How to Go to Hong Kong via Shenzhen
If you want to enjoy easy and relaxed trip, and you are not interested to save money at cost of time, just directly fly to Hong Kong from anywhere in the world. However, if you want to get there with a budget trip from mainland China, to visit Hong Kong via Shen Zhen is a cheaper choice. You can experience the KCR (Kowloon Canton Rail) and Hong Kong MTR (Massive Transit Rail).
I went to Hong Kong via Shenzhen. The ticket to Shenzhen I bought one day before the departure was 790 RMB (55% off). If I directly fly to Hong Kong, it is more than 1400 RMB for single trip. From Shenzhen back to Shanghai took me 700 RMB only.
Here is a route map I created based on my memory. I didn’t refer to a map when I created it so its anything but an accurate map
It is said the Shenzhen airport is 40 km away from the Luohu Custom Port. I took airport bus there and it took 20 RMB and about one hour (maybe 40 minutes, I do not remember). After I left the bus, as I expected, I was very confused since there is no single sign pointing to the destination many people are interested – the Luohu Custom Port, the gateway to Hong Kong. I asked four persons to find out my way to go to Luo Hu Custom Port. Two pointed to the right direction, one gave me the wrong way on which I met the forth person who were looking for Luohu too. She confirmed at least the way she came from is the wrong way so I turned and continued seeking. Later, when I approached the entry to the custom building, I finally saw the first sign pointing to Hong Kong – the typical Hong Kong style black bordered sign.
If you follow the same route, follow the following suggestions:
1. After you get off board the bus, turn left and go directly along the street for 200 meter.
2. Get to the over-head pedestrian bridge and go upstairs.
3. Go to the end of the road and turn right. (Never turn right along the road until you reached the end off the road)
Passing the Custom
Passing the customer is easy. Now, mainland residents still need a special Hong Kong/Macau Entry Visa to cross the border. There are not many people if it is not weekend. It took about 20 minutes to me, but others suggest to plan one and a half hour for it.
After getting into Hong Kong, I don’t need to talk about the route since everything became very easy and there are volunteers to help. Get onboard the KCR train (almost the same train like MTR), and transfer at Kowloon Tong (the only station) to MTR. After you reach MTR (or subway, or Metro), you can reach almost every corner of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.
To go from Shenzhen airport to Hong Kong: When you exit Shenzhen airport there is a kiosk counter where people will help you either take the TurboJet boat (185 RMB) or the bus (100 RMB) into Hong Kong/Kowloon. You can ask there. It’s really easy to do. The TurboJet takes 10 minutes from the airport to the dock, about 20 minutes to go through HK exit customs and board the (very comfortable) boat, 45-75 minutes on the water (depending on visibility), and then you either get plunked in Kowloon or in Central. Kowloon is inconvenient to the MTR so I think the bus is a better (and cheaper) option. Plus if you miss the boat time, there’s really only one every hour. See the time schedule (Shenzhen to Kowloon / Hong Kong) here:http://www.szcpost.com/2009/03/shenzhen-baoan-international-airport-guangdong-china.html
The bus leaves every 20 minutes or so, and takes about 1:15-2 hours to get into Kowloon (Prince Edward MTR station, about 10 minutes and 11 HKD from Central, downtown Hong Kong). The disadvantage of the bus is that you have to drag your luggage on and off the bus to go through customs. Same with the boat, I suppose, but the customs are at the beginning and end of the trip rather than in the middle. Information on the bus is available here:
As for getting from Hong Kong back to Shenzhen airport, you should give yourself 2-3 hours. I left Central at 4pm, got to the Prince Edward MTR station at 4:10 pm, walked outside and got my ticket at the counter of the Trans-Island Ticketing Center, sat on the bus which took off at 4:30, arrived at 5:05 pm at the border of HK/Mainland China, took 5 minutes to go through customs (though sometimes it takes longer), hopped the bus which was waiting for me (you change buses at the borders but not companies; they give you a blue sticker so people can help identify you if you are lost), took another 15 minutes to go to the Mainland entry customs at Huangguang and get through it, and then arrived at the airport at 5:57 pm. So all told, about 2 hours from Central (with no customs or road traffic). Check out the bus info here:
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