HIGH Speed Rail, the MTR subsidiary that operates inter-city trains from Hong Kong to mainland China, has announced the launch of new sleeper and conventional services this month.

From June 15 it will operate a pair of overnight trains on two routes from Hong Kong West Kowloon: to Beijing and Shanghai. The trains will run daily from Friday to Monday each week.

The new services will reduce the journey time from Hong Kong to Beijing from 24h 31min to 12h 30min compared with conventional daytime services, which will continue to run. The journey time between Hong Kong and Shanghai will fall from 19h 34min to around 11 hours.

Trains used on both routes will consist of 16 cars, comprising 13 sleeping cars, one dining car and two second-class seating cars. The Shanghai service includes one premium sleeping car.

Fares to Beijing range from $HK 937 ($US 120) in a seating car to $HK 1163 for a lower sleeping berth. Equivalent fares to Shanghai are $HK 682 for a seat to $HK 1832 for a lower premium sleeping berth.

"Sleeper train services further enhance the connectivity between Hong Kong and Beijing, as well as Shanghai, leveraging the advantages of deepening integration between Hong Kong and the mainland, says Dr Jacob Kam, MTR CEO. “This not only facilitates business exchanges and creates countless opportunities but also promotes exchanges in tourism, culture, academia, and various aspects of society.”

Daytime trains

From the same date, HSR will run a daily pair of conventional daytime trains from Hong Kong to Zhangjiajie, also calling at Shaoyang, Huaihuanan, Dongkou, Fenghuanggucheng and Jishou East. HSR short-haul services from Hong Kong will also be expanded, including:

  • to Guangzhou East, increased from 20 to 26 trains per day
  • to Shenzhen North, increased from 146 to 159 trains per day (161 on Saturdays), and
  • to Futian, increased from 97 to 106 trains per day (109 on Saturdays)