Coach service from Hong Kong Airport to Shantou
Q: I want to travel from Hong Kong Airport to Shantou. Please give me the name of coach service & bus schudule.
A number of companies provide coach services between Hong Kong and destinations in mainland China, including China Travel Tours Transportation Services HK Ltd., Eternal East Cross-Border Management Ltd., and Trans-Island Limousine Service Ltd. It is not certain, however, if any of these companies still offer coach service directly from Hong Kong International Airport to Shantou. There are for sure coach services from Hong Kong, Kowloon or Shenzhen to Shantou. To do that, you first make your way from Hong Kong Airport to Hong Kong, Kowloon or Shenzhen and then take a bus there.
Eternal East Cross-Border Management may still be offering a coach service directly from Hong Kong Airport to Shantou. You can contact them here for further information: 852-3760 0888, or 852-3412 6677. Their web site, http://www.eebus.com, does not seem to have an English version. You may also try this page here: http://www.hongkongairport.com/CBT/Controller?locale=eng
To reach China Travel Tours Transportation Services, call(852) 2764 9803 or try this: http://ctsbus.hkcts.com/.
To reach Trans-Island Limousine Service Ltd., you can try this: http://www.trans-island.com.hk/eng/china.html.
As mentioned above, if you do not find direct transportation from Hong Kong Airport, you can first get to Hong Kong or Shenzhen and get on a bus to Shantou there. In reality, the difference is not all that great since in any event you need to step off the bus to go through a border-crossing check point. After you clear the border check and customs, on the other side you'll find Luohu (Lo Wu) Bus Station, where buses bound for Shantou depart frequently. By highway the distance between Shenzhen and Shantou is 350 km.
Next to Luohu Bus Station is Shenzhen Railway Station. There is one train that goes from Shenzhen to Shantou, which departs around 3:00 in the afternoon and arrives in Shantou before midnight - a trip of over 8 hours. This is because the rail line is circuitous, with a total distance of 570 km. Because of this, coach seems to be a better choice.