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The service will operate at minute frequency. Kwun Tong bound service operates from to daily via the same route. Sheung Shui bound service operates from to daily via the same route. The second phase of refurbishment works is expected to commence in mid The opening of XRL will connect Hong Kong with the 25, km Chinese national high-speed rail network allowing direct trains to 44 destinations.
The service concession has been granted to MTR Corporation for a year period. There will be pairs of short-haul trains daily during peak periods general holidays of Hong Kong and public holidays in the Mainland and the connecting weekends, summer holidays during July and August, and the Spring Festival travel seasons in the Mainland.
On weekdays and weekends Friday to Sunday70 and 82 train pairs will run daily respectively. Subject to market demand, the train schedule will be suitably adjusted in view of passenger flow.
There will also be 13 pairs of direct long-haul trains daily. Nine sets of Hong Kong-owned trains are branded "Vibrant Express". Journey times for long-haul services include 8h 56m to Beijing, 8h 17m to Shanghai, 6h 20m to Zhengzhou, 4h 33m to Wuhan 3h 12m to Changsha, 7h 38m to Kunming 10h 30m to Hangzhou and 3h 19m to Guilin.
Short-haul journey time to Guangzhou South is 47 minutes via non-stop services and between 51 and 71 minutes for stopping services. Journey time to Futian and Shenzhen North is 14 and 23 minutes respectively. Trains to Futian and Shenzhen North will operate at 10 to 20 minute frequency and to Guangzhou South at 15 to 30 minute frequency although only three daily services to Guangzhou South will be non-stop.
In actual operation, there may be various promotional and concession fares for the XRL during non-peak periods or low seasons for tourists having regard to market demand.
It is planned to adjust the fares of the XRL in Hong Kong dollars on a monthly basis for tickets sold through the Hong Kong ticketing system via a Hong Kong ticketing website and hotline, at a ticketing office and ticket vending machines at West Kowloon Station and through local travel agencies.
As for the arrangements and service fees for purchasing Mainland journey tickets, the Mainland and Hong Kong sides have agreed, as an interim measure, to charge concessionary service fees for people purchasing Mainland journey tickets at the five ticketing counters at the ticketing office of West Kowloon Station.
As compared with the current service fees for purchasing Mainland journey tickets, the new arrangement greatly reduces the service fees for purchasing Mainland journey tickets at West Kowloon Station.
Meanwhile, MTR Corporation and China Railway Corporation are exploring other channels through which Hong Kong passengers may purchase Mainland journey tickets in a more convenient manner. China Railway Corporation is in support of the idea of enhancing the Mainland ticketing system http: For timetables, fares and ticketing information see; https: Tickets can be used for up to 92 days from purchase.
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