Shanghai to Hong Kong Through train (Z99), operating every other day, is the only train service from Shanghai Railway Station to Hung Hom Station in Kowloon (Jiulong, 九龙) , Hong Kong. The train arrives in Kowloon via Guangzhou East Railway Station, which calls at Jinhua West in Zhejiang Province, Zhuzhou in Hunan Province, and Guangzhou East in Guangdong Province along its way.
It took 19 hours for T99 to finish the 1991-kilometer (1,237-mile) long journey. Now it has been replaced by Z99, a faster train which began operations on 17 December of 2014.
Shanghai to Hong Kong trains are so popular that passengers need to book a few days in advance, especially during peak travel periods such as Chinese New Year, May Day and the National Holiday. The tickets can be bought at one of the stations in Shanghai or booked through a travel agent, sometimes passengers may book them in their hotels. Tickets for the train from Shanghai to Hong Kong begin to sell 60 days in advance. Passengers are highly advised to take advantage of this and book their tickets for Shanghai to Hong Kong 60 days in advance.
As for the 20-hour long journey, passengers should bring food and snacks as the food on the train is usually overpriced and not very good. Free boiling water is available in each carriage for passengers to cook instant noodles. In addition, beverages and soft drinks are also on sale in each carriage.
Shanghai to Hong Kong train tickets have a 60-day pre-sell period, but the tickets for deluxe soft sleepers can only be purchased at Shanghai Railway Station. Children under five years old can travel free when accompanied by their parents.
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Up to now, no direct high-speed train is available from Shanghai to Hong Kong. Passengers have two alternatives to transfer to Hong Kong by high speed train via Guangzhou East Railway Station or Shenzhen North Railway Station.
First of all, passengers take a G-train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Gangzhou South. Then transfer from Guangzhou South to Guangzhou East by metro (about 45 minutes) or taxi (about one and a half hours depending on the traffic situation). Finally, passengers take Guangzhou-Hong Kong through train (12 trains daily) at Guangzhou East to Hong Hung Hom, Kowloon in Hong Kong.
Passengers can also take a high-speed train to Shenzhen North Railway Station from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station first, and then enter Hong Kong via Shenzhen’s checkpoints.
Shanghai to Hong Kong trains have ceased to call at Dongguan Railway Station since the immigration control and custom check was established at Shanghai Railway Station, therefore, passengers can process the entry and exit procedures at Shanghai Railway Station.
Once the passengers get on the train, it means that they have left mainland China for Hong Kong; therefore, they are not allowed to get on or off the train along the way.
Only 25T train type is available for Shanghai-Hong Kong trains. The seats are divided into deluxe soft sleeper, soft sleeper and hard sleeper, each of which is different in service and price. The hard sleepers are also divided into lower, middle and upper sleepers.