You can fly into Shenzen from other countries via Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport or cross the border into Shenzhen from Hong Kong or Macau. Coming from Hong Kong, the two busiest ports are Luohu Border Crossing and Huanggang Border Crossing.
You can transfer from Hong Kong to Shenzhen via ferry, car/bus, and by foot. You can enter from Macau via ferry at Shekou Cruise Port.
The Ports and Border Crossings
Luohu Port (深圳罗湖口岸)
Getting there: Metro line 1 to Luohu Station or taxi/bus
As per Futian Port, this station connects to the rail line on the Hong Kong side. Once you pass through customs and you are on the Hong Kong side, you can buy a ticket for the East Rail Line which terminates at Hung Hom see the line map here. Visa on arrival services are available at this port (rules change often).
Futian Port (福田口岸)
Getting there: Take the metro line 4 to Futian Port Station, bus or taxi
This station connects to the rail line on the Hong Kong side. Once you pass through customs and you are on the Hong Kong side, you can buy a ticket for the East Rail Line which terminates at Hung Hom see the line map here.
Huanggang Port (皇岗口岸)
Hours: 24 hr
Getting there: 4, 9, 23, 26, 35, 47, 109, 203, 219, 225, 235, 305, 312, 313, 325, 326, 338, 339, 357, 362, 366, 367, 372, 377 and Airport Line 9 or taxi or Mtero line 7 to Huanggang Port (皇岗口岸).
I believe this is China’s only 24 hr land port, and it is also one of the country’s largest. You can catch buses to most final destinations in Hong Kong including popular districts, attractions, and the airport. Those routes include Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Wan Chai, Tsuen Wan, Kam Sheung Road, Hong Kong Disneyland, and the International Airport in Hong Kong. 24 hr routes operate to Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Wan Chai, and Tsuen Wan.
Shenzhen Bay Port (深圳湾口岸)
Hours: 06:30 to 24:00
Getting there: bus 31, 90, 98, 217, 245, B602, M 206 or taxi
This is a major border crossing and it can get really busy at times. There are several onward transport options.
- You can take a cross-border coach which you can take from your hotel or offices throughout the city which takes you to the border where you disembark, pass through customs, and reboard the bus on the Hong Kong side which have options for destinations including Disneyland, HK Airport, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Central and Wan Chai (and more).
- Alternatively, you can go to the border by yourself, buy a ticket at the booths BEFORE entering the port building then pass through customs and board the bus on the Hong Kong side.
- On the Hong Kong side, you can take a public bus being the B2 Line, B2P Line, B3 or B3X depending where you want to go.
- Taxis which are also available at the border on the HK side.
Fuyong Port (福永碼頭)
Fuyong Port is conveniently located near to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport T3. There are regular free shuttle buses that travel between the two.
Fuyong Port → Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal (港澳码头)
Ferry from Fuyong Port departs at 09:00, 11:00, 11:50, 14:30, 17:50 and 19:30 (for each day from Monday to Friday) and at 09:00, 11:50 and 17:50 (for each day in weekends). Ferry from Fuyong Port departs at 07:30, 08:00, 09:45, 13:00, 14:30, 16:15 and 18:00 (for each day from Monday to Friday) and at 07:30, 14:00 and 18:00 (for each day in weekends).
Fuyong Port (福永碼頭) → Skypier Ferry Terminal HKIA (海天客运码头)
The ferry from Skypier Ferry Terminal (Hong Kong International Airport) departs at 10:15, 11:30, 12:15, 14:05, 15:00, 16:15, 17:15 and 19:50. The ferry from Fuyong Port departs at 08:15, 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:50, 14:05, 15:15, 16:00, 18:30 and 20:30.
Fuyong Port (福永碼頭) → China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon (中港码头)
Every day, the ferry departs at 08:45 at Fuyong Port, and returns from China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon at 16:30.
Fuyong Port (福永碼頭) → Zhongshan (中山)
There is a new service operating from Fuyong Ferry Terminal to Zhongshan which takes 45 minutes. See the website for more details http://www.zspassenger.com.cn (Chinese).
Zhongshan – Fuong Port 08:00, 10:20, 14:00, and 17:00
Fuong Port – Zhongshan 09:10, 12:30, 15:00, and 18:30
Shatou Jiao Port (沙头角口岸)
Hours: 07:00 to 24:00
Getting there: bus 53, 68, 85, 202 or 205 or taxi
At Shatou Jiao Port you can take cross-border coaches to Hong Kong International Airport (07:30 to 19:30 – 130 yuan) and Kowloon Tong (07:00 to 21:30 35 yuan).
Wenjin Du Port (文锦渡口岸)
Hours: 07:00 to 22:00
Getting there: bus 5, 14, 40, 97, 242, 378, N18 or taxi
You can take cross-border coaches from here to Landmark North (shopping mall & transit hub) in Sheung Shui district Hong Kong where you can continue on the East Rail Line. The bus takes 20 minutes and operates from 7:00 to 21:00. There are also buses to Tsim Sha Tsui and China Ferry Terminal.
Shekou Ferry Port and Cruise Terminal (蛇口客运码头)
This border checkpoint offers ferry services to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal (in Central district Hong Kong), Skypier at Hong Kong International Airport, and Macau via Taipa Ferry Terminal or Macau Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal. There are also ferries to Zhongshan and Zhuhai from here but obviously, with those, there is no need to pass through customs. More about Shekou Port here.
Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport (深圳宝安国际机场)
Hours: 24 hr
Getting there: Metro Line 11, Fuyong Ferry, Airport Express Bus
The airport is serviced by 39 different domestic and international airlines serving both domestic and international routes. See website for flight and traffic details eng.szairport.com A 144-hour transit visa is available at this port to certain nationalities.
West Kowloon Station Hong Kong
With the opening of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Line XRL there will be a China Mainland immigration checkpoint co-located in the train station at West Kowloon Station Hong Kong. Meaning, that before boarding the train in Hong Kong you will need to exit Hong Kong customs and pass through Chinese immigration then you can ride the train into Shenzhen or onwards to Guangzhou without further checks. More about the station here. I have not heard at this point as to whether visas on arrival will be an option at this checkpoint as they are at Luohu and Huanggang borders.