Hong Kong – Guangzhou by High Speed Train, Through Train or Bus ?
Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Canton) are megacities and gateways in South China. They are linked frequently by long distance bus or through trains (Guangzhou – Kowloon HK Through Trains).
Now starting from September of 2018, you will get a new option: direct high speed trains. There will be frequent direct high speed trains linking Hong Kong and Guangzhou in 48 minutes when the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link fully opens in September of 2018. This page explains you how to travel between Hong Kong & Guangzhou by trains.
How far is Guangzhou from Hong Kong: the distance is about 180 kilometers or 111 miles.
- 1. Hong Kong – Guangzhou by high speed train (not open)
- 2. Hong Kong – Guangzhou by through train (recommended)
- 3. Hong Kong – Shenzhen – Guangzhou by high speed train
There will be high speed trains linking Hong Kong and Guangzhou in September of 2018, when the West Kowloon Station begins operation. The high speed trains will depart or arrive at West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong and Guangzhou South Railway Station, running 25 times per day, costing CNY215 or HKD 260 and taking about 48 minutes. Trains will be running on the Guangzhou – Shenzhen Hong Kong Express Rail Link, calling at Shenzhen Futian Station, Shenzhen North Station, Humen Railway Station in Dongguan.
|From West Kowloon Station to||Frequency||Interval||Travel Time||Fares|
|Shenzhen Futian Station||54||15 mins||14mins||￥66 / HK$80|
|Shenzhen North Station||54||23mins||￥74 / HK$90|
|Humen Railway Station||7||￥173 / HK$210|
|Guangzhou South Station||25||30 mins||48mins||￥214 / HK$260|
The official train schedule and fares will be updated here when they are official released.
Vibrant Express owned by Hong Kong will be used to run along the Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong Express Rail Link. The train set is based on CRH380A EMU high speed train, and has two classes of seats: standard class and first class seats.
Since there are no direct high speed trains linking Hong Kong and Guangzhou currently, a connection at Shenzhen is necessary (Guangzhou – Shenzhen – Hong Kong). Depending on which port you will use for border crossing, you have two routes to go:
- Route 1: Hong Kong – Lok Ma Chau / Futian Checkpoint – Shenzhen North – Guangzhou South
- Route 2: Hong Kong – Lowu / Luohu Port – Shenzhen Station – Guangzhou East
Rail Routes & Station Map
This route requires you to go through the border control at Futian Checkpoint in Shenzhen and Lok Ma Chau station in Hong Kong. The high speed trains depart from or arrive at Shenzhen North Station and Guangzhou South Station.
From Hong Kong to Guangzhou via Shenzhen : Take Hong Kong’s MTR East Rail Line to Lok Ma Chau station first, then walk across the border control into Futian Checkpoint station at Shenzhen side. Then take Shenzhen metro line 4 to Shenzhen North Station, from where there are lots of G category high speed trains to Guangzhou South Station, taking about 30-40 minutes.(Use?Hong Kong MTR planner?&?Shenzhen metro planner?to plan your journey)
From Guangzhou to Hong Kong via Shenzhen : Just travel on this route: Guangzhou South to Shenzhen North by bullet train, then metro line 4 to Futian Checkpoint. Then walk across the border to Lok Ma Chau, from where catch MTR train to central Hong Kong. (Use?Hong Kong MTR planner?&?Shenzhen metro planner?to plan your journey)
Route 2 requires you to go through Luohu Port in Shenzhen and Lowu Port in Hong Kong, and board the C category high speed trains running between Shenzhen Railway Station and Guangzhou East Station (Guangzhoudong).
From Hong Kong to Guangzhou: Take Hong Kong’s MTR East Rail Line to Lo Wu station in Hong Kong & Luohu Port in Shenzhen , pass the border control. Then the Shenzhen Railway Station is within walking distance from Luohu Port. There are about 100 daily C category high speed trains running from Shenzhen Railway Station to the centrally-located Guangzhou East Station.
From Guangzhou to Hong Kong via Shenzhen: Just do as explained above in a opposite direction (Guangzhou East – Shenzhen Station – Luohu/Lowu – Hong Kong).
The Guangzhou – Hong Kong Through train, or commonly called Guangzhou – Kowloon Through Train is an inter-city train service running between Guangzhou East Station and Hung Hom Station in Kowloon of Hong Kong, jointly operated by MTR Corporation of Hong Kong & Guangzhou Railway Group.
The through trains run 12 times a day between Hung Hom Station and Guangzhou East Station (Guangzhoudong) with some of them calling at Changping Station in Dongguan & one continuing to Foshan Station. Live train schedule & ticket price can be found at its official site:
- Hong Kong – Guangzhou Through Live Train schedule (official site)
- Buy Guangzhou – Kowloon Through train tickets (using a ticket agent)
Through Train Schedule & Fares
The timetable below are used from MTR’s official site.