While we were planning for our trip to Guangzhou last April, we were debating whether to take a train from HK (KCR) or arrive directly in Guangzhou. My brother in law, who frequents Guangzhou, said that the KCR train is the way to go. The biggest reason was that there are a whole lot more flights going to Hong Kong than Guangzhou so we’ll be more flexible with our schedule.
The Hung Hom station is modern, spacious and has lots of food and retail establishments.
You buy tickets through the MTR website here. or at the Hung Hom station itself. We were traveling with kids so we decided to just buy the tickets when we get to the station so we would not be rushing around. There are twelve trains running between Hong Kong and Guanghzhou with the first train departing Hung Hom at 07:25 and the last train at 17:24 pm. The travel time by train lasts for around 2 hours. Aside from Guangzhou, trains also go to Shanghai and Beijing, but those leave more infrequently and fill up quicker.
While waiting for our boarding time, we decided to have a quick lunch at Maxim’s. Whenever we visit Hong Kong, roast pork and goose is de rigueur. The other main dining option is McDonald’s. There is also a Starbucks if ever you need a perk me up.
Before checking in, be sure to have your tickets and passport with China visa ready. You will be passing through immigration for entry into China. Once that is finished you’ll head to a waiting area for train boarding. If you fancy a snack, the Tai Cheong Bakery kiosk is a must. They are famous for their Hong Kong style egg tarts and other baked goodies.
Boarding the train is a cinch, just look for your coach number then your seat. The train for Guangzhou was not the newest but it was fairly clean and spacious with ample room for luggage and other stuff. Once the train departs, one complimentary bottle of mineral water will be provided to each passenger. Food and drink service is also available if you need it.
Sit back, relax, read a book or take a nap and before you know it you’ll be in Guangzhou, China or more specifically the Guangzhou East Railway Station.
The return trip costs the same, HK$190 and HK$95. The first train departs Guangzhou at 08:19 and the last train is at 21:32.
This time the train was sparkling new with nice chairs.
There are even coat hooks by the windows, mineral water is again provided.