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How to get from Hong Kong to Shenzhen By Public Bus & MTR
Getting from Hong Kong Airport to Shenzhen by public bus and MTR (called the Metro in Hong Kong) is the cheapest option but comes at a heavy cost. Expect a lot of inconvenience, missteps and discomfort due to multiple bus route changes, carrying luggage at each step, excessive time required, and the general need for a command of Cantonese language to achieve successfully. Recommended only for the very cash-strapped, adventurous traveler.
- Time: 3.5+ Hours
- Convenience: Very Low
- Comfort: Very Low
- Cost: HK$50.90+ to Shenzhen border
Public Bus Boarding Point
Upon entering the Hong Kong International Airport Arrival Hall B, walk forward and exit through the ramp. Then exit straight ahead and make your way out to the right, where the Airport public bus terminal is located.
Travel Route To Lo Wu – Luohu Border
Travel Steps By Bus & MTR/Metro
Exit Hong Kong Airport, find bus terminus, board bus and wait for departure (15-25 min)
This route is used by many people due to its convenient location. The Luohu checkpoint is the busiest immigration point connecting China and Hong Kong. From Shenzhen Luohu District you can easily reach Futian District, the central district of Shenzhen, by taxi or metro.
A43 Schedule: 7:00 – 00:00, every 15-30 minutes.
The route is serviced by double-decked buses with air-conditioning. The luggage racks allow to store your luggage while you enjoy a bus ride.
- Pay by cash. You have to pay with the exact amount of HK$ for a ride because the bus driver will not give you a change.
- Buy a single journey ticket. It can be purchased at Customer Service & Airbus Ticket Office (Airport Ground Transportation Centre).
- Use MTR Octopus Card that can be used to pay for multiple modes of transport including the MTR, Airport Express, Light Rail, buses and ferries. It can be purchased at the Arrival Hall.
Summary: Unfortunately, the least of the easiest ways to get from Hong Kong to Shenzhen is by the public bus. While Hong Kong itself is extensively served by bus routes directly from the airport, there are no direct public transport routes from Hong Kong Airport to Shenzhen. For business travelers without experience in reading traditional Chinese Mandarin/Cantonese, or the patience to change routes and modes of transport to the Shenzhen border, we do not advise this method. Even for the cost-conscious, the cross-border coaches provide a more expedient, and direct, route to Shenzhen at a similar cost.
Recommendation: Only for adventurous travelers with zen-like patience would we truly recommend bus transfer to Shenzhen as a viable option.
A private transfer is the safest, quickest way to travel from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. China Car Service is a trusted transportation service helping Hong Kong business travelers for almost two decades. We provide door-to-door service at competitive prices.
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Alternative Option: Hong Kong Airport Private Car & Limo
- Time: 1-1.5 Hours
- Convenience: High
- Comfort: High
- Cost: Get a quote
Travel Steps By Private Car
HK Airport Arrival Hall Driver Greeting → Private Car Travel Through HK and Shenzhen Huanggang Border Immigration → Shenzhen Final Destination.
The “X” factor you need to take into account is “the number of people crossing the border at the same time as you”. Approach the border at the wrong time of day and the immigration process can take an hour itself, sometimes longer. Private car service avoids this risk because it’s door-to-door. This means you are met by the driver as you arrive in HK Airport Arrival Hall, travel direct to the border, pass through HK immigration from within the car in special vehicle lane, then pass through Shenzhen immigration (China gov’t requires travelers to pass through Shenzhen side immigration by foot – will exit vehicle to do immigration, then re-enter vehicle after immigration), and continue on to your hotel or final destination.
While more expensive than getting by public transportation, the private car offers by far the highest level of convenience and comfort, as there is no waiting, queuing, or changing modes of transit, and it assures that you complete the journey quickly without expended effort. Some may consider this worth the high cost after a long international flight. Private car service from Hong Kong Airport to Shenzhen is recommended for time-sensitive business travelers and leisure travelers with a low tolerance for inconvenience and delay.
Travel & Visa Documents
Note: Getting from Hong Kong to Shenzhen requires crossing an international border into mainland China. There are immigration checkpoints and customs clearance at both the Hong Kong side of the border and the Shenzhen side of the border, both through which all travelers must pass.
In addition to having your passport ready and in bearing in mind your country’s visa requirements to enter China mainland, please note that these two border crossings can often add significant additional time to the journey. You may be eligible to get a visa on arrival at Shenzhen border crossing.
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