What is the Best Way to Get from Hong Kong to Shenzhen?
Hong Kong and Shenzhen sit just 30 km (19 miles) apart from each other. To get from one to the other can take less than an hour if traffic permits. Crossing times also depend largely on which method of transport you are traveling in.
The two share an administrative border that requires passports and visas to cross. Do prepare ahead of time. Even if you are planning a quick trip into Shenzhen from Hong Kong, you are required to have a valid passport and visa. Visas for Hong Kong are given to most nationalities on arrival. Visas on arrival to China (mainland) are also available, however, they are very limited.
It is highly recommended that you visit your local consulate or embassy and apply for a visa there. That is, prior to your arrival. Once you have your passport and visa for China, you are free to enter. Nevertheless, there are a few more things to consider when choosing the best travel route.
You can enter Shenzhen through several different border checkpoints. There are checkpoints all along the city’s southern border. From Luohu district to Futian, Nanshan, Shekou, and Bao’an, there are different ports of entry. It is not enough to consider the “easiest” form of transport. You should also consider where you are, and where you wish to go.
Once you have zeroed in on your destination, the next step is choosing your method of transport.
1. Private Car
By far, the #1 easiest way from Hong Kong to Shenzhen is via a private car service. This is because no other service provides a full door-to-door experience. A private car service picks you up at the door of your departure address. Then, drives you all the way to the door of your destination.
Regardless of whether you are in the airport, a hotel, an apartment, or any other place in the city. The driver arrives at your door, carries your luggage to the vehicle, and drives to your destination. Thanks to the car’s dual license plates, you can remain in the vehicle the entire journey.
On a last note, the driver is professional and has a local understanding of the roads and traffic culture. Further, the service prepares for your itinerary in advance and can accommodate for full-day hires, AND it offers 24-hour customer assistance/support. For this reason, it is at the top of our list.
Though at first it would seem similar to the above-mentioned service, it is not. Yes, you can call a taxi to your door, however, neither city has taxis with dual license plates. Thus, you will have to exit the vehicle at the border and change to a new vehicle once on the other side.
Additionally, the vast majority of taxi drivers (in both cities) do not speak English. The driver both may not understand you, nor wish to accommodate to your schedule. Adding to this, when you arrive, you will have to find a new taxi and again communicate your destination. For these small inconveniences, the taxi falls short as the #2 option.
You read that right. By far, the quickest method of travel between Hong Kong and Shenzhen is via helicopter. The reason this is neither first nor second is simply that you would still need a car or taxi to arrive at the helipad. Then, upon arrival, you would need to arrange for a new car or taxi. And finally, it is wildly more expensive than the previous two options.
For anyone in a great hurry or seasoned to helicopter travel, this may be a great option. For everyone else, however, options 1 and 2 are still the easiest.
The Ferry between the two cities is one of the more scenic routes. Though limited by its departure points in both Hong Kong and Shenzhen, it is still a great option. Especially, if you are traveling from HK airport and arriving in the Shekou area of Shenzhen.
Though a lovely ride, taking the Ferry still requires finding your way to the port via car or taxi. Additionally, the Ferry services close at around 10 PM and do not open again until about 6:30 AM the following day.
5. Train/Metro/MTR or Bus
Last on our list, as a kind of “honorable mention,” are the public transport services. By far, the least convenient, and likely most tiresome. Though probably the most lengthy route, it is also the most cost-effective. If you are traveling on a very strict budget, then the first four options may not even be options.
In this case, the easiest option becomes the “only possible” option. For this reason, though not actually the easiest, it is the most reliable when traveling on a shoestring. You may wish to be careful, though, as this option is not 24-hours. If you are traveling on a red-eye flight, you may still depend on a taxi.
The Easiest Ways to Travel
Overall, it is enough to remember that the easiest way will always depend on your preferences. Be sure to consider your location, destination, budget, and time-frame. After you have thrown these variables into the mix, you can make an educated decision as to your best way of travel. This is precisely why, earlier in the article, we recommended you plan ahead. A little planning can make a very big difference at the end of the day. Safe travels!