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Hong Kong - Getting There By Rail

It is possible to travel to Hong Kong by rail, although most travelers to Hong Kong arrive by flight. The train between Mainland China and Hong Kong is inexpensive and dependable. Hong Kong can be reached from rail from as far away as Beijing and Shanghai, although these trips take nearly a full day of traveling.

The KCR (Kowloon-Canton Railway), which is now run by the MTR, connects Hong Kong with Shenzhen (Lo Wu), Dongguan and Guangzou. Guangzou, can be reached in less than two hours. However, the times can change depending on immigration times. The fares are between $145-250 (HKD) and depend on class of service and route. Once you pass through the Hong Kong immigration, you can take a local MTR train into town. For more information, visit:

Kowloon-Canton Railway (MTR)
http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/fares_tickets/index.html

From Beijing, a train runs every second day to Hong Kong. The train from Beijing is the T97 and it takes almost exactly 24 hours to get to Hong Kong. Adult tickets are around HK$1191 for a two berth cabin and less if there are more beds in the cabin. Children are about 25% cheaper and those under 5 travel free. Roundtrip tickets are cheaper than getting two single tickets.

From Shanghai, you can board a train at the central station and get off at Hung Hom station in Kowloon. This overnight train is the T99 train from Shanghai and leaves at 17:09. The journey takes around twenty four hours. This route can be popular so booking a few days in advance, especially during peak travel holiday periods such as Chinese New Year, is suggested. Tickets begin selling 60 days in advance. Tickets can be purchased from the Shanghai station. The train has 2-berth deluxe soft sleeper cabins with private bathrooms, 4-berth soft sleeper cabins, hard sleeper compartments and a restaurant car.

The train terminates at Hung Hom Station, what used to be the Kowloon Station. It is located on the East Rail Line and West Rail Line in Hong Kong in Hung Hom, Kowloon. This station is one of the three Hong Kong ports-of-entry on the MTR network.

Keep in mind that there is a formal border crossing once you reach the Mainland China/Hong Kong border. This will require you to show your passport and go through Customs. The amount of time that it takes the passengers to go through Customs and immigration will also help determine the ultimate length of the journey.

Due to Hong Kong’s location, there really aren’t any other train services available. Although it is technically possible to travel from Europe by train through Russia and Mongolia to Shanghai and Beijing and then take a train on down to Hong Kong, this journey would be incredibly long, hard, and expensive. A flight would be far more convenient, cheaper, and faster. When traveling by train, it’s important to remember that you will probably also be traveling with luggage. Handling the luggage and seeing to its security can be difficult on long train journeys.



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