Going to Hong Kong on your own – how to plan a trip, tips, prices
A trip to Hong Kong on your own is a great way to save money, have a fun vacation, and visit the places of interest. Such a trip has a lot of positive aspects:
- Independence from the approved tourist program;
- the ability to choose your own route;
- The ability to be in the object of interest as much time as you want.
Negative sides of traveling to Hong Kong is completely absent, provided that such a approach to planning a trip with great care.
To go to Hong Kong on your own, you need to think in advance about the direction, find out the cost of investment, choose the attractions of interest, book a hotel or hotel to stay, know the cost of food and meals, documentation for the visa.
You can plan your own vacation in Hong Kong with children, because there are a lot of children’s activities, as well as safe and plenty of quality products.
Wondering how to go to Hong Kong by yourself? You just need to buy plane tickets and make hotel reservations. You won’t need a visa for a trip of up to two weeks. All the practical information is below.
Hong Kong airline tickets from Moscow, prices
From Moscow, flights to Hong Kong are operated by several operators, there are both direct flights and flights with connections. The cheapest airfare is best searched by direct link on Aviasales, it searches even among the lowcosters.
Cost per ticket:
- Air Astana – from 18000 thousand rubles;
- Turkish Airlines – from 13,990 thousand rubles;
- Hong Kong Airlines – from 18100 thousand rubles;
- Nordwind Airlines – from 19000 thousand rubles;
- Qatar Airways – from 22,800 thousand roubles;
- Finnair – from 24500 thousand rubles;
- China Southern Airlines – from 25900 thousand rubles;
- Aeroflot – from 13800 thousand rubles (direct and the most profitable flight) is a great option for those who are interested in how to get to Hong Kong cheap.
The presented prices are valid from May to October, during winter period prices decrease for 1000 – 1500 rubles, but during the New Year holidays season prices increase significantly – by about 20%.
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Prices in Hong Kong hotels
When searching for accommodation it’s best to look for hotels with RoomGuru, as it searches among all the hotel bases for the cheapest options. If you decide to stay in Hong Kong for a long time, then accommodation is better to search through Booking.com, you can find excellent apartments from owners and without intermediaries.
Prices for short term rentals in Hong Kong
The range of accommodation options is vast, but the prices are crazy by Russian standards. Apartment with an area of 35 squares can be rented for about $ 5 thousand a day. Inexpensive apartments with an area of 7 squares in the “photo box” for fans of instagram will cost from $ 500.
Next, we found more affordable offers from hosts with developed infrastructure and good conditions for recreation.
– The hotel is conveniently located next to the metro station, on one of the main streets. It has a very democratic accommodation prices – a standard room for two without meals for only 8600 thousand rubles per night. The hotel offers polite staff, daily cleaning, all the necessary facilities in the room. Breakfasts are included in the price – they are varied, served a lot of fresh fruit, coffee, tea, juice, milk, as well as dessert. The hotel has rooms for people with disabilities. Of additional services: fitness center, swimming pool, sauna, restaurant, bar, cafe. Guests have the opportunity to enjoy the view of the city from the roof of the hotel.
– one of the best options for accommodation. This hotel is only a 10-minute walk from the main attractions of the city, as well as from the metro station. Of additional services are sauna, beauty salon, gyms, massage room, bars, restaurants, swimming pool. There is a possibility to enjoy walks in private garden, use guide services, order excursions, rent a car from hotel. Rooms are equipped with everything you need, it is comfortable and clean. The cost of accommodation will be from 9990 thousand rubles without meals (includes only breakfasts).
– A great hotel, located near the pier. It is also convenient to get from here, there is a metro station nearby. The rooms are clean and comfortable. From the additional services there is a bar, restaurant, fitness center, close to the stores, where there is an opportunity to do shopping. You can rent a car, use the tour desk of the hotel. The cost of accommodation is from 7200 thousand rubles.
Above are the best hotels according to the reviews of tourists and ratings of independent agencies. If you’re looking for where to stay in Hong Kong inexpensively, you can consider a 2-star hotel, where a night will cost on average from 2100 rubles, or hostels with prices from 800 rubles / day.
What documents are necessary for getting a visa?
Russians in 2022 do not need a visa to Hong Kong if we are talking about a tourist trip that does not exceed two weeks. If you decide to spend more time, you’ll need a visa. It is issued for a period of three, six and twelve months.
- A valid foreign passport;
- hotel reservation for the entire stay;
- return air tickets;
- 2 photos;
- application form.
How to get downtown from the airport?
Getting from Hong Kong airport to the city on your own is quick and easy. There are several ways: cab, train and bus. You can rent a car by yourself online.
This is the fastest and most convenient way to get from the airport to downtown and vice versa. It takes only 24 minutes. The interval between trains is 10 minutes.
Flights run every day, regardless of weekends and holidays. The first trip is at 5:55 am and the last one is at 00:48 local time. Fares vary depending on the destination station and range from HK$60 to HK$100.
The main disadvantages of this form of transport are: a small number of stops and a rather long distance between them. To get to the desired hotel on your own, you have to walk a long way from the train station, or use additional transport, such as a bus.
The bus ride is preferred by many tourists, because it is very interesting, economical and allows you to get exactly to the right place. Bus numbers have letter values, so if you need to get to the center, you can safely use all A, E, S, N.
The most common and convenient for transportation are A21, N11, N21 and N21 . The fare per person ranges from HK$30 to HK$40.
Transportation hours are from 5:30 to 24:00. During the night hours there are shuttle buses, they are slightly smaller and the fare remains the same as during the daytime hours. Travel time from the airport to the center usually takes at least an hour.
This way is the most convenient, the tourist is delivered directly to the hotel, but it is not economical, so it is suitable only for those people who are not afraid of spending.
The minimum cost of a cab ride is 240 Hong Kong dollars. To get from the airport to the center, you need to pay HK$300.
To find a car, you need to leave the lounge after the plane arrives and turn left and there are cabs. But you should know that red cars go downtown, blue cars go around the island, and green cars go around the New Territories of Hong Kong.
You can take advantage of booking a cab in advance – Kiwitaxi, after the arrival you will be already waiting with a sign, especially important for traveling with children or large luggage when you don’t want anything after a long flight except to get to your hotel room quickly.
Hong Kong car rental prices
Food and dining in Hong Kong
The cost of food in Hong Kong is not much different from prices in Russia. Here’s a sample list of prices:
- The average check in a cafe for 1 person is 400 rubles, this includes the first, second and a drink;
- Dinner in a cafe for two with alcohol – from 2500 thousand rubles, this includes two main courses, salads, dessert and wine;
- meals at a restaurant for one person – from 1700 thousand rubles, the price includes the first course, second course, salad and a drink;
- the price of lunch at a fast-food place – 250 rubles, this includes a bun, potatoes, cola.
- Sogo – here great rice with meat and chicken soup;
- mini markets – you can just buy any fast food and heat it up in a microwave oven located there.
Prices in stores for products:
- frozen fish – about 168 rubles;
- Juices – from 120 rubles per package;
- Cornflakes – 80 rubles;
- Pasta – from 100 rubles;
- Rice in a pack of 2 kg – 250 rubles;
- oil in a bottle – 190 rubles;
- nuts – from 250 rubles
- fast food – from 120 rubles
- bread – from 70 rubles
- bananas – 130 rubles
- apples – 160 rubles
- milk – 90 rubles
- eggs – 120 rubles.
Prices at markets are almost the same, it is more profitable to buy fruits and vegetables, they are sold from a few pieces and are cheaper, in addition, if you take a lot of goods, you can bargain, the seller will make a small discount.
Where to go to get a good meal?
- Cafe Too – a widely visited place, has democratic prices and a varied menu, it’s pizza, chicken with vegetables, sushi;
- Cafe Kool – cooks Asian and Chinese cuisine, fairly inexpensive and very tasty;
- Habourside Restaurant – characterized by high prices, offers its guests only the best, various sea food, exotic menu, delicacies and the best wines;
- Jashan Restaurant – one of the cheapest, with very tasty Indian cuisine. Quite small and quite ordinary, but it is quite compensated by the democratic prices.
What can I see on my own in Hong Kong?
- Alley of Stars is a pedestrian promenade where many stars have visited. This is where you can find sculptures and prints that celebrities have left behind. By evening, you can watch a laser show here.
- Victoria Peak is located on the Kowloon Peninsula, the highest point in Hong Kong. It is an equipped observation deck with stunning views, suitable for those who are not afraid of heights.
- Big Buddha – located near the airport. Recommended for all to visit, you can also visit the village and the Buddhist monastery.
Ten Thousand Buddhas – is a monastery located on a high mountain, it is interesting in its inner world.
- Hong Kong Amusement Park – Here are the best rides, as well as panda enclosures, an oceanarium, and a scenic landscape. It will be equally interesting for both children and adults.
- Disneyland – this amusement park requires no special introduction. It is a real paradise for children, there is always an atmosphere of celebration and fun.
- House with a flagpole – there are a variety of themed museums, such as an exhibition of antique porcelain dishes, and here you can learn the rules of the tea ceremony.
- Botanical and Zoological Garden – will be of interest to many tourists who are fond of nature and wildlife.
Hong Kong reviews
Reviews about an independent trip to Hong Kong are varied. Here are some of them:
- ” It’s an amazing city, especially when traveling on your own. There is an opportunity to choose your routes and spend as much time in one place as you want.”
- “A trip to Hong Kong on your own is suitable for those tourists who like adventure, a big city, beautiful places…you just get on the bus and already start to inhale the local flavor”;
- “The tours and exhibitions seem fascinating if attended individually.”
- “Very friendly people, I enjoyed explaining myself on my fingers, we even took pictures together.”
All reviews about rest in Hong Kong only positive, because the infrastructure of the city is very developed, the local population is good to tourists. The food is delicious, quality service, as well as safe to rest here.
Perhaps you will be interested in the section on independent travel to China, where we consider the costs when planning a trip and consider areas where to go inexpensive.
How to save money on your trip? Working tiphacks!
- We recommend searching for the best hotel prices on ROOMGURU . The search engine searches among all the hotel databases on the internet, even from giants like Booking, and compares prices. If you like to use your smartphone, the Lodging Search app is a must. It’s very convenient to open your options upon arrival and book immediately.
- Advantageous to insure your health and life while traveling will help service TRIPINSURANCE, the search engine shows the results of all major insurance companies. You need to choose only the most favourable option, but we advise you not to save on your health!
- Airfare? We advise you to use AVIASALES, it is still the no.1 search engine among independent travelers.
My name is Sergei, and I work as a guide in various cities in Europe, Asia, eastern Russia, also work as a manager in a large travel agency. During my travels I have experienced a lot of emotions, learned useful information about rest and prices, saw unique places, about which I hurry to share on the pages of my blog about tourism.
How to plan a trip to Hong Kong
Everything you need to know about Hong Kong if you’re traveling on your own. During your trip, we’ve gathered practical information and are sharing it with you. Ticket prices, food, hotels, transportation, visa and attractions in 2022. Plus our tips and tourist reviews. Bonus – addresses of inexpensive cafes. All the essentials in one place!
Hong Kong is still closed to tourists from Russia. You can check official websites for up to date information about flights and visas because of the pandemic. View the list of open countries.
Exchange rate: 1 Hong Kong dollar (HKD) ≈ 10 RUB.
Flights to Hong Kong
The cheapest way to Hong Kong is from Vladivostok – round trip tickets cost from 16,500 rubles (direct flight by S7). The second place is taken by Irkutsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, with tickets starting from 23,500 rubles. A flight from Moscow will cost 26 thousand rubles and more, from St. Petersburg – from 30.5 thousand rubles, from Novosibirsk – from 30 thousand.
Where to look for cheap tickets? Use Aviasails. Check tickets for different dates – so you’ll find the best price. Read also tips on how to find cheap airline tickets.
Visas for Hong Kong
Do I need a visa to Hong Kong for Russians? No, not if the trip lasts no longer than 14 days . The purpose of your visit must be for tourism, meeting with friends / relatives, transit or a business visit (but making a profit during the trip is prohibited).
For a longer trip to Hong Kong a visa must be obtained. You can do this in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. Also, citizens of Ukraine and Kazakhstan do not need a visa for 2 weeks, but Belarusians need to draw up it.
The documents required for a visa: an application form in English (you can download it on the website of the Embassy); 1 photo 3×4 for the form, passport, valid for another 6 months after the end of the trip. If you are coming to Hong Kong through another country where a visa is required, you must also present it.
Hong Kong visas cost $30. Don’t forget to fill in an English migration card before you enter – you can usually get one on the plane.
There are more than 8,000 high-rise buildings in Hong Kong, with 1,300 skyscrapers. 250 of them are more than 150 meters high. (Photo: unsplash.com / @bady)
Hong Kong’s Transport
Hong Kong’s extensive public transport network features a host of bus routes, a metro, rare double-decker streetcars, ferries and, of course, cabs. The latter are expensive: red cars cost 22 HKD for the first two kilometers, and then 6 HKD for each additional 200 meters.
In general, you can not even use a cab in the city, because there is a convenient and not very expensive subway. In the subway, a single ticket costs between 3.5 and 55 HKD – the price depends on the distance. Streetcars are very cheap – a ride will only cost HKD 2.5. The same is true for ferries (e.g. Star Ferry) – tickets range from HKD 2 to HKD 3.4.
Red cabs in Hong Kong (Photo: unsplash.com / @imchenyf)
Note: for travel you should always have change, because often the change is not issued, and it is worth remembering. This is not very convenient if you plan to stay in the city for more than 2-3 days, so such travelers in their reviews tourists recommend buying an electronic card Octopus. Its cost is 150 HKD, of which 100 on the balance (it can be recharged), and 50 – a refundable deposit (the rest of the card can also be returned), plus a 9 HKD deducted for usage. You can pay for all modes of transport, even some cabs, and you can also pay in certain stores and get discounts. Thus, it allows you to save money. Learn more about the Octopus card.
We recommend you thoroughly study the metro map and download a map of the city to your phone before you travel to Hong Kong on your own. Some tourists have complained that GPS doesn’t work very well – we were convinced of that ourselves. The subway is open from 6am to 1am.
Buses in Hong Kong are mostly double-decker buses, and there are often long lines at bus and streetcar stops during rush hour. All bus stops are equipped with stands with timetables and fares.
Hong Kong has not only double-decker buses but also streetcars. There are only 3 cities in the world where they still exist – more Alexandria and Blackpool (Photo: unsplash.com / @popnzebra)
Hotels in Hong Kong
Don’t expect to find cheap hotels in Hong Kong for under $28 for a tiny double room. So you’ll just have to live with it. What do you need to keep in mind when choosing a hotel? Firstly, that real estate here is expensive and its area is modest (but all conditions are usually in the room). Secondly, we recommend searching for hotels in Rumguru a month or two in advance – there is a good chance that you will “catch” a good discount for a star hotel.
Hotels are cheaper on the Kowloon Peninsula, but on Hong Kong Island they are many times more expensive. If you’re travelling as a family or in a group, you can save on accommodation by booking an apartment or apartment.
A night-time view of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, the city’s highest point (Photo: Daxis / flickr.com)
Food in Hong Kong: What to try.
“The Culinary Capital of the World, Food Fair of the World, Gourmet Paradise and other buzzwords are all about Hong Kong. Despite the rather high price tag, tourists recommend not stingy and taste the masterpieces of local cuisine.
So what are the foods and drinks worth sampling in Hong Kong? There’s so much to try that you won’t be able to list it all. Here are some of the things tourists recommend in their reviews and travel reports:
- A variety of dumplings (dim sum): with shrimp (haa gau), with pork and broth inside (xiao long bao). They may not look very fancy, but they are delicious! Prices start at 13, with an average price of HKD 20-25.
- Yutiao are long strips of deep-fried dough. You can find them in Vietnam and other SEA countries.
- Sweet and savoury egg tarts (egg tarts). From 2 HKD apiece.
- fish balls.
- Gai daan jai, also available in berry, chocolate, etc. From 15 HKD.
- Congee: Rice porridge. Rice porridge has many variations and may have various additives (garlic, herbs, meat, etc.).
- “Pineapple” buns (baolaobao, Pineapple cake) – actually there are no pineapples there, but they are very tasty. It is said to resemble a pineapple in appearance.
- The dessert Sago Mix is sago, milk, and pieces of fruit. It is reminiscent of Filipino halo halo and Malaysian ABC and ace kachang.
- Roast goose and Peking duck.
- Rice wrapped in lotus leaves.
- Wonton Noodles.
- Deep Fried Sesame Balls.
- Milk tea.
- Tea Coffee (Inun).
- Almond milk (Almond Milk) – about 10 HKD.
Food prices are high, especially in light of the falling ruble. For example, rice and meat in a food court will cost about 30-40 HKD. But in Hong Kong you can save money by eating at local noodle shops – read about how not to splurge on food in this article about prices in Hong Kong.
Also read how to travel to China on your own and what the prices are in China.
Temple Street Night Market (Photo: unsplash.com / @sam_beasley)
Addresses and names of Hong Kong’s budget cafes, restaurants and eateries
Experienced independent travellers know how to get a delicious, cheap meal in Hong Kong. We’ve scoured the web for locations that let you eat on budget and are happy to share them with you. You can even find Michelin-starred eateries!
- One Dim Sum – 1 Michelin star. Menu prices: 13 to 20 HKD. Address: Shop 1 & 2, G/F, Kenwood Mansion, 15 Playing Field Road, Prince Edward.
- Tim Ho Wan – also 1 Michelin star. Menu Prices: 12 to 22 HKD. Address: Shop 72, G/F, Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Road, Tai Kok Tsui. There is a large line at the entrance and you need to sign in and wait. There are two other cafes at the following addresses: G/F, 9-11 Fuk Wing Street, Shum Shui Po and Shop 12A, Hong Kong Station, Central .
- The food court at Sogo Mall.
- Tourists recommend Yoshinoya, where you can get inexpensive sets (20-22 HKD).
- The popular chain Cafe de Coral.
We spent only two days in Hong Kong and we didn’t waste our time looking for the aforementioned places and waiting in queues at the entrances of Michelin restaurants. Inexpensive food is easy to find by Hong Kong standards, you just have to turn into the alleys and look into small Chinese eateries. Often they have menus in English, and you can also be guided by pictures. The vendors will often advise you on what to try.
Noodle soup with wontons (Photo: Prayitno / flickr.com)
Sightseeing in Hong Kong: What to see on your own
Find interesting tours on Tripster. Individual and group tours, without crowds of tourists and in Russian.
The first tip is not to run off and visit places of interest, but rather to take a quiet stroll around the city and immerse yourself in it. It is a sightseeing attraction in itself. Get to know the local cuisine.
The top attraction is the famous Victoria Peak, which costs a pretty penny to visit: streetcar to the mountain and back, entrance, binoculars – all this costs about 93 HKD. Tourists offer a sly trick: go up to the peak on their own, the views over the city are remarkable, and do not enter the observation deck Sky Terrace, and admire exactly the same views for free from the nearby park. You can take a bus up or down for HKD 9.8 (to/from Central Station). We got there by taking the Mid-Levels escalators first, then walking to the peak and taking the bus back. We were unlucky, because there was a dense fog that cleared only at night, and we could see the city with lights only from White Jade observation deck, where tourist buses stop. It costs about HKD 10 to get there, as it is to the peak.
Another tourist attraction is the Big Buddha on Lantau Island, in the village of Ngong Ping. Entrance to the Buddha is free, but to get to it, you have to spend money. There are several trekking trails behind the village.
What else can I see on my own in Hong Kong? Alley of Stars, Ocean Park, Po Lin Monastery, Disneyland, various museums and many, many skyscrapers.
Big Buddha on Lantau Island (Photo: Alex [ www.bytefish.com ] / flickr.com)
Although the city is considered one of the safest in the world, travelers advise to exercise some caution. In general, the advice tourists give in their reviews and trip reports to Hong Kong is standard:
- don’t wander into dark neighborhoods far from the center and docks at night;
- Stay alert in crowds and watch your bags and pockets;
- exchange currency carefully, and check checks, bills, and receipts;
- Beware of callers and haters who promise services or goods at very low prices – you need to know the average price of goods, so as not to fall for the trap. It is a common technique to deceive tourists on Nathan Road, so it is better to go to the Mong Kok market for shopping.
Wong Tai Sin and Sham Shui Po are considered unsafe areas.
Wonkok nightlife signs (Photo: unsplash.com / @_stfeyes)
Hong Kong Travel Tips and Reviews
What do you need to know and remember as you prepare to travel to Hong Kong and go there on your own? According to tourist reviews, you should pay attention to the following points: