Step by Step Guide to the Ferry from Hong Kong to Shenzhen

Information and Schedules

Aerial view of Shekou area, Shenzhen
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Below you’ll find step by step information on the ferry from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. We’ve complied timetables, prices and location information on the ferry from Hong Kong to Shenzhen. The information below can change quickly if you feel we’ve missed something, or something has changed, please drop a note in the forum.

It’s worth noting that while the ferry is scenic, the MTR metro is far quicker, cheaper and all-around more practical way of reaching Shenzhen.

General Ferry Info

Where: Ferries run from the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in the Shun Tak center in Central. The ferry actually arrives at Shekou Terminal. Shekou will be the marked destination. Shekou is a bar and leisure area popular with expats just outside Shenzhen proper. You can take a bus, including number 113, from here to the city center.

When: There are around eight daily ferry connections between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. The first ferry runs at 9:00 AM and the last at 8:30 PM (these times are subject to change). There is one additional ferry, currently scheduled for 7:45 AM that leaves from China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.

There are additional ferries from Hong Kong Airport and Shenzhen Airport run by both Xunlong and Turbojet but these are only accessible by passengers.

How Long: The ferry takes around fifty minutes.

Prices: A standard one-way ticket costs HK$105. In general, although holidays are an exception, you shouldn’t have any problem arriving at the Ferry Terminal’s and picking up a ticket.

Visa Requirements

Do I Need a Visa for China: Yes. It’s worth knowing that Chinese visas cannot currently be obtained in Hong Kong and you’ll need to apply in your home country. More on Chinese Visas in Hong Kong. Shenzhen specific visas are no longer available. Don’t forget your passport.

Shekou visitors from certain countries may be eligible for a five-day visa on arrival. This is applicable for Shenzhen only; VOA holders can’t visit other mainland Chinese cities within those five days, and they must leave before the five days are up. The VOA is neither extendable or convertible to any other kind of visa.

Eligible nationalities include most North American and European countries in the developed world, including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Consult your nearest People’s Republic of China embassy for updated info on the Shenzhen VOA.

On Board: Boats are comfortable and air-conditioned and there is also a small snack cabin selling snacks.

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