the most convenient route from the airport is to take the Metro. 


The journey from to the city centre on the Metro takes around 45 minutes to the city centre (Tianhe District). Trains run every seven minutes from 06:10-23:00. The airport is on Metro Line 3, which has changes with Line 2 at Jiahewanggang to get to Guangzhou East Railway (change for Guangzhou high-speed railway), and Line 8 at Kecun.

Tip: If you're staying in Guangzhou, we recommend buying a Yangcheng Tong travel card. It costs RMB 80, of which RMB 30 is a refundable deposit.

Cost: RMB 7 one-way
Buying tickets: Vending machines in the station (coins only, or RMB 10 notes)
Location: Underground station on Level (-1). Take any escalator in Area B. If you arrive at Area A, take the escalator to Level -1 by Gate 4 inside the arrival hall of Area A. A moving walkway will take you to the station. 


Note that taxi waits can be long after 23:00 when the trains stop running.

Cost: Around RMB 100, including toll fee
Location: Ranks at Area A, Gate 5 and Area B, Gate 6

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Allow extra time

Waits can be long

It's a busy airport, so prepare yourself for long queues at security and immigration - of 30 minutes or more.

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Caven Beauty Club

Immerse yourself in the Chinese culture of health and wellness with a massage at the Caven Beauty Club. You can have a full body massage, foot massage, and other holistic treatments in an elegant, relaxing setting.

Location: First floor, across from Gate 31

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 08:00-21:30 

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Luggage Storage

Six available throughout airport

There are six baggage storage offices available at CAN Airport. In the International Departure Lobby, you’ll find it across from Gate 8 next to the toilets and cash point. For International Arrivals, head to desk A02 after customs.
The storage facilities are open from 06:00 – 22:00 daily.

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Dayrooms, pool, fitness center or overnight stays

Five-star Pullman Guangzhou Airport Hotel

The Pullman Guangzhou hotel is located across from Gate 13 of the International Departure Hall and offers an outdoor pool, spa, fitness centre, tennis court, sauna rooms, hot tubs, and three stylish restaurants.

Day rooms are available for stays up to 6 hours from 06:00 – 20:00; overnight stays from RMB 570 (USD 92.00) per night.

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A lot of options

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter, you can enter these lounges either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. 

  • Air China Lounge, domestic terminal, airside, departures level 3, near gates A113-A123.
  • China Eastern First Class Lounge, domestic terminal, airside, departures level 3, near gates B224-B235.
  • First Class Lounge, domestic terminal, airside, departures level 3, near gates B201-B213.
  • First Class Lounge, domestic terminal, airside, departures level 3, near gates B214-B223.
  • Hainan Airlines First Class Lounge, domestic terminal, airside, departures level 3, gates A124-A133.
  • International First Class Lounge, international terminal, airside, departures level 3, near gate A112.
  • King Lounge, domestic terminal, airside, departures level 3, gates A124-A130.
  • Premium Lounge, international terminal, airside, departures level 3, near gates A01-A06.
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Trolleys are free inside the airport

Ignore the touts

Upon arriving at the airport, you may see touts asking you to rent trolleys for RMB 30.00 – ignore them. Trolleys are free inside the airport and licensed porters are recognisable by their uniforms. Porter assistance costs RMB 10.00 (USD 1.60).

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In the Premium Lounge

Showers are only available in the Premium Lounge (Location: airside, Departure Level 3, near Gates A1-16).

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No electronics in checked luggage

Hand luggage only

You cannot check in any bags that contain electronics, including charging cables, mobile phones, laptops, or extension cords. All checked baggage are scanned before being out on the plane so take them in your carry-on. Keep in mind that lighters are not allowed on the plane in carry-on or checked bags.

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Buy access to Golden Century VIP Lounge

Central Terminal 1. Located landside on the 1st Floor of the Main Departure Hall, near Entrance Door 23.

Relax at the Golden Century VIP Lounge, away from the noise and chaos of the airport terminal. Catch up on some work with the complimentary Wi-Fi, or simply kick back and enjoy a snack or soft drink. NOTE: This lounge is located outside of the Security Checkpoint and Immigration Control in Terminal 1. Passengers in transit through CAN will NOT have access to this lounge unless they exit Immigration and Customs into China with a valid Chinese Visa. NOTE: Children 12 years old and under are admitted free with an adult.
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