Ferry from HKIA to Guangzhou
There are several ferries operating between Hong Kong Internation Airport and mainland china, but most of the m are not very convenient if you want to get to downtown Guangzhou. The only exception is the ferry from HKIA to LianHuaShan. There are 3 ferries per day in each direction and this is definitely the easiest way to get to Guangzhou if you are flying in or out of HKIA. The same company also operates ferries to HK downtown, but we don't recommend this over the train.
The ferry journey time is around 1 hour 45 minutes, and the cost is $HK380 per adult (there are also different class options). From LianHuaShan port to downtown guangzhou the travel time is 50 minutes by taxi and the cost is just over RMB120.
You can buy ferry tickets online or at the ferry terminal.
For more information on the ferry service you can see their official site http://lhsgp.com/en/
Advantages of the LianHuaShan Ferry
- Easy access to HKIA
- Less congested than the trains, quick and easy getting through immigration
- Hassle free if you have luggage
Disadvantages of the LianHuaShan Ferry
- Only 3 departures per day
- It can be hard to get a taxi if you arrive at LianHuaShan port
You can also Travel between Hong Kong and Guanghzhou by bus. This is no faster than the train, but it is cheaper. We don't recommend it unless you have no other option.
There are also hire cars that will drive you between the two cities. This is a bit faster than going by train, but not much better, and it will be the most expensive route.
If you are heading from to Guangzhou, take a look at our Guangzhou Travel Guide, for an insider's guide of things to do in wonderful Guangzhou, or check out our recommendations for The Best Dim Sum in Guangzhou.
The Best ways to travel from Hong Kong To Guangzhou
One of the most common questions we get asked is how to travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou. These two cities are a must for any foodie, but travelling between them can confuse even a local. So if you are on your way to one of our Hong Kong Food Tours or Guangzhou Food Tours, or maybe just a business trip :) - here are our three Best Ways to Travel between Hong Kong and Guangzhou.
The Shenzhen to Guangzhou High Speed Train
By far out preferred way to Travel between Hong Kong and Guangzhou is using the high speed train starting in Shenzhen. For some reason travelling like this even has the locals apprehensive, but I cannot understand why. This is the cheapest and quickest method with the least hassles. Our only advice would be that this may not be the most comfortable way to travel if you have a large amount of luggage or a lot of young children.
To travel between Hong Kong and Guangzhou using the high speed train starting in Shenzen you need to first take the MTR to Lo Wu. The travel time from Hung Hom is around 45 minutes (but you can hop on this line at any point that is convenient for you.
The Lo Wu MTR station is connected with China Immigration and it is process exit Hong Kong and enter mainland China - just follow the signs. Also, make sure you have a visa for China!
Once you have passed through China Immigration, you are now in Shenzhen. To get to the train station you need to exit the immigration building and just continue walking straight. Shenzhen railway station is located in the large building that you will see on your left. It is about a 5 minute walk, and again, just follow the signs. Unless you have a chinese ID card, you will need to buy a train ticket to Guangzhou East from one of the ticket counters. You will have a choice between first class and second class. The cost is RMB79.5 for a second class seat and RMB 99.5 for first class.
The best part of travelling between Hong Kong and Guangzhou this way is that the high speed trains in Shenzhen depart roughly every 10 - 15 minutes and there is no need to pre purchase tickets. If you have pre purchased tickets and you are early or late, you can just hop on the next train (but you may have to stand). Definitely the most efficient way to travel.
From Guangzhou East you can take the MTR or a taxi to your final destination.
Advantages of using the Shenzhen high speed train:
- It is the cheapest way to travel between Hong Kong and Guangzhou
- It can be the most stress free way to travel, trains run every 10 minutes or so
- It is the fastest way to travel between Hong Kong and Guangzhou
Disadvantages of using the Shenzhen high speed train:
- Not a comfortable way to travel if you have a lot of luggage
- Not recommended if you are a family with young children.
The Hong Kong to Guangzhou Through Train
The most common way for foreigners to Travel between Hong Kong and Guangzhou is using the intercity through train. This is the most relaxing journey once you are on the train, but not the most convenient way to travel between the two cities.
There are 12 trains per day in each direction between Hung Hom in Hong Kong and Guangzhou East. The process is similar to catching an flight, you need to be at the train station 45 minutes prior to departure. You will then be ushered through a process of waiting to queue for immigration and then being held in a waiting room before boarding the train. Once on the train you can sit back and relax, 2 hours later you will be in Guangzhou.
The Intercity through train is the easiest way to travel if you have a large amount of luggage, or if you are a nervous traveller, but the process to board the train is so slow that it is not the fastest or most flexible way to travel between the two cities. If you miss your train, it can be a long wait until the next train, and this line frequently has delays and disruptions.
The Intercity through train costs $HK210 for adults and $105 for children in first class (which is the normal class). Three of the departures on this line have a different train which also includes a premium class. The premium class costs $HK250 and is well worth the cost from our experience.
Advantages of the Intercity Through Train
- A good option if you have heavy luggage
- A simple trip if you are a nervous traveller
- Easier for families
Disadvantage of the Intercity Through Train
- Less flexible than the Shenzhen high speed train (think - similar to the stress of catching a flight)
- You have to start of finish your journey at Hung Hom
- Slower than the Shenzhen high speed train
- More expensive
For a full list of departure times see below: