A Clear Guide to 9 Shenzhen Ports

Shenzhen Bao’an International AirportShenzhen Bao’an International Airport

The passenger flow volume to Hong Kong and Macau has continued to increase ever since Shenzhen citizens have been allowed to visit the two places by showing their identity cards. It can take hours for clearance to Hong Kong in some Shenzhen ports during busy periods.

Below is the clearance information for the nine ports used to enter or leave Shenzhen.

Which Ports to Use to Enter Shenzhen

Get a visa on arrival

If you don’t have a China visa, the following four ports are the most useful because you can get a 5-day Visa on Arrival (VOA) or enjoy 144 hours of visa-free transit in Shenzhen:

  • Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (a VOA and 144-hour visa-free transit)
  • Luohu (Lo Wu) Port (only a VOA)
  • Huanggang Port (only a VOA)
  • Shekou Ferry Terminal (only a VOA)

Check out the following links to see how to apply for a Shenzhen VOA or enjoy the 144-hour visa-free transit policy:

1. Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport connects 27 overseas cities. If you arrive in Shenzhen by air, you can apply for a Shenzhen VOA or 144-hour visa-free transit.

  • Tel.: 0755-23457700
  • Open: 24 hours
  • Busy period: none
  • Suitable for: self-service travelers, tour groups, and business travelers

Clearance Time

15 minutes

Special Services

  • No clearance time limit
  • A combined sea and air transport express service
  • Express clearance for those catching a flight

Transport

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport to Hong Kong and Macau: Ferries depart from nearby Fuyong Port (served by shuttles buses) to Hong Kong and Macau.

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport to Luohu Port: Metro Line 1 (06:30–23:00) goes to Luohu Port from Airport East Station.

Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport to Huanggang Port: There are direct buses from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport to Huanggang Port. The journey by bus costs 20 yuan and takes 45 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the metro (take Metro Line 11 to Chegongmiao Station then transfer to Line 7).

2. Luohu (Lo Wu) Port, 罗湖口岸/羅湖口岸

Luohu PortLuohu Port

Luohu Port (called Lo Wu Control Point in Hong Kong) is the most important port connecting Hong Kong and mainland China.

If you travel from Hong Kong, you can apply for a 5-day Shenzhen Visa on Arrival in Luohu Port.

  • Tel.: 0755-82339585
  • Open: 06:30 to 00:00
  • Busy period: 09:00 to 10:00 during festivals and holidays
  • Suitable for: self-service travelers, business travelers, and tour groups

Clearance Time

10 to 15 minutes

Luohu Port is crowded during weekends, festivals, and holidays. Set aside at least 1 hour for clearance if you are going to catch a train or flight.

Special Services

  • More clearance passages are opened at busy times (when the queues exceed the special blue lines on the ground).
  • Emergency passages
  • Bilingual ushers

Transport

Hong Kong to Luohu (Lo Wu) Port:

Hong Kong’s MTR East Rail Line departs from Hong Kong Hung Hom Station to Tsim Sha Tsui and takes you to Luohu Port. Notice that the East Rail Line also leads to another port called Lok Ma Chau. After a train departs to Luohu, there will be a train to Lok Ma Chau.

Hong Kong International Airport to Luohu (Lo Wu) Port:

Take a bus to a station on the East Rail Line then take a metro train to reach Luohu Port in about 2 hours.

Plan A: Take bus A43 to Sheung Shui, then take the MTR East Rail Line to Lo Wu.

Plan B: Take bus A41 to Sha Tin, then take the MTR East Rail Line to Lo Wu.

You can take a taxi, which will transport you to Lo Wu within an hour. If you travel alone, it may cost several times more than it will to use public transportation.

Shenzhen to Luohu Port:

Metro Line 1 goes to Luohu Station from Shenzhen city (including from Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport).

3. Huanggang Port, 皇岗口岸/皇崗口岸

The second busiest port in Shenzhen (after Luohu), Huanggang is the third largest passenger transport port in China.

This is the only port that operates for 24 hours a day between Shenzhen and Hong Kong.

Huanggang Port is about 1 kilometer away from Futian Port.

If you travel from Hong Kong, you can apply for a 5-day Shenzhen Visa on Arrival at this port.

  • Tel.: 0755-83395171
  • Open: 24 hours a day
  • Busy period: after 09:00 during festivals and holidays
  • Suitable for: self-service travelers, tour groups, and self-driving travelers with Hong Kong or Shenzhen license plates

Clearance Time

It is usually about 15 minutes.

During busy hours, the clearance time may exceed 1 hour and could be even longer during holidays, such as the National Day holiday and the Spring Festival.

If you are going to catch a flight or train during Chinese holidays, you are advised to use Futian Port instead.

Transport

Hong Kong International Airport to Huanggang Port:

07:00 to 12:00: Passengers can buy a bus ticket in Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 2 and take the direct bus to Huanggang Port.

00:00 to 07:00: There are no direct buses from the airport to Huanggang Port so you may need to take the overnight bus N21 to Hong Kong city center and then transfer to other vehicles. One plan is to take bus N21 to Mong Kok Police Station, then walk southwards along Nathan Road for 180 meters, turn west, and find “皇崗巴士太子上車站” to take the bus to Huanggang Port.

As it is not an easy job to deal with the transfer, you are advised to take a taxi late at night.

Shenzhen to Huanggang Port:

Take Metro Line 7 to Huanggang Checkpoint Station and leave via Exit F.

4. Shekou Port, 蛇口口岸

Shekou Port is also called Shekou Ferry Terminal. You can get your 5-day VOA there.

  • Tel.: 0755-26691848
  • Open: 07:30 to 21:30
  • Busy period: none
  • Suitable for: self-service travelers, travelers for Hong Kong International Airport and Macau

Clearance time

10 to 20 minutes

Transport

Ships handle clearance to Hong Kong City, the Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal, the new Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal, Tuen Mun, and Hong Kong International Airport.

Nearby bus stops: Shekou Port and Shekou Port General

Metro Line 2 (06:30–23:00) goes to east Shenzhen from Shekou Port Station

5. Futian Port (Lok Ma Chau), 福田口岸/落馬洲

Futian Port is called Lok Ma Chau on the Hong Kong side.

  • Tel.: 0755-83395171
  • Open: 06:30 to 22:30
  • Busy period: 09:00 to 11:00 during festivals and holidays
  • Suitable for: self-service travelers and tour groups

Clearance Time

Ten minutes or about half an hour in busy periods.

Transport

Hong Kong to Futian (Lok Ma Chau) Port:

Hong Kong’s MTR East Rail Line departs from Hong Kong Hung Hom Station to Tsim Sha Tsui and takes you to Lok Ma Chau Control Point. Taking the East Rail Line, there will be a train to Lok Ma Chau after a train departs to Luohu.

Hong Kong International Airport to Futian (Lok Ma Chau) Port:

Take a bus to a station on the East Rail Line then take a metro train to reach Futian (Lok Ma Chau) Port in about 2 hours.

Plan A: Take bus A43 to Sheung Shui, then take the MTR East Rail Line to Lok Ma Chau.

Plan B: Take bus A41 to Sha Tin, then take the MTR East Rail Line to Lok Ma Chau.

You can take a taxi, which transports you to Lok Ma Chau within an hour. If you travel alone, it may cost several times more than it would to use public transportation.

Shenzhen to Futian Port:

Metro Line 4 goes to Futian Station.

6. Shenzhenwan Port 深圳湾口岸

The largest land port, it is the most convenient route for bus users from Hong Kong to Shenzhen.

  • Tel.: 0755-86289222
  • Open: 06:30 to 24:00
  • Busy period: 9:00 to 11:00 during festivals and holidays; returning rush after 17:00.
  • Suitable for: self-service travelers and tour groups

Clearance time

10 to 15 minutes.

About half an hour in busy times to HK/Macau, and up to 3 hours to Shenzhen at about 17:00 during holidays

Transport

Shuttle buses for Hong Kong Tin Shui Wai Port, Tin Yiu Port, Yuen Long Port and Tuen Mun Port, Tuen Mun Park, and Hong Kong Airport

Nearby bus stops: Shenzhenwan Port, Wanghai Dongbin

7. Wenjindu (Man Kam To) Port 文锦渡口岸

Wenjindu Port (called Man Kam To Port in Hong Kong) was the first HK–China port and faces the New Territories across the Shenzhen River.

  • Tel.: 0755-25115272
  • Open: 07:00 to 22:00
  • Busy period: none
  • Suitable for: self-service travelers, tour groups, Hong Kong and Macau residents

Clearance time

5 minutes.

Transport

Nearby bus stops: Wenjin Road, Wenjindu Passenger Transport Station, and Beidou General Station.

Buy bus tickets to Hong Kong Sheung Shui Square before clearance (20 yuan, departing 07:00, 07:30, 08:00, 17:30, 18:00, and 18:30).

8. Shatoujiao (Sha Tau Kok) Port 沙头角口岸

  • Tel.: 0755-25550690
  • Open: 07:00 to 22:00
  • Busy period: 09:00 to 10:00 on weekend
  • Suitable for: self-service travelers, tour groups and business travelers

Clearance time

Usually about 5 minutes; additional clearance passages opened at busy times.

Transport

Nearby bus stops: Shatoujiao Customs in Shenzhen

Hong Kong buses go to Hong Kong Fanling, Kowloon Tong, and Hong Kong Airport.

9. Shenzhen Airport Fuyong Cruise Port 福永口岸

  • Tel.: 0755-26691743
  • Open: 08:00 to 21:00
  • Busy period: none
  • Suitable for: travelers transferring from Hong Kong

Clearance time

Usually about 10 minutes

Transport

Ships depart to Hong Kong and Macau.

Shuttle buses between Fuyong Port and adjacent Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport.

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