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The Guangdong – Hong Kong train is comprised of the Guangzhou – Hong Kong through train and the Zhaoqing - Hong Kong through train. The former one runs between Guangzhou East Railway Station and Hong Kong Hung Hom Railway Station. Currently, there are 12 pairs of trains running on the route each day, among which 10 pairs stop at Dongguan (Changping Railway Station). The later one runs between Zhaoqing Railway Station and Hung Hom Railway Station. It is actually the extension of the Guangzhou – Hong Kong route. There is only one pair of these each day. In addition to Dongguan (Changping) and Guangzhou East, it also stops at Foshan.

A single ride between Guangzhou and Hong Kong takes about 2 hours; the ride from HK to Zhaoqing takes 4 hours and 3 minutes and the ride from Zhaoqing to HK takes 4 hours and 1 minute.

Passengers should get to the departure station at least 45 minutes ahead of departure time for exit formalities. The boarding gates are closed 10 minutes prior to departure.

 Schedule
 Guangzhou – Hong Kong Through Train

Hong Kong (Hung Hom) → Dongguan (Changping) → Guangzhou East (Northbound)
No. Depart Hung Hom Arrive Dongguan Arrive Guangzhou East
T812 07:25 08:37 09:24
T824 (Ktt) 08:15 09:25 10:12
T820 09:24 10:36 11:23
T804 10:52 12:04 12:51
T808 11:32 -- 13:26
T814 12:23 -- 14:17
T826 (Ktt) 13:11 14:21 15:08
T818 14:32 15:44 16:31
T810 16:35 17:47 18:34
T828 (Ktt) 18:00 19:10 19:57
T816 18:44 19:56 20:43
T802 20:01 21:13 22:00

Guangzhou East → Dongguan → Hung Hom (Southbound)
No. Depart Guangzhou East Depart Dongguan Arrive Hung Hom
T801 08:19 09:03 10:17
T807 09:04 09:48 11:02
T813 09:55 10:39 11:53
T823 (Ktt) 10:37 11:21 12:33
T817 12:03 -- 13:56
T809 14:04 14:48 16:02
T825 (Ktt) 15:38 16:22 17:34
T815 16:14 16:58 18:12
T803 17:33 18:17 19:31
T819 18:20 19:04 20:18
T827 (Ktt) 20:30 21:14 22:26
T811 21:32 -- 23:25
Note: In addition to Ktt, the other carriages are all 25T type.

 Zhaoqing – Hong Kong Through Train

Hung Hom → Dongguan → Guangzhou East → Foshan → Zhaoqing (Northbound)
No. Depart Hung Hom Arrive Dongguan Arrive Guangzhou East Arrive Foshan Arrive Zhaoqing
T804 10:52 12:04 12:51 13:47 14:55

Zhaoqing → Foshan → Guangzhou East → Dongguan → Hung Hom (Southbound)
No. Depart Zhaoqing Depart Foshan Depart Guangzhou East Depart Dongguan Arrive Hung Hom
T806/3 15:30 16:35 17:33 18:17 19:31
Note: T806 runs from Zhaoqing to Hong Kong; T803 runs from Guangzhou East to HK.

 How to Buy a Ticket
The ticket can be purchased at departure stations on the mainland or in Hong Kong.

 In Guangzhou, tickets are available at most 30 days ahead of departure on the second floor of Guangzhou East Railway Station. There is a special ticket hall for the Guangzhou – Hong Kong route up there and there are HKD counters and CNY counters.

 In Hong Kong, tickets are on sale 30 days prior to departure at the Intercity Through Train Customer Service Centre at East Rail Line Hung Hom Station, or ticket offices and agents.

In HK, ticket can also be bought online (http://www.it3.mtr.com.hk/b2c/frmIndex.asp?strLang=Eng) or via phone ((852) 2947 7888). A service fee of HKD9 will be charged regardless of ticket types and it is not refundable. Booking is cut off 30 minutes before departure for northbound carriages and 6 hours for southbound carriages. Passengers need to collect the tickets themselves with the credit cards used for booking at these spots: 

Collection Spots Collection Cut-off Time
Intercity Through Train Customer Service Centre at East Rail Line Hung Hom Station 20 minutes before departure
Ticket Offices at East Rail Line Mong Kok East, Kowloon Tong and Shatin stations 1 hour before departure
Tourist Services at Island Line Admiralty Station 1 hour before departure
Light Rail Customer Service Centres at Tuen Mun Ferry Pier and Tin Yat Stop 2 hours before departure

Tickets can also be booked on eInstant Bonus terminals found inside some MTR stations. However, the payment can only be done with an Octopus Card. If booking is completed successfully, one will get a “Booking Bill” and it can be changed into a ticket only at the Intercity Through Train Customer Service Centre at East Rail Line Hung Hom Station.

 Ticket Price (HKD)
Hong Kong ⇔ Dongguan HK ⇔ Guangzhou HK ⇔ Foshan HK ⇔ Zhaoqing
Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child
HKD145 HKD73 HKD190 HKD95 HKD210 HKD105 HKD235 HKD117.5
Note:
1. All the fares above are for first class seats. Premium class seats are available for passengers traveling between Hung Hom Railway Station and Guangzhou East only, which are HKD230 for an adult and HKD115 for a child;
2. The above fixed fares are in HKD. Fares in CNY are floating based on the current exchange rate;
3. Tickets for trains departing from Zhaoqing and Foshan can be purchased only in mainland China;
4. Child tickets are for children aged 5 to 9 years old. Those aged 10 or above are fully ticketed as adults. Children younger than 5 years old can take the train for free; but they need to be accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket and share a seat with that adult.

 Ticket Change & Refund
Both ticket changes and refunds need to be handled at the location where the ticket was purchased. For northbound tickets, it can be changed at least 30 minutes prior to departure and refunded 2 hours prior; for southbound tickets, it can be changed and refunded at least 6 hours ahead of departure. The earlier one refunds a ticket, the more one can get back of the fare. Changed tickets are not refundable. The scale of refund:
Ticket Type Time before Departure % of Refund
Northbound Ones 2 hour - 2 days 50%
3 - 14 days 70%
15 days or more 100% (Handling fee of HKD15 for an adult and HKD7.5 for a child will be charged.)
Southbound Ones 6 hours - 2 days 50%
3 - 14 days 70%
15 days or more 100% (Handling fee of HKD15 for an adult and HKD7.5 for a child will be charged.)

 Seats Arrangement
Currently, there are two types of trains servicing the line: 25T and Ktt.
 25T (Operated by Guangzhou Railway Bureau)
Carriage Number 1 2-4 5 6-10
Type Luggage + Soft Seat Soft Seat Dining Carriage Soft Seat

 Ktt (Operated by Hong Kong MTR Corporation Limited)
Carriage Number 1-2 3-7
Type Premium Class First Class

 Differences between 25T and Ktt
Ktt 25T
Decks Double-decked Single-decked
Seat Selection Yes No
Wi-Fi Yes (at certain expense) No
Free gifts Watson distilled water, napkin Tibet Spring
Dining Carriage No Yes
Foods Snacks like egg tart, almond paste and butterfly cookies Box meal, Haagen Dazs ice cream, marinated chicken drumsticks
Souvenir Hong Kong tourism souvenir and MTR souvenir No
Toilet One eastern style and one western style on two sides of each carriage One in each carriage
Electricity Free power bank lending service Chinese style tripod socket
Broadcast In standard Chinese, Cantonese and English In standard Chinese and English