Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station

Written by Vivian Updated May. 15, 2023
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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: Travelers visit Hong Kong from the Mainland without quarantine, a certificate of negative PCR test, and no vaccination requirements.

West Kowloon Station is the southern terminus of the Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL). This station is in West Kowloon and adjacent to the 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. 

Station Plan

West Kowloon Railway Station

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 a maximum running speed of 350 km/h. Compared to 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 traveling 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 taxis.

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 to 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 the 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.

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