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Discover Guangzhou Self Guided Book is written by Janvi Tours, formerly Guangzhou Private Tour Guide Janvi or Guangzhou Tour Guide Janvi

Written by J. C.
Published August 2018

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Guangzhou Layover Tours

Are you going to have a 14-21 hour layover or stopover in Guangzhou? How do you plan to kill your flight layover time? Have some coffee at the airport lounge and spend it holed up at the airport? Or hop off the plane and run into town, and arrange a quick day tour of the "must-see" sights? Whether it is that you only have a few hours in between journeys or that you just want the safety and comfort of a Guangzhou Private Layover Tour after a flight journey, we can help.

Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Layover or Airport Transit is the best activity for you to choose from if you have plenty of transit hours in Guangzhou. Apart from morning tea and Canton tower, we offer a wide range of Guangzhou airport layover tour which enables you to choose the best Guangzhou attractions that you wish to visit.

FAQ of Guangzhou Layover or Stopover

Guangzhou Layover Tour - Guangzhou Baiyun Airport 72 hour transit visa lanes

1) How do I get a transfer visa when I arrive at the airport?

On arrival into Guangzhou, look for the 72-hour Transit Visa lanes at passport control. Advise the immigration official that you are transiting China for a short period before heading to your next destination, and produce a copy of your confirmed airline reservation clearly showing an onward flight within 72 hours of your arrival. ‘visa-free’ travelers are allowed to roam within the province of Guangdong. To learn more about the 144-hour Transit Visa Exemption Policy, please visit here.

2) How long do you really have for your layover?

You have to account for the time it takes to get off the plane and then get back to the airport an hour or two (depending on the flight) before the next flight takes off. It's an international layover, it could take longer due to passport control and customs, let's say least 40 minutes ~ 80 minutes to get off the first flight and through the airport. To be safe, you should be back at the airport 1.5 hours before your second flight takes off. Baiyun International airport is located a far distance from the city itself, so you have to calculate how long it will take to get in and out. It usually takes 1 hour between the airport and downtown by metro. If you're only left with 2 hours, it probably isn't worth the hassle or expense to go into the city. But if you have several hours, a quick jaunt into the city could be fun.

3) How much can you see during your layover?

Truthfully, you probably can't see a lot on your Guangzhou layover. The longer the layover, the more you can do. Try to estimate how much time you need for any activity your wish list, and realize you might not get to everything. Also, think about the timing of your layover. If your first flight lands late at night and the second one leaves early in the morning, there isn't much you can do during your layover. Wandering the streets of an unfamiliar place at 3 am isn't really the best idea.

4) What is a minimum of layover duration for the transit passenger to obtain the transit visa?

To obtain a transit visa, your layover period at least over 8 hours, counting from the moment when you go through the arrival procedures at the customs. The customs and China Southern Airlines haven't announced this policy, it based on our tour experience. The chances of a minimum layover duration for obtaining a transit visa from the original 6 hours in 2012 to the current 8 hours. If you would like to experience our layover tour during your transit in Guangzhou, your flight connecting time at least over 8 hours. To be considered the probability of flight delay, a 10-hour layover duration or more stay ensures that you can get a transit visa for yourself. If your layover duration is less than 8 hours in Guangzhou, please attempt to get a longer layover period next time if you would like to do a tour.

5) Does China Southern Airline offers passengers a free transit hotel?

China Southern Airlines offers passengers who are qualified for free transit accommodation a free stay for one night (including free breakfast) and transportation between the terminal and the hotel. Any costs for additional services need to be paid by passengers. Please their webpage for details.

If you have further question about layover tour in Guangzhou, please contact us for details.

Please Kindly Note

If you have more than 20-hour overnight layover or a stop to change plane that runs overnight, with the connecting flight the next afternoon, we highly recommend you to book a hotel or hostel by yourself near Beijing Lu Metro Station to help make the next morning of your layover tour easier and efficient; We are not able to provide pickup and drop off service if your layover period is less than 8 hours, as you might risk being denied access to the city if your flight get delays, we do not recommend to book a tour with us in the short window of time you have, if you insist on giving it a try, please meet us at the Beijing Lu Metro Station on your own.

Since the airport is about 35 km away from downtown, we are not able to get up in the early morning and be there at 6 am or 7 am. If your flight arrives in the early morning at 5 am or 6 am with around 14~17 hours in Guangzhou, you are advised to get some rest in the free hotel provided by the China Southern Airline, and we can start the tour at around 10 am or 11 am. Base on our experience, the tour would be more enjoyable for you in this way.

We aware of how important your time is while on transit, you might be a bit tired or even jet-lagged depending on where you flew in from, you may have a few pieces of baggage as well. In order to make the tour more efficient, we usually provide a private car and driver goes along with the downtown tour; In the case of having a countryside tour, the tour guide may also play the role of driver. Tour also can be conducted via public transport and walking, you are welcome to decide which option is preferable according to your budget. Please advise your inbound flight and outbound flight information, number of participants when you consult with us on your layover tour. The price of your layover tour depends on timing, the demand for airport pick-up or drop off, the areas that you wish to cover as well as your group size. Only a small deposit is needed, the remaining amount will be paid in person on the day of your private layover tour.

Please make plans more than 2 days in advance, we DO NOT accept the last minute booking.


Related Information of Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Layover:

Guangzhou Airport 144-hour Transit Visa Policy
A Complete Guide to a Guangzhou Layover
Transport From Guangzhou Airport to Downtown Guide
Guangzhou Airport Hourly Charged Passenger Lounge
Complimentary Accommodation for Transit Passengers at Guangzhou Airport