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Transport

Shenzhen can be reached by water, air and land. Below is a summary of the most important means of transport in Shenzhen.

Airport

Although most foreign visitors to Shenzhen fly to Hong Kong or Guangzhou, Shenzhen also has an international airport.  Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (code SZX) is situated in Bao'an district, a little more than 30 km from the city center of Shenzhen. The airport was opened in 1991 and has148 Chinese and 11 international destinations. Over 10 million passengers use the airport yearly and there is a ferry connection with HK International Airport so people can transfer flights without having to check-in again. Shenzhen's airport is the fourth airport of mainland China (after Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing) and is the 81st in the world for passengers and 37th for cargo traffic.

 

shenzhen_airport

tip! Always take your passport when you travel to the airport, since you will leave the city border. Even though nowadays the police does not check often anymore, there is still a chance they will check busses when you enter the city border.

 

Update 16 juni 2006 - Shenzhen airport will be extended with a new landing strip that is suitable for the Airbus A380. In total more than 741 million US$ will be invested, to insure that by 2015 at least 36 million passengers and 1.8 million tons of cargo can be handled. Read more...

Update 16 august 2008 - Shenzhen has a check-in counter for the Baiyun International airport in Guangzhou. This facility opened the 15th of October 2007 and allows people to check-in in Shenzhen and then take the bus directly to the airport. It costs 88 yuan per person. The schedule is as follows:

Shenzhen -- Baiyun International aiport Guangzhou
Departure from:
Running time:
To:
Location:
Baiyun airport
10:00、11:00、12:00、13:00、14:00、15:00、16:00、17:00、18:00、19:00、20:00、21:00
Shenzhen
Baiyun Airport at the District Office on the 7th Gate A, B area on the 10th gate
Shenzhen
06:00、07:00、08:00、09:00、10:00、11:00、12:00、13:00、14:00、15:00、16:00、17:30
Baiyun airport
First floor of Building 618, No.1 Bagua road, Futian District

 

shenzhen_baiyun
Check-in counter in Shenzhen for the Baiyun international airport in Guangzhou

 

 

Train 

The main trainstation of Shenzhen is in Luohu district near the border with Hong Kong. It has regular services to Guangzhou  and long-distance trains to Beijing,  Shanghai, Jiujiang, Maoming, Shantou and other destinations. Also to Hong Kong there are several trains leaving at the crossing near Luo Wu. It takes about 40 minutes by train to the center of Hong Kong and the price is about 37HK$.

The second railway station (Shenzhen Xi) is in Nanshan District and is mainly used for a smaller numbe of long-distance routes.

tip: Train Schedule Search


Detailled map of train connections China (3205 x 2610) 
 

 

Metro /  Subway

shenzhensubway

Since 2004 Shenzhen also has a modern metro-system. The metro consists currently of fives lines (two are operational, three are under construction):

  1. Luobao Line : Line One runs between the Luohu Border Checkpoint to the Windows of the World (Shi Jie Zhi Chuang), from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. It operates at 6-minute frequency during rush hours and up-to-11-minute frequencies at other times. This line will be extended to Shenzhen Airport.
  2. Shekou Line : Under construction (in 2008): To Shekou (including the Ferry terminal)
  3. Longgang Line : Under construction (in 2008): Old Street to Longgang
  4. Longhua Line: Line Four runs from Huang Gang to the Children's Palace (Shao Nian Gong). It operates at 17-minute frequency from 6:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  5. Huanzhong Line : Under construction (in 2008): Shenzhen West Railway Station to Tangkeng

Before you take the metro, you have to buy either a precharged subway card or a one-time use green token. The ticket vending machines are all bilingual and are very easy to use with touch-screens. You simply press your destination and insert money. The maximum fare is currently 5Y for one way Luohu to Window of the World. The metro is a very fast, clean and safe way to travel in Shenzhen.

Johomaps has a great clickable map of the subway of Hong Kong and Shenzhen :

 

thumb_hk_sz_metro

 Another good bilingual map of the Shenzhen metro:

thumb_shenzhen_bilingual_metro_map
 

Line 1 (open since end 2004)

Trains operate at 5 minute frequency during peak hours and 6 to 11 minute frequencies at other times. An electronic signboard system displays estimated train arrival times. Currently, there are 15 stations opened on this line:

  •     Luo Hu (Lo Wu, 罗湖) — a 5 storey glass and steel structure; transfer to MTR East Rail Line Lo Wu station and surface bus connections from Luo Hu
  •     Guo Mao (国贸, International Trade Centre)
  •     Lao Jie (老街, literally Old Street)
  •     DaJuYuan (大剧院, Grand Theatre Diwang and MixC)
  •     KeXueGuan (科学馆, Science Museum Jusco)
  •     HuaQiang Lu (华强路, Huaqiang Road)
  •     Gang Xia (岗厦)
  •     Hui Zhan Zhong Xin (会展中心, Exhibition Centre + Central Walk) [Interchange station for line number 4]
  •     Gou Wu Gong Yuan (购物公园, Shopping Park Coco Park)
  •     XiangMiHu (香蜜湖, Honey Lake)
  •     Chegong Miao (车公庙, Che Gong Temple)
  •     Zhuzi Lin (竹子林, Bamboo Forest)
  •     Qiaocheng Dong (侨城东, Overseas Chinese Town East)
  •     Huaqiao Cheng (华侨城, Overseas Chinese Town)
  •     Shi Jie Zhi Chuang (Window of the World, 世界之窗)

  •     23 km extension from Window of the World to Shenzhen International Airport, under construction, scheduled for 2009

Line 2 (17 stations, over 20km) (under construction, scheduled for 2011

  •     Shekou passenger ferry terminal in Nanshan District 
  •     Xinxiu neighborhood in Luohu District

Line 3 (8km?) (under construction, scheduled for 2011)  

  •     Hongling Road Central
  •     Longxing Street in Longgang District

Line 4

Trains operate at 10 minute frequencies at all times. There is no electronic signboard system which displays estimated train arrival times.

  •     extension from Youth Palace to downtown Longhua in Bao'an District, under construction, scheduled for 2009
  •     Shao Nian Gong (少年宫 Youth Palace)
  •     Shi Min Zhong Xin (市民中心 Civic Centre)
  •     Hui Zhan Zhong Xin (会展中心) [Interchange station for line number 1]
  •     Fu Min (福民)
  •     Huang Gang (皇岗) — transfer to MTR East Rail Line Lok Ma Chau station

Line 5 (29 stations) (under construction, scheduled for 2011)    

  •     Nanshan
  •     through parts of Bao'an and
  •     Longgang
  •     Shenzhen Grand Theater in Luohu

UrbainRail.net - Shenzhen

Shenzhen Metro (Official Chinese site) 

Shenzhen Metro (Wikipedia) 

Everywhere in the city you can see work in progress for the new extensions to the Metro lines as of early 2008.

When the Metro project finishes in 2011, the total length of the metro will be an impressive 178 km! The city's Metro could extend more than 420 kilometers by 2020, nearly five times as long as the current Hong Kong Metro, the municipal urban planning bureau said earlier. Eight Metro lines, including some above-ground light rail lines, will be built between 2011 and 2020.

  

Taxi

Taxi's in Shenzhen are relatively expensive with a starting fee of 12.5¥. Taxi's are seperated in three different classes by their color: red taxi's are allowed to operate everywhere in Shenzhen, green taxis only outside the Special Economical Zone and yellow taxi's only inside the SEZ.

tip: pay attention that you don't get fake money from the taxi drivers! If possible, pay exact or small money so you will not get a fake bill of 50 yuan back! Also make sure the taxi-driver starts the meter; sometimes they refuse to do so. Just get out and take the next taxi. 


Getting a Chinese Drivers License

If you have a valid drivers licence from your home country with at least 60 days prior to expiration you can apply at the Xili Drivers Licence Office. You can't drive with international driver's licence here in China as they don't honor it as valid licence.

  1. you have to Notarize your licence in Shenzhen, they had couple of notary offices there, they will translate it into chinese.
  2. you have to go to the Xili Drivers Licence Office. There you will have an eye exam, after passing, then with your notarize document along with your drivers licence plus photos and passport copy you have to submit it at the 2nd floor office, they will give you schedule of the Chinese Driver's Exam. Normally it's every 15th and 30th of the month.
  3. the Chinese Driver's Exam, it's literally in Chinese. You'll be given exams in Chinese which does not really make sense since most of us do not understand Chinese. The way how to deal with this is that every examinee has to bring an English interpreter with valid English Certification. I suggest you post ad here as there are many Chinese here who can help you with the exam. Mine, I passed on the second try. Mind you that passing grade is 90 out of 100. They are handing book at the exam place for your interpreter to review, you can have a glance also so you'll know about road rules in China.
  4. after you pass the exam which you'll know the result straight away after you finish the exam, they will take digital photo to place in the drivers licence. Then 15 days after you can pick up the licence at the same office. There are nothing to pay in any of these procedures, however you will have to pay the interpreter and the notary public.
source : ShenzhenStuff forum

Bus

There are many buses in the city and all connections are good, but bus signs are only in the Chinese (no pinyin). Without a good map of Shenzhen or without speaking Chinese it is very difficult to use the bus. Buses are often overcrowded during rush hours. Depending on the type of bus (new air-conditioning buses are most expensive) and the distance it costs between 1 and 6 yuan.

Update:  since the start of 2008 it is possible to use a special transport card (for sale in the subway) for ALL busses in Shenzhen. You first need to save for example 100Y in the card. When you take the bus, there are two possibilities:

- some busses have a fixed fare rate. In those busses you need to 'beep' your card in the front of the bus.

- all other busses have variable rates. In these busses a ticket lady will ask you where you want to go. Make sure you know the name of the stop in Chinese! She carries a portable scanner and you need to hold out your transport card so she can 'beep' it. 

tip: be very careful of your poesessions in crowded buses or at busstops. Thiefs often try to strike here! 

Shenzhen op 668map.com 

 

Boat

Via Shekou, Shenzhen is connected by fast ferry connections to Zhuhai, Macau, Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Kowloon and Hong Kong Island (Central). Currently there is a lot of construction work going on near the Pier in Shenzhen because of the extension of the Metro system.

 

Shekou haven
 

 

Hong Kong

The boat from Hong Kong to Shekou takes about one hour and leaves from 07:45 to 21:00. Tickets from Shenzhen to Hong Kong cost during the daytime for 2nd class 105 HK$ and first class 140HK$. Children below 6 pay 75HK$ and at night it costs respectively 125 HK$ and 165HK$.

 Shenzhen - Kowloon (九龙) Kowloon (九龙) -  Shenzhen
 
8:30 9:30
9:00 10:00
11:00 12:00
14:45 15:45
16:00 17:00
17:30 18:30
 
7:45 8:45
9:45 10:45
10:30 11:30
13:30 14:30
16:00 17:00
17:30 18:30
19:00 20:00

 

 Shenzhen - Central (中环) Central (中环) -  Shenzhen
7:45 8:45
10:15 11:15
12:00 13:00
14:00 15:00
16:30 17:30
19:45 20:45
21:30 22:30
9:00 10:00
11:30 12:30
11:30 14:15
15:15 16:15
18:00 19:00
21:00 22:00

 

Hong Kong International Airport

From Shekou is takes about half an hour to reach the Hong Kong IA. Tickets from Shenzhen to HK Airport cost 240 yuan ($ 230HK) for the second class and 270 yuan ($ 260HK) for first class. Children cost 130 yuan ($ 120HK) and 140 yuan ($ 135HK) respectively. From Hong Kong to Shenzhen Airport will cost HK $ 200 for second class or HK $ 220 for first class.

 Shenzhen - HK Airport (国际机场) HK Airport (国际机场) -  Shenzhen
 
7:45 8:15
8:45 9:15
10:00 10:30
11:15 11:45
12:15 12:45
13:30 14:00
14:30 15:10
15:30 16:00
16:30 17:00
17:30 18:00
18:30 19:00
19:30 20:00
20:15 20:45
 
9:00 9:30
10:15 10:45
11:00 11:30
12:30 13:00
14:30 15:00
15:30 16:00
16:30 17:00
17:30 18:00
18:30 19:00
19:30 20:00
20:30 21:00
21:20 22:00

 

Macau

From Shekou it takes about an hour and twenty minutes to go to Macau. Everyday there are three boats to depart Macau, to 8:15, 11:45 and 16:45. From Macau to Shenzhen is also three times a day and at 10:00, 14:00 and 18:30. Tickets cost 120 yuan in both directions.


 Shenzhen - Macau (澳门) Macau (澳门) -  Shenzhen
 
8:15 9:35
11:45 13:05
16:45 18:15
 
10:00 11:20
14:00 15:20
18:30 20:00

 

Zhuhai 

Daily every half hour from half past seven in the morning until half past six at night. Tickets cost 80 yuan for ordinary class, 40 yuan to 70 yuan for children and students from Shenzhen. From Zhuhai cost tickets respectively 85, 43 and 75 yuan.

 

 Shenzhen - Zhuhai (珠海)
 Zhuhai - Shenzhen (珠海)
 
7:30 8:30
8:00 9:00
8:30 9:30
9:00 10:00
9:30 10:30
10:00 11:00
10:30 11:30
10:50 11:50
11:30 12:30
12:00 13:00
12:30 13:30
13:00 14:00
13:30 14:30
14:00 15:00
14:30 15:30
15:00 16:00
15:30 16:30
16:00 17:00
16:30 17:30
17:00 18:00
17:45 18:45
18:30 19:30
 
8:00 9:00
8:30 9:30
9:00 10:00
9:30 10:30
10:00 11:00
10:30 11:30
11:00 12:00
11:30 12:30
12:00 13:00
12:30 13:30
13:00 14:00
13:30 14:30
14:00 15:00
14:30 15:30
15:00 16:00
15:30 16:30
16:00 17:00
16:30 17:30
17:00 18:00
17:30 18:30
18:00 19:00
18:30 19:30

 

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