Hong Kong and Shenzhen Borders

27 Sep

Update 11/28/16: It’s been a few years since I put this post together, and lots of people still come in to take a look. The information should still be pretty accurate but if you’re looking for up to date information check out my friend Mike’s Post on crossing the Shenzhen/HK boarder: https://www.globalfromasia.com/hong-kong-border/

So living and working in Shenzhen I end up going to Hong Kong every once in a while. I also get asked how to get to Shenzhen when clients land in Hong Kong or how to get back when they leave our facility or finish a factory visit. Over the few years I’ve been here I’ve used almost all was to get across and have heard different stories at the different crossing. This is just is my experience and advice.

Before going on to the different options for those of you that don’t know, Hong Kong (HK) and Shenzhen (SZ) or mainland China have different customers and border regulations, so going from one to the next is like going from one country to another. Also, all of these are bases on not having a HKID and not being able to use the fast lane which might allow for some places to be a little faster.

There are several different borders that can be used. For the most part the way that’s fastest for you depends where you are in HK and where in SZ you want to go or the other way around. In some cases it also depends on what time you’re going. Here are the different ways to get across.

Shenzhen Bay / Shenzhen Wan Kouan

SZ Location: Nanshan District
HK Location: Tin Shui Wan and also good for the Hong Kong Airport, buses go everywhere in HK
Hours: 630 to 2400 (Though Bridge from Hong Kong to Shenzhen Bay closes at 11:30; from SZ to HK its open later)

Update: Please see updated post about this border as its not longer as fast. 

Crossing: This is one of the newer borders and is the large bridge that goes over Shenzhen Bay. I personally use this crossing the most since its close to where I live. Since its one of the newer crossings its also easy to get though customs since the Chinese and Hong Kong customs are about 200 meters from each other so if you walk across with lost of items its pretty easy. This border is also usually pretty calm and you can get across quickly most of the time. It seems to me that most tour buses do use this way now so you can get stuck waiting in customs for a while, but even then its only 20 or 25 min to get across. Most of the time if you walk across it takes about 5 or 10 min. You can also take a Van or private car across which takes about 20 min, again depending on how many people are there.

Transportation Options: In Shenzhen you can get here with a taxi or there are several public buses that get you there. When there you have several options depending on where you are going. If you want to take a van to the airport then go up to the little blue booth right before you walk in, which does say HK Airport, and purchase your ticket and you’ll wait some for a van to come. Unfortunately it does sometimes take some time to get a van to the airport so its best if you call ahead of time and get one scheduled. If you get a van scheduled this is the fastest way to the airport from Nanshan. You also have taxis that will get you to the airport or anywhere in Hong Kong. If you are not going to the airport and don’t want a taxi you can also purchase a bus ticket to take you to many places in HK. Its important to remember you need to purchase these bus tickets before you go across the border, the same places as the Van to the airport. If you go across there is no place to buy the tickets, and I’ve never tried to just talk to the bus. You purchase the ticket to where you want to go and walk across the border and get on the bus. These buses to downtown run frequently, but if you’re going to another area the bus usually runs once an hour so you’ll want to learn the schedule so you don’t have to wait for a while. Other then the “cross border” buses and taxis you can take public transportation. Once you cross the border you can walk a little to the left and get on bus B2P which will then take you to Tin Shui Wan metro station. The bus cost 8.50 HKD and you can use your octopus card, you can also take this to get back to Shenzhen. With the new metro line in HK you can take this all the way to TST and make it in less then an hour.

Shekou Port Ferry

SZ Location: Nanshan District – Shekou
HK Location
: HK Island or Kowloon or Airport, depends on the ferry you take
Hours: About 7 AM to 10 PM, depends where you’re going.

Crossing: This is probably the easiest way to get across but can also take some time. In Shenzhen just go to the shekou port and buy a ticket to get on the boat. You do have to be there 30 min before the boat leaves if you don’t have any luggage, and an hour if you do have luggage and are going to the airport. Because of the time you need to be there before and the schedule of the boats it can be pretty time consuming. Also, if you’re going to the airport only certain airlines allow this so you need to check before hand. It is however the easiest because you just get on the ferry and it takes you to HK (or Macao). With Shenzhen Bay open there are less and less ferries going to downtown Hong Kong as it takes less time to use that crossing so you need to go by there and check the times. If from Hong Kong you can just go to the two international ferry terminals and buy a ticket and it drops you off at the Shekou Port.

Transportation Options: Its a ferry, so only the boat. Again, you need to be there early, so if its at 9 AM ferry you need to be there at 8:30 (but they do let you on at 8:45) or if you have luggage for the airport over an hour early so 8 AM. Because of this its usually easier to go to Shenzhen Bay as you can go right though.


SZ Location: Futian
HK Location: Lok Ma Chau but buses go from/to everywhere in HK.
Hours: 24 Hours

Crossing: This is one of the older crossing and the only 24 hour crossing. Its also the busiest and can be really hectic and somewhat dirty on the Shenzhen side. If you’re heading to or from HK after midnight this is the way you’ll go. From HK there are buses that will take you there. Since its and older crossing the China and HK side are separated, so you first cross either SZ or HK border and then take a bus for a few min and then cross the other. You do have to get off with all your items at both border crossings. You would purchase the bus ticket at the crossing in SZ or wherever you get on in HK, and it will take you between the two checkpoints. You can also get Vans here that take you to the airport. I would try and avoid this unless you are after midnight as the other borders are nicer and Futain crossing is 2 blocks away so that that if in this area.

Transportation Options: Like I mentioned above its only with a bus or a van. The buses run everywhere around HK and run pretty often. After midnight from HK there are buses every hour and I would think the same from the SZ side.

Futian Kouan

SZ Location: Futian
HK Location: Lok Ma Chau but there is a metro that takes you downtown
Hours: 630 to 2400

Crossing: I have yet to try this crossing as I’ve had no need to get to Futian from HK or usually go from home to get to HK. I have heard good things about this crossing, as its a new crossing and less busy. This crossing is very close to Huanggang but it has access to the Shenzhen Metro and to the HK MTR. If you’re heading to HK from SZ and your in Futian you can get on the metro, cross over, and take the MTR in HK.

Transportation Options: SZ Metro and HK MTR are your best bets. It is possible to get a taxi to the crossing in SZ but I’m not sure about the HK side. As I haven’t taken it I’m not sure so please leave some comments and I’ll fill this up later on or add to it when I get a chance to take it.


SZ Location: Luohu
HK Location: Lo Wu but there is a metro that takes you downtown
Hours: 630 to 2400

Crossing: This again is another older crossing. On the HK side you go right into and MTR station and every time I’ve been you have to take the MTR to get to HK or from HK to this border. As its an older border you end up walking a good amount between the SZ checkpoint and the HK checkpoint. If you have a lot of stuff make sure it’s easy to carry as there is a set of stairs you go up but for the most part you can roll everything. This border is great if you’re in Luohu but it is pretty busy so it can take you some time to get across.

Transportation Options: From SZ you can take the metro and then cross and take the MTR. You can also take a taxi or bus and then take the MTR on the HK side. From HK you need to take the MTR to get here as I haven’t seen any bus that goes here. Also, if you’re heading to the airport you’ll probably want to take a border that goes directly there (you can hire a car that takes you though, but you need to arrange this before and have them pick you up, there is no place to do it once at the border).

[Update for Luohu] If you’re in Luohu district take the Luhou border. Its fairly simple, just take a taxi and have them take you to that border. Then follow the signs that say to Hong Kong. Make sure you follow where it says foreigners as it splits up into Chinese and foreigners but they are close together so if you get to one a guard will tell you where to go. Then follow the crowed once you get out of Shenzhen (thought the first border) and walk up to the Hong Kong boarder, you can’t go anywhere else. Its easy to use but it can be full sometimes and its also a good walk between the two borders. Also, once in HK you must get on the MTR which will take you to where you want to go.


SZ Location: Yantian
HK Location: Sha Tau Kok
Hours: 700 to 2100

Crossing: This is a very small border crossing that most people don’t even know about. If you’re going to yantian or that area its ideal as its not too busy. Just watch the times as it closes earlier then most and the transportation to/from here is fairly limited. Its similar to Huanggang in that you get on the bus and must go take it to get to the next checkpoint. If you’re near this crossing its better and faster to take it then the Luohu crossing, but can take some time if you need to wait for a bus to take you to where you want.

Transportation Options: From SZ you can get there with a taxi and there are buses that run there. At this border you buy your tickets for the bus or van after you cross, although they do offer them upfront but just wait until your in HK. There are buses that go to the aiport and also take you down town, but again, as this is a smaller crossing there can be some waiting. From HK you can ask at the bus terminals if they go there or at the airport you can also catch a van or bus to the border. Again you may wait a while to get a bus there.

So those are your options and some of my experiance, as I said at the beginning its mostly where you start or want to go to in SZ or where you are going in HK. Leave some comments if I missed anything or if you have had a different experience at these borders.

  • Jason Dulis

    Could i have some more information on the lohu border from SZ to HK. I need to know the possible ways to get to Hong Kong its not very clear!

    • Hi Jason,

      If you’re in Luohu district take the Luhou border. Its fairly simple, just take a taxi and have them take you to that border. Then follow the signs that say to Hong Kong. Make sure you follow where it says foreigners as it splits up into Chinese and foreigners but they are close together so if you get to one a guard will tell you where to go. Then follow the crowed once you get out of Shenzhen (thought the first border) and walk up to the Hong Kong boarder, you can’t go anywhere else. Its easy to use but it can be full sometimes and its also a good walk between the two borders. Also, once in HK you must get on the MTR which will take you to where you want to go.

      Hope that help, if you have any more questions let me know and I’ll try to assist.

  • Jason Dulis

    Hi Andy,
    The thing is i am creating a spreadsheet with all the info, i need to know all the bus lines and where they head to, for example in Huanggang you can take the bus to wanchai, kowloon, and many more, i was just wondering what buses there are from lohou?!

  • Hi Jason,

    Would love to have the spreadsheet when you’re done with it.

    If you cross at Luohu to get into Hong Kong you must get on the MTR and take it. There are no buses and as far as I know and have seen when going though you don’t really have any options but to get on the MTR. Once you go a stop or more you can get off and hop on a bus, but who would want to do that since the train takes you downtown? I believe you can take a car across, but it would be before you get to the border and there isn’t a place to find these so it needs to be pre-arranged.

    I’m not sure about Futian KouAn but it is directly connected to the MTR as well so I would imagine it would be limited in the buses you can take.

    Hope that help, ask more if not.


  • Andrey

    Hi All,
    I have just been informed that Luohu border is opend frm 6:30 to 24:00.  So, this is the most uselull way to get to HK if you suppose to go from SZ to HK late in the evening.

    Could you pls advise what is the average taxi rate to get from SZ airport to Luohu border?
    Is my understanding correct, that after I pass Luohu, and go out at HK side, I immediately strike upon the MTR station?

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Andrey,
      Most of the borders are from 6:30 to 24:00 however you don’t want to get to the border at midnight, the latest you want to get there is 11:30. If you are planning on going late you should get there by then or plan on taking Huangang since its 24hours.
      From the airport to Luohu it will probably be around 150 RMB for the taxi and you are right that at the Luohu Border and Futian Border you are on the train. From the airport you are closer to the Futian border so if you want to get on the MTR you should try and head there.

  • Andrey

    Hi Andy,

    Understand. Thank you! Both Luohu Border and Futian Border should be OK for me if arrive before 23:00.  And I hope MTR will be still working )) Meanwhile, I can not find MTR opening hours at their web site. When is their closing time?

    This time I will come to HK from Wenzhou (close to Shanghai). But they have only one flight ex WZ to HK every day noon. That’s not really convenient. So I decided to take a flight ex WZ to SZ in the evening (arrival in SZ around 22.00), and cross the border there. Guess it’s the best way.
    Meanwhile, I really like your above post. It’s all clear and detailed. Thank you! Could you give some advice on HK tunnels, as I always lost with this issue…

    • I believe the actual MTR stops at 11 PM or maybe Midnight. It will probably take you 30 min to get to the border from the airport so you maybe cutting it close if you try to make Luohu or Futian especially if your flight is at all delayed. I would probably take Hunggang and take a van downtown or if you don’t have too much luggage take a bus. This way you don’t have to worry about the transportation or border being closed and at that time of night it would be faster.

      Not sure what you mean about HK Tunnels, do you mean the tunnels that got to Hong Kong Island? I’m actually living in Shenzhen so not sure about those myself, only head to Hong Kong every once in a while.

  • Andrey

    Many thanks for your advice,  Andy!

  • Tony

    I’m planning on using the Shenzhen Bay border crossing and taking the B2P bus over to Tin Shui Wan and then the metro into Hong Kong.  Is there any place to change CNY into HKD so I can pay for the bus and metro ticket?

    • Hi Tony,

      I usually have HKD with me or have the octopus card wit some money on it so I haven’t tried. However, before you cross the border there are exchanges/banks on the Shenzhen side that should be able to do it. If you are at a hotel you can also check with them as they probably have this service. I wouldn’t change more then 100 and just go to an ATM when you get to where you are going in Hong Kong. There is one at the Tin Shui Wan MTR. Bus B2P is 8.50HKD so perhaps you can see if a friend has it and then get money at the MTR. Hope that helps.

  • meme

    Hi Andy,
    Thanks for the great article. I have a few questions to confirm:
    1. I heard/read somewhere we need to buy train ticket to get us across from Luohu to Lowu (and the other way). but you mentioned that we can walk between the Control Points. what is your comment?
    2. Please update this article when u have a chance to cross between Futian and Lokmachau.. i read somewhere that we can walk to cross the border.
    3. Any problem/tax in bringing iphone/nexus one/netbook for perrsonal use into china?

    • Meme, to answer your questions:

      1) Luohu and Lowu are the same place, one is in Mandarin and one is in Cantonese. You do walk across the Shenzhen to Hong Kong or other way around, however, on the Hong Kong side the only way to get to and from the boarder is on the Metro so you would need to buy a ticket (or use your Octopus card) and take the train.

      2) I’ve taken Futain several times since then and it is possible to just walk across, but its same like Luohu/Lowu, that you need to take the train to get to/from the Hong Kong side.

      3) I’ve never had a problem but I’ve only taken one iPhone that was fairly used for personal use, so not sure if you had a new phone and the box…

  • Lilian Albarico

    SZ Airport – HK Border after midnight
    We will be arriving in Shenzhen airport at 10:30 and we thought we will miss the Lohuo border closing time. So we will be taking the Lok Ma Chau (Huanggang Border) instead. Can somebody give us a clear info or suggestion on how to get there from SZ airport (any transportation) to the border till the HK side? Thanks.

    • There is a bus that will take you to Huanggang, it runs 24 hours so when you get off just find the place in the HK airport that sells bus tickets and they’ll take care of you.

      Actually Huanggang and Lok Ma Chau are two different border crossing, very close to each other but still two different ones.

  • Michael

    We crossed the border at Huanggang around 1 AM. three months ago.   Took the taxi from Shenzhen airport to Huanggang Border (40min/ $160 RMB).   After clearing the China immigation, we took the Border Yellow Bus  ($8 HKD) to HK immigation building where we got off for Hong Kong immigation inspection.  From the other side of HK immigation building, we  walked about 200 meter to find the HK taxi station.  It took us about 45 min from getting off the first taxi at China side to getting out of the HK immigation building.  It cost $170 HKD (25 Min) from there to our hotel in Shatin.  There are bus from HK side to Kowoloon and HK as well.

    Hope this help! 

    • Thanks, great detail. Just watch out at 1 am, the border can be pretty busy at that time since its the only one open.

  • Ian

    When I lived in Shenzhen I used the FutianKouAn border crossing often. Our office was nearby so it was convenient. The HK side is a train only affair. The station is LokMaChau. The trains to this station leave from the same stations as the LuoWu ones and aren’t quite as frequent. The train follows the same rout but turns of at Sheng Shui which is the station before either LuoWu or LokMaChau It is a much easier terminal to use as it is newer and well thought out. When you arrive from HK you can go on to the Shenzhen Metro within the same building or go outside and get a taxi (this wasn’t always possible!). With the metro now going to Shekou it makes it an alternative to Shenzhen Wan.

  • Ken

    I need to get to Hong Kong airport from Huanggang for 6.30am so crossing from Shenzhen around 4.30am what  transport do you advise I think get a taxi are they readily available at that time? Probably cost for taxi is HK$250

    Rgds Ken 

    • You are probably best off getting a cross boarder van. They are available at the border, before you cross out of Shenzhen, and should be 150 HKD. I’m just not sure if they are available that early.

      The taxi will work too but you will have to get all the way to Hong Kong before getting on the taxi, so you need to take a bus between the two borders.

      If the van isn’t available you can also just take a coach. I can’t remember the cost but its around 100 HKD or less. This is probably as effective as a taxi and maybe easier as you don’t have to find the taxi after the HK side and instead just get on the bus.

      Other then the van mentioned above you will need to carry all your stuff which can be a pain if you have a lot. In the van you just sit there and go through.

      Once you cross the boarder it will be an hour to the airport, but allow another hour to cross the boarder in all cases just to make sure.

      Hope that helps, if not let me know.

  • Dick

    G’day mate,

    Wow you have some info here.  Good on you.

    Tomorrow flying in (domestic) to Shenzhen to do a visa run at the border then train to Guangzhou. I read, from you, and heard from others that WAN KOUAN is the easiest and quickest option. Visa meaning- I have double entry30 day visas so, just have to leave the country and get stamped back in.
    Could you please advise the easiest way fromShenzhen airport  to Wan K. and then from Wan K. to the train station to Guangzhou!

    Cheers.  keep it up.


    • Hi Dick, sorry I missed the comment so I’m guessing you already made the trip. Not sure which way you took but to get to HK from the airport there are busses that go direct and most of them to SZW border. When I wrote the post SZW was the best but no it depends on the time as it can also be very busy; not sure how your experience went.

      For Guangzhou if you are already in Hong Kong you’re best bet is either to 1) take the train directly from Hong Kong to Guangzhou or 2) go to Luohu and take the train from there. There are also bus options but not as straight forward especially as they may go to different parts to Guangzhou.

      Let me know what you did and what you would recommend.

  • Gloria

    Hi Andy,
    Thanks for putting up the info!  I’ve been looking into this border-crossing business and your site has been infinitely helpful.  I’m planning on taking a 10:30am flight out of the Hong Kong Airport on Friday.  How much time should I allot for getting through the Huangguang crossing?  I’m thinking of taking a bus that will get me there around 7:45am.  The bus company told me that it would take another 40 minutes to get to the airport after the crossing.  What’s your advice on this timeframe?
    – Gloria

    • Once you are actually in Hong Kong it should take about 45 min to an hour to get to the airport. You will need to cross the border which varies based on how many people are there but just estimate an hour. What I usually do is just estimate it will take 2 hours to get to the airport from the time I leave my apartment.

  • michael

    Hi Andy,
    Very helpful site.
    Going from Shenzhen(Futian) to HKIA early in the morning with too much luggage. Take a coach, I have to cross the border walking with all my luggage and get on the coach at the other side?

    • Yes, futian you have to walk, however, you can go to Huanggang instead and take a van directly. Its probably faster then Futain and also don’t need to carry all your luggage.

  • Dr. Peterson

    Thanks so much for the explanations of the border crossings. I have to tell you that I’ve been to Chna many many times since 2006 and usually arrived in HK at just before Midnight. Being not so young anymore and somewhat handicapped, I wish the tourist bureaus and Shenzhen Party and some other question and answer blogs would have explained the absolute craziness of getting through the border into Shenzhen at that time of night. No one mentioned what a huge process it was…………….the walking for a 1/2 mile up onver a huge bridge, and needing to have exact change for buses after Midnight, and walking up 2 or 3 flights of stairs at the 2nd border crossing building, then down 2 or 3 flights of semi-lit stairs while didging the guys trying to pick your pockets or scam you into an illegal ride into town. Jeeeeezzzz. What a moronic process. And what is disgrace for being the only way of entering a country that wants to lead the world in so many ways.

    • Yes, it can be pretty crazy, but from the many times I’ve gone through Huanggang late at night it has gotten better. Best to just avoid going there before 1 AM though.

  • Leslie

    Hello Andy,
    Just something that you might want to add on the Sha Tau Kok/Shatoujiao Border Crossing: You can only get there by the E&E Tour Bus which is from Kowloon Tong MTR via Fanling and Sha Tau Kok (Tam Shui Hang Village). You might actually not want to cross the border there as a ticket from Tam Shui Hang Village costs 25HKD and 35HKD from Kowloon Tong, and the border crossing is quite rural…

    • Thanks Leslie, Its been a while since I took that border, but it is pretty rule. Didn’t know you could take it from Kowloon Tong though.

  • Hi,
    Great info. Just need a realistic/experienced point of view if you don’t mind. Will be arriving at HKIA by 9am and will probably clear the airport door by 11am. I’m heading for Bao’an International Airport in Shenzhen. Was planning on taking the MTR All the way there, from airport to airport because i plan on getting the Airport Express Travel Pass which allows me 3 days unlimited MTR. If i’m correct, i should head to MTR to Shueng Shui, then Lowu, cross the border and hop on the Luobao Line all the way to the airport. I’ve never been to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Just did some reasearch. Just need to do some business near the airport for a couple of hours. I need a realistic point of view if i won’t miss the last MTR trip at Lowu so i can get back to where i’m staying near the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station.
    Would greatly appreciate any input.

    • Are you going to the hotel on TST first? If so then it is OK the way you described but just will take a while.

      Taking the MTR would work even of you don’t go to the hotel but it is a long way to travel and will take at minimum 3 hours to get to near the Shenzhen airport. I would suggest to take a bus to the Shenzhen airport directly from the Hong Kong airport and then taking a taxi. Optionally you can take a van to the boarder at Shenzhen Bay and then a taxi.

      On the way back your best bet is to take a taxi to the boarder at Futian and then the train in Hong Kong.

  • Thanks for the post buddy – just referenced it to find the futian border crossing closing time – mint in a pinch!

    • nice! I may need to review and make sure all this is still up to date…

  • Hi! I am Karthik from Sri lanka, currently residing in China as a Student. I have planned to Visit Hongkong in this vacation . so i want to know the procedures to enter Hongkong . So please help me with this issue. I will be really Thankful to you for your kind reply ASAP.

    • Hi Karthik, will you be flying to Hong Kong directly or coming through Shenzhen? In all cases you’ll just need to go through Hong Kong immigration and just need to remember that Hong Kong has different immigration so you need to check if you can enter or if you need a Visa for Hong Kong as your China Visa will not work.

  • James

    Hi, I am a Singaporean and would like to keep a day in my trip to head to SZ for a day trip.

    Do I need any extra documents other than my passport to cross the border? I searched online and its said that no visa is required.

    Also, am I able to head to the Futian border by bus in Hong Kong?

    • Sorry I am not sure the requirements for Singaporean citizen, you should check with your government or Chinese government on the Visa requirements. Hong Kong has its own immigration system different then China, so to go to Shenzhen you need to meet the requirements to enter Chine which maybe different then Hong Kong.

      For the boarder, if you are going to Futian then just take the MTR, there is no bus that goes there.

  • Hello Andy

    Thank you for setting this up and answering our questions. We’re crossing from HK to SZ for the first time this coming Thursday, and we’re wondering how the officials might react to us bringing food across the border. It’s festival season, so my Korean partner wants to bring some goodies (both cooked and packaged). Are you aware of any restrictions?



    • Yes, there are restrictions on food but sorry I’m not sure the exactly what it covers though it will vary depending on the type of food you bring. I have seen people bring food across the boarder though I’ve never brought much except for some small packaged candies or stuff like that. If you do bring anything that’s not allowed then it maybe confiscated at the boarder but if its only a few things and packaged and cooked then it should be OK.

  • Mari

    Hi, I will arrived to HK airport late at night around 22.30pm. And I would like to cross to Shenzhen. I will go to Yantian distric. Which is the best way to go? Thanks!

    • You will need to go to Huanggang as all other borders close at 12 and some (like Shenzhen Bay) stop letting people come in at 11:30. Huanggang is also on the way to Yantian so it shouldn’t add travel time.

    • You can go to Huangang as its open 24 hours a day and all other boarders close at 24:00 (with some stop admitting at 23:30). Shatoujiao would be the best but it closes earlier, Louhu is also a little closer but again closes earlier, though Huanggang shouldn’t add much time to travel.

      • Mari

        thanks Andy, do you if there is a bus/train at this time at night? How I can reach Huangang?

  • hargiyanto

    Hi Andy,
    Thanks for sharing. i’ve got a lot of new informations here.

    do you know where i can rent a minivan+driver for 8 persons, from HKIA to GZ and back to HKIA 1 week later from GZ? is there any other choice beside airport limo, it is quite expensive i think.

    Many thanks for your advices.

    • There are many companies that provide the service. But sorry I don’t have any of their contact information. try searching on the Internet for this or look to contact a local travel agent. Most of them will be expensive since a Hong Kong car needs a cross-border plate. If you’re looking to save money may be worth it to just go to Shenzhen switch cars and then continue to Guangzou.

  • ozz

    Hi Andy,

    Great Post, got a few quick questions hoping you could help me out with, i will be arriving in Shenzhen via the ferry from Macau and staying for a day before i proceed to Hong kong, my only concern is that i will have a bit of luggage ( atleast 2 full size suitcases and 1 hand carry) for 2 people, whats the best way to get to hong kong with that amount of luggage, i’ll be staying at the Grand Hyatt in Louhu, so will probably take a taxi to the border but will it be an issue to get on the Hong Kong MTR with that amount of luggage ? if yes then is there any other options ? i would need to get to TST in hong kong for the reminder of my stay. Any advice would be much appreciated !

    • Sorry haven’t check the site in months so hope that the reply is still helpful. Any reason you won’t go directly to Hong Kong? Seems better and actually more connections from Macau to Hong Kong then to Shenzhen, and the Hyatt is on the other side of Shenzhen from the ferry. If for any meeting I would recommend going to Hong Kong and making a day trip rather then carry all your stuff.

      If you do stay in Shenzhen then the best is probably just have the Hyatt arrange a cross border van. You can take a taxi and then the MTR but lots of walking with big luggage’s will not be easy plus I think there are restrictions on the MTR but I’ve never seen anyone stopped so not sure what they are.

  • Winston

    Hi, Andy and others,

    Thank you so much for your postings and others too. I wonder if it is possible that you draw up the crossings from various points from SZ to any points in HK giving very brief like Metro, walk for 10 minutes to HK immigration and walk for say 5 minutes to MTR. In this way, I strongly believe seeing your drawings would avoid posting any more questions.

    • Thanks and I thought about mapping some of that out but just don’t have the time (you can see the site gets almost no posts).

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  • Joe Thong

    Hi Andy, thanks so much for the article, i am on a multiple-entry visa and i need to get out of china and come back in. So I just go to futian kouan, cross the border, get the exit stamp and walk back to the shenzhen border? is this how it could work? or do I need to travel into HK?

    • That should work, just need to enter Hong Kong and head back across. Can’t remember if you can just cross and come back in Futain or if you have to take the train one stop then go back. As most people plan to travel when they go it may not be well marked how to head back after you cross.

      • Ashley

        Exit andentry are in the same building. Entry into Hong Kong is on the 3rd floor, and entry into China is on the 2nd floor.

        • Great, never actually tried to turn around right way but good to hear if it works.

        • Great, never tried just going over and back before.