I was heading to the trade fairs that are held every year in Guangzhou, in particular, the Canton Fair and lucky for me there’s a regular fast train between Shenzhen Railway Station and Guangzhou East (Guangzhoudong).
There are many trains running through the day on this route, about 24 trains a day, from early morning to early night. It takes just over an hour for the trip although some trains take a little longer at over 2 hours, maybe they stop at more stations but I’m not sure.
For my first trip, I booked a standard ticket at 75 yuan ($11) and it was a modern comfortable train, it was a D series train if you know your China trains. The only downside is that the seats are a little cosy.
The direction signs at Guangzhou East station are vague, non-existent and ambiguous. To find the subway after departing the train you’ll walk down a hallway with a series of stalls selling accommodation and travel services, just keep looking on your left for the opening which is pictured below.
For more detailed info visit the Shenzhen <> Guangzhou transport and train guide at ShenzhenShopper.com
For accurate map locations and discounted rates check out these Hotels in Guangzhou, China.
update: the trains that leave Shenzhen Railway Station heading to Guangzhou East and Guangzhou Railway Station are now c class intercity trains.
Shenzhen to Guangzhou Map