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Hong Kong Trains - High Speed Rail

On September 23 of 2018, Hong Kong opened its first high speed rail. Although the Hong Kong high speed rail has a length of only 26 km (16 mi), it connects Hong Kong with the vast high speed rail network in Mainland China.

Since then, high speed trains have been 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 Hong Kong bullet trains are operated at West Kowloon Railway Station, which has been open on September 23 of 2018, too.

 

Hong Kong High Speed Train Map
Hong Kong High Speed Train Maps

Schedule of Hong Kong Trains along High Speed Rail

At the initial operation stage, about 127 pairs of bullet trains run daily along Hong Kong high speed rail, 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 along the Hong Kong high speed rail to connect this international metropolis with more cities in the mainland.  


 Schedule of Hot Hong Kong Trains along High Speed Rail to Mainland China

Route Duration High Speed Rail Cost for Second Class Seat
Hong Kong - Shenzhen 14 - 24 minutes CNY 68/ 75
Hong Kong - Guangzhou 47 - 77 minutes CNY 215
Hong Kong - Beijing 9 hours CNY 1,077
Hong Kong - Shanghai 8.5 hours CNY 1,008
Hong Kong - Fuzhou 5.5 hours CNY 339.5
Hong Kong - Guilin 3.5 hours CNY 379
Hong Kong - Guiyang 5.5 hours CNY 538
Hong Kong - Hangzhou 7.5 hours CNY 935
Hong Kong - Xiamen 4 - 4.5 hours CNY 258.5
Hong Kong - Kunming 7.5 hours CNY 750.5
 

 More Hong Kong Trains along the High Speed Rail to: 

 

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 of Hong Kong trains to China mainland are both set at the Kowloon Railway Station. This greatly saves passengers’ time from queueing for two lines for entry and exit formalities respectively. 

Also, as each bullet train carries at most 579 passengers, the waiting line for passing the customs is not long. In general, the whole formality can 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 is 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 
 

How to Buy High Speed Train Tickets in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong high speed rail tickets can be bought both at West Kowloon Railway Station in Hong Kong and any railway stations in Mainland China, the official websites, hotlines and designated ticket outlets of operators in both sides. The earliest available time is 30 days ahead of departure date. ID certificates are required for booking and the most frequently used is passport.  

In consideration of the complicated booking process and possible language and payment barriers, passengers are advised to book the ticket from a professional and trustworthy agency. TravelChinaGuide offers hassle-free Hong Kong train tickets booking service without time limitation. 
 

How to Collect Ticket

Those e-tickets bought through Hong Kong channels can only be collected at the West Kowloon Station before departure. Those booked via Mainland channels can be collected at any railway station in the Mainland as well as designated ticket counters and ticket machines at West Kowloon Station. 
 

How to Change/ Refund the Ticket

As Hong Kong and Mainland China adopt different ticketing system, the ticket change and refund channels are also different. Generally, passengers are advised to reach the original booking channel for submission. If booking via an agency, contact your agency for details. Different agencies adopt different cancellation/ change policies. 

One thing to note is that if you have collected the tickets, cancellation and refund of those to Hong Kong can only be done in the mainland, and those out of Hong Kong can only be handled at West Kowloon Station. 

A ticket can only be changed once and only departure time, train no. and seat class can be changed. A changed ticket cannot be refunded. 
 


 

Intercity Through Trains to / from Hong Kong

Schedule of Intercity Through Trains 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 

 See more details of intercity through trains from Hong Kong to:

 

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

The intercity through Hong Kong train 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

In mainland, a ticket can only be changed or refunded at the departure 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.

- Last modified on Oct. 28, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Trains - High Speed Rail
Asked by John from GERMANY | Oct. 27, 2018 02:59Reply
Tranfer in Shengzen North to Guilin
I have booked and confrimed tickets from Shenzhen to Guilin at 1.05 pm ( 13.05) wich Train and what time do I have to leave HKG Kowloon please. I have a 3 months one entry VIsa for Guilin and Yangshuo, Do I need more time for the tranfer in Shenzhen due to get into Shenzhen first to get to my ride to Guilin? Like do I need to get a "Dayvisa" for Shenzhen to get to my ride to Guilin?
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Answered by Ablett from USA | Oct. 28, 2018 20:20
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If you will collect the tickets for both trips out in HK in advance, 30min between should be fine. If you are worried about finding direction etc, you may prepare about 1 hour between.

For the visa, I am not sure about it. Your one entrance visa can only access in Guilin and Yangshuo? I suppose it does not have a limitation of entrance city? but anyway, you need to hold visa in hand before you take the ride instead of apply a visa on arrival at HK station. This would not work at station.
Asked by Candy from SINGAPORE | Oct. 17, 2018 17:17Reply
In advance
Can I purchase speed train ticket in advance at the HK station ticket counter for going Futian and back to HK?
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Answered by Denny | Oct. 17, 2018 18:53
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Yes, it is Ok. i think the sale date is for 30 days. You can buy a ticket for trip within 30 days in the station, for round trip.
Asked by Candy Low from SINGAPORE | Oct. 17, 2018 02:31Reply
Purchase online there is service fee for Chinese Yuan of $70
if purchase at station counter, also same $70?
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Answered by Anne | Oct. 17, 2018 02:56
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If you mean station ticket counter, there is no service fee.
Asked by Candy Low from SINGAPORE | Oct. 16, 2018 19:44Reply
I purchases via online for both ticket to Futian and back to Hong Kong but where to collect the tick
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Answered by Luis from CANADA | Oct. 16, 2018 22:56
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You can collect the ticket at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, there are 28 counter for ticket collection.
Asked by Candy Low from SINGAPORE | Oct. 11, 2018 07:00Reply
Where to purchase ticket from Hong Kong to Shenzhen
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Answered by Willard | Oct. 12, 2018 00:30
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You can make the booking here or buy it at station counter
Answered by Candy Low from SINGAPORE | Oct. 15, 2018 01:38
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I purchases via online for both ticket to Futian and back to Hong Kong but where to collect the ticket?
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