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Travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou: Train, Flight, Ferry, Bus & Car 2020

Traveling from Hong Kong to Guangzhou has long been popular, be it for business or leisure. To getting from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, you can choose the high speed train, through train (九广直通车), ferry, coach, private car, etc. Read on for our pick of the mostly-used 7 ways before you go and select your favorite way according to your time, needs and budget!

Optional 1: Hong Kong to Guangzhou High Speed Train

Hong Kong to Guangzhou High Speed Train

Hong Kong to Guangzhou High Speed Train

From - to: Hong Kong West Kowloon Station (香港西九龙站) to Guangzhou South Station (广州南站)
Duration: about 1 hour

Hong Kong Guangzhou High Speed Rail has been put into use since the late 2018. Till now, there are over 30 daily direct high speed trains running from Hong Kong West Kowloon Station to Guangzhou South Railway Station (Guangzhounan), with a travelling time for only around 1 hour. Travelers taking high speed train to Guangzhou from Hong Kong will go through a joint immigration formality just at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, which allows passengers to avoid an additional check when crossing the border in and out of Hong Kong. Therefore, you can save a lot of time by taking those high speed trains.

Notice: You have to arrive at West Kowloon Station at least 45 minutes prior to the departure time of your train for passport control & exit formalities.

Advantages: The speediest way to travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, and the trains are frequent and almost always come on time.
Disadvantages: Sometimes may be hard to book a train ticket, especially on holidays like National Day (usually from October 1st to October 7st) and Labor Day (usually on May 1st).

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Other Useful Links:
>> Hong Kong to Guangzhou Real-time Train Schedules, Tickets and Stations
>> How to Book Hong Kong High Speed Train Tickets
>> Guangzhou Shenzhen Hong Kong Express Rail Link - High Speed Railway

Optional 2: Hong Kong (Hung Hom) to Guangzhou Trough Train

Hong Kong (Hung Hom) to Guangzhou Trough Train

Hong Kong (Hung Hom) to Guangzhou Trough Train

From - to: Hung Hom Station (红磡站) to Guangzhou East Station (广州东站)
Duration: about 2 hour

Guangzhou-Kowloon Through Train (Chinese: 广九直通车 or廣九直通車), an inter-city railway service between Hong Kong and Guangzhou, is one of the most frequently used ways for travelling between the two cities. At present, there are about 12 trains travelling from Hong Kong Hung Hom Station to Guangzhou East Station every day. Passengers taking the Trough Train will go through the immigration formality before departing from Hong Kong Hung Hom Station and on arrival at Guangzhou East Railway Station. Though it is not that convenient as taking the high speed trains, it is still a good way for travel.

Advantages: Cheaper than taking high speed trains.
Disadvantages: There are fewer through trains than high-speed trains every day, and you need to go through the immigration formality twice (Hong Kong side and Guangzhou side).

Check more about Guangzhou to Hong Kong Through Train: Schedules, Tickets and Fares >>

Optional 3: Hong Kong to Guangzhou via Shenzhen Luohu Port (MTR + Bullet Train)

Shenzhen Luohu Port

Shenzhen Luohu Port

From - to: Hong Kong - Luohu Port (罗湖口岸) - Guangzhou
Duration: from 3 hours (according to how long you will take when crossing the border)

Luohu Port in Shenzhen is connecting with Hong Kong by MTR and is connecting with Guangzhou by inter-city trains, thus you can get from Hong Kong to Guangzhou via Luohu Port. Take the MTR to Luohu Port first and go through the immigration formalities there. Then change to the inter-city train at the nearby Shenzhen Railway Station (深圳站) to Guangzhou. Usually, the inter-city trains make a departure from Shenzhen every 5-8 minutes, so there is no need to book the train tickets in advance.

Advantages: You don't need to book the train tickets in advance.
Disadvantages: You need to take the metro Luohu Port first and then change to the train. A little bit complex for first-time travelers to Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Besides, Luohu border crossing has the heaviest usage in Hong Kong, so it could need hours to go through the immigration formality.

Optional 4: Hong Kong to Guangzhou Ferry

Hong Kong to Guangzhou Ferry

Hong Kong to Guangzhou Ferry

From - to: China H.K. City Terminal (香港中港城码头) / HKIA (香港机场海天码头) to Panyu Lianhuashan Port (广州番禺莲花山港) / Nansha Passenger Port (广州南沙客运港)
Duration: 1 - 2.5 hours

To get to Guangzhou from Hong Kong by ferry, you can take the ferry at China H.K. City Port in Kowloon and SkyPier in the northeast part of Hong Kong Airport. SkyPier only provides service for passengers who using Hong Kong International Airport, while China H.K. City Port can provide service for every passenger. At every day, there are now 4 ferries departing from SkyPier to Lianhuashan Port, 2 daily ferries from SkyPier to Nanshan Paseenger Port, 4 ferries from China H.K. City Terminal to Lianhuashan Port and 4 ferries from China H.K. City Terminal to Nansha Passenger Port.

From To Departure Time
SkyPier (HKIA) Lianhuashan Port 10:30, 15:20, 18:40
Nansha Passenger Port 10:30, 15:20
China H.K. City Terminal Lianhuashan Port 7:45, 11:30, 13:30, 18:20
Nansha Passenger Port 7:45, 11:30, 13:30, 16:15

Advantages: Compared with railways and highways the scenery and environment of sea voyage are obviously more comfortable and pleasant. Besides, there are ferries departing from Hong Kong Airport to Guangzhou directly.
Disadvantages: After getting off the ferry in Guangzhou, you need another hour to take bus or taxi to the city center. But more than that, the ferry needs to be suspended in severe weather such as typhoon.

Optional 5: Hong Kong to Guangzhou Flight

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport

From - to: Hong Kong Airport (HKG) to Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)
Duration: about 1-1.5 hrs

About 2 flights make journey from Hong Kong to Guangzhou every day. Though the flight distance between the two cities is only about 136km (84.5 miles), the ticket price is usually over CNY 1000 (about HKD 1165). Therefore, compared with those expensive flights, you are more recommended to take the trains, ferries and also private cars to Guangzhou from Hong Kong.

Advantages: an optional choice when there are no only other tickets left.
Disadvantages: It may be quite expensive compared to other options.

Optional 6: Hong Kong to Guangzhou Bus/Coach

Hong Kong to Guangzhou Bus/Coach

Hong Kong to Guangzhou Bus/Coach

From - to: One of the 30 appointed stations in Hong Kong to one of the 14 stations in Guangzhou
Duration: 3-5 hours (depending on how fast you get through the border and whether there is a traffic jam or not)

Coach services from Hong Kong to downtown Guangzhou are available at many major places in Hong Kong, like the Hong Kong International Airport, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong Disneyland, etc. The coach will take you to one of the check points first. The most frequently used one is the Shenzhen Bay Port (深圳湾口岸). In the port, it will take half to one hour to cross the border into mainland China. After that, there will be another coach from the same company waiting at the mainland side and that coach will drive you to Guangzhou. The whole coach journey from Hong Kong to Guangzhou takes for about 3-5 hours.

Advantages: extremely many distance coaches for your choose at many major places in Hong Kong. And the price may be the cheapest.

Disadvantages: 1) There may be traffic jam at sometimes, which may delay your journey and you may feel not that comfortable on the coaches than taking flights, trains and also ferries. 2) It may be a little inconvenient to go through immigration, because you have to disembark the bus with your luggage and go through immigration on foot.

Optional 7: Hong Kong to Guangzhou Private Car

Hong Kong to Guangzhou Private Car

Travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou by Private Car

From - to: at anywhere as you like
Duration: about 1-2 hours

If you want a more free way to travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou, You can also hire a car in advance. We China Discovery also provide private car service from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. Once booked the private cross border transfer service, our experienced local driver will escort you to cross the border first and then drive you to your destination directly. If you are looking for a way to travel from Hong Kong Airport to Guangzhou to attend China Import and Export Fair, such a service must be your best choice to help you start your business trip!

Which is the Best Way to Travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou?

Overall, you are mostly suggested to take the direct high speed trains to Guangzhou from Hong Kong, which is also the hottest chosen one. If you are on a budget and have a lot of time left, you can choose the coach or travel to Shenzhen first and then take train to Guangzhou. For business travelers who are heading to take the Canton Fair, you are highly suggested to book a private car service in advance. Ferries are more suggested for tourists who want more unique experience in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Flying is the last thing we suggest only if it you like flights more than only other ways.

Hong Kong to Guangzhou Visa Requirements

Usually, people need to apply for visa in advance if traveling to Guangzhou from Hong Kong. But, if you are qualified for the several visa exemption cases, you’ll enjoy visa free.

1. Foreigners from most countries enjoy 24-hour visa-free transit from Hong Kong to Guangzhou;
2. Travelers from 53 countries enjoy 144-hou visa-free transit;
3. 6-Day visa-free for group tourists from Hong Kong to Guangzhou;
4. Japanese, Singaporean, Bruneian and Qatari staying in Guangzhou for no more than 15 or 30 days;
5. APEC Business Travel Card Holders;
6. Traveling to Guangzhou with Chinese residence permit;
7. Diplomatic, service or official passport holders.

To know more visa policies, please check Guangzhou 24/144-Hour Visa-free Transit & Visa on Arrival.

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