The Beijing – Hong Kong train is a highly popular journey for tourists, becoming even more popular with business commuters since the creation of the new high-speed rail link completed in September 2018. With impressive facilities and minimal connections, this train can get you from one city to the other in an impressive 8 hours 56 minutes.
Trains on this route travel between the Beijing West (Beijing Xi) Station and the Hong Kong (Hung Hom), covering a total of 2441km.
Fuxing High-Speed Train
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A modern and stylish way to travel between China and Hong Kong, the high-speed Fuxing trains are the perfect choice for business commuters. The new high-speed Guangzhou – Kowloon line opened in September 2018 allows direct access between Beijing – Hong Kong in a fraction of the time, travelling at around 186mph.
G79 and G80 trains have second, first and business class available.
2nd class includes: Seats are arranged in one row of 2 and another row of 3 across the car width, you will be assigned a seat. A bistro service is available on the train although not included in the price of the ticket.
1st class includes: Seats are arranged in two rows of 2 across the car width, you will be assigned a seat. Each row of two will have access to a power socket and have more space than seats in second class. A bistro service is available on the train although not included in the price of the ticket.
Business class includes: Seats are arranged in one row of 2 and another row of 1 across the car width, you will be assigned a seat. All seats include a power socket and recline at the touch of a button; a blanket and cushion are supplied. Your ticket entitles you to one hot tray meal and unlimited Chinese tea, coffee, juices or soft drinks. You ticket will also allow access to a VIP lounge for business class passengers at Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus.
Beijing – Hong Kong Hard Sleeper Compartment
The cheapest and most enjoyable way to take in the scenery between Beijing and Hong Kong. The Z97 and Z98 sleeper train is the perfect choice for tourists preferring comfort over efficiency. The train includes a sit-down restaurant carriage serving hot and cold food along with a wash carriage to spruce up before arriving at your destination.
Z97 and Z98 sleeper trains have 3 classes to choose from: hard sleeper, 4-berth soft sleeper and deluxe soft sleeper.
Hard sleeper: A 4-berth sleeper compartment consisting of two bunk beds. The hard sleeper has little room, but includes bed linen, pillows and duvet.
Soft sleeper: A 4-berth sleeper compartment consisting of two bunk beds. The soft sleeper offers much more room than the hard-sleeper and includes bed linen, pillows and duvet.
Deluxe soft sleeper: A 2-berth version of the standard soft sleeper with all the same amenities with the addition of a private toilet.
Beijing – Hong Kong Sleeper Train Wash Compartment
Beijing to Hong Kong trains:
Every two days*
*The dates train Z97 leaves alternate depending on the month. In January, April, May, August, November, December 2020 it will run on odd-numbered dates. In February, March, June, July, September & October 2020 it will run on even-numbered dates.
Hong Kong to Beijing trains:
Every two days*
*The dates train Z98 leaves alternate depending on the month. In January, April, May, August, November, December 2020 it will run on even-numbered dates. In February, March, June, July, September & October 2020 it will run on odd-numbered dates.
Here we have included a list of some of out top tips on Beijing – Hong Kong train travel from arranging your visas to getting to the station platform:
If you are a non-UK citizen travelling between China and Hong Kong, you will need to have two separate visas – one for China and one for Hong Kong. UK citizens can currently visit Hong Kong visa-free and will therefore only require a Chinese visa.
Please note: if you are travelling to Hong Kong from China and then travel back into China this will count as two entrances and your Chinese visa will no longer be valid unless you arranged a double or multi-entry Chinese visa.
As with any long-distance train journey you should always have a few supplies readily available. Water, dry food and medicine is essential however other useful items include phone or device chargers, hand sanitizer, books, etc. Passengers on sleeper trains will have access to bed linen, pillows and a duvet regardless of ticket class.
Before getting to the train station it is important to stock up on any travel supplies you need on your journey including food, drink and medicine. While the train has a bar carriage, the platforms do not have any shops for you to stock up or get any last-minute supplies.
Although located at the same train station as other domestic trains, passengers on Beijing – Hong Kong trains must go through border control. Passengers taking this train will have a separate entrance and platform from other trains.
In contrast to other border checks such as those from Mongolia or Russia, all border checks are carried out BEFORE you get on the train rather than on the train itself. Passengers will follow a boarding process similar to boarding a flight at an airport with security and baggage checks taking place on the platform. Passengers will need to wait in a designated waiting area until the train is called, they can then proceed to border control and to show their passport and receive a customs ticket.
Beijing Train Station Waiting Area and Border Control
An Octopus card is the equivalent of an Oyster Card in London, providing access to the city’s Metro system. You can obtain an Octopus card before or while in Hong Kong at most major train stations, airports and transport centres, including Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus.
Visit https://www.octopus.com.hk/en/consumer/tourist/channels/land/index.html for a full list of where to get your Octopus card.
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