06 Oct How to get into the city from Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport is located just 25 miles from away from Hong Kong Island, but what is the best way to get into town? There are many options available, be it on the airport express train, local public bus or private options such as taxi, Uber or a private driver. We have complied them all here for you with their benefits and costs each option.
The airport express train link was built alongside the development of the new Hong Kong International airport. It is a wonderfully reliable, clean and easy service to use and will run from the airport from 05:28 in the morning until the last train at 12;48 am. Stopping points along the line are Tsing Yi, Kowloon Station (with K1, K2, K3 and K4 shuttle services running to all major hotels in Kowloon) and Hong Kong Station (with H1, H2, H3 and H4 shuttle services running to all major Hong Kong hotels).
Tickets and discounted fares
Round trip tickets for stays longer than 24 hours
Details for round trip tickets for single travellers can be found here – the 30 day return ticket to Kowloon / Hong Kong Station can also be bought here at a discount (usual price HK $205, discounted price, HK $131).
The MTR often run promotions in the summer for free or discounted travel on the airport express train for children and seniors. This is certainly worth looking into if you are travelling as a family between July and September.
Tickets for groups
If you are in a group, it is better to ask for the GROUP tickets (one-way) for better discounts available for group travel, more information here.
Once the Airport Express journey is complete, you may board one of the complimentary shuttle buses which are available from Hong Kong Station and Kowloon Station to most of the major hotels in those districts, more information here.
Best tickets for layovers (less than 24 hours in Hong Kong)
For layovers or transit tours an Octopus is the cheapest way to get in and around the city on the same day, these cost HK $150 per adult and HK $70 for children (HK $50 of which is a refundable deposit). A same day return to the airport using the Octopus card is HK $100 for adults and HK $50 for kids*. If taking a layover tour with me, an extra HK $50 is required for each card to cover additional public transport costs. Octopus cards can only be purchased with cash in Hong Kong dollars.
You can buy same day return tickets for the same price, but this can only be used on the airport express train and not for getting around on the MTR trains, buses, ferries and trams that we use on a private tour.
What NOT to buy
I would advise NOT to buy the Airport Express Travelpass or Tourist Day pass as these work out more expensive. I have done many calculations on this!
Airport Express and in-town check-in
Hong Kong has the most wonderful service for travellers when you are leaving Hong Kong. Make use of the wonderfully efficient and useful in-town check-in service at Hong Kong Station, Kowloon Station or Tsing Yi Station.
The train station is built like the arrivals hall of the airport, with check-in and luggage counters…. it is here that you can get your boarding passes and check your luggage in up to 24 hours* in advance of your flight. Then when you are ready, maybe after one final browse around town, you can take the train back to the airport up to 90 minutes ahead of your scheduled flight time, to go through immigration and security. There is no need to store or carry your luggage with you all day, and with all the efficiency Hong Kong has to offer, your luggage will meet you at your destination airport.
*not all airlines provide this service although most long-haul operators do. To check, please click the link here for the list of airlines.
There are three type of taxis in Hong Kong. If travelling to Hong Kong or Kowloon, all you need is the red urban taxi. Follow the signs in the arrivals hall for the transport links, taxis are well sign posted and in abundance. Airport staff will also write you a card with the taxi number and destination to help you, all very helpful!
Green taxis are for the New Territories and Blue for Lantau Island only.
- Urban taxi to Central Hong Kong: HK $300 plus tolls
- Urban taxi to Kowloon: HK $220 plus tolls
- Luggage is charged at HK $5 per piece
The airport is one of the most well served destinations by public bus, including night buses (though much less frequent in the early hours of the morning of course). Follow signs in the arrivals hall for the public buses, there is also a very good map at the station to show you where each stop is located. There are two buses which are most useful and go directly through into the city:
- Hong Kong Island – A11 or E11 to Hong Kong Island (stopping in Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tin Hau, Fortress Hill and North Point.)
- Kowloon – A21 to Hung Hom (stopping in Sham Shui Po, Tak Kok Shui, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan and Tsim Sha Tsui.)
- Like most places in the world, Hong Kong has Uber drivers available 24-7. Most drivers speak Cantonese and English, however as you can set the destination manually, language shouldn’t be an issue!
- I would recommend meeting your driver at the link bridge to the Regal Airport hotel which is sign-posted in the Arrivals Hall of passenger Terminal 1, or Carpark 4. There is another good meeting point in Carpark 1.
- Prices are subject to surcharges and vehicle chosen.
Hotel shuttle service
There are two providers… they can be booked at the service desks in the arrivals hall. Services are a little cheaper than the airport express train, however the journey can prove to be one of the longest as there are many hotels visited en route.