How to Travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou

Written by Vivi Updated Mar. 23, 2023
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More high-speed trains from Hong Kong to Guangzhou have been added from 23 March 2023.

Hong Kong High-Speed Rail resumed on 15 January 2023 with short-haul train services to/from Shenzhen, Dongguan, and Guangzhou.

China has reopened for travel, and there is no quarantine anymore from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland since January 8th, 2023.

Hong Kong and Guangzhou are two trading centers and tourism destinations in South China. For businessmen, travelers, and passengers, it is popular to travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou.

In this article, you will find out how to travel to Guangzhou from Hong Kong.

How to Get from Hong Kong to Guangzhou

From Hong Kong to Guangzhou, there are seven ways to go: train, flight, ferry, bus, car, etc. We suggest you take the high-speed train to Guangzhou, which is the most convenient and fastest.

Hong Kong to Guangzhou by High-Speed Train

Hong Kong High Speed Rail
Hong Kong High-Speed Rail

Around 33 pairs of high-speed trains are operated between Hong Kong West Kowloon Station and Guangzhou South Station/Guangzhou East Station daily, with a distance of about 141 kilometers (88 miles). 

The price of a second-class seat is US$32 (CNY215). Departure time from 08:06 to 22:50. Duration from 46m to 1h42m. The fastest train ride from Hong Kong to Guangzhou South is only 46 minutes.

With the co-location arrangement in Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, entry and exit formalities can be done on the same floor at West Kowloon Station. It saves a lot of hassle and time going through customs.

Note:

1. It is recommended you arrive at the West Kowloon Station at least 45 minutes before the train departure.

2. There were Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Train before, but now they are suspended.

Hong Kong to Guangzhou by Connected Train

Shenzhen North Railway Station
Shenzhen North Railway Station

Apart from traveling straight to Guangzhou, it's also possible to get to Guangzhou with a transfer via Shenzhen. You could take the fast train to Shenzhen North Station/Futian Station from Hong Kong West Kowloon first, and then take the connected bullet trains to Guangzhou South/East.

The price is around US$22 for a 2nd class, lasting about1.5 hours based on the selected train schedule. You also only need to do the entry and exit formalities at West Kowloon Station.

Book the train tickets to/from the same station. Such as, if you book the train from Hong Kong to Shenzhen North, you have to get the connected train from Shenzhen North to Guangzhou.

Hong Kong to Guangzhou by MTR + Bullet Train

MTR
MTR

If you stay close to the metro station or port, you could take the metro to Lo Wu station first - the northern terminus of the East Rail line of Hong Kong, and go through the immigration formalities.

Then go out of the Shenzhen Luohu Port to the nearby Shenzhen Railway Station. Finally, take the inter-city train to Guangzhou. It may be a bit complicated if you are not familiar with it.

The price is around US$23 with a metro ticket and a 2nd class seat. The travel time is about 3 hours. It is based on the time of crossing the border as Luohu Port can be seen as the busiest land border in the world.

Hong Kong to Guangzhou by Flight

Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong International Airport

There are two flights available from Hong Kong to Guangzhou every day. The airfare is about US$150 per way. Usually, it is more recommended to take the train and ferry.

Hong Kong to Guangzhou by Ferry

Ferry
Ferry

You can enjoy the scenery along the sea trip by ferry from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, with a time of about 1.5 - 2.5 hours.  

Two piers are sailing to Guangzhou: Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon, and Sky Pier in the Hong Kong airport. Sky Pier services the passengers who use Hong Kong International Airport, while the Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal provides service to all kinds of people.

Around 8 departures from downtown and 5 departures from Hong Kong Airport daily. The price of a standard ticket is about US$30 - US$50. Departure time from 07:45 to 18:40. Duration from 46m to 1h43m.  

Hong Kong to Guangzhou by Bus

Bus
Bus

Taking the bus is another option if you are on a budget and have enough time. There are lots of coaches operated between these two cities every day, with different bus terminals, such as Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tsim Sha Tsui, etc.

Check which pick-up/drop-off is close to your place first, and take the bus to the port. After going through the immigration formalities, you will board another coach from the same company in Shenzhen. Then go to Guangzhou in another 1 - 2 hours.

The trip takes around 3 to 5 hours depending on how fast you cross the border and the traffic. Please note that you have to get off the bus with your luggage and change to another, and go through immigration on foot. The single-way ticket costs around US$15 - US$37.  

Hong Kong to Guangzhou by Private Car

Private Car
Private Car

It is also possible to travel by private car, which is relatively expensive but the most flexible. If you come to Guangzhou for business or are a team, then it may better suit you. The price is around US$600 for your reference.  

Hong Kong to Guangzhou Visa

Usually, you need to apply for a visa in advance if you plan to go to Guangzhou from Hong Kong. You can get your visa in your country before traveling, or apply for it after arriving in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, you can enjoy a visa-free policy if you're qualified

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