Shenzhen Rail Travel Guide
Here you will find useful information on Shenzhen Rail travel, including guide for Shenzhen Railway Stations, Railway Station opening hours, advance ticket booking period in Shenzhen, Shenzhen train schedules, and residential hotel information.
Shenzhen Railway Stations Guide
There are four passenger railway stations in Shenzhen, naming Shenzhen Railway Station, Shenzhen West Railway Station, Shenzhen East Railway Station and Shenzhen North Railway Station respectively.
Shenzhen Railway Station, also known as Luohu Railway Station, is the city's main railway station. The station locates near Luohu Port & Luohu Border Checkpoint Building which makes passengers much convenient to enter Hong Kong region.
Located in Nanshan District, Shenzhen West Railway Station, also known as Nantou Railway Station, is very shabby and dirty with low traffic volume.
Shenzhen East Railway Station, also known as Buji Railway Station, restarted business operation on December 21, 2012. It is the terminal/original station for some normal trains.
Located 9.3km north to the downtown, Shenzhen North Railway Station started business operation in the end of 2011. It mainly serves high speed bullet trains running between Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Wuhan, Shenzhen and Xiamen (opening by the end of 2013), Shenzhen and Beijing and etc.
Trains departing from Shenzhen are mainly for South China region including Guangzhou city, Guangxi, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Anhui, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and etc.
- Shenzhen Railway Station: Jianshe Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen 518001, Guangdong, China.
- Shenzhen West Railway Station: Xuefu Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518000, Guangdong China.
- Shenzhen East Railway Station:Buji Street, Longgang District, Shenzhen, Guangdong China.
- Shenzhen North Railway Station: Minzhi Street, Longhua New Zone, Baoan District, Shenzhen, Guangdong China.
Shenzhen Airport to Shenzhen Luohu Train Station (Shenzhen Railway Station)
- Option 1. by Airport Express
Passengers can take No. 330 airport bus to Shenzhen Railway Station directly. There are 5 stops from Shenzhen International Airport to Shenzhen Railway Station. Distance is 35 kilometers and Journey time is about 50 minutes. Ticket fare is Renminbi 20 Yuan.
The first airport bus departs at 7:30am. Airport 330 bus will not stop operation until the airport's closing time approaches.
No. 330 airport bus stops at the west square of Shenzhen Railway Station.
- Option 2. by Bus
Passenger can also take No. K568 bus (20 minutes per) from the airport to Shenzhen Railway Station. Operating hour for K568 is from 6:30 to 22:00. Ticket fare is Renminbi 20 Yuan.
No. K569 bus stops at the east square of Shenzhen Railway Station which is very close to the entrance of Shenzhen Railway Station.
- Option 3. by Subway
Passenger can take Shenzhen subway Luobao line to transport from Baoan Airport to Shenzhen Railway Station. Operation hour (for Luohu direction) is from 6:30 to 23:00. Journey time is about 1 hour and ticket price is Renminbi 8 Yuan.
- Option 4. by Taxi
Shortest riding distance between Baoan Airport and Shenzhen Railway Station is 39km. Riding time is about 50 minutes and taxi fare is about Renminbi 110 Yuan. Please note, taxi fare quoted here doesn¡¯t include highway and bridge tolls.
Shenzhen Airport to the North Railway Station
Passenger should go to Shenzhen North Railway Station to take high speed bullet G trains to travel to Wuhan, Changsha and etc.
- Option 1: by Subway
Passenger can take Luobao Line from the Airport East Subway Station to Bao'an Center Station firstly and then transfer to Huanzhong Line of Huangbeiling direction for Shenzhen North Railway Station. Journey time is more than 50 minutes and ticket fare is Renminbi 7 Yuan.
- Option 2: by Taxi
The shortest riding distance from Shenzhen Bao'an Airport to the North Railway Station is 33 kilomters. Riding time for a taxi is about 50 minutes and taxi fare is about Renminbi 94 Yuan. Please note, taxi fare quoted here doesn¡¯t include highway and bridge tolls.
Shenzhen Airport to the West Railway Station
- by taxi
The best way to get to Shenzhen West Railway Station from Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport is to take taxi. Distance between these two places is about 20 kilometers and taxi fare is about Renminbi 60 Yuan. Please note, taxi fare quoted here doesn¡¯t include highway and bridge tolls.
Shenzhen Bao'an Airport to Shenzhen East Railway Station
- by taxi
Distance between Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport and Shenzhen East Railway Station is about 40km.It takes about 70 minutes to travel between the two places by taxi and taxi fare is about Renminbi 120 Yuan in daytime's working hours. Please note, taxi fare quoted here doesn¡¯t include highway and bridge tolls.
- by Subway
Shenzhen East Train Station is very close to Buji subway station. To travel from Bao'an Airport by subway, passenger should firstly take Shenzhen subway of Luobao line to Bao'an Center station and transfer to Huanzhong line there to get to Buji Station. Passenger should leave Buji subway station from A exit and then walk to Shenzhen East Railway Station directly.
Shenzhen Railway Station to the North Railway Station
You are traveling from Hong Kong to Shenzhen Luohu and wanting to take high speed train from Shenzhen to Wuhan, Changsha and etc? Then you should go to Shenzhen North Railway Station to catch the high speed train.
- Option 1: by Subway
Passenger can take subway Luobao line from Luohu to Exhibition Center station firstly and then transfer to subway Longhua Line to Shenzhen North Railway Station. Total journey time is about 35 minutes and ticket price is Renminbi 5 Yuan. Operation time for Shenzhen subway is from 6:30am to 11:00pm.
- Option 1: by Taxi
Riding distance between Shenzhen Luohu Train Station and Shenzhen North Train Station is about 18km. It takes about 40 minutes to ride by a taxi and taxi fare is RMB 55 Yuan minimum during daytime's working hours.
Shenzhen Train Ticket Booking Guide
Passengers can purchase ticket from Shenzhen Railway Stations anytime. Some ticket windows at the Railway Stations open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are also about 100 train ticket agencies in Shenzhen. Most of these ticket agencies open at 8:00 and close at 18:30. To book tickets from these agenices, you are required to pay addtional Renminbi 5 Yuan for each ticket as booking fee.
Ticket Reservation Period in Shenzhen.
According to the latest official press release, Passengers can reserve tickets for 20 days (including the journey date) in advance in Shenzhen. That means, if you want to leave Shenzhen on May 26th, the earliest time you can reserve train ticket would be on May 7th.
China has world's busiest railway network. If you buy the ticket on the date of journey, you may get disappointed as tickets might have been sold out already. Please purchase train ticket in advance if you can.
Passengers can booking train ticket in Shenzhen by calling number wizard 95105160. Chinese Citizen ID is required to successfully book tickets from them.
As an expatriate, you are suggested to book tickets at the railway station's ticket windows or through ticket booking agencies.
Booking Train Ticket Online
The Chinese website www.12306.cn provides online ticket booking services. Overseas passenger should submit their passport information to do so. Local bank account is required as www.12306.cn doesn't accept payment by credit card from overseas.
Useful Tips to Buy Train Tickets in Shenzhen for Foreigners
- Sometimes, railway station would reserve some tickets on some key routes for foreign guests only.
If you have a tight schedule and can't miss the designated train on the designated date and you are told by the ticket agency that tickets have been sold out, then please go to the railway station with your passport and ask people in the railway station's
ticket office for help. You may get a Big Surprise.
- Shenzhen Railway Station has green channel for special guests. In urgent cases, passengers can get on board through this channel and buy tickets on the train.
- Please take cash to purchase train ticket in China. Credit card is not accepted at the ticket window.
Luggage Rules on China Railway:
- Inflammable and explosive dangerous goods, animal and pet are not allowed to take on the train
- Carry-on Baggage: 10kg for child passenger, 20kg for adult passenger and 30 kg for diplomatic personnel.
- Size requirments on carry-on luggage: total length of the luggage ( length+width+height) should be under 200 cm.
Instead of age, China has special requirements on child's height to purchase child tickets for the train. Requirments can be summarized as the followings:
- Child with the height under 120cm can enjoy free rail travel and don't need to pay. Under this case, the kid will have to share a seat with one of his/her parents as no seat is assigned to him/her.
- Child with the height between 120cm and 150cm has privilege to buy child ticket.
- Child with the height above 150cm should buy fully-priced train tickets no matter how old she/he is.
- Price of seat ticket for child is 50% of that of adult ticket; Price of sleeper ticket for child is about 70% of that of adult ticket.
There are nearly a hundred of hotels closing to Shenzhen Luohu Railway Station. These hotels can be classified into several grade: from economic hotel to five star luxury hotel.
Frequently Asked Questions on Shenzhen Train Travel
Question: Shenzhen to Guangzhou train ticket reservation
Can you advise how do i reserve a train ticket from Shenzhen to Guangzhou? May I know the process. Thanks.
Unless you have a very tight schedule, you don't have to reserve Shenzhen to Guangzhou train in the earliest time as there are quite many high speed bullet trains running on this route. That means, you can purchase ticket 1-2 days in advance, or even purchase ticket on the spot at the train station without worrying much about ticket availability.
In case you need to make advanced booking to secure the journey, you can then let your Chinese colleague to reserve ticket for you through this website www.12306.cn by submitting your passport details.
Question: information about ticket fare
I want to travel from Shenzhen to Beijing by train. I find the following fare.
Seat Fares(RMB) 257/-
Hard Sleeper Fares(RMB) 436/452/467/-
Soft Sleeper Fares(RMB) 682/713/-
I want to get the cheapest fare i.e Seat Fares(RMB) 257/- & I dont want the hard & soft sleeper. I have to pay only Seat Fares(RMB) 257/-. am I correct? also tell me the tax & other charges if any.
China Train Guide.Com has the latest train schedule, however, we can't guarantee ticket prices shown on the website are 100% correct. In another word, you should use ticket price shown on the website for reference only and final price is decided by the train station.
Yep, if what you wanted is a seat, you will be required to pay cost for seat only. Only when you are wanting sleeper ticket, you should pay money that is corresponding with the price of a sleeper ticket.
No other charge is involved.
Question: Travel from Hong Kong to Beijing via Shenzhen
The HS G72 leaves Shenzhen N at 0857, assuming I have a ticket already, at what time should I get to the station? Actually, two questions: where should I buy ticket - online and ticket can be sent to friend's home in HK, or online and collect ticket from agent's office in HK, or online and collect ticket at Shenzhen N?
By the way, I hold HK permanent resident ID but am in living in England now. Why take bullet train to Beijing, not fly? Now, I'm retired, and I come to China, possibly for the last time. If I fly, I see nothing. I want to see the changes in your great country, since Deng Xiaoping launched the new direction for the economy, which began at the time I was there thirty-two years ago.
It looks to me that I may not have enough time to take first East Rail from Shatin (where I will stay) to LuoHu, transit passport control, take taxi to Shenzhen N and board G72?
I am not sure from online timetable what time is first KCR/MTR train to LoWu/LuoHu, and how long needed to cross the border.
Can you advise please.
You have at least 2 options to purchase the ticket.
Option 1: Let your travel agency in Hong Kong to purchase ticket for you. This way, you can have your ticket in pocket before you leave Hong Kong for Shenzhen. This is the easiest way.
Option 2: Let some Chinese friend to reserve ticket on your behalf through www.12306.cn . Advance ticket reservation period is 20 days maximum. To reserve ticket through this website, you should hava a local bank account as the website doesn't accept credit card from overseas. The website doesn't provides ticket delivery services and you will have to collect ticket yourself after your arrival to Shenzhen. Related identity card is required to collect ticket. In theory, you can pick up the ticket any time before the train departure even though it's advised to collect ticket at least 2 hours in advance.
The earlier you arrive the train station, the better. Considering you would not like to spend too much time for waiting, I would suggest you try your best to arrive the train station 2 hours in advane. Reason is that you will have to spend some time to collect the ticket, go through related luggage inspection procedures, find the right waiting hall and etc. The checking-in window usually opens 30 minutes before the train departure and closes 5 minutes before the train departure.
The first Train in Hong Kong leaves Shatin at 05:35am and arrives Luohu at approximately 06:05am. Crossing-the-border procedure may take you another half an hour. You may take 40 minutes to travel from Shenzhen Train Station to Shenzhen North Train Station by taxi. Therefore, the earliest time you can arrive Shenzhen North would be about 7:20am. If you have already had the ticket in your pocket, it's possible to travel from Hong Kong to Shenzhen North this way to catch the bullet train to Beijing. However, as you can see, this is a bit risk as we didn't take consideration of unexpected factors.
Question: traveling with a small dog
I would like to know whether it is possible to travel with a dog (in a travel cager) on the train from Shenzhen to Guangzhou.
You will have to transport the dog through the luggage car of the train. It's not allowed to take the dog on board of the passenger car of the train.
As you can see, you should firstly choose a train with luggage cars and then book your seat on that train. Most high speed bullet trains have no luggage car, therefore, you will have to choose a normal train to transport the pet.
Secondly, you should go to the local animal husbandry and veterinary bureau to apply for the quarantine certificate as well as disinfection certificate for the dog. Period of validity for these 2 certificates is 5 days and fee to apply these two certificates is about CNY 20 Yuan.
Please ready a copy for each of these two certificates as China Railway Express will need it. Once you have put the dog in the travel Cage, you can go to the local branch of China Railway Express Co., Ltd to go through related procedures of escort. The branch of China Railway Express is always very close to the train station. Related procedures may take you 1 hour, therefore, please try to arrive the train station earlier.
Once you haven taken the dog on board of the luggage car, you can then go to the passenger car to take relaxation. You are allowed to pay visits to the dog during the trip. You should return to the luggage car to take your dog 30 minutes before the arrival. The staff of China Railway Express will transport your dog to their business hall. There, you can pick the dog with related certificates.
Question: monthly pass for China train travel
I travel regularly almost every other days and can I have monthly ticket or do something easier that I no need to queue up long line.
I am a foreigner, it is very difficult to get ticket as train selling staff does not speak much English.
Please help and advise. Thanks
There is no monthly pass for China trains. You can purchase your tickets in one time as ticket counter or agency sells tickets for different places. For example, you can purchase Guangzhou to Shenzhen train while you are still in Beijing.
Question: purchasing train ticket for English speakers
My big concern is that since I speak no Chinese and most likely the ticketing agents speak no English that I won't be able to buy the tickets. I hope one day we can buy tickets over the Internet directly and in advance of our travels. :)
We are smart enough to deal with language barrier.
You can just write down the train you wanted to book, your departure and arrival cities, ticket type, ticket number and ect and show the paper note to the ticket seller. He/she will issue ticket to you as long as there are tickets in the remainning.
Ticket sellers in railway stations have lots experience in dealing with different people from all over the world, they know how to communicate with you. Some of them can speak English too.
Question: payment issue
Would I be correct that they take cash only - no credit cards?
Yep, they accept Renminbi cash only and not allow to pay by credit card.
Question: How to get to Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel from the train station
I will need 2 First class tickets from Humen to SHENZHEN on below train later that afternoon.
We are staying at the Hotel below so I am not sure which Train station to go into in Shenzhen.
Sheraton Shenzhen Futian
Great China International Exchange Square, Fuhua Road, Futian District, Shenzhen 518048, China
Phone: (86)(755) 8383 8888 Fax: (86)(755) 8383 8998
The closest station to Sheraton Shenzhen Futian is Shenzhen North Train Station.
You can take Shenzhen Metro Longhua Line to travel from Shenzhen North Railway Station to Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel directly. The nearest subway station to Sheraton Shenzhen Futian is called as Exhibition Center Station (Hui Zhan Zhong Xin In Chinese Pinyin), which is only 100 meters away to the hotel. Travel time by subway is about one quarter and ticket price is RMB 4 Yuan. Operation hours for Shenzhen Metro is from 7am to 11pm. You should leave the metro station from Exit A to access to Sheraton Hotel.
Minimum riding distance from Shenzhen North Railway Station to Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel is about 13km by taxi. Riding time is about half an hour and taxi fare is about CNY 50 yuan in daytime's working hours.
Question: travel with luggage
Hi! In Sept, I plan to travel by train from Guilin to Shenzhen (just for train experienced). I like to know how do I travel with my bag by train? normal bag that check into flight, and is 20 kg. 3 person , 3 bag each 20kg. (we travel china for holiday for a month,Guilin is our last holiday spot). I am happy to invest to buy hard or soft sleeper as long as I can have my luggage travel with me. please advise , as i like to travel with train for experience but very worry how to handle my bag.
No worry, you are allowed to travel with bags on the train as long as it doesn't exceed the weight limitation too much. According to China railway regulation, adult passengers can take their luggage (under 20kg) on board of the train without additional cost. The regulation also requires total length of the luggage (length+width+height) should be under 160cm.
In practice, passenger can even take over-weight luggage on board of the train as long as your luggage is not too heavy or too big. If the luggage is too big, the train luggage rack may not be able to accommodate it. Since you are traveling in sleeper cabin which has more space than that of seat cabin and your luggage doesn't exceed the luggage limitation too much, I would say that you have nothing to worry about for the future train travel.
Question: seat arrangement
I am a visitor from Saudi Arabia with children. I am now in Ascott Shenzhen. I would like to make reservation for total of 8 in a first class cabin and seat next to each other. Can I arrange for seat and buy tickets from Shenzhen to Guangzhou East station? Is there a family cabin?
There is no dedicated cabin for families, however, tickets are sold in consecutive numbers so that there should be no problem to purchase seats close together for all of your 8 family members.
Question: cost for round trip to travel from Shenzhen to Beijing by train
my fiance and myself are thinking to ride a train from shenzhen to beijing. is that possible and if not what would be close. what would be the cost of tickets both ways and one way.
Train tickets in China are sold in fixed price almost all the time of a year, no discount is offered even in the slack season, therefore, cost for round trip would be twice of that of single trip.