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Train from Shenzhen to Hong Kong || How to Cross the Futian Border, How Long it Took Us & How Much It Cost

A couple of days before we were due to cross the border into Hong Kong, we decided to have a quick look online to see exactly where we had to go/ what we had to do. It took a fair amount of searching to find what we were looking for, so I decided to make post about it for those of you making the same trip! There are a few different ways you can cross the border – in fact, there are a total of nine border control areas, with options to travel by bus, ferry or train. We opted to take the train from Shenzhen to Hong Kong as this was the cheapest and easiest option for us, so this post will detail our journey.

Only two border crossings have convenient train services on the Hong Kong side; Luohu and Futian. We chose Futian as it was much closer to where we were staying in Shenzhen. The border is open for crossing between 6:30am and midnight; we decided to get up and go fairly early to try and avoid long waiting times. For many people, this journey is a daily commute, so the hours before 9am, after 5pm and at weekends are busier.

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It was a short ride on the metro to reach the Futian stop from our hostel. With barely anyone speaking English in China, we were worried we wouldn’t know where to go! Luckily, everything is very clearly signposted, so we just had to follow the signs labelled ‘Hong Kong’.

train from shenzhen to hong kongFollowing the path (and flow of people) down the escalators, we soon saw the queues for passport control. We waited around half an hour here before being seen – this is where you are stamped out of China. Once through, we followed the signs again, which lead us out of the building and to a lovely air-conditioned walkway over the river to Hong Kong.

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Once again, you need to queue up to be checked by Hong Kong immigration. Make sure you have your visa ready if you need one! As UK citizens, we didn’t need to sort anything prior to our arrival as we are stamped in for free. Another short wait and we were through! It’s here you can purchase an Octopus card for using the Hong Kong metro (you arrive into Lok Ma Chau station), or just opt to buy single tickets. There is also a money changing booth and a couple of ATMs that you pass on your way out. We changed up the remainder of our Chinese Yuan into Hong Dollars at a very reasonable rate.

train from shenzhen to hong kongSo that’s it! I’d definitely recommend the Futian port for crossing the border – everything was very efficient and easy to navigate. The building is modern and very well sign posted and meant we just had to follow the signs – it’s impossible to get lost or make a wrong turn! The whole journey for us to get from our hostel in Shenzhen to our hostel in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong took three and a half hours.

Total Cost:

Shenzhen Metro (Lingzhi station to Futian) – 6 Yuan / £0.70 / US$0.88

Hong Kong Metro (Lok Ma Chau to Tsim Tsa Tsui) – 42 Hong Kong Dollars / £4.30 / US$5.40

If you have any questions about this border crossing, let me know in the comments 🙂

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    September 4, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Thank you for sharing.

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    January 21, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you…I have to cross from HK to Shz soon..

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    January 30, 2018 at 10:33 am

    Thank you for sharing. How long took you from Lingzhi station to Hong Kong border? and then to the Novatel on Nathan Road?

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      January 30, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Hi there 🙂 It takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes from Lingzhi station to the Futian station (Hong Kong border). The Novotel on Nathan Road is quite far South from the station, so it takes 2 hours by metro. Hope this helps!

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    February 7, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for the info! For the Chinese visa I must state when I’m exiting the country. Did this also qualify for you as a exit proof for your visa?

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      February 18, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Hey Anni,

      Sorry for the delayed reply – for the visa you must state when you plan to leave China, but must also provide evidence in the form of a booked train or flight out of the country within your visa dates.

      Hope this helps!

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    March 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Hi if I can come China by tourist visa can I go to Hong Kong for few days or it’s not allow in tourist visa?

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      March 18, 2018 at 4:19 am

      Hey 🙂

      Mainland China and Hong Kong are separate and have different visa requirements. So just because you have a visa for China, doesn’t mean you can go to Hong Kong. You will need to check the visa requirements for your home country and see if you also need a visa for Hong Kong.

      Have a great trip!

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    Ester A
    May 6, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Alys! Staying at CUHK SZ for work and travelling to Hong Kong for leisure for a few days before flying back to England, so this is very useful to know, thank you!

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      May 14, 2018 at 5:03 am

      No problem, glad you found it useful!

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    Brandon deSpain
    July 20, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Alys!

    We’re planning to cross from Shenzhen into Hong Kong in August. Do you know if there’s a way for us to get a bus to the Hong Kong airport after we clear customs?
    Thank you,

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      July 28, 2018 at 7:55 pm

      Hey Brandon! Looking on the HK metro website trip planner, you can take the metro to the airport which takes 88 mins. As for buses, I’m sorry but I’m not sure! I’m sure there probably is, but I always took the train so I don’t know myself 🙂 Have a great trip!

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    September 1, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Hi Alys
    Thank you for this information. Planning to leave Shezhen in 3 days. Do I have to pre purchase tickets on train a couple of days before or can I buy on the day?

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      September 2, 2018 at 2:53 am

      Hey! If you are just taking the metro, you can easily purchase tickets on the day 🙂

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    April 2, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    Very helpful post! Glad to knew all information thanks

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    May 19, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Hi there. Is there any fast train (the one which is not stopping on every station) from futian border and where?

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    May 20, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    You wrote a good article about traveling from HongKong to Shenzhen.
    Perhaps our metro (subway) navigation system could be useful for first time visitors of HK or Shenzhen.

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