Hong Kong West Kowloon – Chengdu East by Train


Traveling from Hong Kong West Kowloon to Chengdu East by high-speed train is a fascinating journey across several provinces in China. While a direct train, G2964/G2963, operates once daily, opting for a transfer at Guangzhou South can open up more possibilities and flexible schedules.

  • 1. Hong Kong West Kowloon – Chengdu East direct train, once daily
  • 2. Hong Kong – Guangzhou South – Chengdu by train, more trains

Railway Maps

Train Schedule Overview

There are only once daily high speed train linking Hong Kong West Kowloon & Chengdu East Station.

Route 1: Hong Kong – Chengdu Direct Train: G2964/G2963

Train Type Departure Station Arrival Station Duration Frequency Fares
G2964 HK West Kowloon 10:08 Chengdu East 18:23 8h15 1 daily 875
G2963 Chengdu East 10:42 HK West Kowloon 18:55 8h13 1 daily 875

Route 2: Hong Kong – Guangzhou South – Chengdu, More Trains

If you make a transfer in Guangzhou South Station, you can find frequent trains to Hong Kong & Chengdu.

Train Type Departure Station Arrival Station Duration Frequency Fares
high-speed HK West Kowloon Guangzhou South 47m – 1h11m 28 daily 215
high-speed Guangzhou South Chengdu East 7.5-10 hrs 16 daily 581
Photo guide on how to make transfer at Guangzhou South

Please refer to the latest schedule and pricing at the time of booking as they are subject to change.

Which Train Stations in Chengdu

Chengdu Metro Network

The Chengdu metro network consists of 13 lines.

 Which Train Station in Hong Kong

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station is currently the only train station that operates high speed trains to Guangzhou South & Guangzhou East. The other original Hum Hom Station no longer operates through train services to Guangzhou East. So, HK West Kowloon is your only opertion. You can take the MTR to the West Kowloon Station. It is located between Kowloon Station & Austin Station. Just use www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/jp2/ to plan your route.

Photo Guide: how to take a train from HK West Kowloon

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station Port operation time: 06:30 – 23:30

How to Buy Tickets Online

There are several ways to book your train tickets online. Just remember that booking herizon for train tickets opens 15 days before your travel date. It is recommended to book you tickets as soon as possible in advance to secure your seat at your desired departure time.

Check Live English Schedule

1. Book with 12306 China Railway

www.12306.cn is the offcial website of China Railway, which now has supported English. It also provides an offcial ticketing (English version) App – Tielu 12306 for both iOS and Android.

Jack’s friendly reminder: In the official site www.12306.cn, you can enter “hkw” or ‘hkwestkowloon‘ as Hong Kong West Kowloon Station; and “gzn”& “guangzhounan” as Guangzhou South; “gzd” & “Chengdudong” as Chengdu East.

2. Book with China Highlights

www.chinahighlights.com is a trusted online ticket agent who get possitive reviews & is  often recommended on Trip Advisor forum. They offer real-time train schedule online, English-language support, They can also provide assistance in case of any issues with your tickets or travel or when you’re running into trouble. Even they can deliver tickets to your hotel in advance. You can place orders with them any time. They are helpful, especially when you’re not familiar with the China’s transportation system or do not speak Chinese.

How to Buy Tickets at Train Station

If you prefer to purchase your train tickets in person at the train station, you can do so at either Chengdu East Station, or Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. Remember to bring your passports or any other necessary documents when buying your tickets.

When to Buy Tickets

Tickets can be booked up to 15 days on the official 12306 China Railway website. It is always advisable to buy tickets in advance to secure ticket availability or seat assignment. Tickets tend to sell out quickly on this popular route especially during the bussy travel peak period, such as the public National Days (Gold Week), Labour’s Days, Chinese Moon Festival or Qingming Festival. But if you use an online ticket agent www.chinahighlights.com, you can order tickets any time with them and they will book it for you once the tickets are released online.

Immigration & Customs Procedures at Hong Kong West Kowloon

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station is a joint checkpoint between Hong Kong and mainland China, which means that border control and immigration procedures for both Hong Kong and mainland China are conducted in one place in Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. So prepare for all necessary travel documents like passports and visas at hand and allow surfficient time for the immigration and customs procedures for both Hong Kong and Manland sides.

How much time do I need to clear immigration at West Kowloon Station

It is advised to arrive at the West Kowloon Station at least 45 minutes before your departure time, as you need to go through both the Hong Kong Port and the Mainland Port on the same floor of the station. The immigration process may take longer during peak hours or holidays, so you should plan ahead and allow enough time for clearance.

Boarding Tips and Procedures

Make sure to arrive at the train station early enough before departure time to allow for ticket checks, immigration and custom procedures, security checks and boarding. You will need to present your passport and train ticket for verification before boarding the train.

Visa to Mainland China

You need a visa to enter mainland China if you are taking a train from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. While most passports are granted visa on arrival for Hong Kong, you’ll still  need a visa to enter mainland China. Just apply it in advance.

Trusted Online Ticket Agents:

Option 1: China Highlights is a reliable online agency  for China train ticketing. They get positive reviews on TripAdvisor & Trustpilot. Sharon and her team help you buy tickets & plan rail routes even deliver tickets to your hotels with a service fee.

Option 2: Trip.com  is an internatioal brand owned by Ctrip Group, China's largest online travel booking platform. Trip.com offers booking service for flight, train, hotel, activities, etc

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