Shenzhen Metro

During the early 80s, initiatives started to build a light metro system for the Shenzhen city. But the creation of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the region pointed to the need for a rapid transit subway line. In August 1992, the draft framework of Shenzhen metro was finalized with a 270 km long track incorporating 9 lines.

Unfortunately, due to political issues the project was postponed. In 1997, the city authority took serious steps to reopen the project. In the very next year, the project was approved and renamed as Shenzhen Metro First Phase. In 1999, under the supervision of Shenzhen Metro Co., Ltd, construction work started. It began operations officially from Dec. 28, 2004. Since then, the metro network has increased its coverage manifold by incorporating new lines and stations.

Lines and Stations

The lines are so built that each of them crosses the other four at least once. Line 1 and Line 4 connect to the junction between the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and from here travelers can change to Hong Kong's MTR East Rail Line.


Line 1 (Luobao Line)

It is the maximum used metro line among the five. This line runs from Luo Hu to Airport East. Shenzhen Metro Group controls operations of this line. Main stations connected by this line are

  • Luo Hu
  • Guo Mao (International Trade Centre)
  • DaJuYuan (Grand Theatre)
  • KeXueGuan (Science Museum Jusco)
  • Gang Xia
  • XiangMiHu (Honey Lake)
  • Shi Jie Zhi Chuang (Window of the World)
  • Hi-tech Industrial Park
  • Shenzhen University
  • Hourui
  • Airport East

Line 2 (Shekou Line)

It is the minimum used line of this network. This line connects Chiwan to Xinxiu. Shenzhen Metro Group is in charge of operating this line also. Main stations connected by this line are

  • Chiwan
  • Shekou Port
  • Sea World
  • Shuiwan
  • Keyuan (Science Park)
  • Hongshuwan
  • Window of the World
  • OCT North
  • Xiangmei North
  • Jiang Tian
  • City Hall
  • Grand Theater
  • Hubei
  • Huangbei
  • Xinxiu
Chegongmiao Station Chegongmiao Station

Line 3 (Longgang Line)

It is also known as Universiade Line. It connects Yitian to Shuanglong. Shenzhen Metro Line 3 Operations is in charge of this line. Main stations connected by this line are

  • Yitian
  • Shopping Park
  • Futian
  • Children’s Palace
  • Cuizhu
  • Tianbei
  • Shuibei
  • Caopu
  • Buji
  • Mumianwan
  • Tangkeng
  • Henggang
  • Yonghu
  • He’ao
  • Universiade
  • Longcheng Square
  • Nanlian
  • Shuanglong

Line 4 (Longhua Line)

This line connects Futian Checkpoint to Qinghu. MTR Corporation (Shenzhen) is in charge of operating the line. Main stations connected by this line are

  • Futian Checkpoint
  • Fumin
  • Convention & Exhibition Center
  • Civic Center
  • Shao Nian Gong
  • Lianhua North
  • Shenzhen North Station
  • Hongshan
  • Longhua
  • Qinghu
Shenzhen Shenzhen

Line 5 (Huanzhong Line)

This line runs from Qianhaiwan to Huangbeiling. Shenzhen Metro Group operates this line. Main stations connected by this line are

  • Qianhaiwan
  • Bao’an Center
  • Honglang North
  • University Town
  • Shenzhen North Station
  • Changlong
  • Buji
  • Tai’an
  • Yijing
  • Huangbeiling

For more information on lines and stations, visit Stations.

Future Expansions

A large-scale expansion is planned ahead for Shenzhen metro network. Phase 3 is expected to be completed by 2016 and this will take the track length to 348 km incorporating 5 new lines. Then comes Phase 4 scheduled to be completed by 2020 creating 6 more lines. The authority has a long-term plan to complete building 20 lines with 720 km long track by 2030.

Hours of Operation

The metro system operates from 6:30 AM to 12:00 AM with slight variations depending on the particular line. The average frequency of trains is 8 minutes. On busy hours, trains on some lines are available at every 2 minutes.

Fare and Tickets

The price of the metro ticket is determined based on distance traveled and sections. The price includes a base fare and a mileage price. For the first 4 km, the base fare is CNY 2. Up to the next 4 km, CNY 1 is added. Once the distance is more than 12 km, CNY 1 is added to the base fare for every 6 km. For distances more than 24 km, CNY 1 is added to the base fare for every 8 km.

Tickets are for one time use and are to be bought from the vending machines located in the stations. The tickets must be bought and used on the same business day. They can be subject to certain conditions.

Shenzhen metro offers the following ticket options:

shenzhen Metro


These green RFID tokens can be purchased by paying cash. The vending machines accept CNY 0.5 and CNY 1 coins and CNY 5 and CNY 10 bank notes. This token must be punched for scanning at the entry station and deposited at the exit station. There is a penalty fee if it is lost.

Shenzhen Tong Pass

This can be thought as a reloadable travel credit card. The minimum amount required to load the card is CNY 50. Card reader machines are there at the entry and exit points of every station. Paying metro fare with this card entitles a rider to 5% discount on ticket price. This card can also be used to pay bus fares. It can be purchased and recharged from station service centers. This card is now integrated with Hong Kong Octopus Card and any of these can be used to travel by metro or buses in Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

In addition, there are tickets especially targeting children, student and senior citizen riders. Child pass is there for kids under 6 years of age. For 6 to 14 years old kids, there is a child ticket that offers 50% discount on ticket fare. Student pass also offers the same amount of discount and can be used by students of primary, secondary and high school students. People aged between 60-64 years can use senior citizen pass to get discounts on the metro fare. For senior citizens aged 65 years or more and also for the disabled persons, the metro ride is free.

Facilities and Services

For ensuring comfortable and organized riding experience, Shenzhen metro offers the following amenities:

  • Most of the stations have adjacent parking place though they are not free of charge.
  • Stations are equipped with public toilets, luggage storage facilities and telephone booths.
  • Cell phone connection is available everywhere within the network.
  • Station announcements are in English and Mandarin, sometimes in Cantonese also.
  • Stations have multiple elevators and escalators.


While using Shenzhen metro, riders are requested to follow certain rules set by the authority to ensure safety.

  • While waiting for the trains, riders must stand within the yellow line drawn on the platforms.
  • Once the door closing beep sound has alarmed, passengers must not try to get on or off the train.
  • No accessories like bags or clothing should be outside the door once the door is closed.
  • Riders shouldn’t eat and drink in the stations.
  • If belongings fall onto the tracks, immediately service personnel should be contacted. No attempt should be made to pick those personally.


To get best out of Shenzhen metro service, following points must be kept in mind:

  • Plan your trip well ahead keeping in mind connecting metro and bus availabilities.
  • Have appropriate coins and bank notes ready to use in the ticket vending machines.
  • If you have respiratory discomfort or blocked nose, it is better to use a breathing mask on the trains.

Metro map of Shenzhen

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Shenzhen metro map

  • Passengers/Day 362000
  • Fares: access/exit gates, RFID token
  • 24h operation: No
  • Air Conditioning: Yes
  • Walk between platforms: Yes
  • Driverless trains: No
  • Screen Doors Platforms: Yes
  • Operator: Shenzhen Metro Co.,Ltd Shenzhen Metro No.3 Line Investment Co.,Ltd MTR Corporation (Shenzhen) Limited
  • CNY 2
  • Shenzhen Metro Official Website

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