Connecting Hong Kong with China in less than an hour, the new Hong Kong Express Rail Link is perfect for planning a longer stay, with Shanghai and Beijing also within easier reach.
Following almost 20 years of planning and construction, the Hong Kong Express Rail Link is now open, connecting Hong Kong with the rest of China across its high speed rail network for the first time.
Also known as The Vibrant Express, the trains will travel through 44 stations across China’s high speed rail network including Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing.
Operating at maximum speeds of 200km per hour, visitors will be whisked to Guangzhou in just 48 minutes (down from two hours) and Beijing in 9 hours (down from 24 hours).
There will be 114 pairs of trains operating six short haul routes, while 13 pairs of trains will service 38 long haul destinations each day.
Trains will be departing and arriving at West Kowloon Station, one of the largest underground high speed rail stations in the world.
The station boasts a magnificent glass façade comprising 4,000 glass panels varying in size, shape and curvature. 8,000 tonnes of steel has been used to support the glass walls of the station (approximately the weight of the Eiffel Tower) and 700 trees and shrubs have been planted to create an urban oasis. The station’s rooftop has also been designed with a pedestrian skywalk to provide visitors with a panoramic view of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong’s skyline.
Tickets will start from HK$274 (approximately £27) to Guangzhou South and HK$1,240 (approximately £123) to Beijing.