Getting from Hong Kong to Shenzhen (and return)

Shenzhen is one of the richest cities in China. It is located on the Hong Kong border, about 40km north of Hong Kong Central. The city has a sub-tropical climate so from this perspective the best time to plan a visit is between October and December when it’s pleasantly cool.

Do note that Shenzhen has different visa regulations than China. Some nationals (Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and most EU countries passport holders) can obtain a single entry five days Special Economic Zone Tourism Visa on arrival.

Quick summary

Shenzhen is just across the border from Hong Kong, which makes the 1 hour subway ride the cheapest option for the travelers. If you prefer a scenic ride, take the ferry.

Subway from Hong Kong to Shenzhen

It might sound weird to many but the best way to get from Hong Kong to Shenzhen is by MTR Subway which connects the two cities.

From East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station on Kowloon side take the East Rail Line (which is also the only line from that station) and stop at Lo Wu (Luo Hu on the Chinese side). Here you go through the border and you are in Shenzhen.

Trains depart from 5:28 a.m. until 11:05 p.m. From Luo Hu, trains depart from 6:38 a.m. until 12:30 a.m.

The journey to Luo Hu takes 1 hour and the border formalities another 30-40 min. A single adult ticket costs HK$36.50 (about US$5).

Please note that the subway linking the two cities is also referred to as “train” (so don’t get confused). A map of the subway system can be found here.

Ferries from Hong Kong to Shenzhen

Ferries run from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal and arrive at Shekou Terminal in Shenzhen. From here to the city center you need to take a bus (no.113).There are about six ferries per day. The first one leaves at 9 a.m. and the last one at 8:30 p.m.

The journey takes 50 min. The single adult fare is HK$105 (about US$13.50).

There are also ferries which connect the airports serving the two cities.

Walking from Hong Kong to Shenzhen

There is a foot bridge connecting Hong Kong to Shenzhen , called Lok Ma Chau-Huanggang pedestrian bridge. The crossing can be accessed by the MTR East Rail Line, buses or taxis (from Hong Kong).

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