This High-Speed Rail Will Link Hong Kong and Beijing in 9 Hours

The service will run once daily in each direction, at an average speed of 270 kilometers per hour.

Photo: MTR Corporation

On September 23, a high-speed rail line between Hong Kong and Beijing will launch as part of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link.

As one of the world’s longest high-speed rail lines, it will link the two cities in just nine hours via a daytime high-speed train. Initially, the service will run once daily in each direction, at an average speed of 270 kilometers per hour.

Those traveling from Hong Kong can expect this new line to cut existing travel times between Hong Kong and Guangzhou from two hours or so to 48 minutes. Although there is a caveat—passengers end up the new Guangzhou South that is relatively far from the city center.

Travelers can also opt for additional services linking Hong Kong with other points in mainland China, although these may require them to change en route.

The service will depart Hong Kong (West Kowloon) at 8:05 a.m. and arrive at Beijing West at 5:01 p.m. On the return, it will depart at 10:00 a.m. from Beijing West, reaching Hong Kong at 6:58 p.m.

It is also worth noting that the West Kowloon station on the high-speed rail is the latest big development in an area that will soon be home to a clutch of new waterfront museums and cultural venues, along with a sizeable park.

Passengers are suggested to arrive 90 minutes before departure as customs and immigration formalities will take place before departure at Hong Kong. These will also take place upon arrival in Hong Kong, via the return.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance or on-the-spot, with fares estimate to start from US$157.

More information at here.

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