How to Travel between Hong Kong & Kunming by High Speed Train
It is possible to travel from Hong Kong to Kunming or vice verse by direct high speed trains as the Hong Kong high speed train service begun operation on September 23 of 2018.
Hong Kong’s high speed train station – West Kowloon Railway Station has been put into service and operating daily trains to or from Kunming South Railway Station in Yunnan Province, finishing the rail distance of 1515 kilometers in just 7h38.
In addition to direct high speed trains, you can also travel between Hong Kong and Kunming via bullet train with a transfer at Shenzhen, Guangzhou or Nanning or Guiyang. Each way has different cons and pros. But Guangzhou and Shenzhen are your best bets.
What is the best way to travel between Hong Kong and Kunming ?
The best way is a direct by high speed train or making a transfer at Guangzhou or Shenzhen by a high speed train. See options below:
- 1. Hong Kong – Kunming by direct high speed trains
- 2. Hong Kong – Kunming via Shenzhen or Guangzhou by high speed trains
Starting from Sept 23 of 2018, there is only one daily direct high speed trains linking Hong Kong and Kunming, using Kunming South Railway Station and Hong KongWest Kowloon Station, taking about 7h38 and costing CNY750.5 in a second class seat, CNY1220 in a first class seat and CNY2287 in a Business Seat. The G312 from Hong Kong West Kowloon to Kunming South or G314 from Kunming South to HK West Kowloon will pass major cities of Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Guilin,and Guiyang.
If you travel on this route HK West Kowloon – Guangzhou South – Kunming South OR HK West Kowloon – Shenzhen North- Kunming South, you will find more train options with flexible timing.See options below.
Schedule, Ticket Price & Duration
|Hong Kong West Kowloon – Kunming South by Bullet Train (1 daily)|
|Trains||From – To||Dept – Arri||Duration||Ticket Fares (CNY)|
|1st Cls||2nd Cls||Biz Cls|
|G312||HK West Kowloon to Kunming South||12:06 – 19:44||7h38||1220||750.5||2287|
|G314||Kunming South to HK West Kowloon||09:19 – 16:54||7h35||1220||750.5||2287|
For a live schedule & ticket availability & more trains, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/
Since the direct high speed train (option 1) between HK and Kunming is limited. If the only one high speed train sells out, travellers can make a transfer at Guangzhou or Shenzhen. Below are the how-to guides.
Hong Kong – Kunming via Guangzhou
Guangzhou is your best bet as there are a lot of high speed trains linking Hong Kong and Guangzhou, Guangzhou and Kunming.
Hong Kong – Guangzhou – Kunming:
From HK to Kunming: Take a high speed train from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Guangzhou South (see Hong Kong to Guangzhou train page), then connected to a G or D type high speed train to Kunming South Train Station, which runs 17 times a day, takes about 6.5-9.5 hrs. From Kunming to HK: Take a high speed train from Kunming South to Guangzhou South, then a connecting high speed train to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station.
Between Guangzhou South and Kunming South, which type high speed train to choose, D train or G train?
As you can see, there are two types of high speed trains (G and D trains) running between Guangzhou South and Kunming South. What are the difference between them? The fact is that the D high speed trains (13 daily)are running via Nanning while G trains (4 daily)are running via Guiyang.The D trains are cheaper on ticket fares but slower on train speed compared to G trains.
Hong Kong – Kunming via Shenzhen
Apart from Guangzhou, you can also consider changing your train at Shenzhen. Your route can run like these:
- 1. Hong Kong West Kowloon – Shenzhen Norh – Kunming South
You can find more train available with flexiable timing.
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