Hong Kong Train Stations
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the train between Hong Kong and China's Mainland has been suspended since Jan 2020. In 2023, China reopened its borders to tourists after three years of COVID-19 closure. Passengers now can travel from/to Hong Kong by direct high-speed trains.
Note: Passengers need to show only one negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before boarding the train.
There are two train stations serving the city of Hong Kong, West Kowloon Railway Station and Hung Hom Railway Station. They operate different rail lines.
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West Kowloon Railway Station
West Kowloon Station is the south terminus of the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). This station is in West Kowloon and adjacent to metro stations of Kowloon and Austin. So it is now the major travel hub in the Kowloon area for both China travel and internal transportation.
- 1F: the first floor above the ground, also called the ground floor, has a concourse hall with entertainment spaces laced with a large series of cultural elements. It has entrances and footbridges connecting the station to West Kowloon Cultural District, Kowloon Station (MTR) and Austin Station (MTR) and an extensive garden area in front.
- -1F: ticket office, parking lot, taxi stands, stores and restaurants.
- -2F:arrival level, Mainland Port Area, Hong Kong Port Area, immigration, customs, passengerway to Austin Station (MTR), taxi stands and stores
- -3F: departure level, Mainland Port Area, Hong Kong Port Area, immigration, customs
High-Speed Trains to Guangzhou
There are more than 30 pairs of high-speed trains running from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, with a travel time of about 1 hour to cover a distance of 142 kilometers (88 miles). They terminated at Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station and Guangzhou South Railway Station. A second class ticket from Hong Kong to Guangzhou costs US$33, and a first class ticket costs US$50.
High-Speed Trains to Shenzhen
Bullet trains run frequently between Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station and Shenzhen/Shenzhen North/Futian Railway Station, with a travel time of around 15 minutes. A second class ticket on Hong Kong to Shenzhen high-speed trains is US$12; a first class ticket costs US$19.
High-Speed Trains to Beijing
Daily high-speed trains G79/G80 from Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station to Beijing West Railway Station started to operate in 2018. They use 9 hours to travel 2,440 kilometers (1,516 miles), with the maximum running speed of 350 km/h. Compared to through trains from Hong Kong to Beijing, bullet trains greatly shorten travel time.
|Train Number||Train Route||Departure - Arrival||Duration|
|G80||Hong Kong - Beijing||08:05 - 17:01||8 h 56 m|
|G79||Beijing - Hong Kong||10:00 - 18:58||8 h 58 m|
High-Speed Trains to Shanghai
High-speed trains G99/G100 run daily from Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station to Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station. They spend around 8 hours to travel 1,930 (1,200 miles). A second class ticket costs US$155.
|Train Number||Train Route||Departure - Arrival||Duration|
|G100||Hong Kong - Shanghai||11:10 - 19:27||8 h 17 m|
|G99||Shanghai - Hong Kong||14:10 - 22:30||8 h 20 m|
Transportation to Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station
Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station is well-connected by MTR, local buses and taxies.
By MTR: You can take Tung Chung Line to MTR Kowloon Station, or West Rail Line to MTR Austin Station then walk about 5 minutes to get to Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station.
By Bus: There is a Bus Terminus just beside the West Kowloon Railway Station. You can take buses W1, W2, W3, 36X, 36B, 42A, 46, 60X, 63X, 69X, 81, 95, 268X and 271 the Bus Terminus then walk to the railway station.
How to Get to West Kowloon Railway Station from Hong Kong Airport
A convenient and fast way from Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station to Hong Kong International Airport is by MTR. Take Airport Express from the airport to Kowloon Station (about 30 minutes for the journey, US$15 per ticket), walk to C1 exit then take a 5-minute walk to enter the station through the footbridge on the first floor above the ground or underground pedestrian tunnels.
Hung Hom Railway Station
Hung Hom Station, formerly known as Kowloon Station, is the terminal station of the East Rail Line, West Rail Line, and the Intercity Through Trains in Hong Kong. It is also the center of the Hong Kong Metro Railway Station. The station serves as the major station for people traveling between Hong Kong and Chinese mainland. It is 2,407 kilometers from Beijing West Railway Station and 35 kilometers from Shenzhen Railway Station. It only takes 30–40 minutes to get to Guangzhou by train from there.
|The Loft||Metro Railway Shops and Restroom|
|G Concourse||Intercity Thorough 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.|
|Vending Machine and 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 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|
|Railway 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.|
Through Trains to Beijing/Shanghai/Guangzhou
There are three through train routes starting from Hung Hom Railway Station. They are from Hong Kong to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. These trains are slower than high-speed trains but the ticket price is cheaper. See the through train routes below to get some travel ideas for planning trips in China:
1. Hong Kong - Beijing Through Train: Z98 (15:15 departs from Hung Hom Railway Station at 15:15 and arrive at Beijing West Railway Station at 15:30 the next day); Z97 (12:40 from Beijing West and arrive at Hung Hom at 13:01 the next day). This pair of trains run every other day.
2. Hong Kong - Shanghai Through Train: Z100 (15:15 departs from Hung Hom Railway Station at 15:15 and arrive at Shanghai Railway Station at 10:37 the next day); Z99 (17:45 from Shanghai and arrive at Hung Hom at 13:01 the next day). This pair of trains run every other day.
3. Hong Kong - Guangzhou Through Train: There are 12 daily trains from Hung Hom Railway Station to Guangzhou East Railway Station, with the travel time of around 2 hours.
Transportation to Hung Hom Railway Station
By MTR: Hung Hom Railway Station is the terminus of the East Rail Line and West Rail Line, and an intermediate station of Tuen Ma Line of the MTR network. You can take MTR from Hung Hom to almost every major attractions by metro.
By Bus: bus 5C, 8, 8A, 11K, 11X, 21, 81C, 87D, 260A and 260X can get you to Hung Hom Railway Station. Minibus and intercity bus are also a good mode of transportation to Hung Hom.
How to Get to Hong Kong Airport from Hung Hom Railway Station
By MTR: Take Tuen Ma Line to MTR Nam Cheong Station (it takes 20 minutes, US$5 per ticket), then transfer to MTR Airport Express to Hung Hom Railway Station (it takes 25 minutes, US$15 per ticket).
By Airport Express Bus: The more convenient and cheaper way from Hung Hom Railway Station to Hong Kong International Airport is taking the Airport Express Bus A21. The bus travel between the railway station and the airport directly, without having to transfer. The travel time is about 80 minutes. The fare is US$ 5.