Getting from Hong Kong to Beijing (and return)

Beijing, the capital of China, is the second largest city in the country. Very well known for being home to the Forbidden City and offering quick access to parts of the Great Wall of China, Beijing is an important destination for travelers from around the world.

Considering that the distance between Hong Kong and Beijing is 1967 km (1222 miles), it only makes sense to find a quick and affordable way to travel.

Quick summary

If your vacation time is limited, do consider flying. For about US$210 you can get from Hong Kong to Beijing on a connecting flight (travel time: about 8 ½ h). Direct flights take almost 4 h and start at US$260. The cheap alternative is the train. Sleepers start at HK$ 587 / US$75 and the travel time is 24 hours.

Flights from Hong Kong (airport code: HKG) to Beijing

Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) is located 26 km from the city center and is the main international gateway into Beijing. It is hub for Air China, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines.

Flights between Hong Kong and Beijing are run by Air China, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Dragonair and Hong Kong Airlines. Non stop flights take 3h 50 min and start at US$260 per adult, one way, on China Southern Airlines. However, connecting flights (1 stop) start at US$214 per person, one way, but take 8 h 20 min. Return flights (with a connection) start at US$355 on China Eastern Airlines but the total travel time is from 7 h one way.

>>read more about Airfare to Hong Kong

Trains from Hong Kong to Beijing

Trains from Hong Kong arrive at Beijing’s West Railway Station , currently the largest train station in the city. Train T98 departs from Hong Kong every two days at 3:15 p.m. and tickets range from HK$ 587 / US$75 (hard sleeper) and HK$ 1191 / US$155) (deluxe soft sleeper)*. The train ride takes 24 hours.

The train runs on odd days in January, April, May, August, November, December and on even dates in February, March, Jun, July, September and October.

In Hong Kong you can buy tickets directly from the Kowloon’s Hung Hom station, but you also have the possibility to get them online . The route is very popular so make sure to book your ticket way in advance. Arrive at the Hong Kong station 45 minutes prior to departure for the Customs formalities.

Another option is to take the train from Guangzhou, which can be easily reached by rail, bus or ferry from Hong Kong. There are two daily trains to Beijing: T16 (leaves at 4:48 pm) and T202 (leaves at 9:46 a.m.). Fares range between RMB 458 / US$55 and RMB 1447 / US$226. The travel time is about 21 h.

>>read more about Getting from Hong Kong to Guangzhou

Note: * it’s more expensive to purchase the tickets in advance (between US$95 and US$199).

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