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aka Canton, Guangdong Province, China

Date of opening28 Jun 1999
Network length306.8 km (190.68 mi)
Stations190 (167*)
Lines10        Line history
Stations per line19.00
Avg. station distance1,704 m (1.06 mi)
Avg. line length30.68 km (19.07 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 1 Jan 2017
APM included (3,9 km +9 stations)
System typeMetro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)5 million (as of 2012)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)16,300 (10,100)
Fare collectionAccess/exit gates, RFID token
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 825 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trainsZhujiang people mover
Driverless linesAPM line (underground people mover) (since 2010)
Platform screen doorsYes
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: jpg, © 2005

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Latest Openings

28 Dec 2013 – New Line 6. New line, 23.4 km, 22 stations.

Metro Museum

metro museum Guangzhou Metro Museum. The large museum spreads over three floors, displaying various themes. Basement: geological structures and metro construction tools. First floor: vintage models of old transportation modes such as rickshaws, bicycles and sedan chairs, world metro systems. Second floor: simulated cabs and a “metro staff role playing” area for children. Since 2016. Location: A building next to a shopping mall.
Address: Tower C, podium, Haizhu District. At Wan Shengwei station (lines 4, 8), exit A metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): Tue-Fri 10am to 4pm, Sat+Sun 9am to 5pm. Admission: free.
Reference: (official website).,

Metro City Hopping

Guangzhou is part of the Pearl River Delta cluster of metro/subway cities with the following urban rail connections:

  Guangzhou    Guangshen Railway (commuter metro)    Dongguan      51 km
  Guangzhou    Planned: Guangzhou’s line 5 + Dongguan’s R1 (metro)    Dongguan      51 km
  Guangzhou    Guangzhou Line 1 + Guangfo Line (metro)    Foshan      16 km
  Hong Kong    East Rail + Longhua or Luobao Line via SAR border (metro)    Shenzhen      30 km
  Macau    Planned: Macau LRT + Zhuhai tramway (LRT)    Zhuhai      9 km
  Shenzhen    Planned: Shenzhen’s line 11 + Dongguan’s R3 (metro)    Dongguan      65 km
  Shenzhen    Guangshen Railway (commuter metro)    Dongguan      65 km
  Shenzhen    Planned: Shenzhen's line 14 + Huizhou’s line 6 (metro)    Huizhou      72 km

Relationships with Other Metros

Chinese family
Members: Beijing, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan,
Characteristics: Unadorned, clean and solid station design, often using coloured plates. Western-style trains. Hong Kong acted as consultant for most Chinese metro cities.

Maglev or LIM Technology

LIM: Linear Induction Motor technology utilizes the repelling and attracting forces of electromagnets to move steel-on-wheel trains forward:
  • Lines 4, 5, 6

Circle Lines

Ring under construction - Line 11 - 43.2 km - 32 stations.

Departure Procedure and Sounds

"[Dong-dong] Xia4yi2zhan4" (Mandarin) – "Haa6Yat1Zaan6" (Cantonese) – "The next station is [name]" (English). "Qu4wang3 [station name and major attractions] de4 cheng2ke4, qin2 zhun2bei4", which means "Passengers for [name and attractions], please be prepared (for alighting)". – "Xia4che1shi2, Qing2xiao3xin1 lie4che4 yu3 zhan4tai2 zhi1jian1de4 kong1xi1", which means "Please mind the platform gap between the train and the platform when alighting". – "Chu4za2shi2, chi2 dan1cheng2piao4 de4 cheng3ke4, qing2jiang1 cheng2piao4 zhi2jie1 tou2ru4 zha3ji1 de4 hui2sou1kou2", which means "Passengers holding single-ride tickets, please put your tickets into the barriers when you are leaving."

Handpicked Resources Official website FMetro (Foshan metro line)

Generic Links for Guangzhou Metro

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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