The service runs between Guangzhou South Railway Station and Shenzhen North Railway Station and it only takes 30 minutes to travel between the two cities via the high speed CRH train. The train very gradually works it’s way to a top speed at the time of 305 km/h. At the time of writing first class tickets were 100 RMB and second class tickets were 75 RMB.
In first class the seats are much larger and there is only two seats per row, you also get offered a free drink (bottled water/soft drink). First class seats also have power outlets so you can easily charge your laptop, mobile phone etc. There’s a buffet car on the train and the prices for meals and drinks is quite reasonable. There is also western style toilets on the train and hot drinking water taps.
Both the stations on this new line are massive transport hubs featuring large public spaces and numerous amenities. Once you buy a ticket you can go through the security screening (bags x ray) and enter the large train waiting area in which there are plenty of food options. Eatery choices include KFC, McDonalds, Kung Fu, Ajisen Ramen, Yashino, and several others. The McDonalds, along with regular MCds fare, has a real McCafe with decent coffee and free wi-fi. Boarding normally starts 15 minutes prior to departure. It’s allocated seating but in China that doesn’t mean much.
From Shenzhen, take either Longhua or Huanzhong Metro line straight to Shenzhen North Station (the metro station carries the same name as the train station being all in one). After getting off the metro it only takes a matter of minutes to reach the ticketing area. You need to purchase a ticket before entering the security screening, you can buy a ticket via machine (only in Chinese) or at the staffed ticket counters which are to the left of the security screening prior to entering the waiting area.
After arriving in Guangzhou simply head down the escalator and walk straight ahead and after the ticket check gate look for the escalator that goes down to the metro. This is line 2 of the GZ Metro it takes about 45 minutes to reach somewhere around the centre of the city, at for example, Haizhu Square station.
Going from Guangzhou to Shenzhen on the high speed rail is simply the reverse of the above. From either station you can also catch buses and taxis to and from.
|Guangzhou South to Shenzhen North Train Schedule and Ticket Fares|
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