Shenzhen Railway Station
Shenzhen Railway Station is at the Hong Kong Luo Hu border crossing area. It is an important terminal for tourists or travellers because it is at the main border crossing into Hongkong and hundreds or thousands of non-Chinese cross the Luo Hu border each day. It is well equipped with a frequent hi-speed bullet train to Guangzhou and is the southern terminus of the conventional Guangshen Railway between Guangzhou and Shenzhen. The eastern terminal of the Shenzhen Metro Line 1 (subway) is conveniently located in the station’s main plaza below ground. On or under this big plaza there is a local bus station, a regional bus station, a taxi station, and the bullet train station. On the southern side of the plaza in front of the railway station is the big Luohu Immigration Border Crossing building. After passing through the Chinese passport-check building, crossing the bridge into Hong Kong and going through the Hong Kong passport checkpoint, you walk directly into the Lo Wu Station for the Hong Kong MTR and can go to most towns in Hong Kong. (You have to buy a ticket and board. It isn’t an option to go directly back into China.) There is also another Shenzhen city bus station and another long-distance bus station just outside the Shenzhen Railway Station southeast of the plaza. All these transportation modes in easy walking distance makes the station convenient for travellers if you know where these facilities are and how to navigate around the area.
Transportation to Shenzhen Railway Station
Shenzhen Metro Line 1 (subway)
The Luo Hu subway station is conveniently located below the Shenzhen Railway Station’s big plaza. You can see the escalator accesses while standing in the plaza. However, depending on where you enter from, finding the ticket machines and ticket windows may be difficult. It is a big area. If you enter the underground area from the escalators that are directly in front of the border crossing building on the ground floor on the south side of the plaza, then the MTR gates and ticket machines are directly in front of you.
The taxi lot for catching taxis is on the west side of the station plaza area underground. It is best to catch taxis here. There are people all around the area on the look-out for non-Chinese travellers offering rides, baggage handling, etc, and they may not be trustable. Also, they will probably charge you much more than the regular taxis at the taxi lot. The flag down rate for regular taxis is about 12.50 RMB for the first 2 kilometers.
Taxi Fares: Taxi fares in Shenzhen start at 10 yuan within 2 kilometers. After that it is 2.6 yuan per kilometer. Over 20 kilometers, 30% will automatically be added for its returning empty.
Local City Buses
The main local city bus station is on the ground level on the southern side of the plaza across from the conventional train station. It is a big uncovered bus lot and is easy to see from the plaza.
- Bus routes to Shenzhen Railway Station: 01, 102, 12, 17, 1, 205, 211, 215, 220, 25, 302, 306, 337, 352, 387, 38, 7, 82, 83, 97, K302, K307, K568, N14, N15, N18, N2, N7 and Night Special Line 2.
- Bus routes to Shenzhen Railway Station East Plaza: K533, N16.
- Bus routes to Shenzhen Railway Station West Plaza: 18, 207, 228, 28, 2, 309, 321, 330, 386, 389, 61, 8.
On the southeast side of the plaza there is a another local bus station, but it is difficult to find because of few signs. You can’t see it from the plaza. You must go to the southeast corner and find stairs or an escalator that leads to an overpass and walk some distance to the descending stairs. Mainly locals use that bus station.
Long Distance Buses
There is a large long-distance and regional bus station on the ground level in the southwest area of the main plaza. This large lot is under a large building, and finding the right bus may be difficult if you don’t speak Chinese. You pay for the ticket on the bus or before you board. You can see uniformed bus attendants standing around or sitting at their stations, but they may not speak English. There are frequent buses to Guangzhou, but the price is almost the same as that for a bullet train ticket, and the wait and hassle of finding the right bus makes it better to take the train unless you know of a specific bus station in Guangzhou to which you want to go to directly by bus.
There is another long-distance bus station southwest of the station area that can be reached via going up onto a walkway out of the station. This exit isn’t well marked in English or Chinese. About 200 meters away from the station at some small windows you can buy tickets for long-distance “bed buses” to Guanxi Province or other provinces. Many of the buses leave in the evening because the routes are for overnight travel to arrive the next morning or the next day. The bus parking lot is in the back. People stand around this area trying to sell "tickets". Usually they are asking for very high prices, and sometimes they are scamming. So it is best to avoid them and buy tickets at the ticket windows.
Shenzhen Railway Station Overview
CRH Bullet Train
The new CRH bullet trains leave about every 5 minutes during peak hours, and every 10 or 20 minutes at other times. It is one of the heaviest used intercity routes. There are about 120 CRH trains every day from the Guangzhou Railway Station and the Guangzhou East Railway Station. The trains stop at both train stations in Guangzhou. The trip to Guangzhou takes about an hour or less, and the top speeds are usually a little more than 200 kilometers per hour. The trains may stop quickly in Dong Guan, a city that lies between Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The CRH train’s ticket office and waiting rooms are in the eastern side of the plaza, between the conventional long-distance train station and the border check-point building. But it is strangely not well marked, and people often complain that it is difficult to find. From the front of the conventional train station, walk about 100 meters or so south along the eastern side of the plaza on the ground level. The ticket windows are in a small area, and the waiting rooms are adjacent to it. Once you get a ticket (about 75 RMB for a regular ticket or about 80 or 85 for first class) you can wait in the adjacent waiting rooms. You’ll only need to wait for a few minutes. The ride is quiet and comfortable with soft cushioned seats. A bottle of water is provided.
Conventional Rail Lines
For the conventional trains, walk to the train station building on the north-east side of the main plaza area on the ground floor. This station maybe confusing to find sometimes because there are few English signs in the entire area, and also few Chinese language signs. This station has conventional trains departing for Guangzhou and other directions as well. The ticket offices are in a big area on the first floor, and the waiting room for passengers of the Guangzhou-Dong Guan-Shen Zhen line is on the first floor. The waiting room for other long-distance trains are on the second floor.
The special direct train line between the Hung Hom Station in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing does not stop at this station.
Hi Norman, from HK to Shenzhen, you can apply for the 144-hour Convenient Visa, which allows you to stay there for 6 days.
To apply for the 144-hour Convenient Visa, visitors
must join a tour organized by a registered Hong Kong Travel Agent
must travel in a group consisting of a minimum 3 persons and a maximum of 40 persons
can have a choice of ports of entry or exit in Guangdong Province
must enter and leave the areas together via the above-stated ports of entry.
Hi Victor, yes, it is possible. And you can stay for no more than 6 days.
Whitney Liao Replied on 11:43 PM Aug. 26 2012
There is only one train from Shenzhen to Guilin. Its number is K952/K949, setting off at 17:46pm and arriving in Guilin at 7:30am in the next day. It costs about CNY444(US$70).
There is no direct train from Hong kong to Guilin. You could take a train to Shenzhen at first, and then take a train or flight to Guilin. You also could take a flight to Guilin from Hong Kong directly.
Please check the information about the flight on our website. Click:http://www.chinahighlights.com/china-flights/
guest Replied on 10:59 PM Aug. 17 2012
Thank you for your inquiry. My name is Doris Huang and I am a travel advisor. It is my pleasure to assist you.
You can buy the train ticket at Hong Kong Kowloon railway station, the address is:Changyun Road, Youjianwang District, Kowloon.
You can take a taxi and tell the driver you want to go to Kowloon railway station and buy train ticket, the driver will take you there.Doris Huang Replied on 02:44 AM Aug. 11 2012
There are many buses setting off from HongKong airport to Shenzhen Luohu port. It costs about HK$150 per person. Please click this link to check the details:http://www.hongkongairport.com/CBT/Itinerary?actionType=list&locale=eng&locType=t&locCode=lw&arr_dep=D&locations=-LW&operation=&deptDate=13%2F08%2F12&schehr1=10&schemin1=00&schehr2=23&schemin2=59 Lussie Lu Replied on 9:47 PM Aug. 10 2012