Hong Kong High Speed Train
On 23 September 2018, the West Kowloon train station has opened in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong section of the Express Rail Link run from West Kowloon Station to Shenzhen, where it connects with the Mainland Section.
The Hong Kong route length is approximately 26 kilometers and trains run at 200Km/h. The journeys between Hong Kong and Futian, Shenzhen take 14 minutes, between Hong Kong and Shenzhen North, 23 minutes and between Hong Kong and Guangzhou South, 48 minutes. The speed in the Mainland reach up to 350km/h.
Although enforcing China national law on Hong Kong territory, immigration, custom and quarantine to Mainland China take place in Hong Kong. This is a good thing for passengers who experience a better and more confortable border crossing than in the Mainland, but not so good news to Hong Kongers who perceive this as a way for China to gain more control in Hong Kong.
The trains can transport 579 people and feature a sleek and stylish interior design to make the journeys convenient and confortable to all passengers. The compartments located at either end of the train provide 68 seats. Each chair has a reading light, individual audio and electrical sockets, adjustable backrest, seat table, magazine holder, footrest and hanging hook. The six compartments located in the middle of the train provide 511 seats. Video screens are available to provide passengers with entertainment and train information.
This new rail line improves and increases Hong Kong’s connectivity to China, making it easier and faster to travel to major Mainland cities. It also helps Hong Kong develop as a prime tourist destination and become the starting point of journeys to China: Shanghai is 8 hours away and Beijing, 9 hours away.
Tickets are on sale through online platforms, a telephone hotline (852 2120 0888) and counters at the West Kowloon terminal, get ready!