Shenzhen Metro: Lines, Fare, Card, Timetable, Maps & Highlights

Shenzhen is a innovate city in the southern portion of Guangdong Province, China, neighboring the world-renowned metropolis Hong Kong. Known as the "Silicon Valley of China", Shenzhen is a great place to explore the latest and undiscovered, and thus attracts numerous business and tourist travelers coming here.

For the visitor to Shenzhen, the Shenzhen Metro (or called Shenzhen Subway as well as Shenzhen MTR) will probably be the top choice to get around the city. It is normally the fastest, the most cost-effective, and can be easily found at almost every major site in the city you want to go. Besides, you can also ride the Shenzhen metro to the border between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, where you can transfer to Hong Kong's MTR East Rail Line to visit Hong Kong.

To make your journey in Shenzhen more enjoyable and efficient, this post gives you a quick and easy tutorial on how to navigate the Shenzhen Metro, including metro lines as well as info on timetable, fare, linking highlights and other helpful tips.

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Shenzhen Metro Map

There are altogether 8 lines in operation making up the Shenzhen Metro System. Every line on the Shenzhen Metro Map has a different name and color. The names and colors will not only appear on your map, but also all over the various stations on the network. Therefore, make sense of the names and colors are very importation when taking metro in Shenzhen. The Shenzhen Metro Map below shows you all the Shenzhen metro lines and the stations on each line, with each line marked in different color, which will help you to have a better understanding the complex network.

Shenzhen Metro Map

Click to Enlarge Shenzhen Metro Map (updated in November, 2019 - check latest metro lines at official website)

Shenzhen Metro Lines & Timetable

The opening times of Shenzhen Metro vary slightly from line to line, but the first Shenzhen Metro normally starts running around 06:15am - 06:36am, from Monday to Saturday, with slightly difference on weekends and public holidays.

Shenzhen Metro Lines Terminals Timetable Approximate Waiting Time
Weekdays Weekends Public Holidays
Line 1 Luo Hu - Airport East
(罗湖站) - (机场东站)
06:30-23:00 06:49-23:19 06:49-00:19 3-6 minutes
Airport East - Luo Hu
(机场东站) - (罗湖站)
06:36-23:47 06:36-00:47
Line 2 Chi Wan - Xinxiu
(赤湾站) - (新秀站)
06:15-23:08 06:30-23:00 06:30-00:00 5-8 minutes
Xinxiu - Chi Wan
(新秀站) - (赤湾站)
06:15-23:00
Line 3 Shuang Long - Yitian
(双龙站) - (益田站)
06:30-23:00 06:30-00:00
Yitian - Shuang Long
(益田站) - (双龙站)
Line 4 Fu Tian Checkpoint - Qing Hu
(福田口岸站) - (清湖站)
06:30-23:00 6 minutes
Qing Hu - Fu Tian Checkpoint
(清湖站) - (福田口岸站)
Line 5 Qian Hai Wan - Huang Bei
(前海湾站) - (黄贝岭站)
06:30-23:03 06:30-00:03 2-10minutes
Huang Bei - Qian Hai Wan
(黄贝岭站) - (前海湾站)
06:29-23:00 06:29-00:00
Line 7 Xili Lake - Tai'an
(西丽湖站) - (太安站)
06:30-23:00 06:30-00:00 5-10 minutes
Tai'an - Xili Lake
(太安站) - (西丽湖站)
06:36-23:55 06:36-00:55
Line 9 Hongshuwan South - Wenjin
(红树湾南站) - (文锦站)
06:30-23:00 06:30-00:00 10 minutes
Wenjin - Hongshuwan South
(文锦站) - (红树湾南站)
Line 11 Futian - Bitou
(福田站) - (碧头站)
06:30-23:34 06:30-00:00 5-10 minutes
Bitou - Futian
(碧头站) - (福田站)
06:30-23:30
See More about All the Stations on Each Line

Highlights & Vital Stations on Each Shenzhen Metro Line

Shenzhen Metro Line 1

Liyumen/鲤鱼门 (Exit D): to visit Shenzhen West Railway Station (深圳西站), the most frequently used high speed railway station to Hong Kong.

Luohu/罗湖 (Exit A): to visit one of the mainly used ports - Luohu Port (罗湖口岸) to go through the immigration to Hong Kong.

Luohu/罗湖 (Exit C): to Shenzhen Railway Station (深圳站), which enjoys the most great amount of high speed trains traveling between Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Great Theater/大剧院 (Exit D): to visit the landmark of Shenzhen - Shun Hing Square (a.k.a. Diwang Building), where you can have a overlook of Hong Kong and have a panorama of Shenzhen on its top floor.

Window of the World/世界之窗 (Exit H1, I, J):to visit the Window of the World (世界之窗), the Miniature Park which combines history relics, nature wonders and culture together.

OCT/华侨城 (Exit D): to visit China Folk Culture Village (深圳锦绣中华民俗村) to explore the mini version of Great Wall, Terra-Cotta Warriors, Tunhuang Mogao Grottoes, Huangguoshu Waterfalls, etc.

 

Shenzhen Metro Line 2

Great Theater/大剧院 (Exit c): to visit the landmark of Shenzhen - Shun Hing Square (a.k.a. Diwang Building), where you can have a overlook of Hong Kong and have a panorama of Shenzhen on its top floor.

Window of the World/世界之窗 (Exit H1, I, J): to visit the Window of the World (世界之窗), the Miniature Park which combines history relics, nature wonders and culture together.

Luohu/罗湖 (Exit A): to visit one of the mainly used ports - Luohu Port (罗湖口岸) to go through the immigration to Hong Kong.

Luohu/罗湖 (Exit C): to visit Shenzhen Railway Station (深圳站) to catch a train to other cities in mainland China.

Futian/福田站 (Exit 12a, 12b, 13): to visit Futian Railway Station (福田站) to catch a high speed train to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, etc.

 

Shenzhen Metro Line 3

Futian/福田站 (Exit 12a, 12b, 13): to visit Futian Railway Station (福田站) to catch a high speed train to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, etc.

Dafen/大芬 (Exit A1): to visit Dafen Oil Painting Village (大芬油画村) to enjoy the great amount of oil paintings and experience creating it by yourself.

Mujinwan/木槿湾 (Exit B2): to visit Dafen Oil Painting Village (大芬油画村) to enjoy the great amount of oil paintings and experience creating it by yourself.

Dafen Oil Painting Village Dafen Oil Painting Village

Shenzhen Metro Line 4

Futian Checkpoint/福田口岸 (Exit A): to visit Futian Point (福田口岸) to go through the immigration to Hong Kong.

Civic Center/市民中心 (Exit B, C): to visit Shenzhen Museum (深圳博物馆) to discover the history of Shenzhen and China.

Shenzhen North Station/深圳北站 (Exit C): to visit Shenzhen North Railway Station (深圳北站) to catch a high speed train to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Changsha, Wuhan, Xiamen, Kunming, etc.

Shenzhen Museum Shenzhen Museum

Shenzhen Metro Line 5

Shenzhen North Station/深圳北站(Exit C): to visit Shenzhen North Railway Station (深圳北站) to catch a high speed train to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Changsha, Wuhan, Xiamen, Kunming, etc.

 

Shenzhen Metro Line 7

Huanggang Checkpoint/黄岗口岸 (Exit C, D, F): to visit Huanggang Port (皇岗口岸) to go through the immigration to Hong Kong.

Bagualing/八卦岭 (Exit A, B): to visit the Pingan Finance Center (平安大厦), the tallest skyscraper in Shenzhen.

 

Shenzhen Metro Line 9

Renmin South/人民南站 (Exit A1, B): to visit Shenzhen Railway Station (深圳站), which enjoys the most great amount of high speed trains traveling between Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Shenzhen Bay Park/深圳湾公园 (Exit C, D2): to visit Shenzhen Bay Park (深圳湾公园), the longest park along the coast in Shenzhen and a perfect place for cycling and leisurely walking.

 

Shenzhen Metro Line 11

Futian/福田站 (Exit 12a, 12b, 13): to visit Futian Railway Station (福田站) to catch a high speed train to Hong Kong, Guangzhou, etc.

Airport/机场 (Exit C): to visit Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport (深圳宝安机场) to catch your flight.

 

Hong Kong Shenzhen MTR

Hong Kong and Shenzhen are connected by convenient MTR directly at Luohu Port (Lo Wu) in Shenzhen. Travel from Shenzhen city center to Luohu Port (Luohu Station on Shenzhen metro line 1) by metro needs about 40 minutes. After arriving at the port, you will need to exit the metro on the Shenzhen side of the border, cross the full international border and then join the Hong Kong MTR for onward journey. At both crossings, the subway stations and international border are contained within the same complex. If you are going to make the journey from Hong Kong side, you need to arrive at the Hong Kong side of the border first, and then transfer to Shenzhen downtown by Shenzhen Metro lines.

Shenzhen Luohu Port Shenzhen Luohu Port

Useful Link:

>> Hong Kong Metro
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Shenzhen Metro Card & Fare

There are several types of metro cards in Shenzhen. The fares of taking a metro by using those cards depend on the journey's distance. For the tourist traveling around Shenzhen, you are recommended to use the following three kinds of metro cards:

Single Journey Ticket: this type of ticket needs buying every time you want to take a metro in Shenzhen for the single time take; No refunding after 30 minutes from your payment;

One-Day Pass: this One-Day Pass is sold RMB 20 and can be used for taking Shenzhen Metro lines without limit in 24 hours after the first use;

Shenzhen Tong Card: refers to the rechargeable public traffic card. This kind of card is sold RMB 100 (the card charges RMB 20, and you will have RMB 80 in account). It is advised for the tourist who is going to stay at Shenzhen for a long period of time, or the travelers who want to keep it as a souvenir.

Shenzhen Metro Card Shenzhen Metro Single Journey Tciket

Tip for Riding the Metro in Shenzhen

You are recommended to try to avoid travelling on the Shenzhen Metro during the rush hours (weekdays, 7-9am and 5.30-7pm), particularly if you have any large baggage/luggage with you as you may need to wait a long time for a ticket and you may hard to find enough space to fit you in.

How to Plan a Shenzhen Tour

Most of travelers will make a short stay in and around Shenzhen, usually spend 1 or 2 days here.

One-day in Shenzhen means they take full day exploration in this amazing metropolis to witness the fast development of Shenzhen and have fun in its amusement parks. The tourist spots they usually visit including Splendid China Folk Village, Shenzhen Museum, Ping’an Financial Center (or Diwang Mansion), Lychee Park, and if time permits, they have a look or do some shopping at Luohu Commercial City.

Two-day in Shenzhen means they will spend almost one and half day for sightseeing or two full days for visiting. They will explore more, including Splendid China Folk Village, Shenzhen Museum, Ping’an Financial Center (or Diwang Mansion), Lychee Park, as well as Dafen Oil Painting Village, Dongmen Pedestrian Street, OCT Harbor. Travelers will not only have a glimpse of Shenzhen, but also have a general understanding about splendid China as well as its stunning ethnic groups.

Actually, Shenzhen welcomes you spend more time here to experience more. You can add 1 or 2 days to its nearby city - Guangzhou, or combine together with Hong Kong and Macau. It is a good idea to see to the fullest in Guangdong - Hong Kong - Macau Greater Bay Area for inspirations.

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