Guangzhou Metro Line 7 + Line 3: Guangzhou South Railway Station to Guangzhou East Railway Station by Train

The Guangzhou Metro is a vast subway network serving the city of Guangzhou, connecting key locations throughout the city including the main railway stations. Transfers between Guangzhou South for most China Railway High-speed (CRH) trains and Guangzhou East serving trains to Meizhou, Shantou and Hong Kong may be required, depending on your journey and destination. The Guangzhou Metro Line 7 and Line 3 connects these two key stations efficiently beneath the city of Guangzhou.

From the arrival hall of Guangzhou South Railway Station, take the escalator down to the Guangzhou South Railway Station (广州南站) metro station.

Purchase your ticket from the automatic ticket vending machines.

Select the destination station on the map, or you can just tap the fare if you already know the price to pay. Both English and Chinese languages are integrated onto the screen.

Security checks are conducted before reaching the fare gates to enter the platform.

Enter the suspiciously familiar fare gates.

KTM Komuter Fare Gates

Hmm… Wonder where I’ve seen these before.

First step: Take the Line 7 from Guangzhou South Railway Station (广州南站) to Hanxi Changlong (汉溪长隆).

Line 7 operates at 7 minute intervals during off peak.

The Guangzhou Metro token for the journey to Guangzhou East.

The interior of the Line 7 train.

Hanxi Changlong (汉溪长隆) is 4 stations away, where you need to change to Line 3.

Get ready to alight at Hanxi Changlong (汉溪长隆).

At Hanxi Changlong (汉溪长隆), change to Line 3 to continue the journey.

Northbound Line 3 trains from Hanxi Changlong (汉溪长隆) all head to Tianhe Coach Terminal.

Second step: Take the Line 3 from Hanxi Changlong (汉溪长隆) to Tiyu Xilu (体育西路).

Another change of trains will be required at Tiyu Xilu (体育西路) later on, to get to Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站).

Line 3 operates at 3 minute intervals during off peak.

*I doubt the off peak intervals are related to the line number though.

The rather crowded Line 3 train at night.

Get ready to alight at Tiyu Xilu (体育西路).

Third step: Take the Line 3 from Tiyu Xilu (体育西路) to Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站).

At Tiyu Xilu (体育西路), it’s a simple cross-platform interchange to the next train for Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站), and to Airport North (Terminal 2) (机场北(2号航站楼)).

Boarding the train to Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站) at the middle platform.

It’s just another 2 stations to Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站).

Breathe easy once you get off the train at Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站).

Follow the exit signs to Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站).

Drop the token into the fare gates to exit the paid area.

The exit leads to an underground mall. Follow the China Railway logo to the Guangzhou
East Railway Station proper.

Once up, follow the signs to the connecting train line.

The journey from Guangzhou South Railway Station (广州南站) to Guangzhou East Railway Station (广州东站) took around 45 minutes, inclusive of waiting and transfer time, and costs CNY 6 (~S$1.21).

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