Train from Shenzhen to Hong Kong

Shenzhen is right next door to Hong Kong which worked out very handy for me as my visa was about to expire. Hong Kong being a Special Administrative Region of China is just like going to another country, so, it’s a popular place to visit and explore, and to then get a new visa if you wish to return to back China.

There are several ways to get to Hong Kong from Shenzhen, including the ferry, but for this trip, I chose to go on the train. Apparently, this is the most popular way to get across to Hong Kong via the Luo Hu Border.

Staying Nanshan District I made use of Shenzhen’s modern subway (called the Metro) riding from Shenda Station (near Shenzhen University) to Luohu Station which is where the subway meets the Shenzhen Railway Station. This is also where the Luohu border crossing into Hong Kong is. Note in China it is called Luohu but in Hong Kong, it is called Lo Wu.

So, there’s an underground subway, above ground major rail station and border crossing immigration point all in the one place. In addition, it’s a mix of old and new buildings. Sounds like a great place to get lost and really confused!

But it’s actually not to difficult, once in the railway station simply follow the signs to the Hong Kong Train which leads you out of the new section into the border crossing terminal. The signage becomes a bit vague but if you follow your nose and the mass of people that are all going to Hong Kong, you’ll get there! There’s also staff floating around that will help with directions.

The immigration area here is pretty busy and you’ll need to fill in a departure card and hand it over with your passport to exit through the China customs. Then down the corridor further to the Hong Kong customs and as an Australian passport holder all I had to do was fill in an entry card and hand that over with my passport which, after being checked, was then stamped with a 90 day Hong Kong Visa.

Once out of the customs area it’s off to the train, there’s an ATM which issues RMB and HKD, there’s also a currency exchange which I used to change some RMB into HKD so as to buy a train ticket (the exchange rates are average, so I  just got enough for the ticket).

There are several vending machines to buy the train ticket which have a touchscreen where you simply choose your destination, which was Mong Kok East Station for me (I was staying at the Dorsett Hotel on Anchor St), and then shove your money in. I think the ticket cost about 40HKD,  I later found out about the ‘Tourist Cross-boundary Travel Pass’ which looks like good value (see the MTR website). There’s only one train here, going in the one direction, so it’s pretty hard to go wrong!

The trains are quite regular, but are often packed to the brim, for a little more you can buy a first class ticket with an increased chance of getting a seat in what was labelled a ‘quite class car’ (really? Quite..hmm..I wondered could there actually be such a place in China….I suspect another dubious claim). The train from Luohu to Kowloon (which is the central area of Hong Kong) took about 30-40minutes.

Update: For a more recently updated and detailed guide on transferring between the cities, visit the Shenzhen – Hong Kong transport page at Shenzhen Shopper which includes the border crossings at Futian, Nanshan (Shenzhen Wan Kou An), and Shekou ferry services.

Update 2018: Very soon there will be a High-Speed Rail service between Shenzhen and Hong Kong

Below is a map of the Hong Kong rail network including the above ground rail and subway, which make up the MTR systems in HK

Hong Kong MTR map – click for larger image

32 thoughts on “Train from Shenzhen to Hong Kong

  • July 13, 2012 at 3:43 pm
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    I would like to go to Hong Kong from Shenzhen.Just a short day trip.Will be back the same day.how frequent the train service to and from and which station should i go.thanks

  • July 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm
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    I plan to go to Hong Kong together with my mom this december and include Shenzhen in our itinerary. Is a visa necessary in Shenzhen? Thank you.

    • August 1, 2012 at 6:24 am
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      Yes, you need to get a China visa, it’s separate to any visa you may have for HK. They did offer 5 day visas at the Louhu border to enter Shenzhen, but you are not allowed to travel outside of Shenzhen, I don’t know if you still can get it but I see some people talking about it here http://hongkong.geoexpat.com/forum/54/thread220042-2.html

  • August 12, 2012 at 5:28 am
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    Hi Rod, need to re-new my Chinese visa, can I go to HK and back in to China without having to stay overnight in HK ?
    Thanks

    • September 3, 2012 at 4:11 am
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      theres many travel agents in HK that can assist visas, same day if you get there early enough, Japan Travel is one suggestion.

  • August 29, 2012 at 11:50 am
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    You can get visa in HK easy. or you can tell your travel agent to get you the visa . you can also get same day service if you send your passport before 8 am. Have a great and safe trip. I just came back from Shenzhen and Guangzhou. be careful change your money at BANK or authorized money changer as there fake. chk paper quality and Do Not accept fresh currency meaning like new bills.

  • September 6, 2012 at 9:46 am
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    I am from Philippines I would like to visit shenzhen from Hongkong this coming semestral break where can I get a China visa…thanks

    • September 21, 2012 at 1:24 am
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      best to contact the Chinsese Embassy in your country to check all the requirements

  • September 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm
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    On Sep 27, I want to travel to Hong Kong from Shenzhen after 8 pm and return to Guangzhou East the other day by 12md. Though its a very short journey but i have only this time available. Anyone please guide me for trains, metro and hotel. I shall appreciate.

  • September 26, 2012 at 1:51 am
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    What is the fastest way to get 10 people from the shenzhen airport to Hong Kong Nathan road? It’s going to be Oct 1, so I don’t know if the airport will be crazy. Can I buy tickets in advance?

  • October 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm
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    I wish to go to Hong Kong from Shenzhen.I will be staying in Guangdong Hotel in Kowloon.

  • October 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm
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    Hi Rod, found your articles was helpful, im from Msia, will visit Shenzen via Hong Kong in coming week, am i need to fill up departure card? where can i get it?

  • October 30, 2012 at 8:35 am
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    Now I am at Shenzhen and tomorrow heading to HK, I thanks to everyone doing this direction comments and it’s very useful for my journey.

    Thank you much guys!

  • November 1, 2012 at 8:49 am
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    I need to catch a flight back to Malaysia at HKIA on the 17.11.12(Saturday) as early as 8.45 am. I checked with limo service and it is very expensive that cost me about USD275 if to fetch me in Shenzhen downtown and send to HKIA at 5 am. If I want to take train, can you pls let me know what is the earliest time to depart from Shenzhen to HK. I have to reach HKIA by 7 am for check-in and worry may not be able to make it if I travel by train. Kindly advise.

    • December 1, 2012 at 1:51 am
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      I don’t think you could make the airport by 7am using the train. I think taxi/limo maybe the only sure option.

  • November 3, 2012 at 12:30 am
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    I would like to go to Hong Kong from Shenzhen by train. Just 1 day trip (return). Will be back the same day.how frequent the train service to and from and which station should i go.thanks

    • December 1, 2012 at 1:30 am
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      You can cross the border at Louhu or Futian to catch the train that takes you into the happening areas of HK, use which ever border crossing that is closer to where you are staying. There are trains leaving Lo Wu (Louhu) station at the HK border every 6-8 minutes from 5.55AM to around midnight. See a full list of operating times here http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/getting_around/service_hours.html.

  • November 26, 2012 at 4:15 am
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    Im a singapore citizen , do i need a Visa for visit to Shenzhen / Macau / Zhuhai and Hong Kong ?
    Rgds
    eric

    • December 1, 2012 at 1:44 am
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      I don’t know, you should contact the Chinese Embassy in Singapore.

  • November 29, 2012 at 2:50 am
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    I am from the pi how faris the train station from hk disneyland

    • December 1, 2012 at 1:16 am
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      I use the bus to go to Disneyland, much easier. On my last trip to there we went to Shenzhen Bay port, you buy the bus tickets BEFORE you go into the building to cross the border. There are also buses from Futian too. From memory the bus trip was around an hour or so.

  • November 29, 2012 at 2:52 am
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    Is there a ferry station to macau at the hk international airport?

  • December 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm
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    Hello….. What’s d best way to get to hkg airport frm the lohou station

  • December 24, 2012 at 4:37 am
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    Shenzhen is right next door to Hong Kong which worked out very handy for me as my visa was about to expire. Hong Kong being a Special Administrative Region of China is just like going to another country, so, it’s a popular place to visit and explore, and to then get a new visa if you wish to return to back China.

    There are several ways to get to Hong Kong from Shenzhen, including the ferry, but for this trip I chose to go on the train. Apparently this is the most popular way to get across to Hong Kong via the Luo Hu Border.

    Staying Nanshan District I made use of Shenzhens modern subway (called the Metro) riding from Shenda Station (near Shenzhen University) to Luohu Station which is where the subway meets the Shenzhen Railway Station. This is also where the Luohu border crossing into Hong Kong is. Note in China it is called L u o h u but in H o n g Kong it is called Lo Wu.

    So, there,s an underground subway, above ground major rail station and border crossing immigration point all in the one place. In addition it’s a mix of old and new buildings. Sounds like a great place to get lost and really confused!

  • December 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm
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    How much is e visa from shenzen to hongkong? Is it voa or you made it in your origin country? Thanks

  • January 19, 2013 at 5:43 am
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    Hi Rod,

    I plan to go to HK for holiday, but the hotels in HK is pretty expensive. I thought of staying in Shenzhen and cross over everyday. If I were to do that, where do you advise me to stay in Shenzhen? What would be your advice?

    How long does it take to travel from Shenzhen Louhu to HK Central? Thanks.

  • March 21, 2013 at 7:16 am
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    i need to renew my visa to expire on april 11, the immigration in china advise me to travel to hongkong first, then go back to, i plan to travel while my chinese visa is still unexpired, (still have 15 days) just need that exit/ entry stamp. do i need to renew the visa in Hk though its not yet expired or it is still valid to re-enter in china?

  • May 31, 2013 at 8:19 pm
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    Hi ,
    I want to visit a Disney land Hong kong ,please advise how far from the city and also I want to stay in Hong Kong for 4-5 days and go to Shenzhen and come back to Hong Kong ,do I need a visa again to enter the Hong Kong?
    Thanks

  • December 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm
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    Am from Ghana heading to Hong Kong through Shenzhen do I need a visa to Hong Kong ?

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