Hong Kong’s first high-speed railway—the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High-Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section)—officially launched on Sept. 23, 2018. Hong Kong’s bullet train allows visitors to travel quickly and conveniently between Hong Kong and several cities across Mainland China.
The new rail link puts Hong Kong in easy reach of nine neighboring cities in the Guangdong Province in South China. Additionally, the commencement of the high-speed rail heralds a major boost to tourism in the Greater Bay Area, which is comprised of Hong Kong, Macao, and South China.
The 16.1-mile rail link connects Hong Kong for the first time to Mainland China’s vast high-speed rail network. Visitors can travel by rail from Hong Kong to 44 destinations in Mainland China without changing trains, making the city an ideal starting point for multi-destination journeys through China. With frequent direct high-speed trains linking Hong Kong to Shenzhen and Guangzhou in as little as 48 minutes, traveling within the Greater Bay Area will be faster and more convenient than ever before.
West Kowloon: A Perfect Place to Begin a Greater Bay Area Adventure
The Hong Kong section of the High-Speed Rail network runs from West Kowloon Station, one of the world’s largest underground high-speed railway stations and a new must-see landmark for visitors to the city. Visitors can enjoy views of iconic Victoria Harbour by walking along the Sky Corridor on the station’s rooftop.
Additionally, a wealth of entertainment offerings and attractions are available for visitors including shopping and dining venues. The tourism hub of Tsim Sha Tsui with its world-renowned restaurants and shopping malls is a short walk away. The station is also connected by public transport to neighborhoods such as Sham Shui Po in Kowloon where visitors can experience authentic Hong Kong life, or Old Town Central on Hong Kong Island where visitors can enjoy history, arts, food, and culture in one of the city’s oldest and most idiosyncratic districts. Directly outside the station is Hong Kong’s new arts and cultural hub, the West Kowloon Cultural District.
Tickets for the High-Speed Rail network are available online, from ticket agents, and through a tele-ticketing hotline. For more information, visit highspeed.mtr.com.hk/en/ticket/cross-purchase-way-hk.html.