How to get to Guangzhou from Hong Kong
Hong Kong Airport is one of the biggest asian airport and a lot of people who wants to visit China (especially Guangzhou) come to Hong Kong first. Since we came to China we have tfo leave the country every 3 month because of visa’s rules, so we’ve made GZ — HK trip many times.
In this article, I will tell how to get to Guangzhou from Hong Kong.
First of all, I’d like to tell you that you can get to Guangzhou at any time of the day.
There are several options on how to get to Guangzhou from Hong Kong:
- by plane
- by bus
- by train
- by ferry/boat
- via Shengzhen
Easy as pie. You just need to buy a direct ticket from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. A plane ticket price is around 800 – 1500 yuan (RMB) depends on discounts, time, etc. ~ $200 – $250.
By direct bus (coach bus)
You can buy tickets in one of the two booking terminals here: link.
Ticket sale offices are very easy to find:
There are several companies which provide this route.
Departure time: 07:35 / 08:05 / 08:35 / 10:45 / 12:45 / 13:45 / 14:45 / 15:45 / 16:45 / 17:45 / 18:45 / 19:25 / 20:45 / 22:45
Arrival points: China Hotel, Guangzhou Hotel, Rosedale Hotel Guangzhou, Garden Hotel
More information here: link.
Bus’s color: pink-yellow-white.
Ticket price for adult: 220HK$, for people who older than 65 and child from 2 to 12 years old – 170HK$
Bus’s color — green
Departure time: 07:05 / 08:05 / 09:05 / 10:05 / 11:05 / 11:55 / #12:30 / 12:55 / 13:55 / #14:30 / 14:55 / 15:30 / 15:55 / #16:30 / 16:55 / 17:55 / 18:55 / 19:30 / 20:05 / 21:05 / 22:05
Arrival points: Jinan University(Tian He), China Hotel, Hotel Landmak Canton, Garden Hotel, Dong Shan Hotel
Bus’s color: white
Another option is to choose a company, which provides mini-van trips (ask the cashier). In this case, you don’t need to get off the vehicle and carry your heavy luggage to go through the border control. You will be staying in the van and from time to time just show your face to the border guard. In the same van, you will be given the border-crossing application forms to fill.
There is no price difference between those 2 options, but I think the latter one is more comfortable.
There is no direct train from Hong Kong airport to Guangzhou. You have to get to the city center. You can get there by bus A21 (~ 1 hour) or take Airport Express, which is faster (~ 20 min). You will get to Kowloon station (not Kowloon West or Kowloon Tong).
Then from Kowloon station you can take direct train to Guangzhou.
Price: 190 HKD (150 RMB or $25) for a train ticket per person.
This is, probably, one of the most expensive ways, but also comfortable. You’ll leave Kowloon and arrive to East Railway Station (orange line of Guangzhou Metro — Line 3) – Guangzhou metro map, from where you can get to any part of the city.
We didn’t try this way, but I know there is only one ferry, which leaves at 11:15 every Tuesday and Saturday. Sailing time is approx. 60 mins.
You can find more information here: link.
The border crossing terminal of Hong Kong-China (Shenzhen) is located at Lok Ma Chau station (terminal station of the blue subway line).
You need to take the subway to get to Lok Ma Chau. See the map for more details:
Hong Kong Metro is open until 12:20 am. More information about the metro can be found on the official website.
After crossing the border and arriving in Shenzhen, you can get to Guangzhou by high-speed train or by bus. Let me tell you more about both of these options.
From Shenzhen to Guangzhou by train
Price: 79 RMB (economy) or 99 RMB (business) — ~ 11 dollars per person for an economy and 14 dollars for business class.
After 1.5 hours you will be in Guangzhou at the East Railway Station, the orange metro line (Line 3).
From Shenzhen to Guangzhou by bus
Price: 70 RMB per person ($10).
This method is even cheaper than the previous one and it is suitable for you in case you suddenly missed the last train. It happened with us once.
We arrived to Shenzhen, crossed the border, but the last train left at 22.00 or even earlier. As a result, we were in an unknown city, the ticket offices were closed…
We started to look for different options and we found out that we can get to Guangzhou by bus. Honestly, the procedure is not very pleasant, because it is twice longer. The high-speed train from Shenzhen goes at a speed of 150 km/h, but the bus — 80-90 km/h.
I think that’s all for now. We hope that our tips will help you to reach your destination with maximum comfort and with the lowest price. We have already learned first hand about how important it is to get a little comfort after exhausting flights.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask in comments.