In Hong Kong, the subway is the most popular way to get around. For going to mainland China, however, taking a train is becoming more popular.

At present, there is only one station in Hong Kong, Hung Hom Railway Station, with long distance cross-border train services.

Currently, there are three main stations in mainland China connecting with Hung Hom: Guangzhou East, Shanghai and Beijing West Railway Stations.

Guangzhou–Hong Kong train

Guangzhou–Hong Kong train

Hong Kong Trains to and from Mainland China

Although there are only three cities in the mainland with trains to Hong Kong, they are all major cities.

So if you are going to Hong Kong and you are not in Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou, we recommend you choose to arrive in one of those cities first, and then transfer to Hong Kong. Generally, these three cities have many trains connecting with other cities in China.

See how to transfer to another train in China by reading How to Transfer to Another Train Quickly.

Below we have provided information about these three railway lines for your perusal. Alternatively you can simply check schedules on the China Train Booking app (IOS, GooglePlay, Android APK).

Hong Kong Trains to and from Guangzhou

  • Route: Hung Hom Railway Station–Guangzhou East Railway Station
  • Available trains: 12 trains a day between Hong Kong and Guangzhou
  • Operating days: every day
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Ticket fares: 203 yuan for a first class ticket, 236 yuan for a superior class ticket

This is the most popular line between the mainland and Hong Kong. If you are in a southern city in China, you can first take a train to Guangzhou, and then transfer to Hong Kong.

And now, China Railway decided to open some high-speed trains between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. Learn more by reading Vibrant Express: The First Series of Bullet Trains Operating Between Hong Kong and Mainland.

Hong Kong Trains to and from Shanghai

  • Route: Hung Hom Railway Station–Shanghai Railway Station
  • Available trains: Z100 from Hong Kong to Shanghai, and Z99 from Shanghai to Hong Kong
  • Operating days: every other day
  • Duration: 19 hours
  • Ticket fares: 439 yuan for a hard sleeper ticket, 688 yuan for a soft sleeper ticket, and 867 yuan for a superior soft sleeper ticket

For passengers in the Yangtze River Delta area, it is convenient first to take a high-speed train to Shanghai, and then transfer to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Trains to and from Beijing

  • Route: Hung Hom Railway Station–Beijing West Railway Station
  • Available trains: Z97 from Beijing to Hong Kong, and Z98 from Hong Kong to Beijing
  • Operating days: every other day
  • Duration: 24 hours
  • Ticket fares: 502 yuan for a hard sleeper ticket, 775 yuan for a soft sleeper ticket, and 992 yuan for a superior soft sleeper ticket

This line is called the Beijing–Kowloon Railway Line and it was the first railway line connecting the mainland and Hong Kong. The whole line is about 2,553 kilometers long and passes through 103 cities and counties.

How to Buy Train Tickets Between Mainland China and Hong Kong

Train tickets issued in Hong Kong

Train tickets issued in Hong Kong

  • What to prepare: Unlike for mainland train tickets, you don’t need to input your personal information (passport name and number). You just need to submit your travel dates and train number.
  • Tickets between Hong Kong and Beijing or Shanghai are released 60 days before departure
  • Tickets between Hong Kong and Guangzhou are released 30 days before departure

The way of buying Hong Kong to mainland train tickets on the mainland is different from the way of buying them in Hong Kong. Below we have listed the different ways of buying Hong Kong train tickets in Hong Kong and mainland.

Buying Mainland to Hong Kong Train Tickets in Mainland China

On the mainland, tickets for Hong Kong cannot be booked online. There are only two ways to buy the tickets:

  • Buy them at the departure station
  • If you want to buy a train ticket from Beijing to Hong Kong, for example, you can buy it at Beijing West Railway Station, which is the departure station for the Beijing to Hong Kong line.

    You need to find the right ticket window for selling Hong Kong train tickets and submit your travel dates to the clerk. If there are enough tickets, you can just hand in your passport and money to the clerk and buy the ticket(s).
    If you want to know how to buy the mainland ticket(s), please read How to Buy a China Train Ticket.

    Language helper:
    “你好,请问哪个窗口售卖去香港的火车票?”
    “Excuse me, could you tell me which ticket window sells train tickets to Hong Kong?”

    The train tickets may, however, be sold out before you reach the station, especially if your travel dates are during holidays. In that case, you can try to find a ticket-booking platform for booking your ticket(s) in advance.

  • Book them at other platforms
  • There are many service platforms offering Hong Kong train ticket booking for passengers. You can make the booking via these platforms and they will handle everything for you.

    Chinese people like to book Hong Kong train tickets from Chinese transportation apps like “Feizhu”. If you can read Chinese, we recommend you book from these apps. Their prices are a little cheaper than those of the English platforms, but they don’t offer a comparable after-sales service. Payments are only accepted via Alipay, WeChat Pay, and some Chinese online banks.

    Travelers who can’t read Chinese can Google some English platforms for Hong Kong train ticket booking services. They usually accept foreign credit cards. You can also try out our China Train Booking app (IOS, GooglePlay, Android APK) to plan your train journey.

Buying Hong Kong to Mainland Train Tickets in Hong Kong

  • Buying ticket(s) to the mainland at Hung Hom Railway Station
  • There is a ticket outlet signed “中国铁路” (China Railway) at Exit C of Hung Hom Railway Station. You need to go there, get a queuing number, and queue up to buy train ticket(s) to mainland China from there.

    * There are only 150 numbers available per day, and you can purchase no more than four tickets with each number.

  • Buying ticket(s) to the mainland from HKCTS (agency)
  • An HKCTS outlet in Hong Kong

    An HKCTS outlet in Hong Kong

    HKCTS (China Travel Service (HK) Group Corporation) is a well-known travel agency and with many outlets throughout Hong Kong.

    You can go to any of its outlets to purchase train tickets from Hong Kong to the mainland, but you need to pay more than 100 HKD per ticket as a service fee.

  • Buying ticket(s) to the mainland via the MTR website
  • There is an official Hong Kong Railway website http://www.mtr.com.hk with an English version. You can try to book train tickets from here, but the website is not very convenient to use.

Canceling/Changing Hong Kong Train Ticket(s)

You can only change or cancel your Hong Kong train ticket at the station where it was purchased. And a ticket on the same route and with the same class can only be changed once.

If you wish to change your ticket(s), please submit your request at least 30 minutes before departure time.
For canceling your ticket(s), please submit your request at least 2 hours before departure time.

Use Our China Train Booking App to Book Hong Kong Train Ticket(s)

Train schedules on our app

Train schedules on our app

We recommend you book your Hong Kong train ticket(s) using our train booking app. We’ve served millions of foreigners booking their Hong Kong train tickets, and we can confidently say we have an experienced train adviser group.

With our Booking app you don’t need to go to the train stations or outlets to line up, you just need to choose a train, input your information, and wait for us deliver your ticket(s) to your address. Generally, your tickets will be issued within 3 hours of making your booking.

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June 21, 2018 Published by: Sylvia Lo