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With the opening of the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link on September 23rd, 2018, high-speed trains from the newly-built Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to 44 mainland cities were put into service. High-speed trains from Hong Kong have not only made it much more convenient and faster to travel between Hong Kong and mainland China, but have also had a positive effect on the economy, strengthening economic co-operation and trade exchanges between Hong Kong and mainland China.
Hong Kong connects to 44 destinations in the 25,000-kilometer national high-speed railway, including six short-distance cities and 38 long-distance cities. All high-speed trains to/from Hong Kong operate at the West Kowloon Railway Station, which is a different station from Hung Hom Railway Station that serves ordinary trains.
From Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, there are 13 pairs of trains running on long-distance routes every day, 70 pairs of trains serving short-distance routes on weekdays, and 82 pairs on weekends.
|Route||Duration||Number of Daily Trains||Ticket Prices|
|Hong Kong – Shenzhen||14 to 28 min||80 pairs on weekdays; 92 pairs on weekends||US$11–17|
|Hong Kong – Guangzhou||47 min to 1 h 17 min||34 pairs per day||US$33–67|
|Hong Kong – Futian||14 to 17 min||35 pairs per day||US$12–18|
|Hong Kong – Humen||38 to 56 min||18 pairs per day||US$27–40|
|Route||Train Number||Duration||Number of daily trains||Ticket Prices|
|Hong Kong – Beijing||G79/G80||9 h||1 pair||US$159–496|
|Hong Kong – Shanghai||G99/G100||8 h 17 min||1 pair||US$149–462|
|Hong Kong – Guilin||G311/G312||3 h 19 min||1 pair||US$56–168|
|Hong Kong – Xiamen||G3001/G3002; G3003/G3004; G3005/G3006; G3007/G3008||4 to 4½ h||4 pairs||US$38–61|
|Hong Kong – Kunming||G312/G314||7½ h||1 pair||US$111–337|
|Hong Kong – Guiyang||G311/G312||5½ h||1 pair||US$80–238|
|Hong Kong – Hangzhou||G99/G100||7½ h||1 pair||US$138–430|
|Hong Kong – Changsha||G79/G80; G99/G100; G6113/G6114||3½ h||3 pairs||US$78–242|
|Route||Duration||Number of Daily Trains||
|Hong Kong – Guangzhou||2 hours||12 pairs||
|Hong Kong – Beijing||24 hours||1 pair||US$74–145|
|Hong Kong – Shanghai||19 hours||1 pair||US$74–146|
1. Different terminal stations: high-speed trains to/from Hong Kong operate at Hong Kong's newly-built West Kowloon Station; ordinary trains operate at Hung Hom Railway Station.
2. Different seat classes: business/first/second classes on high-speed trains; superior soft/soft/hard sleepers on long-distance overnight trains.
3. Different ways of getting tickets:
4. Different kinds of tickets:
5. Customs procedures:
High-speed train tickets can be booked in five ways:
Hong Kong's railway network and China Railway have their own ticketing systems. MTR's booking policies (ticket-collecting, change and cancellation policies, etc.) are different to China Railway's. There are a few things you need to know before purchasing a high-speed train ticket to Hong Kong and vice versa.
Find out more about Hong Kong high-speed train ticket booking and policies.
Tickets for ordinary trains to Hong Kong and vice versa can only be purchased offline. After receiving your booking, China Highlights will deliver the paper tickets to your hotel or address.
"These are just to make things more convenient and make border crossing clearance faster,” one 39-year-old passenger, Mr. Chan said, saying he was traveling on the first train with his son.