Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport, Guangdong China
Airport Code: SZX
Location: situated on the east bank of the estuary of Zhujiang River, Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport lies about 35 kilometers (about 21.7 miles) from downtown Shenzhen.
Brief Intro: in 1991, the airport was open to air traffic. In 1993, it became an international airport with a 4E standard flight area, a 3,400-meter (about 3,718 yards) runway, a 146-thousand-square-meter (about 36 acres) Terminal Building with a year passenger flow volume of about 1,500 persons. The fourth largest airport in China, it now serves around 107 air routes from Shenzhen to over 80 domestic and international cities and regions.
- Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport FAQ
- Shenzhen Baoan International Airport Bus Station Guide,Airport Express,Public Buses
Changing Room: at the Arrival Luggage Pick-up counter
Luggage Carts: the airport offers luggage carts for the passengers' free use. They can be found at the Arrival Luggage Pick-up counter on the first floor, in the middle gate of the Departure Hall on the second floor of Terminal Building A, and at the Arrival Luggage Pick-up counter on the first floor of Terminal Building B.
Restaurants: there are restaurants offering Chinese and western style food both at terminal buildings A and B.
Business Center: located in Terminal Building A opposite Gate 3 on the first floor. The business center in Terminal Building B is face to face with Gate 4 on the first floor.
Police Station: near the Security Inspection Passageway on the second floor of Terminal Building A.
Parking Lots: there are two parking lots in the airport; one is an outdoor parking space, the other is for indoor parking. Usually, parking is free for 15 minutes or less and it costs about CNY10 per hour.
Airport Inquiries: in the central area of the hall on the second floor of both terminal buildings A and B.
Luggage Packing: passengers can find service counters by the entrance of Gate 2 in the Departure Hall on the second floor of Terminal Building A and Gate 6 in the Departure Hall on the second floor of Terminal Building B. The price for packing one item is CNY10.
Infirmary: 0755 – 27776120 0755 – 27776789-2391
First-Aid Pharmacy: 0755 – 27776789-2393
Register Room for First-Aid: 0755 – 27776789-2392
Banks: ATMs of Bank of China offer 24-hour service on the second floor of Terminal Building A.
Ticket Counter: offers ticket-related services in the central area of the hall on the second floor of both terminal buildings A and B.
Special Passenger Service: the airport offers free assistance to special passengers, including unaccompanied children, senior citizens, disabled and pregnant women. If you need this service, please apply when you booking tickets.
|Bus Route||Running Hour||Stops||Intervals||Cost|
|From Hualian Dasha to airport||06:20 to 20:30||Non-stop||20 minutes||CNY20 per person|
|From airport to Hualian Dasha||07:30 to the last flight||Zhuzi Lin, Investment Mansion, West Square of Railway Station||20 minutes||CNY20 per person|
Public Bus: passengers can take bus No. K568, 327, 355, 602 and 651 to downtown Shenzhen. Besides, there are special lines to Hong Kong, Dongguan and Huizhou. The public buses will charge according to the distances.
Taxi: there are two kinds of taxis in Shenzhen.
|Taxi Color||Flat Rate Fare||Distance Surcharge||Charge for Waiting|
|Red||CNY12.5 for the prior 3 kilometes (about 1.9 miles)||CNY2.4 per kilometer||CNY0.8 per minute|
|Green||CNY7 for the prior 2 kilometers (about 1.2 miles)||CNY1.6 per kilometer||CNY0.8 per minute|
The terminals of the destinations are abbreviated as follow:
Hong Kong = Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal
Kowloon = China (Hong Kong) Ferry Terminal
Macau = New Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal
Shenzhen = Fuyong Ferry Terminal (Shenzhen Airport)
HKIA = Hong Kong International Airport (Sky Pier)
|Departure Time||Cost of VIP Cabin||Cost of Super Class||Cost of Economy Class|
|Shenzhen to Kowloon||09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 14:30, 16:00, 17:00||HK$ 1,626||HK$ 271||HK$ 171|
|Shenzhen to Hong Kong||17:50, 19:00, 20:30||HK$ 1,626||HK$ 271||HK$ 171|
|Departure Time||Cost of VIP Cabin||Cost of Super Class||Cost of Economy Class|
|Kowloon to Shenzhen||07:30, 08:30, 09:00, 10:30, 12:45, 14:30, 16:00, 17:30||HK$ 1,734||HK$ 289||HK$ 189|
|Hong Kong to Shenzhen||08:00||HK$ 1,734||HK$ 289||HK$ 189|
|Departure Time||Cost of Super Class||Cost of Economy Class|
|HKIA to Shenzhen||12:15, 14:00, 15:00, 16:15, 17:30, 19:45||HK$ 310||HK$ 210|
|Shenzhen to HKIA||08:20, 09:45, 11:15, 13:30, 15:10, 16:20, 19:30||HK$ 330||HK$ 230|
1. The costs offered above are applicable from Monday to Friday.
2. The costs offered above include HK$ 50 service fee.
3. HK$ 10 fuel surcharge will be added to each ticket for travel between HKIA to Shenzhen.
|Departure Time||Cost of VIP Cabin||Cost of Super Class||Cost of Economy Class|
|Macau to Shenzhen||10:45, 12:30, 15:30, 19:00||HK$ 1,626||HK$ 285||HK$ 185|
|Shenzhen to Macau||10:30, 14:00, 17:30||HK$ 1,626||HK$ 285||HK$ 185|
Note: The costs offered above are applicable from Saturday to Sunday.
Situated in a coastal plain of the east bank of Pearl River Estuary with geographical coordinates at 113.49’east longitude and 22.36’north latitude,Shenzhen Baoan International Airport is 32km from Shenzhen city proper, enjoys a vast expanse of field and good clearance condition for the movements of large passenger and cargo airplanes and meets the operation standard of international large-scale airport. Shenzhen Baoan International Airport provides operation service of 24 hours.
Shenzhen Baoan International Airport is the first modern international airport realizing the combined transportation by sea, land and air, and adopting transit transportation in the territory of China. In terms of ground transportation, Guang-Shen Expressway, Jihe Expressway and national highway 107 connects Hong Kong, Macao, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhongshan and Zhuhai. The airport possesses passenger and cargo transportation terminal of 1000-ton grade berth. In terms of marine transportation, Hong Kong, Macao and Zhuhai are connected by hovercraft. In terms of air transportation, Hong Kong and Macao are connected by helicopter, enjoying favorable conditions of collecting and dispatching. Aircraft between Hong Kong and the rest of the world can move in the most convenient mode to conduct passenger and cargo transportation. The Airport adopts usual international practice for the passenger and cargo transportation to provide most fast and convenient service in the territory of China. Supported by the Pearl River Delta, one of three central belts with most rapid development of economy in China, Shenzhen Baoan International Airport enjoys rich passenger and cargo resources as well as the first class hardware and software, so it is a good choice for any airlines to fly to China.
Shenzhen Baoan International Airport covers a land area of 11 km2, is planned and designed according to the standard for the first grade civil airport of the People’s Republic of China, constructed by installations, with the construction investment of RMB 980 million for the phase 1 and 900 million for the phase 2. The flying area is of 4E grade. The Airport provides 24-hour service, and possesses 1 runway （3400mх45m）and 1 taxiway for the movement of the largest passenger and cargo airplane in the world. Now it has a total area of 588,000 m2 of apron, 57 gate positions, with 24 corridor gate positions, a total area of 146,000m2 of airport lounge A and B to meet the requirements of 16 million person-time annually, 2000 parking spaces, aviation cargo terminal with annual handling capacity of 0.3 million tons as well as the terminal with most passengers leaving and entering Guangdong province.
Open to air traffic on October 12, 1991, Shenzhen Baoan International Airport enjoys fast growing aviation business since its putting into use. It was developed into international airport officially on May 16, 1993 and jumped to the fourth largest airport in China within as short as five years in 1996. It handled the passengers of more than ten million person-times in 2003 to be ranked among top hundred airports in the world. Shenzhen Airport completed the reconstruction and expansion of airport lounge B in January 2004. Aft
er a great deal of preparatory work in the prophase, the expansion of flying zone of Shenzhen Airport started officially in December 2005. It is planned to put the second runway and new terminal area into use in 2011.
Shenzhen Baoan International Airport is one of four aviation cargo transportation centers of China planned by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, possesses international traffic rights of 37 countries and is used by over 20 domestic and foreign airlines. Now Shenzhen Baoan International Airport has opened over 120 domestic and international routes, reaching over 90 domestic and foreign cities (of which cities outside the territory of Chinese mainland include Macao, Singapore, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Anchorage, Chicago, Liège, Osaka, Tokyo, Bangkok, Dubai, Penang, Amsterdam and so on), besides, the scheduled flight at sea between Shenzhen Airport and Hong Kong Airport was open to navigation in September 2003 to realize the transfer of passengers.
Shenzhen Airport Aviation Logistics Park is one of four logistics parks planned and constructed in Shenzhen and put into operation in July 2004, which will help Shenzhen Airport to handle cargos of 700,000 tons/year.
Shenzhen Airport Company was founded in May 1989, fulfilled group transformation in May 1994, and incorporated listing company in April 1998. The stock of “Shenzhen Airport” was listed in Shenzhen Stock Exchange on April 20, 1998. As the enterprise directly under the National Assets Committee of Shenzhen and holding company of Shenzhen Airport Stock Company, Shenzhen City Airport (Group) Co., Ltd. had total assets of RMB 7.35 billion, net assets of RMB 4.87 billion, state-owed net assets of RMB 3.36 billion and ratio of debts to assets of 33.7% till the end of 2006. It is expected to fulfill the passenger handling capacity of 18.2 million person-time, cargo & mail handling capacity of 550,000 tons, the movement of aircrafts of 167,000 sorties, and rank the fourth place nationwide.
With “safety first” as the guidance and clients’ satisfaction as the final check standard, Shenzhen Baoan International Airport keeps improving safety assurance level and service quality to provide clients with high quality service. Take the lead in developing a batch of boutique service programs including “unaccompanied minors”, “present settlement of claim on damaged luggage entering the port”, “providing lock room” and “warm check-in”, practice social commitment system, and provide automatic check-in service to meet the requirements of a wide range of clients on service. In 1998, it was among the first to win the honorable title of nationwide “friendly airport” granted by the Civil Aviation Administration; in May 2000, won the title of the first “international health airport” of Asia granted by WHO and listed into the new record of the 8th batch of national enterprises of China Enterprise Association; in 2000 and 2001, won the first place nationwide in the program of “civil aviation in my eyes” for two successive years; in September 2001, Shenzhen Airport held the comprehensive exercise on the aviation emergency rescue successfully, which is a solid and comprehensive rescue drilling and participated by navy, land and air army, and enjoys unprecedented scale in domestic civil aviation history, and was listed into the new record of the 7th batch of national enterprises of China Enterprise Association; in 2001, cost management fruit of the group obtained the second prize of national management modernization and innovation fruit; in 2002, ranked among top 500 enterprises nationwide; in 2003, obtained the award of merit of national “blue sky rejuvenation program” and ranked among top 100 enterprises of Guangdong province; in 2004, honorably obtained the high quality award to the satisfaction of clients of airport with handling capacity of ten million passengers in the program of “civil aviation in my eyes”; in 2006, obtained the “concerted cooperation award” of “simplified business” program of international aviation transportation association.
In October 2006, “Middle and Long-team Development Strategy and Plan of Shenzhen Airport” was reviewed and approved by experts. Such strategies were included in the “Plan” as “taking the construction and operation of airport, the safeguard of the ground of aviation passenger and cargo transportation, supplementary service and operation management as the main to create international first-class management, upgrade the network value of airport, realize the coordinated development of economic benefits and social benefits”, which is the guidance document for the development of airport in the future.
Flying From Shenzhen Airport – Is it Cheaper to Fly from Shenzhen Airport vs Hong Kong Airport?
Hong Kong is often used as a base for hopping off to other locations in the region. While Hong Kong remains one of the cheapest places in the region, if not the cheapest, for long-haul international flights. Shenzhen Airport, just across the border, is often cheaper for regional travel and offers more variety for travel within China. So is it cheaper and easy to fly from Shenzhen Airport? We find out.
– Yes, it’s cheaper!
Shenzhen Airport is the smart choice for travel to China. Flights to China from Hong Kong tend to be at least 30% more expensive than Shenzhen and the selection of destinations is much less. Shenzhen Airport flies to over 50 Chinese destinations, compared with the 10 or so served from Hong Kong. Some key carriers flying from Shenzhen are Shenzhen Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines.
South-East-Asia Regional Flights
– Yes, it’s cheaper!
Shenzhen has started flying to more South-East Asian destinations in recent years, although it’s important to note that Hong Kong still has a far better selection for regional travel. Destinations also change frequently, so it’s a good idea to check ahead for options. Currently, Singapore, Tokyo and Vietnam are served, three destinations which are likely to remain permanent, While Seoul and Kuala Lumpur, also currently served, are likely to change. Regional flights from Shezhen tend to be, on the whole, slightly cheaper than Hong Kong. However, airlines flying from Hong Kong often have promotions and ticket sales giving them the edge. The advice – shop around.
– No, it’s more expensive!
Shenzhen has started serving a select number of destinations in Europe and North America, most notably Chicago and Amsterdam, there is however no reason at all to use Shenzhen as an international departure point. Lost bags, delayed flights and comic miscommunication are just a taste of the problems that await international departures. That said, things are improving, however, with Hong Kong Airport, the world’s best, 30 minutes down the road offering cheaper flights and a better selection of destinations, it’s better to stay away from Shenzhen’s international offerings.
You can find links to all airlines serving Shenzhen Airport and find out more information at the Shenzhen Airport Website. Be warned some of the Airlines have Chinese character only versions, if this is the case, and you can’t read Chinese characters, you will need to use an agent in the US to book for you.
Transport to Shenzhen Airport
How to get to Shenzhen Airport
Transport to Shenzhen Airport has become increasingly the easy and getting to the airport is both cheap and convenient. For more information, our article Is Shenzhen Airport Cheaper to Fly From than Hong Kong Airport, explains which flights are cheaper, and which are not. While our page on Travel to China, explains the ins and outs of getting a Chinese visa in Hong Kong.
If you already have your Chinese visa
If you already have your Chinese visa and either want to fly the same day, or simply skip Hong Kong and get to China, you can take a bonded ferry from Hong Kong Airport straight to Shenzhen Airport. This option means you won’t even need to tackle Hong Kong border or custom control , unfortunately there are only around eight ferries a day starting at 10:40 and finishing at 19:40, the has more information on timetables and prices. The ferry takes you to a free bus at the other end which goes straight to the airport. Total travel time is around 2 hours.
If you don’t have your Chinese visa.
If you don’t have your Chinese visa and you plan on getting it in Hong Kong, or your flight is in the days following your arrival and you want to stay in Hong Kong, you can simply use the Hong Kong subway for travel to the airport. The MTR travels straight to Shenzhen City from Tsim Sha Tsui in Central, from where you can take a shuttle bus to the airport. Total travel time is around 2hrs+.
To go from Shenzhen airport to Hong Kong: When you exit Shenzhen airport there is a kiosk counter where people will help you either take the TurboJet boat (185 RMB) or the bus (100 RMB) into Hong Kong/Kowloon. You can ask there. It's really easy to do. The TurboJet takes 10 minutes from the airport to the dock, about 20 minutes to go through HK exit customs and board the (very comfortable) boat, 45-75 minutes on the water (depending on visibility), and then you either get plunked in Kowloon or in Central. Kowloon is inconvenient to the MTR so I think the bus is a better (and cheaper) option. Plus if you miss the boat time, there's really only one every hour. See the time schedule (Shenzhen to Kowloon / Hong Kong) here:http://www.szcpost.com/2009/03/shenzhen-baoan-international-airport-guangdong-china.html
The bus leaves every 20 minutes or so, and takes about 1:15-2 hours to get into Kowloon (Prince Edward MTR station, about 10 minutes and 11 HKD from Central, downtown Hong Kong). The disadvantage of the bus is that you have to drag your luggage on and off the bus to go through customs. Same with the boat, I suppose, but the customs are at the beginning and end of the trip rather than in the middle. Information on the bus is available here:
As for getting from Hong Kong back to Shenzhen airport, you should give yourself 2-3 hours. I left Central at 4pm, got to the Prince Edward MTR station at 4:10 pm, walked outside and got my ticket at the counter of the Trans-Island Ticketing Center, sat on the bus which took off at 4:30, arrived at 5:05 pm at the border of HK/Mainland China, took 5 minutes to go through customs (though sometimes it takes longer), hopped the bus which was waiting for me (you change buses at the borders but not companies; they give you a blue sticker so people can help identify you if you are lost), took another 15 minutes to go to the Mainland entry customs at Huangguang and get through it, and then arrived at the airport at 5:57 pm. So all told, about 2 hours from Central (with no customs or road traffic). Check out the bus info here:
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