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High Speed Trains to Run between Hong Kong and Mainland China since September 23, 2018

Published: Sep. 18, 2018

The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high speed railway is scheduled to open on September 23, including Hong Kong into China’s high speed railway network.

The train tickets have been on sale since September 10, 2018 in Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, railway stations in Mainland China and 12306.cn, the official website of China Railway Corporation. Passengers can buy tickets using Hong Kong dollars, RMB, Octopus, credit cards and other online payment tools like WeChat, Alipay and Apple pay.
 

Why High Speed Trains to/from Hong Kong so Hot

1. They will connect Hong Kong with 40 or so cities in Mainland China.
The high speed train departing from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station can reach about 40 mainland stations including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Fuzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Xiamen, Guilin, Kunming and Guiyang. In addition, passengers can travel to almost any hot tourism destinations in mainland by these high speed trains with a transfer on the way.

2. They will make the travel to/from Hong Kong much easier and faster.
The operation of the trains will bring a lot of convenience and save a lot of time for passengers from Hong Kong to mainland and vice versa. For example, between Beijing and Hong Kong, the travel time will be shortened to 9 hours from 24 hours; between Shanghai and Hong Kong, it will be cut to 8.5 hours from 19 hours. What’s more, after experiencing the modernization in Hong Kong, it takes about only 3.5 hours for travelers to enjoy the most beautiful natural scenery in Guilin.
 

Popular High Speed Train Travel Routes between Hong Kong and Mainland China:

 
Route Time Route Time
Hong Kong - Shenzhen 14-24 minutes Hong Kong - Guangzhou 47-77 minutes
Hong Kong - Beijing 9 hours  Hong Kong - Shanghai 8.5 hours
Hong Kong - Kunming 7.5 hours          Hong Kong - Hangzhou 7.5 hours
Hong Kong - Guilin 3.5 hours  Hong Kong - Wuhan 5.5-6 hours
Hong Kong - Xiamen 4-4.5 hours Hong Kong - Guiyang 5.5 hours

See more Hong Kong trains
 

Hong Kong High Speed Train Travel Tips:

1. Exit and Entry
No matter you are departing from Hong Kong to mainland or from mainland to Hong Kong, all the exit and entry procedures will be completed in West Kowloon Station. Passengers can complete the immigration clearance at the same station and there will be no border inspection after boarding the train.

2. Luggage Limits
Adult passengers can take baggage of 20kg for free and children can take 10 kg for free. The free baggage limit of diplomatic is 35kg.

The dimension of each item is no more than 130 cm by length + width + height.

Check baggage is not allowed. If the baggage is overweight or oversized, the additional fee will be charged for the overweight part.
 

  • Questions & Answers on China Tourism News
    Asked by DW from CANADA | Oct. 01, 2018 13:50Reply
    Which airport is easier to go from for train to HK? Either GZ or SZ?
    Is Guangzhou or Shenzhen airport more convenient to take a train to HK?
    Answers (2)
    Answered by Sally from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 07, 2018 19:50
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    Shenzhen Airport will be more convenient since the distance between the airport and the train station is closer.
    Answered by Diane from CANADA | Oct. 09, 2018 07:37
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    Exactly the info I was hoping for. Thanks!
    Asked by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 24, 2018 05:22Reply
    HOW MUCH FOR THE TRAIN
    HOW MUCH FROM HONG KONG TO BEIJING RETURN
    THANK YOU
    REGARDS
    JJ KEANE
    Answers (18)
    Answered by Sam from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 24, 2018 18:38
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    Hi, the ticket fare for the second class ticket from HK to Beijing is CNY1077 and you are suggested to book tickets as early as possible since they are very hot.
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 25, 2018 08:54
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    Hi, the ticket fare for the second class ticket from HK to Beijing is CNY1077 and you are suggested to book tickets as early as possible since they are very hot.
    HOW MUCH IN MONEY IS CNY1077
    THANK YOU
    Answered by Sam | Sep. 25, 2018 18:29
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    Hi, it's about THB 5000.
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 25, 2018 19:13
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    CAN I GET A 144 HOUR FREE VISA TO VIST THE GREAT CHINA WALL IF I ENTER BY TRAIN,AS I WAS TOLD I CAN BY PLANE, BUT HE WASENT SURE ABOUT THE TRAIN THANK YOU
    REGARDS
    JOHN
    Answered by Sam from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 26, 2018 18:38
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    Yes, it can be available in Beijing West Station as long as you transfer in Beijing to another country.
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 26, 2018 21:18
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    DO YOU THINK EASY FOR ME TO FLY TO CHINA WITH ON GOING TICKET TO H KONG,LAND GET MY FREE 144 HOUR VISA ,GO VIST THE WALL,THEN GO BACK TO THE AIRPORT AND FLY TO HONG KONG,DO I NEED PERMISSION TO VIST THE GREAT WALL,AND IS THERE A FEE THANK YOU VERY MUCH
    Answered by Sam | Sep. 27, 2018 18:38
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    It seems that the Thailand passport is not available in 144 - hour free-visa transit, you may need to apply for a visa in advance. No permission is needed to visit the Great Wall and you need to pay for the entrance fee which are different according to different sections of the Great Wall. For example, the ticket fare of Badaling Great Wall is about CNY 40 for an adult.
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 27, 2018 21:45
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    SORRY I LIVE IN THAILAND,BUT HAVE BRITISH PASSPORT,BORN IN UK,
    Answered by Sam | Sep. 28, 2018 18:15
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    Ok, then there will be no problem and remember to prepare enough documents.
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 29, 2018 07:45
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    WOULD YOU MIND INFORMING ME WHAT DOCUMENTS I NEED TO SHOW,DO IMMIGRATION ASK ME WHERE AM I GOING TO STAY,IF SO THAT WOULD MEAN I WOULD HAVE TO BOOK A HOTEL INADVANCE,WHICH IS NO EASY TASK SINCE IVE NEVER BEEN THERE
    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HELPING ME OUT
    Answered by Sam | Sep. 29, 2018 18:08
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    Well, for the application, documents including your passport valid for at least three months, visa (if applicable) and onward ticket to the third country or region should be prepared. You don't have to book a hotel in advance.
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 29, 2018 21:00
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    WOW SAM YOU SEEM TO KNOW A LOT VERY GRATFULL FOR YOUR HELP,SOME PEOPLE TOLD ME IMMIGRATION WILL ASK WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO STAY,WHEN DID YOU LAST GO THERE,AS MAYBE THEY CHANGED THE RULES, ONE TOUR COMPANY SAID ITS ON THE ARRIVAL CARD,I WILL SEND YOU WHAT 2 DIFFERENT COMPANYS SENT ME,ONE WANTED 310 USD FOR TAKING ME TO A HOTEL THEN TO BADALING AND BACK TO MY HOTEL,AND THEN PICK ME UP TAKE ME TO THE AIRPORT,MY CHINESE FRIEND HERE IN THAILAND SAID THATS MORE THAN YOUR AIR FARE TO GET THERE LOL
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 29, 2018 21:15
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    I understand you would like to take a one-day tour to visit Badaling Great Wall by using 72-hour visa free policy, and you are flying to Beijing from Thailand and onward to Hong Kong. As British citizen this visa-free policy suite you. In additional to show your confirmed airfare to immigration, you also need to provide hotel confirmation, so you need to book hotel before this trip.
    May I know more information
    THIS THE FIRST ONE SAM
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 29, 2018 21:26
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    To apply for the 72-Hour Visa-Free Transit, you will need to provide the following documents at the airport:
     
    Passport valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry
    Visa for a third country or region (if applicable)
    A full completed Arrival/Departure Card (including name, nationality, passport no., visa no. & issuance place, flight no., purpose of visit, date of birth, gender)
    An onward ticket with confirmed seat are needed

    The hotel name and address should be required when you fill in the Arrival Card, so it is better to book in advance.

    As for the immigration registration, if you book hotel which has authorization to receiving foreign clients, the hotel will help you to register automaticly when you check in with your passport. If you book personal guesthouses, I'm afraid you have to register on your own. And we suggest you book a hotel in the downtown area which is more convient for your tour arrangements
    THIS NUMBER 2 SAM,BUT A FRIEND OF MINE WHO WENT IN 2011 SAID HE DONT REMEMBER HAVING TO DO THIS,IF YOU CAN UNDERSTAND,BEING DISABLED ON DISABILTY BENIFITS I WOULD BE VERY UPSET IF I BOUGHT A TICKET AND THEY REFUSED MY ENTRY BECAUSE I DONT HAVE A HOTEL,THEN AGAIN,HOW WOULD I KNOW WHICH HOTEL TO BOOK,IVE NEVER BEEN THERE AND IF THAT IS ACCEPTABLE HOTEL FOR IMMIGRATION LOL
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 30, 2018 06:35
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    BEEN SENT ANOTHER ONE SAME,SAYS NO HOTEL BOOKING NEEDED 24 HOUR FREE PERMIT,ILL GO GET IT
    Answered by JOHN from THAILAND | Sep. 30, 2018 06:37
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    Apply for 24-hour visa-free entry permit in 4 steps
     Fill an Arrival/Departure Card at the border inspection counter
     Get the temporary entry permit stamp or sticker
     Claim the luggage (if needed)
     Go through the customs
    Answered by john from THAILAND | Oct. 01, 2018 22:50
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    Note that if 1) you lack any of the required documents listed above, 2) or your route does not qualify, 3) or you have the record of overstaying in a country or getting visa refusal before, your application for the 24-hour visa-free transit may be turned down. For fear of inconvenience caused by such case, please make sure that you are eligible or apply for a regular transit visa in advance. 
    i do not recall ever having any of these at all,but feel better to check in advance how do i do that thank you,
    regards john
    Answered by Sam | Oct. 07, 2018 19:45
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    Hi John, if you apply for a 144-hour free visa transit, then you don't need to apply for a 24 hour transit. Generally, most of the formal hotels can receive foreign guests and don't worry too much, or you can confirm it with the hotel before you pay for the money.

    If you don't have any recalls, you may contact the Exit-Entry Administration Bureau to check it.
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