New bus route links Futian with Hong Kong Airport, further binding the two citiesPosted: 07/27/2011 2:37 pm
When we launched The Nanfang several months ago, one of the reasons was because as the Pearl River Delta becomes a connected megacity, we wanted to share information with what we feel is one large, diverse community. Sure, Guangzhou and Shenzhen couldn’t be more different (and that’s to say nothing of Dongguan, which has its own quirks), but with high-speed rail, ferries and buses criss-crossing the PRD, it’s easy to get around. Yes, it’s even possible to have dinner in Shenzhen and drinks in Guangzhou.
The other benefit of the PRD is having Hong Kong so close by for visa (and book) runs. Its highly-rated international airport with flights to destinations around the globe is an added bonus. With that in mind, Shenzhen is finally launching direct bus service from the Futian hub directly to Chek Lap Kok Airport on Lantau Island. Even better, you can actually check in for your flight in Futian, drop off your bags, and clear immigration!
Details from the Shenzhen Daily:
“The bus route will open Aug. 8 after one-week trial,” said Liu Ximu, general manager of Huatong Transport Co.
The bus will run at 20-minute intervals from 6:30 a.m. to 9:10 p.m.
The trip would take 90 minutes and cost 120 yuan (US$28) per person.
The transport hub will also open bus to Tsuen Wan, Prince Edward and China Hong Kong City.
Twenty-minute intervals is incredibly convenient, and beats the old method of crossing at Lo Wu or Futian Checkpoint and going from there. It is also a reciprocal arrangement: those in Hong Kong who are flying out of Shenzhen Bao’an Airport can check in at ELEMENTS mall in Kowloon for a direct bus link.
Finally, it’s not the only direct route from Shenzhen. You can also check in for your Hong Kong flight at Shekou Ferry Terminal and a ferry will take you directly to the airport.