Hong Kong Trains to/From China: Ticket, Fare, Schedule
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Expected by worldwide travelers to China, Hong Kong will soon be included in China’s vast high speed railway network in the coming September of 2018. By then, high speed trains will be the top choices for most travelers between Hong Kong and Mainland China due to their convenience, fast speed, reasonable ticket price, comfortability, and punctuality. All of these bullet trains will be operated at West Kowloon Railway Station, which will also be open in the third quarter of 2018. 

Currently, there are only a few through trains between Hong Kong and Beijing/ Shanghai/ Guangzhou/ Dongguan/ Foshan/ Zhaoqing in service. Their top speed is 160 km/h (99mph) and they stop at Hung Hom Railway Station. 

 

Hong Kong High Speed Trains to Run

At the initial operation stage, about 127 pairs will run daily, including 114 pairs for short-distance trips to/from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan, as well as 13 pairs for long-distance trips to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Guilin, Guiyang, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Hangzhou, Nanchang, Fuzhou, Xiamen and Shantou. Their top speed in Hong Kong is 200 km/h (124 mph) and in the mainland is 350 km/h (217 mph). In the future, more bullet trains will be operated to connect Hong Kong with more cities in the mainland.  
 

Schedule of Hot Hong Kong High Speed Trains to Run

Route Estimated Duration Predicted Ticket Fare for Second Class Seat
Hong Kong - Shenzhen 20 minutes HKD 90
Hong Kong - Guangzhou 45 minutes HKD 260
Hong Kong - Beijing 10 hours a little more than CNY 1,000
Hong Kong - Shanghai 8.5 - 9.5 hours no more than CNY 1,000
Hong Kong - Guilin 3 hours CNY 400
Hong Kong - Hangzhou 7 hours CNY 900
Hong Kong - Xiamen 4 - 4.5 hours CNY 300
Hong Kong - Kunming 8 hours CNY 650

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To Be Operated at: West Kowloon Railway Station

This is an underground railway station specializing in bullet trains for passengers to/from mainland. It has four floors: B1 is ticket hall; B2 is arrival hall; B3 is departure hall and B4 is for platforms. The station will be connected with MTR Kowloon Station and Austin Station when opened in the coming September. 
 

Entry and Exit Formalities Both at Hong Kong

The entry and exit points between Hong Kong and mainland will be both set at the Kowloon Railway Station. This will greatly save passengers’ time from queueing for two lines for entry and exit formalities respectively. 

Also, as each bullet train will carry at most 579 passengers, the waiting line for passing the customs will not be long. It’s said the whole formality is predicted to be done in 5 minutes.  
 

How does the Hong Kong high speed train look like?

In general, it looks like the high speed trains running in the mainland, but there are some more advanced and carefully designed details: 

1. It has a white appearance with red or orange belt. 
2. It will be fully covered with WiFi. 
3. Every seat is equipped with an independent 2-pin and 3-pin electricity charging socket. 
4. Washing rooms for the disabled are set between carriage no.7 and no.8. They are large enough for driving wheelchairs and infant care table is also available inside. 

 See China High Speed Train Facilities 
 

Hong Kong Trains in Service

Schedule of Hong Kong Trains in Service and Ticket Booking

*Click the blue city names for ticket booking. 

Route Duration Ticket Fare
Hong Kong
Guangzhou
2 hours HKD 210 for second class seat 
Beijing
24 hours HKD 934 for soft sleeper 
Shanghai
19 hours HKD 825 for soft sleeper 
Dongguan
70 minutes HKD 210 for second class seat 

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This station has four floors. The departure and arrival halls for different routes are located on different floors. There are clear English signs help passengers to find where they want to go. About transportation to other downtown areas, MTR East Rail Line, which has a stop there is the first choice. 
 

How to Buy Tickets

Tickets can be bought at Hung Hom Railway Station, other ticket offices and from agents in the city and the departure stations in the mainland. 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% off discount; children over 9 needs to buy a full-priced ticket.
 

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 seat 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 must be handled at least 2 days prior. There is a service charge for refunds.

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