Hong Kong West Kowloon – Guilin by High Speed Train

How to Travel between Hong Kong – Guilin by High Speed Train

It has become possible to travel between Hong Kong and Guilin by direct high speed train since the opening of West Kowloon Station HK on September 23, 2018. In this page, you will learn how to travel from Hong Kong West Kowloon to Guilin (including Yangshuo) by direct high speed trains or vice verse, how to make a transfer (connection) at Shenzhen or Guangzhou if the HK-GL direct bullet trains sell out or the timing is not convenient to you, and how to buy train tickets.

How far is Hong Kong from Guilin: the distance is about 660 kilometers.

Map of Stations & High Speed Rail Route

How to Take a Train from HK West Kowloon

Photos courtesy of Keith Wong, a Singaporean working in HK & ChinaTrain12306 visitor.

1. Hong Kong – Guilin by High Speed Train

There are now one daiy high speed train linking Hong Kong with Guilin from September 23, 2018. The bullet train departs from or arrive at West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong and Guilin West Train Station (Guilinxi Station). The ticket price is from HK$ 436 (RMB379) for a second class seat and the travel time is around 3h19.

Schedule, Ticket Price & Duration

Hong Kong West Kowloon – Guilin by Bullet Train (1 daily)
Trains From – To Dept – Arri Duration Ticket Fares (CNY/HK$)
1st Cls 2nd Cls Biz Cls
G312 HK West Kowloon to Guilin West 12:06 – 15:25 3h19 ¥1138 ¥379 ¥607
G311 Guilin West to HK West Kowloon 13:38 – 16:54 3h16 $1370 $435 $697
For a live schedule & ticket availability & more trains, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

How to Buy Tickets for HK – Guilin High Speed Trains

Where to Buy Tickets

At station: You can buy tickets at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station or any train stations (Guilin Station, Guilin North or Guilin West) in Guilin.
At HK West Kowloon Station, there are 23 ticket windows and 39 self-service ticket machines for passengers buying tickets. If buying at tickets window, it accepts payments of Hong Kong dollars, China RMB, Octopus cards and credit cards. If buying at self-service machines (Not accept foreigner’s passport), it accepts WeChat Pay, Alipay, ApplePay, Samsung Pay, etc. Buy you can only buy no more than 10 tickets at the machines.

Book online: It is not possible to use China’s official rail booking site www.12306.cn as it is in Chinese and only accepts China banks card. Thus, you can turn to use a trusted online ticket agent China Highlights http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/, who has English version train schedule and will buy tickets for you once tickets are released online. The agent can help you select a window seat or aisle seat and even deliver tickets to your hotel. They will charge you service fee or delivery fee. You can place your order any time with them.

When to Book Tickets

Do I need to book tickets in advance?

Yes. As both Guilin and Hong Kong are popular tourism cities, train tickets on this route will be in great demand. It tends to sell out quickly (If tickets sell out, you can consider making at transfer at Guangzhou). So, it will be advised to use a ticket agent http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/, who will buy tickets for you once tickets are released.

Buy Online

If you are outside China, and want to buy tickets in advance online, you can turn to use an online ticke agent. Below are two trusted ticket agents who get positive reviews and recommended often on Trip Advisor:

Or you can also use Hong Kong MTR offical site to buy tickets:

Collecting Tickets Notes

Important notes: If you buy tikets on Hong Kong MTR official site, you are only be able to collect tickets in HK West Kowloon Station and it is imposible to pick up them in mainland China. So, if you start journey from West Kowloon Station to Guilin, and want to travel from Guilin back to HK, you should collect all tickets for both journeys  in West Kowloon Station. But if you start your journey from Guilin West, don’t use HK MTR site to book tickets but use a mainland China’s site as you cannot pick up tickets booked at HK MTR site in Guilin.

How long in advance should I book the tickets?

Tickets go on sale online 30 days in advance, so you can buy tickets 30 days ahead of departure. But you can place order more than 30 days in advance if using a ticket agent.

How to check live train schedule & ticket availability?

Check them at www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

2. Hong Kong – Guilin via Guangzhou or Shenzhen by High Speed Train

Since the direct high speed trains between Hong Kong West Kowloon and Guilin are limited, they tend to sell out quickly. Then, you can consider split your rail journey by making a transfer at Guangzhou or Shenzhen (Guangzhou is better than Shenzhen), as Guangzhou and Shenzhen have more bullet trains to or from Guilin.

  • Hong Kong – Guangzhou – Guilin
  • Hong Kong – Shenzhen – Guilin

Guangzhou – Guilin high speed trains: 33 or 37 D or G type high speed trains daily using mostly Guangzhou South Station.

Shenzhen – Guilin high speed trains: 4 G type high speed trains daily using Shenzhen North Station.

Hong Kong – Yangshuo – Guangzhou Rail Route Planning

There is only one daily high speed trains linking Hong Kong with Guilin, but no direct trains linking Hong Kong and Yangshuo. So if you want to design your travel to cover Hong Kong, Guilin and Yangshuo, you will have to make a transfer at Guangzhou or Shenzhen. Here are the best rail route planning:

From Hong Kong to Yangshuo to Guilin: Take a high speed train from HK West Kowloon Station to Shenzhen North (HK – Shenzhen North – Yangshuo) or Guangzhou South (HK – Guangzhou South – Yangshuo) first, then connecte to a high speed train to Yangshuo Railway Station. From Yangshuo Train Station, you need to take a bus to Yangshuo Town.

After exploring Yangshuo, you can take a bus from Yangshuo to Guilin. When returning, you can take the high speed train from Guilin West Station to HK West Kowloon Station.

Hong Kong – Guilin: Train VS Flight

You can also fly between Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and Guilin Lijiang International Airport (KWL). There are about 2 direct flights (carrier: Cathay Dragon and Cathay Pacific) from HK to GL daily and the duration is about 1.5 hours.

HK – GL Frequency Duration Price Note
By plane 2 1.5h Dynamic Check
By direct train 3h19 HK$436 (RMB379) Book

From Hong Kong Airport to Guilin by Trains

If you want to travel from Hong Kong Airport (HKG) to Guilin by trains, you can take Hong Kong MTR Airport Express Line from Airport Station to Kowloon Station, taking 25 minutes. From Kowloon Station, you can walk to West Kowloon Train Station to catch your high speed trains to Guilin. West Kowloon Train Station is near Kowloon Station on Airport Express Line and Austin Station on West Rail Line.
As seen from Hong Kong Airport to West Kowloon. You can use this rail journey planner: http://www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer/jp/index.php

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 from $6.

Option 2: China DIY Travel  is also a trusted online ticketing agent & get recommended for their excellent service on TripAdvisor. Helen & her Australian husband, team are always helpful buying tickets for foreigners. ChinaTrain12306 users can use PROMO CODE “ct123” to reduce booking fees.