Taking the train from Hong Kong to Nanning is a great option for tourists who want to explore China beyond the cities they fly into. There are two ways to travel by train from Hong Kong to Nanning: the direct train or by transferring at Guangzhou South:
- 1. Hong Kong West Kowloon – Nanning East by direct train, 1 daily, 4 hours
- 2. Hong Kong – Guangzhou South – Nanning, with more trains, arriving at both Nanning East or Nanning Railway Station
1. By Direct Train
|Train No.||Departure Station||Departure Time||Arrival Station||Arrival Time||Frequency||Duration||Fares|
|G418||HK West Kowloon||15:35||Nanningdong||19:32||Daily||3h57m||From ￥423|
|G417||Nanningdong||11:54||HK West Kowloon||15:54||Daily||4h||From ￥423|
For a live schedule & ticket availability & refer to www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/
As of May of 2023, there are only 1 direct trains available. The direct train G418 from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Nanningdong Station (Nanning East Station) is available once daily, departing at 15:35 and arriving at 19:32.
G417 from Nanningdong Station to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station also departs once daily, leaving at 11:54 and arriving at 15:54. The duration of the journey is around 4 hours, and tickets are available from ￥423.
2. By Transferring at Guangzhou South, more train options
In fact, the best route for taking a train between Hong Kong & Nanning is to make a transfer at Guangzhou South (Hong Kong West Kowloon – Guangzhou South – Nanning Station / Nanning East), since there is just once daily direct train available.Guangzhou South Station:
Which Train Station in Nanning
|Aspect||Nanning Railway Station||Nanning East Railway Station|
|Location||Located in the city center (Xixiangtang District)||Located 17 km east of the city center (Qingxiu District)|
|Metro links||Connected to Metro Line 1 Line 2||metro Line 1|
|Getting to Nanning Wuxu Airport||by airport bus 1 in 80 minutes;
by high speed train (to wuxujichang station): 16 mins & 11 trains daily
|by airport bus 4 in 96 mins;
by high speed train (to wuxujichang station): 31 mins & 9 trains daily
|Getting to City Center||Accessible via metro, bus, and taxi||Accessible by metro, taxi or bus|
|Train Services||operates 196 trains daily, including traditional & high speed trains||operates over 300 trains daily, including traditional & high speed trains|
|Trains to Guangzhou & Hong Kong||Frequent high-speed trains to Guangzhou, no direct trains to Hong Kong||Frequent high-speed trains to Guangzhou, 1 direct trains to Hong Kong|
|Station Facilities||Offers range of facilities and services||Offers range of facilities and services, modern and new, as Nanning East is a newly built modern station.|
Hong Kong West Kowloon Station
Hong Kong West Kowloon Station is currently the only train station that operates high speed trains to mainland China. It operates once daily direct train to Nanning East Station. 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
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.
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1. Book with 12306 China Railway
Jack’s friendly reminder: In the official site www.12306.cn, you can enter “hkw” or ‘hkwestkowloon‘ as Hong Kong West Kowloon Station; and “nanningdong” or “nnd” as Nanning East Railway Station, or enter “nanning” as Nanning Railway Station.
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 Nanning East Station, Nanning Railway 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. Ticets 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.
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.
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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