Guilin to Hong Kong Train Travel Guide

Before getting started this train travel guide, we should figure out the fact beforehand that there are no direct high speed train service from Guilin/Guangzhou/Shenzhen to Hong Kong currently (January, 2016) because the Hong Kong Section of the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link is still under construction now, and the West Kowloon Terminus in Hong Kong to connect Futian Railway Station in Shenzhen is estimated to open when the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link gets fully operated in 2017. The high speed trains from Guilin can travel furthest to Shenzhen North on that rail link

(Futian Railway Station in Shenzhen has opened since December, 2015. But no Guilin to Futian high speed trains available now, only Shenzhen North/Guangzhou South to Futian Station).

Other Rail Routes You Maybe Interested

So when we are talking about riding a fast train from Guilin to Hong Kong in this guide, we often mean a fast train ride from Guilin to Shenzhen / Guangzhou first, then walking across the border overland from Shenzhen into Hong Kong, or riding the Guangzhou – Kowloon Through Train (You may use a reputable online ticket agent to buy tickets for the Guangzhou – Kowloon Train) at Guangzhou East (Here you have to change stations from Guangzhou South to Guangzhou East) in Guangzhou into Hong Kong.

From Guilin to Hong Kong Options  Book Online

  1. Guilin North to Shenzhen North first, then cross border into Hong Kong overland.
  2. Guilin North to Guangzhou South to Shenzhen North first, then cross border into Hong Kong overland.
  3. Guilin North to Guangzhou South, then Guangzhou East to Hung Hom Station, Kowloon, HK.

Map of Stations & High Speed Rail Route

Note: the journey time and fares below are only for your reference.

High Speed Train Rides Train Journey time for each Train Jouney Time in total Fares for each Fares in total
1. Guilin North to Shenzhen North 3h30m 3h30m 212 From CNY 212
2. Guilin North to Guangzhou South + Guangzhou South to Shenzhen North 2h50m + 40m + layover time 3h30m + layover time 137.5+74.5 From CNY 212
3. Guilin North to Guangzhou South + Guangzhou East to Hung Hom 2h50m + 1h55m 4h45m + transfer time & layover time 137.5+166 From CNY 303.5
Pros Cons
1. Guilin North to Shenzhen North Farstest & hassle-free option 3 trains daily Recommended
2. Guilin North to Guangzhou South + Guangzhou South to Shenzhen North Second fastest,16 trains daily A layover required Recommended
3. Guilin North to Guangzhou South + Guangzhou East to Hung Hom Reach at Hung Hom directly by train Too slow & time-consuming, transfer required Not Recommended

Which Station in Guilin?

Guilin has 3 train stations for passenger service now: Guilin Station (South), Guilin North, and Guilin West.

The Guilin to Shenzhen North or Guangzhou South high speed trains are from Guilin North. Unlike the centrally-located Guilin South Station, Guilin North is a little bit far from the city center. So, you’d better get to the station early (at least 30-40 minutes before your train goes). Below is the train schedule for high speed trains from Guilin North to Shenzhen North.

Guilin West also operates high speed trains to Guangzhou South, but Guilin West is quite far from city center.

1. Guilin to Shenzhen North by Train first, Then to Hong Kong

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The option 1 is the fastest and most hassle free. But there are only 3 daily high speed train service from Guilin North to Shenzhen North. So, you’d better manage your time and avaid missing your train.

Note: The Chinese train schedules are changed frequently. For a live schedule, you can refer to China Highlights.

Trains From-To Dept-Arr Duration Ticket Price (CNY)
First Cls Second Cls VIP Cls
G2901 Guilin North – Shenzhen North 11:10 – 14:31 3h21m 264.5 212 367
G2903 Guilin North – Shenzhen North 16:12 – 19:56 3h44m 264.5 212 367
G2905 Guilin North – Shenzhen North 18:45 – 22:09 3h24m 264.5 212 367

After reaching at Shenzhen North, you can go to the Luolu Port or Futian Port to enter Hong Kong overland.

2. Guilin to Guangzhou South to Shenzhen North, Then to Hong Kong

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The second option is also doable as it provides you more train frequency. There are 15 daily high speed trains from Guilin North to Guangzhou South from 07:47 to 19:57, and 98 trains from Guangzhou South to Shenzhen North. Just pick the trains that suits your schedule. But it requires you a layover at Guangzhou South. Please note that Guangzhou South is a large station, you need to allow plenty of time for catching you next train when arriving at Guangzhou South.

For instance: Take D2835 (12:30 – 15:22) from Guilin North to Guangzhou South, then G6203 (16:34 – 17:16) from Guangzhou South to Shenzhen North.

The table below just lists some of the train timetable, for a full train timetable, just search on China Highlights.

Trains From-To Dept-Arr Duration Ticket Price (CNY)
First Cls Second Cls VIP Cls
D2835 Guilin North – Guangzhou South 12:30 – 15:22 2h52m 165 137.5
D2839 Guilin North – Guangzhou South 14:16 – 17:00 2h44m 165 137.5
Trains From-To Dept-Arr Duration Ticket Price (CNY)
First Cls Second Cls VIP Cls
G6203 Guangzhou South – Shenzhen North 16:34 – 17:16 42m 99.5 74.5 199.5
G1013 Guangzhou South – Shenzhen North 16:40 – 17:09 29m 99.5 74.5 199.5
G6537 Guangzhou South – Shenzhen North 16:45 – 17:21 36m 99.5 74.5 199.5

After reaching at Shenzhen North, you can enter Hong Kong via Luohu or Futian Port overland.

3. Guilin North to Guangzhou South, Then Guangzhou East to Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong Book Online

The option 3 is the slowest. You need to take a high speed train from Guilin North to Guangzhou South first, then trasfer to Guangzhou East where to catch the Guangzhou – Kowloon Through Train. Then the through train will take you to the Hung Hom Station in Kowloon, Hong Kong directly. For the detailed schedule and buying tickets for Guangzhou – Kowloon Through Train, you can refer to China Highlights Train Ticket Service.

Below is the screenshot for part of train schedule from Guangzhou East to Hung Hom Statoin in Hong Kong on China Highlights.

guangzhou east to hung hom Hong Kong

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