Hong Kong Train

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Since the Jingjiu (Beijing – Kowloon) Railway was completed, it has been easy for visitors to go from Hong Kong to mainland China by train. Jingjiu Railway on the Chinese mainland is connected with Hong Kong MTR (Mass Transit Railway) East Rail at Lo Wu Station in Kowloon. This connection makes transportation by train between the mainland and Hong Kong a reality. At present, there are through trains of Hong Kong - Beijing, Hong Kong - Shanghai and Hong Kong (Kowloon) - Guangdong. They depart from Hung Hom Station, located at No.9 Cheong Wan Road, Hung Hom of Kowloon, close to the Hong Kong Coliseum. Passengers should be at the station 45 minutes before departure for exit formalities. The boarding gates close 10 minutes prior to departure.

Presently, another railway line, Express Rail Link, is under construction. It is the Hong Kong section of Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Railway. When it opens at the end of 2017, it will take only about 14 minutes from Hong Kong to Shenzhen on the mainland. 

Tip: How to get to Hung Hom Station: The Bus Nos.11K, 11X, 21, 260A, 260X, 81C, 87D, N216, N241, N271 and N281 all go there. Alternatively you can take the East Rail Line or a taxi.

The following is information on the major stations of the East Rail for your convenience:
East Tsim Sha Tsui – Hung Hom – Mong Kok – Kowloon Tong – Tai Wai – Sha Tin – Fo Tan – University Station – Tai Po Market – Tai Wo – Fanling – Sheung Shui – Lo Wu

 Schedule
From Hong Kong To Train No. Duration Fare (full fare in HKD) Booking
Beijing West T98 23 hours 36 minutes Luxury soft sleeper: 1191;
Soft sleeper: 934;
Hard sleeper: 601 (upper berth), 587 (middle berth), 574 (lower berth)
Shanghai T100 18 hours 45 minutes Luxury soft sleeper: 1039;
Soft sleeper: 825;
Hard sleeper: 530 (lower berth), 519 (middle berth), 508 (upper berth)
Guangzhou East T812, T824, T820, T804, T808, T814, T826, T818, T810, T828, T816, T802 2 hours Premium class: 230;
First class: 190
Dongguan (Changping) T812, T824, T820, T804, T826, T818, T810, T828, T816, T802 1hour and 12 minutes First class: 145 ---
Foshan T804 2 hours and 55 minutes First class: 210 ---
Zhaoqing T804 4 hours and 3 minutes First class: 235 ---
 
 How to Buy a Ticket
Tickets can be bought at Hung Hom Railway Station, other ticket offices and from agents in the city. Tickets to Shanghai and Beijing are available 60 days prior to departure while those to Dongguan, Guangzhou East, Foshan, and Zhaoqing can be purchased 30 days prior. Children under 5 years old ride for free when sharing a seat with an adult with a valid ticket ; children between 5 and 9 years old ride at 50% discount; children over 9 needs to buy a full-priced ticket. 

 Ticket Offices and Agents
MTR Sales Offices Opening Hours Booking Cut-off Time before Departure
Northbound Train Southbound Train
East Rail Line Hung Hom Station 06:30 - 20:05 20 minutes 6 hours for Guangdong Line; 
5 days for Beijing/Shanghai Line
East Rail Line Mong Kok East, Kowloon Tong and Shatin Stations 07:00 - 19:00 1 hour
Island Line Admiralty Station 08:00 - 19:30 1 hour
Light Rail Customer Service Centers at Tuen Mun Ferry Pier and Tin Yat Stop 07:00 - 19:00 2 hours
 
Agents Enquiry Line
China Railway(HK) Holdings Ltd. (852) 2732 1883
China Travel Service (H.K.) Ltd. (Branch Offices) (852) 2851 1700
Farrington American Express Travel Services (852) 2808 2828
Gray Line Tours of Hong Kong (Branch Offices) (852) 2723 5445
GZTC International Tour Co. Ltd. (852) 2139 2155
Hua Min Tourism Company Ltd. (852) 3106 6777
HYFCO Travel Agency Ltd. (852) 2882 8193
JTB (Hong Kong) Ltd. (852) 2734 9288
Norray Travel Company Ltd. (852) 2739 3398
Swire Travel Ltd. (852) 2579 6688
Westminster Travel Ltd. (852) 2369 5051
Jebsen Travel Ltd. (852) 3180 3240
Xin Jing Travel Services Ltd. (852) 2334 7351
 
 Ticket Change and Refund
Different from mainland China, where a ticket can be changed or refunded at any railway station, in Hong Kong, a ticket can only be changed or refunded at the spot it was purchased. A ticket can only be changed once and it can only be changed to a ticket with the same destination and class as the original one. Changed tickets are not refundable.

A request for refund of a northbound ticket must be made at least 2 hours before departure and a request for a change must be made at least 30 minutes before departure.  A request for a change or refund for a southbound Guangdong ticket must be made at least 6 hours prior to departure and for a southbound Beijing/Shanghai ticket it must be at least 2 days prior.  There is a service charge for refunds.