Contents (with links)
- Bullet Train Transport (Futian, Shenzhen North Station)
- International Airport Buses: Shenzhen Bao'an → HK
- 2.1 Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport → HKIA
- 2.2 Hong Kong → Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
- Luohu Port (Shenzhen North) → Hong Kong
- Futian Port (Shenzhen North) → Hong Kong
- Huanggang Port → Hong Kong
- Shenzhen Wan Port → Hong Kong
- Wenjin Du Port → Hong Kong
- Shatou Jiao Port → Hong Kong
- Fuyong Port → Hong Kong Ferries
- 9.1 Fuyong Port → Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal
- 9.2 Fuyong Port → Haitian Ferry Terminal
- 9.3 Fuyong Port → China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon
Travel between Shenzhen and Hong Kong is becoming easier, with nine border points currently available along with two new high speed train station cross border points.
This article gives an overview of those border crossing possibilities, in an effort to make it easier to cross.
To travel between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, passengers need to pass through customs at one of 11 "ports" or border control areas.
The two busiest ports of entry to Hong Kong are the Luohu Border Crossing and the Huanggang Border Crossing. However, and probably in explanation of why they are the busiest, these two border crossings have direct access to the Hong Kong subway on the Hong Kong side.
It is also important to note that a new train between Kowloon West and Shenzhen's Futian Border opened in 2018.
Shenzhen Port Map
1. Bullet Train Transport
Guangzhou-Shenzhen–Hong Kong High-Speed Railway
The G class trains connect popular tourist areas. It is now the way tourists prefer to travel to and from Kowloon/Central to anywhere near Futian and Shenzhen North.
Shenzhen North to/from West Kowloon Station is fairly quick and convenient. Trains whisk people in about 19 minutes to Shenzhen North. There are about 65 departures from 06:44 to 22:36.
Futian Station to/from West Kowloon Station takes about 16 minutes. There are about 24 departures from 08:00 to 20:47.
Crossing the Border Checkpoints at West Kowloon Stations
Entering Hong Kong from Shenzhen North and Futian Station requires going through both China Immigration and Hong Kong Immigration at West Kowloon Station.
The trains arrive at Level B4. From there, take the escalators up to the Arrival Level B2. You'll go through Mainland Quarantine, Immigration and Customs Procedures. Then walk along the passageway to leave the Mainland Port. Then, go through Hong Kong Immigration and Customs. Then pass through the ticket gates for final ticket examination.
At West Kowloon Station, the MTR Austin Station is a 3 minute walk away, and the MTR Kowloon Station that provides access to the Airport Express is about 11 minutes away. See more about the Hong Kong MTR.
2. Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport → Hong Kong International Airport Bus Transport
Passengers in Shenzhen can take bus 327, 330, 338, 355, 602, 651, 666, Airport Line, Airport Line 3, Airport Line 4, Airport Line 5, Airport Line 6, Airport Line 7 or Airport Line 8 to Shenzhen Baoan International Airport.
Check out information for Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport transportation and Hong Kong International Airport Transportation.
Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport → HKIA
|Where to Get Off||Departure Time||Approximate Ticket Price|
|Adult||Child (aged 2－12 years)|
|Hong Kong International Airport||Available from 08:20 to 21:20 and leaves every 20 minutes.||HK$180/200 yuan||HK$100/110 yuan|
|Kowloon||Available from 08:20 to 23:30 and leaves every 20 minutes.||Adult||Children aged 3-5 years or seniors aged above 65 years|
|Jinshang Road/Prince (太子)||HK$90/110 yuan||HK$70 /80 yuan|
|Wanchai||Available from 08:20 to 23:30 and departs every 20 minutes.||Adult||Children aged 3-5 years or senior aged above 65 years|
|Disneyland||Available from 08:20 to 23:00 and departs every 20 minutes.||HK$150/160 yuan|
|Kowloon Subway Station||Available from 09:30 to 21:00 and departures every 30 minutes.||90 yuan|
Hong Kong → Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
|Where to Get On||Departure Time||Approximate Ticket Price|
|Adult||Child (aged 2－12 years)|
|Hong Kong International Airport||09:45, 10:30, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 13:15, 13:45, 14:30, 15:15, 15:45, 16:15, 16:45, 17:30 and 18:15||HK$180||HK$100|
|Prince, Kowloon||Available from 06:40 to 20:20 and departs every 20 minutes.||HK$90||HK$70 for a child aged 3-5 years and seniors aged above 65 years|
|Wanchai||Available from 07:00 to 19:00 and departs every 20 minutes.||HK$100||HK$70 for a child aged 3-5 years or a senior aged above 65 years）|
|Kowloon Subway Station||Available from 07:15 to 19:15 and departs every 30 minutes.||90 yuan|
Getting to Shenzhen's airport from HK is the recommended first leg for How to Travel from Hong Kong to Zhangjiajie.
3. Luohu Port → Hong Kong
Shenzhen North to Luohu - Take the Shenzhen Metro
When you leave Shenzhen North Station via exit A2, turn left and follow the sign for Line 4. Then buy a subway ticket (5 yuan) to Luohu Station. There are both ticket offices and ticket vending machines.
Transfer at the Huizhan Zhongxin stop (Convention and Exhibition Center Station) for Line 1 to Luohu Port. The whole journey takes about 1 hour.
Cross the Border at Luohu Port to Hong Kong
When you arrive at Luohu Port Station by subway, leave via exit A, A1, A2, or A4.
Follow the signs showing you the way to Hong Kong. It's about a 15 minutes' walk to reach China Customs in order to cross into Hong Kong.
Follow the signs for "foreigners" and you will get to the right queue for international passport holders. China Customs at Luohu is open from 6:30am to midnight. When you arrive at China Customs, you will need to go through the China Immigration Inspection, and then Hong Kong Immigration Inspection.
The time needed to get through customs is about 40 minutes, depending on the time of day. Busy hours include holidays, and typical commute rush hours as many people use this border in order to get to work.
Luohu border is open from 06:30 to 24:00.
After crossing you will automatically end up at the MTR which you can take to your Hong Kong hotel.
4. Futian Port → Hong Kong
Futian Port is located on Yufeng Road, Futian District (福田区裕丰路) and is open 06:30–24:00.
Shenzhen North to Futian Port - Take the Shenzhen Metro
- Take an escalator at Shenzhen North Railway Station to the exit hall, and then go to exit A2.
When you leave via exit A2, turn left and find the lift that has a sign for Line 4. Buy a subway ticket to Futian Station (4 yuan per person) which goes directly to Futian Port, so you don't need to transfer. The whole journey takes about 20 minutes.
Cross the Border at Futian Port to Hong Kong
After you arrive at Futian Metro Station, go to exit A and then follow the signs to China Customs. On the way to China Customs, there are currency exchange services. You can change money to Hong Kong dollars to take the Hong Kong subway.
The opening hours at Futian Port are 06:30 to 20:30.
When you arrive at China Customs, you will need to go through the China Immigration Inspection, and then the Hong Kong Immigration Inspection.
Follow the sign for foreigners to find the right queue. Take your passport with you when going through immigration (please carry a Hong Kong visa if you're not traveling from a Hong Kong visa-free country).
The time needed to get through immigration and customs is about 30 minutes. Once you clear you can take the MTR to your hotel.
To Hong Kong International Airport
Passengers also can take a coach to Hong Kong from level B1. For passengers want to go to Hong Kong International Airport: take a coach to Yuen Long (元朗), get off at Yuen Long Dongtou Village (元朗东头村), walk across the road, and then transfer to Airport Line E14.
5. Huanggang Port → Hong Kong
Huanggang Port is open 24 hours a day, and the time taken to pass through customs is generally less than 25 minutes. Passengers can take a bus at Huanggang Port to different places in Hong Kong, such as Wai Chai Pier, Jinshang Lu Rail Station, Hong Kong International Airport and Austin Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Huanggang Port (皇岗口岸) is popular with locals, but unless you are familiar with the bus options or wish to use taxis, it is best to use one of the others, as there is no Shenzhen metro there. However, it is the only one open 24 hours a day.
|Major Stations||Time||Approximate Ticket Fare||Where to Get On|
|Lok Ma Chau, Jordan and Austin Road in Tsim Sha Tsui||The bus is available 24 hours a day. The departure interval is about 40 minutes from 02:00 to 05:00 and that from 06:00 to 14:00 is about 15 minutes.||HK$40||Departure Lobby of Huanggang Port
Departure Lobby of Huanggang Port
|Lok Ma Chau, Jintian and Jinshang Lu Rail Station||The departure interval during work days is 1 hour from 06:00 to 07:00 and that from 07:00 to 24:00 is 30 minutes. During holiday days, the departure interval is 30 minutes from 06:00 to 10:00, about 20 minutes from 10:00 to 20:00 and 30 minutes from 20:00 to 24:00.||HK$20|
|Lok Ma Chau, Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong and Lantian Rail Station,||The bus is available 24 hours a day. The departure interval is approximately every 40 minutes from 03:00 to 05:00, every 30 minutes from 05:00 to 06:00, every 25 minutes from 06:00 to 03:00.||HK$50|
|Lok Ma Chau and Discovery Park in Tsuen Wan||The bus is available 24 hours a day.||HK$40|
|香港湾仔码头Lok Ma Chau, Shanghuan (上环) and Wan Chai Pier||The bus is available 24 hours a day. The bus leaves every 20 minutes (about 45 minutes from 02:00 to 06:00).||HK$50|
|Lok Ma Chau and Arran Street in Mong Kok||The bus is available 24 hours a day and the departure interval is about every 20 minutes.||HK$40|
|Long Bao Hotel in Jordan (佐敦龙堡酒店）||The bus is available 24 hours a day. The departure interval is about every 20 minutes in day time and every 30 minutes in night time.||35 yuan|
|Kwun Tong||The bus is available 24 hours a day. A bus leaves every 30 minutes.||HK$40 and HK$ 45 (11:30pm-05:30am)|
|Yau Tsim (油尖)||The bus is available 24 hours a day. The departure interval is every 15 minutes and that from 03:00 to 06:00 is every 30 minutes. The length of the time for a journey is about 30 minutes.||35 yuan|
|Kowloon, Prince and Mong Kok||The bus is available from 07:45 to 23:00 and the departure interval is every 30 minutes. The whole journey takes 1 hour.||50 yuan|
|Disneyland||The bus from Huanggang Port to Disneyland is available from 08:30 to 24:00 and the derpature interval is every 60 minutes. Buses from Disneyland to Huanggang Port depart at 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:30, 21:00 and 21:30. The length of the time for a whole journey is about 40 minutes.||80 yuan|
|Hong Kong International Airport||The bus is available from 07:45 to 19:15 and the departure interval is about 1 hour. The length of the time for a whole journey is 1 hour.||100 yuan|
|Lok Ma Chau and Hong Kong International Airport||The bus is available from 05:30 to 21:00 (and the departure interval is every 20 minutes. The length of the time for the whole journey is 1 hour.||150 yuan||Huanggang Coach Staion|
6. Shenzhen Wan Port → Hong Kong
Shenzhen Wan Port is open from 06:30 to 24:00.
Passengers can take a coach or a bus from Shenzhen Wan Port to Hong Kong.
There are several routes to different places in Hong Kong, such as Hong Kong International Airport, Kowloon, Jordan (佐敦), Tuen Mun Town, Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Long, Sheung Wan, and Causeway Bay. The destination for buses B2 and B2P are Yuen Long West Rail Line Station (元朗港西铁站), running pass Tin Shui Wai (天水围) Station on the West Rail Line. Bus B2P is only available on weekends. Bus B3 and bus B3X run pass the same route, with the destination of Tuen Mun Central (屯门市中心). These buses can all be caught at the main bus station of Shenzhen Wan Port.
Below is a table for detailed bus information.
|Major Stations||Departure Time||Duration||Approximate Ticket Fares|
|Shenzhen Wan Port and Hong Kong International Airport||Minibuses is available 07:00-21:00 and the departure interval is every 30 minutes; coach is available at 08:00 and 09:00.||About 50 minutes||80 yuan per person for a coach and 150 yuan per person for a miniubus|
|Shenzhen Wan Port, Kowloon and Jordan (佐敦)||Available from 08:00 to 23:20, and the departure interval is every 30 minutes.||About 40 minutes||40 yuan per person|
|Shenzhen Wan Port, Wan Chai and Sheugwan (上环）||Available from 07:00 to 22:00 and the departure interval is every 30 minutes.||About 1 hour||45 yuan per person|
|Shenzhen Wan Port, Prince (太子), Mong Kok, Kowloon, Jordan (佐敦), Tsim Sha Tsui and Tuen Mun Central (B3 Line)||Available from 07:00 to 22:00 and the departure interval is every 30 minutes.||About 1 hour||40 yuan per person|
|Shenzhen Wan Port and Tian'en Cun (天恩邨)||Available from 06:50 to 00:10 and the departure interval is every 20 minutes.||HK$9.5 per person|
|Shenzhen Wan Port, Tuen Mun Hospital, Daxing Gym, Bus Central Station in Tuen Mun Town, Kaide Garden (凯德花园), Goodview Garden (丰景园), New Tuen Mun Center (新屯门中心) and Tuen Mun Ferry Pirer||Available from 07:00 from 00:20 and the departure interval is every 20 minutes.||HK$11 per person|
|Shenzhen Wan Port and Tuen Mun Town (B3X Line)||Available from 06:50 to 23:10 and the departure interval is every 20 minutes.||HK$11 per person|
|Shenzhen Wan Port, West Kowloon and Xiwan He (西湾河）||Available from 07:30 to 22:30 and the departure interval is every 30 minutes.||35 yuan (to West Kowloon) and 45 yuan (to Xiwan He)|
|Shenzhen Wan Port, Tin Shui Wai West Rail Station, Tin Shui Wai Police Station, Shanghu House (赏湖居), Tianci Village, Fenchi Village (凤池村), Shanshui Buidling in Tianshui Wei Village (天水围村山水楼), Langting Garden (朗庭园), Xili Road (喜利径), Tongle Street, Guting Street and Yuen Long West Line Station (B2 Line)||Available from 06:45 to 00:20 and the departure interval is every 20 minutes.||About 1 hour||HK$11 per person|
Transport way to Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Marine Park, Disneyland and Hong Kong International Airport:
- Causeway Bay: Take Bus B2 and get off at Tin Shui Wai West Rail Line Station, then walk across the bridge and take Bus 969 to Causeway Bay.
- Tsim Sha Tsui: Take Bus B2 and get off at Tin Shui Wai West Rail Line Station, and take West Rail Line and get off at Meifu Station (美孚站), and then transfer to the Tsuen Wan Line (荃湾线) to Tin Sha Tsui. The length of time for a whole journey is about 50 minutes.
- Marine Park: Take Bus B2 and get off at Tin Shui Wai West Rail Line Station, and take the West Rail Line to Meifu Station, then transfer to Tsuen Wan Line to Jinzhong Station (金钟站), and transfer to Bus 629 to Marine Park.
- Disneyland: Take Bus B3X and get off at Tuen Mun Center (屯门市中心), and transfer to Bus R33 to Disneyland. The length of time for the whole journey is approximately 70 minutes.
- Hong Kong International Airport: Take Bus B2 and get off at Tin Shui Wai West Rail Line Station, then go to Tin Sui Wai Police Station after getting out of the station. Take the airport bus line E34 to Hong Kong International Airport. This route is much cheaper than taking a coach or a minibus to Hong Kong International Airport, but the length of the time for the journey is at least 75 minutes.
7. Wenjin Du Port → Hong Kong
Wenjin Du Port is located in Yanhe Road, Luohu District (罗湖区沿湖路), and is open from 07:00 to 22:00. It is a quiet border and the length of the time for passing customs is rarely more than 10 minutes.
After passing customs into Hong Kong, passengers can take a coach to Landmark North (a large-scale shopping place) in Hong Kong (香港上水广场) or take a bus directly to Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀) or the bus station at the China Ferry Terminal (中港码头嘛事总站). The bus to Landmark North is available from 07:00 to 21:00, and the journey takes about 20 minutes. The length of the time for the bus running to Tsim Sha Tsui or the bus station at China Ferry Terminal is about 45 minutes.
Passengers in Shenzhen can take bus 5, 14, 40, 97, 242, 378 or N18 to get to Wenjin Du Port.
8. Shatou Jiao Port → Hong Kong
The opening time for Shatou Jiao Port is from 07:00 to 24:00 and passengers in Shenzhen can take bus 53, 68, 85, 202 or 205 to the port and take a bus at the departure lobby of Shatou Jiao Port to Hong Kong International Airport and Kowloon Tong. Buses to Hong Kong International Airport are available from 07:30 to 19:30, and the approximate ticket price is 130 yuan. Buses to Kowloon Tong are available from 07:00 to 21:30 and the approximate ticket price is 35 yuan.
9. Fuyong Port → Hong Kong
Fuyong Port is about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) from Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport.
Passengers at the airport can take free shuttle buses from the terminal building directly to Fuyong Port. The buses are available at Gate 3, Arrival Hall, Terminal A and Gate 6, Arrival Hall, Terminal B.
Ferries to Hong Kong are available at the port to Haitian Ferry Terminal (海天客运码头) at Hong Kong International Airport. The journey takes about 40 minutes.
Fuyong Port → Haitian Ferry Terminal
The ferries from Haitian Ferry Terminal (Hong Kong International Airport) depart at 09:15, 11:30, and 15:30 every day.
The ferries from Fuyong Port depart at 10:15, 13:15, and 17:00p every day.
10. Shekou Port Jetfoils
Passengers also can take a jetfoil: a five-star exclusive and luxurious boat between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
Note: Charter services between Hong Kong/HK International Airport and Macau are available; passengers can contact with the company’s commercial division at (852) 2307 0880 for more details.
The Premier Jetfoil company website: http://www.turbojet.com.hk/eng/premier/premier.asp
Passengers can buy tickets online, in the ticket offices and via self-service ticketing kiosk. The tickets reserved online are to be collected at the TurboJet ticketing offices or self-service ticketing kiosks located at ferry terminals, and the website for online reservation is: https://service.turbojetbooking.com/webbooking2/.
Shekou Port → Hong Kong International Airport
The ticket fares for Premier Jetfoil from Shekou Port to Hong Kong International Airport are HK$300 for an economy-class ticket (HK$165 for a child aged 1 to below 6 years) and HK$340 for a super-class ticket (HK$175 for children aged 1 to 6 years). The above fares include a HK$50 passenger handling fee. The following is the timetable for the Premier Jetfoils.
|Shekou to Hong Kong International Airport|
Hong Kong International Airport → Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Premier Jetfoil from Hong Kong International Airport to Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport departs at 19:10 every day, and the number is 8S133, while the one from Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport to Hong Kong International Airport departs at 18:00 every day, and the number is 8S313.
Once in Hong Kong ... the MTR
You will need Hong Kong dollars to buy MTR tickets. It is recommended that you change money to Hong Kong dollars before crossing the border.
There are both ticket offices and ticket vending machines. You can also buy an Octopus Card at the ticket office for convenience if you need to use the MTR several times.
An Octopus Card costs 150 HKD (a 50 HKD deposit is included, and 100 will be added as credit). If you return the card within 90 days, you only get 41 HKD of your deposit back. If you return the card after 90 days, you will get your 50 HKD deposit back.
There are three seat types on the HK subway:
- First class: there are designated seats and compartments. The price is higher than normal seats.
- Priority class: for women, children, and seniors.
- Normal seats: seats without signs are normal seats.
Visa-Free / Quick-Visa Hong Kong to Shenzhen Options
Entry rules keep changing, so please check ahead of your visit. As of August 2018 there are two ways to enter Shenzhen from Hong Kong and tour without a visa or with a quick and cheap 5-day Shenzhen visa issued at the Chinese border.
First Option: Pearl River Delta Guided Touring Visas
All visitors to Hong Kong and/or Macao are able to visit the surrounding Shenzhen and Pearl River Delta region visa-free as long as they go with a registered tour group such as ours and meet certain conditions. The group size ranges from 2 to 40 people, including you and the guide.
- The visitor is a national of a country which has diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. This means almost all countries.
- The visitor is visiting the Pearl River Delta as part of a tour group organized by a Hong Kong or Macao based travel agency.
- The stay is six days (144 hours) or less for most countries except Germany, Republic of Korea and Russia that get 21 days.
- Travelers from certain selected Asian and European countries may also be eligible for 30-day tour visas.
- The visitor stays within the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, Huizhou and Shantou.
Second Option: Shenzhen Special Economic Zone 5-Day Single Entry Visa
Now, tourists from almost all countries can enter the Shenzhen Economic Zone on single entry 5-day visas that they can get at the border at Luohu Port (Lo Wu, 09:00–10:30), Huanggang Port (24 hours), Fuyong Port and Shekou Port. It usually takes only a few minutes to arrange.
- Visitors from almost all countries may obtain a five-day entry visa for staying in Shenzhen. Ineligible countries are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Cameroon, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Urganda, and Yemen.
- The visa is obtained only upon arrival at the Lo Wu border crossing, Huanggang Port Control Point, Fuyong Port or Shekou Port for Shenzhen.
- For most countries, the fee for this visa is about 168 yuan or 215 HKD. However, for about two dozen South American and African countries, the fee can be several times more. For Russians and British, it is a little less than double.
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