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.
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’.
Following 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.
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.
So 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.
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 🙂