T97 runs from Beijing to Kowloon, and T98 goes the other way. This train runs every other day. The trip takes about 24 hours. The train has hard seats, soft seats, hard sleepers, soft sleepers, and deluxe soft sleepers that are two-berth sleeper cabins with a private bathroom. The train also has a restaurant car. The train has 9 passenger cars that can accommodate 424 passengers. Both trains make a short stop at the Guangzhou East Station. See also Shanghai to Hong Kong Train, Guangzhou to Hong Kong train. China Highlights can help our customers arrange their train trips between Beijing and Hong Kong.
How to buy the tickets?
If you start from Beijing or Guangzhou, you can either go to the station in either city and buy it there or book it through a travel agency. The train from Beijing departs from the Beijing West Station, but a ticket for the train can be bought at any train station in Beijing. The train is popular, so booking in advance is important. See how to buy train tickets in China.
If you start from Hong Kong, you can book tickets through the website: www.mtr.com.hk. You can also book it through a travel agency, or go to the station to buy it yourself.
Facilities on Board
The train has hard seats, soft seats, hard sleepers, soft sleepers, and deluxe soft sleepers that are two-berth sleeper cabins with a private bathroom. The train also has a restaurant car. Special toilets are available for handicapped people. Read about what a Chinese train looks like.
About Hong Kong Hung Hom Station
The train terminates or starts at Hung Hom Station that is the former Kowloon Station. The station is on the East Rail Line and West Rail Line in Hong Kong. This makes travel convenient because these two lines are important lines going north and west. The East Rail Line is called the “Blue Line.” It goes north to the two border crossings at Shenzhen. The West Rail Line allows you to interchange for the Disneyland Line to Lantau Island or the Airport Express Line for the Hong Kong International Airport on Lantau Island. The station is located in Hung Hom in Kowloon. It is very close to Tsim Sha Tsui and the Star Ferry Terminal. Hung Hom Station is one of the three Hong Kong ports-of-entry from China on the MTR network, along with Lo Wu Station and Lok Ma Chau Station.
Tickets to Hong Kong sell 20 days before the departure. Tickets from Hong Kong to Beijing sell 60 days before departure. Round tickets can be bought 60 days in advance.
Hard sleeper: 529 RMB or about 80 USD for lower berth
Soft sleeper: about 822 RMB or about 125 USD
Deluxe Soft Sleeper: 1,200 RMB or about 180 USD
An additional fee ranging from 20 USD to 100 USD can be charged if you book in advance through train booking web sites.
Children under 110 cm tall travel free; 110-150 cm tall kids travel for half fare, and children over 150 cm tall require full fare. Originally, the height was 140 cm; it was changed in December 2008.