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Hung Hom Railway Station is presently (2016) Hong Kong's only station with trains to the mainland including Beijing and Shanghai. It is also a hub station in Kowloon for transfer between the East Rail Line that goes to the Shenzhen border and the West Rail Line. You can get there easily by bus, metro, or taxi.
The three popular train routes are the Guangdong Through Train to Guangzhou, the Beijing-Kowloon Through Train, and the Shanghai-Kowloon Trough Train.
These routes are jointly operated by the railway bureaus of Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangdong.
See the popular train travel routes (departing from Hung Hom Railway Station) below to get some travel ideas for planning trips in China:
Train class: These are Z (express overnight sleeper) and T (express) class fast regular trains.
|Beijing – Hong Kong||One train every other day||24 hours|
|Hong Kong – Beijing||One train every other day||24 hours|
|Shanghai – Hong Kong||One train every other day||19 hours|
|Hong Kong – Shanghai||One train every other day||19 hours|
|Guangzhou – Hong Kong||12 trains daily||2 hours|
|Hong Kong – Guangzhou||12 trains daily||2 hours|
Convenient for the Guangzhou route: Guangzhou is two hours away, and many find that taking this train there is more convenient and quicker than taking the Lo Wu to Guangzhou bullet train.
Long distance bullet trains: There is quick bullet train service from Shenzhen to Shanghai and Beijing now that you may find more convenient.
Kowloon to Beijing Bullet Train (2018): A new bullet train line is under construction that connects Beijing and Kowloon in 9 or 10 hours.
Tickets are available 60 days in advance in Hong Kong. Passengers can buy through train tickets at the Passenger Service Center of Hung Hom Railway Station and at other ticket offices and agents in Hong Kong including MTR ticket offices at East Rail Line Mong Kok East, Kowloon and Shatin Stations and Island Line Admiralty Station.
You can count on us for booking tickets for the Intercity Through Trains. In 2015 alone we helped over 10,000 customers obtain their tickets which greatly facilitated their trip in China. We are available 24/7 and will have your train tickets delivered by express mail to your appointed address or hotel.
For booking Intercity Through Trains, go to https://www.chinahighlights.com/china-trains/, click ‘International Trains from China,’ choose your destinations, and click on ‘Go.’ We will do the rest of the work!
Hung Hom Station is set up for easy access with its large ground floor level open with stores and many exit doors. The large glass windows gives the space an airy feeling. Most people arrive at the station either via the two MTR lines below or via the bus/taxi plaza in front. There are four floors in the station:
Going a level up on the escalators or elevators, there are fast food restaurants, cafés, a bakery, a snack bar, shops, and travel agencies. Here you can enjoy food and drink. It serves as a public waiting room.
Transport interchange: With parking for taxis near Exits C1 and C2 and the bus stop for buses and minibuses near Exit C1, the main vehicular transport interchange is on the east side of the building.
Inside, there is the Intercity Through Train Departure section near Exit C1 and A2. The Intercity Through Train Arrival section is on the other side of the building near Exit D6.
Official offices and checkpoints: The Hong Kong Immigration Department, Customs and Excise Department, ticket offices, checkpoints for intercity train passengers and Customer Service Center are on this floor.
Shops and stores: There are some shops and some restaurants including McDonalds near the C1, C2 and C3 exits.
The floor below has customer service counters and A, B, and D1 exits for pedestrian entrance for the pedestrian walkways to Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit D1) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Exit A1).
The platforms are on the lowest floor lined up together in parallel. There are three island platforms each with tracks on both sides. Two are for the MTR trains, and the third is for the intercity trains.
Unless you know the layout, it is confusing to find the correct platform or going between them. The LED signs help. There are six platforms in operation presently:
Advanced LCD screens: Many advanced LCD screens were installed on the platforms. They enable the passengers to check whether they should go across to the opposite platform or go through the Hall to transfer to trains with earlier departure times.
Bathrooms: It is worth mentioning is that there are washrooms in both of the two MTR island-styled platforms. It is among the few stations that have washrooms on the platforms at present (the others are University Station, Xin’ao Station, and Disney Station). This is a special feature of the station.
Ticket offices: The Intercity Through Train ticket offices and the customer service center are on the main floor, Floor G Concourse. It is where Exit C leading to the taxis and buses is located. There are two ticket offices and a customer service center in the front of the lobby.
There are 14 exits/entrances in the station distributed in various station halls. At each exit stand, there are direction boards indicating buildings and infrastructure around the exit.
The D exits are for walking towards Tsim Sha Tsui. They are useful for tourists and pedestrians going to or from Tsim Sha Tsui, Nathan Road, the Hong Kong Museum of History, Science Museum, the Avenue of Stars, and etc. You can use Exit D1 through 5 (M Concourse) or Exit D6 (G Concourse).
The busy roads in the area make it necessary that you take the pedestrian bridges/walkways to get to Tsim Sha Tsui or the Science Museum/Museum of History plaza.
|The Loft||Commercial area, public waiting area||Shops, Restaurants, Travel Agencies, Bathrooms|
|G (Ground-Level) Concourse||Intercity Through Train Concourse and Exit C Concourse||Exit C and Bus Terminus|
|Passenger Service Center and Intercity Passenger Service Center|
|Station Shop, Washroom and Automatic Teller Machines.|
|E Instant Bonus Terminals|
|Electronic Lockers, Hong Kong Immigration Department and Customs and Excise Department, G4S (Group 4 Security) Security Check (Only for Intercity Through Line Passengers)|
|M (Middle) Concourse||Exit A Concourse and Exit B Concourse||Exit A , Exit B, Pedestrian Overpass, Station Parking Lot|
|Passenger Service Center|
|Exit D Concourse||Exit D, Pedestrian Overpass, Passenger Service Center.|
|Pedestrian Overpass||To The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Hong Kong Science Museum|
|Hong Kong Museum of History, Hung Hum District and East part of Tsim Sha Tsui District|
|Bus Station at Toll-Collection Square of Hung Hum Cross-Harbor Tunnel|
|P (Platforms)||No. 1 Railway Platform||East Rail Line: towards Lo Wu/ Lok Ma Chau|
|Island Platform, Doors on the left side will open|
No. 2 Railway Platform
West Rail Line: towards Tuen Mun
|No. 3 Railway Platform||West Rail Line: towards Tuen Mun|
|Island Platform, Doors on the right side will open|
|No. 4 Railway Platform||East Rail Line: towards Lo Wu/ Lok Ma Chau|
|No. 5 Railway Platform||Intercity Through Line To Zhaoqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou East or Beijing West|
|Island Platform, This platform is a closed area|
|No. 6 Railway Platform||
Intercity Through Line
To Zhaoqing, Shanghai, Guangzhou East or Beijing West direction
|No. 7 Railway Platform||Freight Platform|
|Side Platform, Not for public use.|
Once on G Concourse, you'll find the departure waiting rooms. You can ask staff members or other passengers for help in finding your waiting room. Below is a Chinese phrase that you can show them:
The Hung Hom Station is large and sprawling and a little confusing to find your way in. It is recommended that you arrive at the station about an hour before departure time.
Check-in time: Please allow sufficient time to perform the departure procedures and check your baggage, so get there at least 45 minutes before departure. Wait at the waiting room, and you are allowed to enter the platform approximately 25 minutes before departure.
Intercity Trough Train Customer Service: It is located between Exit C1 and Exit A2 on G level.
Restaurants at Hung Hom Station: There is not a great deal of choice either inside or outside the station. There is a Maxim’s Palace for Cantonese food and a McDonalds.
Outside the Hung Hom Station concourse is a bus terminus, minibus terminus, and taxi station. Many buses, minibuses, and taxis operate throughout Hong Kong. There are also many transfer taxis and airport shuttles that passengers can use to travel to the Hong Kong International Airport. They are quite convenient. A subway station is also accessible.
See the sections below for information about going to specific places/attractions. These buses and minibuses are available:
The station is connected to Kowloon Station by a free shuttle bus. From Kowloon Station you can then catch the Airport Express MTR train straight to the airport.
The Taxi Dispatch Center is at B2 and B1, east of north exit. There is another Taxi Dispatch Center under the east helical ramp of North Square. Due to the heavy traffic on Beijing West Railway Station's North Square, there are no official taxi lanes on the street in front of the square. Taxis are not supposed to stop there, but taxis do go there to pick up passengers anyway.
The Cross-Harbour Taxi Stand at Hung Hom Station for going to Hong Kong Island/Central/Aberdeen is at Exit C2. Be aware there is a tunnel toll to pay along with the regular fare.
Taxi fares depend on the location. Be aware that there is an additional toll if you go to Hong Kong Island via the Cross Harbour Tunnel.
To Tsim Sha Tsui Station (尖沙咀站): about 15 minutes of walking and riding. This allows transfer for the Tsuen Wan Line for Central or attractions in Kowloon.
To the Star Ferry: about 30 minutes of walking and riding. The Star Ferry allows rapid transit directly to Central or Wan Chai.
To Central Station/Hong Kong Station: about 40 minutes of walking and riding. Both of these stations are under the IFC Mall/Tower complex. The Hong Kong Station gives access to the the airport via the Airport Express train, and the Central Station allows access to the Island Line.
Alternative way to Central. It is less walking but more riding time. Take the MTR East Line to Kowloon Tong Station, transfer to the Kwun Tong Line and interchange at Mong Kok at platform 2 towards Central. (It totals about 40 or more minutes including train interchanges.)
East Rail Line: Hung Hom – Mong Kok East – Kowloon Tong – Tai Wai – Sha Tin – Fo Tan – Racecourse – University – Tai Po Market – Tai Wo – Fanling Sheung Shui – Lok Ma Chau – Lo Wu
West Rail Line: Hung Hom – East Tsim Sha Tsui – Austin – Nam Cheong – Mei Foo – Tsuen Wan West – Kam Sheung Road – Yuen Long – Long Ping – Tin Shui Wai – Siu Hong – Tuen Mun
Bus: We recommend taking the Airport Express Bus A21 for the quickest, cheapest, and least hassle. The fare is 33 HKD, and travel time is about 70 or 80 minutes. Taking the MTR would be requires two transfers at Nam Cheong and Tsing Yi and about 50 minutes. Unless you're familiar with this route, the probability of error is high.
Taxi: The fare is about 250 HKD.
Hong Kong is crowded and spread out over islands and valleys, but the public transport makes getting around easier.
Bus 8 (4 or 5 stops, 5.1 HKD) from the Hung Hom Station can also take people to Nathan Road or the Star Ferry bus station.
To Victoria Peak:
four more touring ideas and information about the attractions, see our Tour Planner for Subway Tour Routes>>
You could book tickets in the station or at the other train stations or at other ticket selling locations in the city such Futian Citizen Center, Sunshine Hotel, and Zhong Jian Mansion. Foreigners who don't speak Chinese or are unfamiliar with the process might prefer using a tour agency.
You can count on us for booking tickets. In 2015 alone, we helped over 10,000 customers obtain their tickets and greatly facilitated their trip in China. We are available 24/7 and will have your train tickets delivered by express mail to your appointed address or hotel.
To book trains, or find schedules and prices, just choose your stations and travel date, and click ‘Go’. We will do the rest of the work!