Except of the APM’s ticket of CNY2, the metro utilizes a stage fare system. The longer the journey the more you pay.
1. For the first 4 kilometers (2 miles), the ticket fare is CNY2.
2. During 4 kilometers (2 miles) to 12 kilometers (7 miles), passengers pay CNY1 for each additional 4 kilometers (2 miles).
3. During 12 kilometers (7 miles) to 24 kilometers (15 miles), CNY1 is paid for each additional 6 kilometers (4 miles).
4. When more than 24 kilometers (15 miles), CNY1 is paid for each additional 8 kilometers (5 miles).
Ticket purchasing and refunding
(1) Single journey ticket:
A passenger can buy a single journey ticket at the metro station or can take the ticket from the selected starting station after having pre-paid on-line. A single journey ticket is only valid for the day when taking the metro from the station of buying the ticket or taking the ticket.
If a single journey ticket paid on-line has not been taken within the agreed time, the pre-paid money will be automatically refunded according to the original payment channel.
If a bought single journey ticket has no entry record but it is readable, it can be refunded at the station of buying the ticket or taking the ticket within 30 minutes after the ticket is bought. If a single journey ticket has been sold out for more than 30 minutes, it cannot be refunded.
According to the ticketing policy, chilren under 1.2 meters can enjoy the free ticket. Children between 1.2 and 1.5 meters can enjoy the discount. Children above 1.5 meters need to purchase the full priced ticket.
A passenger can buy the day ticket at any station of Guangzhou Metro.
One-Day Pass: The fare for One-Day Pass is RMB 20. A holder of One-Day Pass is entitled to unlimited transportation times, distance or metro lines within 24 hours after entering the turnstile for the first time.
Three-Day Pass: The fare for Three-Day Pass is RMB 50. A holder of Three-Day Pass is entitled to unlimited transportation times, distance or metro lines within 72 hours after entering the turnstile for the first time.
Once the One-Day Pass or Three-Day Pass is used, it cannot be refunded. The unused tickets can be refunded at the station of Guangzhou Metro.
To Purchase a Yang Cheng Tong Metro Card
The card is widely used on bus, ferryboat, metro, telecom business and many other places in the city. The area where this kind of card can be used has been spread from city downtown area to Zengcheng, Huadu, Panyu and many other suburban areas of the city.
Standard card: Containing ￥20 refundable deposit; recharges paid in ￥50 or its multiples; ￥500 to ￥1000 maximum load.
Yang Cheng Tong can be purchased from 7-Eleven stores, T&T Laundry, Guangzhou Metro ticket centers, Yang Cheng Tong stations and customer service centers.
It should be noted that only the standard cards contain deposit. Standard card is sold for ￥70 (￥20 refundable deposit and ￥50 worth of credit).
To Use Yang Cheng Tong
Buses: More than 22000 buses and bus service for residential communities within ten districts and two county-level cities of Guangzhou
You validate your Yang Cheng Tong by holding the card within 10 centimeters to the reader target for at least half a second or until a single beep sounds on the reader.
Travelers touch the card on the reader to open the automated barriers and get through when a green light flashes.
Taxis: Taxis with Yang Cheng Tong sign pasted on the rear window
Fare and transaction time are displayed on the screen. Passengers touch the card on the reader which will acknowledge payment by emitting a beep sound and display the amount deducted and the remaining balance of the card.
Readers will become inoperable once the transactions are settled to avoid repetition of payment for one journey.
Short beeps indicate transaction failure. Please follow the instruction of the drivers and swipe the card again.
In case balance is not enough to process the payment, the error message of “Insufficient balance. Please pay cash fares” will be displayed on the screen.
Car Parks: Car parks with Yang Cheng Tong sign plate