Getting from Hong Kong Airport to Shenzhen by taxi is a more expensive direct option to the border compared to coach and shuttle (though if you are with a friend the taxi fee could be potentially split and reduced), but similar to both shuttle and coach you still must cross the border on foot and finish the journey in Shenzhen by taxi. You will get to your destination faster most of the time and you will avoid some of the unnecessary stoppage and waiting time.
The main advantage of taking a Hong Kong taxi compared to shuttle or coach is that the trip from the Airport to Hong Kong border is a bit more spacious, relaxing – assuming you are 3 or less in the group, and quicker because the taxi leaves immediately while shuttle and coach both run on schedules that depart every 20 min or when enough passengers have arrived to fill the vacant seats.
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.
Prepare your travel documents (including your passport) to meet visa requirements to enter China Mainland. Passport holders from a list of certain countries can get a visa at Shenzhen border crossing. Please note that these two border crossings can often add significant additional time to the journey.
If time is a high priority for you, there are expedient private cars from Hong Kong to Shenzhen that allow you to stay in a vehicle and quickly pass through both Hong Kong and Shenzhen borders.
Hong Kong Airport To Shenzhen By Taxi
- Time: 2-3 Hours
- Convenience: Low
- Comfort: Medium
- Cost: around HK$400
Travel Steps By Taxi
Enter into HK Airport Arrival Hall and make way to Airport taxi pickup area (5-10 min.)
Taxi Boarding Point. Taxi rank area is located to the left of the Mainland Coaches in Terminal 2 of Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). The taxi queue time in Hong Kong Airport can be very long so be prepared if you decide to use a taxi.
There are options to take both red and green taxis from the airport. Green taxis are authorised only to travel within Hong Kong’s New Territories, which is the area adjoining Shenzhen. Green taxis are on average HK$20 cheaper than red taxis and usually have much smaller queues at the airport. So, save yourself both time and money by choosing the green taxi over the red taxi every time.
There are a number of borders to choose from depending on which part of Shenzhen you plan to go to:
► Shenzhen Bay Crossing
- Service hours: 06:30 – 00:00
- Taxi Fare: HK$250+ to the border
If you plan to go to the Nanshan or Shekou District or Shenzhen Bao’An Int’l Airport, Shenzhen Bay Crossing is the best option.
► Lok Ma Chau (HK side) – Huanggang (Shenzhen side) Crossing
- Service hours: 24 hours
- Taxi Fare: HK$300+ to the border
Lok Ma Chau – Huanggang border crossing point is a great option if you plan to go to Shenzhen Futian District also known as the financial or cental district of Shenzhen. The Huanggang checkpoint is in fact 24 hours, however, the Huanggang crossing does not have a connected MTR/Metro system and is mainly for ground transportation travelers. It can be reached by taxi at any time of day, thus, is your only choice after 12 am.
The other disadvantage of Lok Ma Chau – Huanggang Crossing is that HK and China immigration offices are separated by a long road/bridge, which involves taking a yellow shuttle bus between two borders. The shuttle ride is roughly 7 minutes long. After clearing China Customs, you will exit the building and try to get a taxi in the taxi queue.
► Lok Ma Chau (HK side) – Futian (Shenzhen side) Crossing
- Service hours: 06:30 – 22:20
- Rates: HK$300+ to the border
Futian Checkpoint Station are connected to Hong Kong’s Lok Ma Chau station by a footbridge. It is also conveniently located at central district of Shenzhen, in Futian District.
How To Cross HK-Shenzhen Border by Taxi?
The taxi will drop you off at the Hong Kong side of the border. From there you will get off at the Hong Kong Immigration building and pass through Hong Kong immigration. Then, you must make your own way to the Shenzhen side of the border. At Huanggang border this involves taking a bus as mentioned earlier, while at Lok Ma Chau – Futian and Shenzhen Bay you walk to the Shenzhen side of the border.
If during daylight though, the most common border for taxis to take you is the Lok Ma Chau – Futian border. It is convenient in that both sides of its border control are located in the same building; once you pass through Hong Kong border control you simply walk across the border through a long hall to the Shenzhen side of the border and pass through Shenzhen immigration. The taxi queue does offer the convenience of not having to go up and down stairs with your luggage in order to get to the taxi station (which you must do to arrive at the Huanggang taxi station).
Once on Shenzhen side…
You will also need to take a taxi in Shenzhen upon clearing customs on the China side to finish your journey. Be aware that the drivers will not speak any English, however, as long as you have your destination address written clearly in Chinese you will get where you needed. You should avoid taxi hawkers shouting “taxi” and encouraging you to take illegal transport. There are always licensed taxis even if there is a wait. You may end up significantly out of pocket and at the wrong destination by taking an illegal car.
Recommendation: Taxis can be a good option to get from Hong Kong Airport to the Shenzhen border, especially late at night when both coach and shared minivan services are suspended.
If you are a budget traveler willing to spend a bit more for comfort, then the taxi is a good option. While the total trip cost will be slightly higher using a taxi to the border (under HK$400 all-in), taxis offer more comfort as HK taxis are more spacious than shared shuttles and coaches (unless you are a group of 3 in the taxi), while the trip time is the same as shuttle and coach. Taxis are not too convenient, though, due to having to get out to cross the border and then take a taxi again once in Shenzhen to reach your final destination.
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Alternative: Hong Kong Airport To Shenzhen by Private Limousines
Private car and limousine, whilst more expensive than a taxi, is by far the most expedient and comfortable way to travel from Hong Kong Airport to Shenzhen 24 hours a day. Many companies offer English speaking drivers and meet & greet services at the arrivals hall.
Upon entering the Arrival Hall, a professional driver greets you and escorts you to the vehicle, carrying your luggage. The journey to Shenzhen is door-to-door, meaning the same car will take you from Hong Kong Airport to your Shenzhen hotel, while you stay in the car throughout the entire journey, making this the most convenient and expedient mode of transport from Hong Kong Airport to Shenzhen.
Remark: At the Hong Kong border travelers can pass through immigration from within car, while at the Shenzhen border travelers are required by China law to go through immigration by foot, not from within the car.
Private limousine service vehicle options usually include both business MPVs that seat up to 6 passengers, as well as Mercedes S-Class executive sedans that seat up to 3 passengers. Because the service is fixed to your arrival schedule, there is no waiting period – as soon as you arrive at the Airport you depart for Shenzhen. Services are offered 24 hours a day enabling you to go directly to your hotel in Shenzhen from Hong Kong Airport regardless of your arrival time.
Travel Steps By Private Car
Enter into HK Airport Arrival Hall where you are greeted by waiting driver (1 min.)
Once you arrive to Shenzhen, read our business traveller’s Shenzhen city guide that will help you make the most of the opportunities waiting around.
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