NOTE: As of February 28, 2020, Shenzhen Shekou Port has announced plans to make the adjustments to the ferry service during the coronavirus epidemic, Please visit our article What Borders between Shenzhen and Hong Kong are open for more information.
- Futian Border Crossing – 福田口岸
- Huanggang Border Crossing – 皇岗口岸
- Luohu Border Crossing – 罗湖口岸
- Shekou Ferry Terminal – 蛇口口岸
- Wenjindu Border Crossing – 文锦渡口岸
Futian Border Crossing – 福田口岸
Futian Border Crossing is located at the Futian Kou’An Metro Station Train Station. This is the newest Shenzhen / HK Metro Border Crossing.
Futian Border Crossing is a pedestrian crossing connecting Shenzhen with Hong Kong between Futian Kou’An and Lok Ma Chau in New Territories.
Futian Border Crossing is very similar to Luo Hu Border Crossing. When you arrive, you will go through China Immigration on the Shenzhen side of the river. You will then walk across a bridge over the Shenzhen River (this is also an air conditioned walkway). At the end of this bridge, you will be at HK Immigration. Once you clear HK Immigration you will buy your Octopus Card for HK Metro and you’ll be on your way, just as in Luo Hu.
Like Luo Hu, both Immigration require you to complete a form, sometimes 2, which are available at the desk where you can fill the form in.
However, unlike LuoHu Shenzhen, when you cross at Futian, you can exit the building and re-enter to come directly BACK to Shenzhen (This is good for “Visa Runs” which is when you need to leave and come back for your visa requirements).
Huanggang Border Crossing – 皇岗口岸
Huanggang Border Crossing is located at Huanggang, Futian. Huanggang Border Crossing is a crossing connecting Shenzhen with Hong Kong Between Huanggang and The New Territories.
This border crossing is unique in Shenzhen as it is a transport hub for private cars, buses, cross border taxis and general Shenzhen taxis.
When you arrive, you will go through China Immigration on the Shenzhen side of the crossing. After this you have a number of choices:
- Buy a yellow bus ticket to connect from Shenzhen to New Territories. This will require you to exit the bus in HK and go through the pedestrian Immigration in HK.
- Buy a minivan ticket to connect you to the Hong Kong Airport River. If you take the minivan, you will not need to exit the minivan when crossing the Hong Kong Immigration.
- If you driver in a personal car, you will not need to get out at Shenzhen or Hong Kong when going through immigration.
Both Immigration require you to complete a form, sometimes 2, which are available at the desk or at the immigration window where you can fill the form in.
Huanggang has no Metro or Train at either the Shenzhen or Hong Kong side. Bus or private transportation is required.
Luohu Border Crossing – 罗湖口岸
Luohu Border Crossing is located at Luohu Train Station. This is where the inter-city / Province train and the Shenzhen Metro meet.
Luohu Border Crossing is a pedestrian crossing connecting Shenzhen with Hong Kong between Luohu (LoWu in Cantonese) and Sheng Shui in New Territories.
When you arrive, you will go through China Immigration on the Shenzhen Side of the river. You will then walk across a bridge over the Shenzhen River (This is an air-conditioned walk way). At the end of this bridge, you will come to HK Immigration. Once you clear HK Immigration you can buy an Octopus Card and be your way.
Both Immigration require you to complete a form, sometimes 2, which are available at the desk where you can fill the form in.
One important thing to note is that when you use Luohu Border Crossing, you MUST catch the train to Sheng Shui before coming back to Shenzhen if you were to try a “Visa Run.”
Shekou Ferry Terminal – 蛇口口岸
Arrive at Shekou Ferry terminal by bus, taxi or foot and enter the main building. For tickets to Hong Kong Airport, Central, Kowloon and Macau, head to the counter all the way to the left of the building towards the left of the staircase.
Hong Kong Central, Kowloon, Macau Purchase your ticket (between 100-200RMB depending on destination) and wait for your trip to be announced on the PA system. There is also a sign on the wall to the right of the stairs showing which trips that are boarding. You can get immigration cards at the small stand where the attendants accept tickets – say ‘Ni hao,’ move your hands like your signing a cheque and ask the attendant for a ‘chu jing ka’
There will be a gathering of people at the bottom of the stairs around 30 minutes prior to your trip departure. Line up here (or wait for the line to go through) then hand the attendant your ticket – he will rip part of it off and hand you the receipt. Keep the receipt handy as you will use it again when boarding the boat. Proceed up the stairs. If you are carrying large and heavy bags, this will require some effort or assistance as there are two medium length flights of stairs to ascend. If you are unable to carry them yourself (or find a friendly helper) the attendants will help.
Line up at immigration and fill in your ‘chu jing ka’ if you haven’t already. These immigration cards are also available on the second floor, along with pens for filling them in. Proceed to immigration and after clearing put your bags through the scanner, proceed straight ahead. To the right where you will find the waiting area. Be sure to board the correct boat for your destination. There will be an attendant at the stairs going down to your boat who will ask for your receipt to ensure your destination. Those with large baggage have one more flight of stairs here.
Get on the boat, grab a seat, maybe buy some tea or snacks and enjoy the ride. You can get entry cards for Hong Kong or Macau on board the boat – fill these out during the trip to avoid scrambling last minute. Trips are between 50 and 80 minutes, depending on destination.
Hong Kong Airport Arrive early to ensure space on the trip or book tickets in advance, online or with a travel agent. Arriving 3 hours before your flight is recommendable. Tickets for the airport are purchased at the same counter area as those for Central, Kowloon, etc.
After purchasing your ticket, proceed to the check-in area between the stairs and the restaurant. Here, you can check in the bags for your flight and pre-clear Hong Kong immigration. Show your flight ticket and passport here while checking your bags. After checking in, follow the same procedure as if traveling to Hong Kong Central/Kowloon.
Zhuhai If you are heading to Zhuhai, head far right and back into the building. On the left is the ticket counter. Simply purchase your ticket (around 110RMB) and wait for your boat to be called. Board the boat. The trip takes around 75 minutes.
Wenjindu Border Crossing – 文锦渡口岸
Wenjindu Border Crossing is located at Wenjindu, Luohu.
Wenjindun Border Crossing is a private car crossing only, connecting Shenzhen with Hong Kong between Luohu and New Territories.
When you arrive, you will stop at the Shenzhen China Gate House, exit the car and enter the building. After the immigration process is completed you can drive across the border. When you arrive at Hong Kong Immigration, you are not required to exit the car. Just pass your documents to the officer and he will do what is necessary. Then you will drive into Hong Kong.
Both immigrations require you to complete a form, sometimes 2, which are available at the desk where you can fill the form in.