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Travelling from Guangzhou to Hong Kong can be confusing even for a local, because there are many ways for you to choose. So if you are on a Guangzhou Hong Kong tour or just on a business trip, you are more advised to have a better understanding about the transportations between the two cities before your journey. Below we have collected the details about Guangzhou to Hong Kong travel distance, time and our pick of the top 7 ways for your reference.
The direct distance from Guangzhou to Hong Kong is about 136 kilometers (84.5 miles), about 2-3.5 hours by car. The popular ways of transportation between the two cities are Guangzhou - Hong Kong High Speed Trains (50-60 minutes), Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Trains (about 2 hours), buses (3-3.5 hours) and ferries (1.5-2 hours). In addition, some people also travel to Hong Kong from Guangzhou via Shenzhen (more than 3 hours), and there are also direct flights from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) to Hong Kong Airport (HKIA), which need about 1-1.5 hours.
Top 7 Ways from Guangzhou to Hong Kong
The direct high speed trains are the best recommended transports to travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong. It’s affordable, always punctual and relatively easy for travelers to go through the immigrations. At present, there are over 30 daily bullet trains running along this way, which depart from Guangzhou South Railway Station (广州南站) and arrive at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station (香港西九龙) within only 1 hour around.
Warm Tip: You are highly suggested to book the bullet train tickets in advance as soon as possible, because it is really popular, especially on public holidays like the National Day (usually from October 1st to October 7th) and special events like Canton Fair.
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Getting from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by private car, you can catch the car at anytime and anywhere you want and the experienced drivers can wait for you when you are going through the immigration formalities, which bring you ultimate convenience for your tour, especially when you are on business journey. Driving from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by private cars takes about 2-3.5 hours.
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Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Train (Chinese: 广九直通车 or廣九直通車) is an inter-city railway service between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Those Z-trains depart from Guangzhou East Railway Station (Guangzhoudong 广州东站) and arrive at Hong Kong Hung Hom Station (红磡站) within 2 hours. Every day, there are about 12 scheduled Tough Trains running from Guangzhou to Hong Kong, some of them are KTT double-decker trains and others are the common single-decker trains. Passengers taking the Trough Trains will go through the immigration formalities before departing from Guangzhou East Railway Station and on arrival at Hong Kong Hung Hom Station. Though the high speed trains are the best recommended for your journey, Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Trains are also good options, especially when there is no high speed train left.
>> Guangzhou to Hong Kong Through Train
Guangzhou and Shenzhen (the right next door to Hong Kong) are connected with about 200 daily bullet trains, among which about 77 trains will arrive at Shenzhen Railway Station (深圳站), where you can go through the immigration facilities and take MTR at the nearby Luohu Port (罗湖口岸) to Hong Kong. Therefore, you can travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong via Shenzhen. The travelling time of the bullet trains is about 0.5-1.5 hours, and the MTR takes about 1 hour. Get to Hong Kong from Guangzhou via Shenzhen is a good alternative option, particularly when the tickets of direct bullet train and through train are sold out. However, it is not a good idea for the travelers with heavy luggage, because you have to get off and get on the train and MTR many times.
The ferry route from Guangzhou to Hong Kong is a more leisurely way into the city. The ferry terminals in Guangzhou are Lianhuashan Port (广州番禺莲花山港) and Nansha Port Port (广州南沙客运港), and the arrival terminals in Hong Kong are China H.K. City Terminal (香港中港城码头) and Sky Pier (HKIA 香港机场海天码头). The ferry journey takes about 50-110 minutes.
Taking ferry to Hong Kong from Guangzhou is an uncrowded choice, because all the ports in Guangzhou are a little bit far from the downtown area and thus travelers to go by boat are relatively fewer than other ways. For the tourists who are looking for a more leisure and unique way to Hong Kong, this must be your best choice. However, you are not allowed to take the ferries in severe weather such as typhoon, because all the ferries will be suspended.
|Lianhuashan Port||Sky Pier (HKIA)||08:20, 15:50, 16:20|
|China H.K. City Terminal||08:40, 10:30, 15:20|
|Nansha Passenger Port||China H.K. City Terminal||09:20, 11:10, 16:00, 18:00|
|Sky Pier (HKIA)||13:30, 17:00|
Note: The above schedules are only for your reference.
Travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong by coach needs about 3.5-4 hours, about 30 minutes to go through the immigration formalities is included. You will arrive at one of the crossing ports in Shenzhen or Zhuhai to go through the immigration formalities first, like Shenzhen Wan Port (深圳湾口岸) and Huanggang Port (皇岗口岸), and then continue the journey to Hong Kong. There are more than 7 companies operate direct coaches between Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Every day, there are over 50 buses for your choose. Those buses depart from some hotels and landmarks of Guangzhou, like China Hotel, Guangzhou Hotel and Guangdong Mansion, Huang Pu Hong Fu Men Hotel, White Swan Hotel, etc., and arrive at Hong Kong International Airport (香港国际机场), Hong Kong Disneyland Park and Wanchai Subway Station (湾仔地铁站), etc. Different coaches of different company may make stops at different spots in Hong Kong, so you are suggested to ask the ticket seller for more details before getting up the coach.
About 2 nonstop flights will fly from Guangzhou to Hong Kong every day, which take only about 1-1.5 hours. However, considering the high price and there are many other ways you can choose, you are not really suggested to take those flight unless you prefer taking flights more.
The best way to travel from Guangzhou to Hong Kong is by taking direct bullet trains, which is also the fastest and most popular way. Direct Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Trains are the best alternative choices when there is no direct high speed trains left. If all the direct train tickets have been sold out, you can also make the journey via Shenzhen. Ferries are the best choice for the tourists who want to get to Hong Kong from Guangzhou in a leisurely way. For the people on business journey, you are highly suggested to hire a private car. Flights are not suggested, because it may be quite expensive compared to other options.
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