How to Travel between Hong Kong and Chengdu
Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province also the home to giant pandas is about 1800 kilometers from Hong Kong, the Special Administrative Region in South China. Both of them are hot travel destinations in China. Travelers now can travel between Hong Kong and Chengdu by high speed train with a transfer at Shenzhen & Guangzhou (Hong Kong – Shenzhen – Guangzhou – Chengdu).
Below explains you the steps on how to travel from Hong Kong to Chengdu by bullet trains:
- Step 1: Hong Kong – Shenzhen by MTR + metro
- Step 2: Shenzhen – Guangzhou by high speed train
- Step 3: Guangzhou – Chengdu by high speed train
Hong Kong – Chengdu by High Speed Train via Shenzhen & Guangzhou
Currently, there are no direct high speed trains linking Hong Kong with Chengdu. Thus you have to make a transfer at Shenzhen and Guangzhou.
Note: Hong Kong’s high speed train station West Kowloon Station will open in 3Q of 2018. Accodring to the latest schedule plan, Hong Kong will have direct high speed trains to Shenzhen & Guangzhou as well as Guilin and Yangshuo, but no direct trains to Chengdu temporarily.
Step 1: Hong Kong – Shenzhen by MTR + Metro
You can trael between Hong Kong and Shenzhen by Hong Kong MTR service and metro in Shenzhen. Shenzhen North Station or Shenzhen Futian Station are the stations that serves high speed trains to or from Guangzhou, from where you can ride bullet trains to Chengdu.
From Hong Kong to Shenzhen: Take Hong Kong MTR East Rail Line to Lok Ma Chau station first, then across the border and walk into Futian Checkpoint station at Shenzhen side, from where take metro line 4 to Shenzhen North Station to catch a high speed train to Guangzhou South, then a high speed train to Chengdu East.(Hong Kong – Shenzhen – Guangzhou – Chengdu).
Both Shenzhen North and Shenzhen Futian Station have bullet trains to Guangzhou South, but Shenzhen North has more trains and can be easily reached by metro line 4 from Futian Checkpoint metro station.
From Shenzhen to Hong Kong: Just do as explained above in opposite direction (Chengdu East – Guangzhou South – Shenzhen North – Hong Kong).
- Shenzhen metro planner (official Shenzhen metro site)
- Hong Kong MTR planner (official site)
- China train ticket booking service
Step 2: Shenzhen – Guangzhou by High Speed Train
While Shenzhen Futian Station also has bullet trains to or from Guangzhou South, I would suggest you to use Shenzhen North Station, which provide more high speed trains to or from Guangzhou South. See Shenzhen – Guangzhou train page.
Step 3: Guangzhou – Chengdu by High Speed Train
High speed train service linking Guangzhou and Chengdu has been launched from January 25 of 2018. As of February, there are 9 daily D class high speed trains running between Guangzhou South Station and Chengdu East Station, taking 9.5-10.5 hours, and ticket fare is from CNY488.5 in a second class seat and CNY641 in a first class seat.
Schedule, Fares & Duration
|Guangzhou – Chengdu by high speed train (9 daily)|
|Train Type||From – To||Frequency||1st-Last||Duration||Ticket Fares (CNY)|
|1st Cls||2nd Cls||Biz Cls|
|D train||Guangzhou South – Chengdu East||9||–||9.5-10.5hrs||641||488.5||–|
For a live schedule & ticket availability, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/
Scenic Train Route
Your Hong Kong – Chengdu rail travel route or high speed train includes some scenic destinations including Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Yangshuo, Guilin, Sanjiang, Guiyang, Chongqing and Chengdu. All of these places are worth visiting. Just refer to:
- Guangzhou – Guilin & Shenzhen – Guilin by train
- Guangzhou – Yangshuo & Shenzhen – Yangshuo by train
- Chengdu – Guilin & Yangshuo by train
- Hong Kong to Chongqing train
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