HK West Kowloon – Chaoshan by High Speed Train

Travel between Hong Kong and Chaozhou & Shantou by High Speed Train

Both Chaozhou and Shantou are two cities located in east of Guangdong Province, and they are served by Chaoshan Railway Station (Chaoshan means Chaozhou & Shantou), which has bullet train connections to or from Shenzhen North Station, Guangzhou South Station, and Fuzhou South Station.
Starting from September 23, 2018, it has high speed trains to or from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station.

Chaozhou & Shantou distance by train: 390 kilometers.

How to Take a Train from HK West Kowloon

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

Option 1: Hong Kong – Chaozhou or Shantou (Chaoshan Station) by High Speed Train

Direct high speed train service linking Hong Kong and Chaozhou & Chaozhou (via Chaoshan Train Station) in Guangdong Province have been launched on September 23of 2018 when Hong Kong’s bullet train station West Kowloon Station begin operation.

From Hong Kong to Chaoshan : 8 daily G-class high speed trains run from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Chaoshan Railway Station (serving Chaozhou and Shantou), taking around 3hrs – 3h15, costing from CNY182 in a second class seat, and CNY291 in a first class seat.

From Chaoshan to Hong Kong: There are 9 daily high speed trains departing from Chaoshan Train Station (serving Chaozhou and Shantou) and arriving at HK West Kowloon Station. Fares and travel time are shown below.

Schedule, Ticket Price & Travel Time

Hong Kong West Kowloon – Chaoshan by Bullet Train
Trains From – To Frequency Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
1st Cls 2nd Cls Biz Cls
G trains HK West Kowloon – Chaoshan 8 3h-3h15 291 182
G trains Chaoshan – HK West Kowloon 9 2h50-3h05 291 182
For a live schedule & ticket availability, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

Option 2: Hong Kong – Shenzhen – Shantou/Chaozhou by High Speed Train

Since the direct high speed trains between HK West Kowloon Station and Chaoshan Train Station are limited, or the train times don’t suit your schedule, then you may consider making a transfer at Shenzhen North (HK West Kowloon – Shenzhen North – Chaoshan), which has lots of trains to or from Chaoshan Railway Station with flexible train times.

Shenzhen – Chaoshan Bullet Trains

All the trains to Chaoshan station depart from Shenzhen North Station. The Chaoshan Railway Station is a high speed train station that serves Chaozhou, Shantou and Jieyang.

Schedule, Fares & Duration

Shenzhen – Chaoshan by D type high speed train (74 daily)
Train Type From – To Frequency 1st-Last Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
1st Cls 2nd Cls Biz Cls
G and D train Shenzhen North – Chaoshan Station 74 2h15 107 171 320
For a live schedule & ticket availability, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

How to Buy Train Tickets

When to buy tickets

Both China & Hong Kong train tickets go on sale online 30 days in advance or go on sale at train station 28 days in advance.

Where to buy tickets

You can buy tickets with your passports at train station in HK West Kowloon Station or any train stations in Chaozhou, Shantou,etc. Or you can buy tickets online with a trusted online ticket agent, or Hong Kong MTR official site or www.12306.cn (the official Chinese train ticket booking platform, which is only in Chinese).

Buy tickets at train stations

In Hong Kong: You can buy tickets with passports at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station,where there are 23 ticket counters selling Cross Boundary Tickets (ie: trains starting or ending at Hong Kong, eg: HK – Chaoshan train, Chaoshan to HK train) and 5 designated counters selling Mainland Domestic Tickets (eg: Shenzhen to Chaoshan train, Chaoshan to Shenzhen train). The 5 desinated counters will charge you additional service fees. There are also ticket kiosks there but they don’t accept foreigner passports.

Ticketing Channel in HK Acceptable Identification Document Advance Sales Booking Cut-off Time (before train departure) Payment Method
Cash e-Payment5 Mobile Payment
Ticket Counters Passport 28 days 45 mins HKD & RMB Visa
MasterCard
UnionPay
Octopus
EPS
Apple Pay
Google Pay
Samsung Pay
Alipay, Alipay HK
WeChat Pay, WeChat Pay HK
Ticket Machine Not accepted passport 28 days 45 mins HKD Visa payWave
payWave
MasterCard contactless
Octopus
Not applicable

In Chaozhou, Shantou: buy in any train stations close to you.

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:

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.

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