We arrive at Guangzhou airport at 6.30pm from the UK and want to travel by train to Hong Kong the same night. Any advice?
Why train? You could take a bus straight from the airport.
I don't think there's any direct bus from Guangzhou airport to HK. Usually people prefer to fly to HK (lower price).
The last direct train from Guangzhou to HK is at 9:30 pm: it3.mtr.com.hk/b2c/frmScheduleGuangdong.asp…
As long as your flight is on time, you will make it. Guangzhou airport has bus to Guangzhou East Train station, from there you either take direct train to HK, or train to Shenzhen and pass border yourself and take MTR in HK side.
Or take bus from Guangzhou airport to Shenzhen, and taxi in Shenzhen to border.
AFAIK, there is no direct bus from Guangzhou Baiyun Airport to Hong Kong. On the other hand, there are plenty of buses from Hong Kong International Airport to Guangzhou. Maybe that's where the confusion came from.
Landing at 6:30 pm at Baiyun Airport, assuming no flight delay... assuming take 1 hour to deplane and get through Immigration. 7:30 pm. No matter which method, metro or taxi or bus, it would take about 1 hour to Guangzhou East Railway Station. 8:30 pm. Personally I am not very hopeful that you can get tickets this close to departure time (less than 1 hour). You can certainly try. I would have an alternative plan in case there is no more Through Train ticket, which can be taking a train from Guangzhou East to Shenzhen, and then cross the border into Lo Wu, and take MTR on the Hong Kong side to reach your destination.
Metro would be the quickest way of getting from CAN to GZ East Station.
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