Smart tips for holiday travel on High Speed Rail

To ensure a seamless travel experience, here are some helpful tips for buying High Speed Rail tickets and boarding the trains.

Ticket purchase

  • Tickets for departures within 15 days are available
  • The most convenient way to buy a ticket is by using 12306 website or mobile app. You can simply create an account with Home Return Permit and mobile phone number. Without going to station in person, you can enjoy one-stop services of ticket purchase, alteration and refund. Click here to learn more
  • You can also buy ticket from designated Ticket Agents. Click here to view the agent list
  • If you buy ticket via Ticket Machine at station, please bring original travel document of all passengers. The Machines at West Kowloon Station only accept e-Payments (for example, contactless credit cards, WeChat Pay and Alipay)
  • A child who is aged below 6 may travel free, provided that he/she does not occupy an additional seat. His/her identification document must be registered upon ticket purchase. Each Adult passenger can register a child for free travel

Train boarding

  • Passengers are required to use the identification document that used to buy the ticket for boarding procedures
  • Passengers may proceed for real-name checking, security check, immigration and boarding procedures as early as 120 minutes prior train departure. Normally, these procedures can be completed in around 30 - 45 minutes. Passengers travelling during public holidays, festive seasons or weekends; or using traditional immigration counters; or passport holders should allow extra processing time
  • Please use the Self-service Gate or the Staff Assistance Counter in the Ticketing Concourse (Level B1) of West Kowloon Station to complete real-name checking and ticket verification. The relevant procedures will cease 30 minutes prior to train departure
  • Passengers with accompanied child should use Staff Assistance Counter for the real-name checking and ticket verification
  • The gates on at the Departure Concourse (Level B3) will open 15 minutes before departure time and close in the last 5 minutes. Plan your time wisely, and you can easily board the train without hassle

Friendly Reminders:

Passengers travelling between West Kowloon Station and Futian Station can make extra three last-minute changes to their train trips on the day of travel through the Futian Same-day Flexi-trip Arrangement, in addition to the General Ticket Alteration. Click here to learn more.