How to Travel between Hong Kong & Xiamen: by Bullet Train

Hong Kong – Xiamen by Train

Overview

Xiamen formerly called Amoy City, is a beautiful coastal city in Fujian Province, and about over 600 km from Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

It has been possible to travel between Hong Kong and Xiamen by direct high speed train in just 4-4.5 hours since the high speed rail opened on September 23 in 2018. The direct bullet trains run 4 times daily in each direction. Besides, you can have more trains if you make a transfer at Shenzhen North Station (HK West Kowloon – Shenzhen North – Xiamen) as Shenzhen North has frequent trains to or from HK or Xiamen.

Railway map & train stations

Option 1: By Direct High Speed Train, 4 Trains Daily

There are 4 pairs of high speed trains running between Hong Kong and Xiamen, using West Kowloon Station in Hong Kong and Xiamen Railway Station and Xiamen North Railway Station (XiamenBei) in Xiamen City. The travel time ranges from 4-4.5 hours depending on the specific train you take. Fares starts from CNY255 for a 2nd class seat.

Schedule last updated on August 27, 2019.

Train Times, ticket price

Hong Kong West Kowloon – Xiamen High Speed Trains
From HK to Xiamen
Train From – To Dept  Arri Freq Duration Fares
G3006 HK West Kowloon to Xiamen 8:45 13:15 4 daily 4h30 2nd Cls CN¥258.5 HK$297
G3002 HK West Kowloon to Xiamen North 14:33 18:23 3h50 CN¥255 HK$293
G3004 HK West Kowloon to Xiamen 15:25 19:55 4h30 1st Cls CN¥413 HK$474
G3008 HK West Kowloon to Xiamen 19:49 23:52 4h03 CN¥413 HK$474
From Xiamen to HK
Train From – To Dept  Arri Freq Duration Fares
G3001 Xiamen North to HK West Kowloon 10:06 13:53 4 daily 3h47 2nd Cls CN¥258.5 HK$297
G3003 Xiamen to HK West Kowloon 10:15 14:38 4h23 CN¥413 HK$474
G3007 Xiamen to HK West Kowloon 14:53 19:24 4h31 1st Cls CN¥413 HK$474
G3005 Xiamen to HK West Kowloon 17:09 21:39 4h30 CN¥413 HK$474
For a live schedule & buy tickets, refer to www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

How to Take a Train from HK West Kowloon

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

Useful resources

Option 2: Hong Kong – Xiamen via Shenzhen, More Trains

The best way to travel between Hong Kong and Xiamen is going via Shenzhen North (HK West Kowloon – Shenzhen North – Xiamen), as Shenzhen has more trains to or from Hong Kong and Xiamen. If taking the direct HK – Xiamen bullet train, you have just only 4 daily options.

From Hong Kong to Xiamen via Shenzhen: Take one of the frequent bullet trains (see Hong Kong to Shenzhen train) from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Shenzhen North Station first, then connect to one of the frequent high speed trains to Xiamen North Station or Xiamen Railway Station. Remember to allow 20 – 30 minutes for changing the train.

From Xiamen to Hong Kong via Shenzhen: Take one of the trains from Xiamen Railway Station (16 daily) or Xiamen North Railway Station (39 daily) to Shenzhen North first, from which you change to another bullet train from Shenzhen North to Hong Kong West Kowloon.

Shenzhen – Xiamen train schedule, fares & duration

Shenzhen – Xiamen by high speed train
Train Type From – To Frequency 1st-Last Duration Ticket Fares (CNY)
1st Cls 2nd Cls Biz Cls
D & G train Shenzhen North to Xiamen North 41 3.5-4hrs 288 180 540
D & G train Shenzhen North to Xiamen Station 16 3.5-4hrs 288 180 540
D & G train Xiamen Station to Shenzhen North 16 3.5-4hrs 288 180 540
D & G train Xiamen North – Shenzhen North 39 3.5-4hrs 288 180 540
For a live schedule & ticket availability, please refer to http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/

Which Train Station

In Xiamen: The high speed trains to or from Hong Kong are using Xiamen Railway Station or Xiamen North Railway Station. Xiamen Railway Station has less trains to HK than Xiamen North, but Xiamen Railway Station is centrally-located on Xiamen Island, the downtown of Xiamen City, while Xiamen North has more trains to or from Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

  • Xiamen Railway Station (Xiamen, Google map):by Xiamen metro line 1; BRT line 1and BRT line 6.
  • Xiamen North Railway Station (XiamenBei, Google map):by BRT line 1, 2, 3, 7, 8.

In Hong Kong: The trains are using Hong Kong West Kowloon. The West Kowloon Station is near the Kowloon Stop or Austin Stop on Hong Kong’s MTR network. You can use this journey planner to plan your route to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station.

From Xiamen to Hong Kong Airport by Train

From Xiamen to Hong Kong Airport, you can get from Xiamen to Hong Kong West Kowloon Station by direct train or via Shenzhen first. Then you can walk from West Kowloon Station to Kowloon MTR stop, from where you can take the airport express to Hong Kong Airport.

FAQ

Is there flight service between Hong Kong and Xiamen ?

Yes, there are non-stop flights between Hong Kong’s airport and Xiamen Gaoqi Airport operated by Xiamen Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airlines and China Southern Airlines. Fly hour is about 1h15 – 1h 35. Non-stop services run 9 times daily.

Hong Kong to Xiamen by ferry?

So far, Jack cannot find any official ferry service between Hong Kong and Xiamen. So, I don’t think is it still available to travel from Hong Kong to Xiamen by ferry.

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