Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link

hong kong express rail link

Hong Kong Express Rail Link

Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) is the first high-speed railway line connecting Hong Kong to Mainland China. Officially, it is Beijing-Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link Hong Kong Section. Passengers can take the train directly to Beijing, the capital city of China, via Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Visitors can also reach over 40 cities covered by the National High-speed Rail Network, for example, Changsha, Shanghai and Xi’an. You may book your short-haul tickets here, and your long-haul tickets here.

The Express Rail Link strengthens the current cross border railway services running through the East Rail Line via Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau. It provides another choice for passengers and the journey times from Hong Kong to other Mainland cities will be greatly shortened. The estimated journey time of the Express Rail Link will be 14 minutes between WKT (West Kowloon Terminus) and Futian stations, 23 minutes between Hong Kong and Shenzhen North and 48 minutes between Hong Kong and Guangzhou South. Passengers will be served by three different train sets – Hexie (Harmony), Fuxing (Rejuvenation), and Vibrant Express. Wi-Fi is available on the train.

The West Kowloon Terminus of the Hong Kong Section will be located to the north of the West Kowloon Cultural District. For the Hong Kong Section, the route length is approximately 26km and the maximum operating speed is 200km/h. The latest estimated cost of the railway project is about HKD85 billion.

The Express Rail Link has three phrases: the first phase, Shenzhen North to Guangzhou South, was completed in December 2011; the second phase extended the services to the city centre of Shenzhen at Futian in December 2015; the final phase, Shenzhen-Futian to Hong Kong (West Kowloon) was opened on 23 September 2018.

Station Name Transfer Location Opening
Guangzhou South (廣州南) Guangzhou Metro 2  7 Panyu, Guangzhou 31 Jan 2010
Qingsheng (慶盛) Guangzhou Metro 4 Nansha, Guangzhou 26 Dec 2011
Humen (虎門) Dongguan Rail Transit 2 Humen, Dongguan 26 Dec2011
Guangmingcheng (光明城) n/a Bao’an, Shenzhen 26 Dec 2011
Shenzhen North (深圳北) Shenzhen Metro 4  5  6 Bao’an, Shenzhen 26 Dec 2011
Futian (福田) Shenzhen Metro 2  3  11 Futian, Shenzhen 30 Dec 2015
Hong Kong West Kowloon
MTR Tung Chung Line

(via Kowloon)
MTR  West Rail  Line

(via Austin)

Yau Tsim Mong, Hong Kong 23 Sep 2018

Hong Kong High-speed Railway Journey times

High-speed intercity trains

  • Hong Kong (West Kowloon) – Shenzhen-Futian: 14 minutes (proposed)
  • Hong Kong (West Kowloon) – Shenzhen (North): 23 minutes (proposed)
  • Hong Kong (West Kowloon) – Guangzhou (South): 48 minutes (proposed)
  • Guangzhou (South) – Shanghai: 7 hours (fastest)
  • Guangzhou (South) – Beijing (West): 8 hours 3 minutes (fastest)

Current intercity trains

  • Hong Kong (Hung Hom) – Guangzhou (East): 1 hour and 53 minutes
  • Hong Kong (Hung Hom) – Shanghai: 20 hours
  • Hong Kong (Hung Hom) – Beijing (West): 24 hours

Suburban railway

  • Hong Kong (Hung Hom) – Lo Wu (Hong Kong): 45 minutes
  • with border checks (Hong Kong-side and China-side) and change at Luohu (Shenzhen Metro)

Official Website of Beijing-Guangzhou–Shenzhen–Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) Hong Kong Section:

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