Hong Kong Airport: How to get there
Learn how to get from Hong Kong airport to the city center easily and painlessly: buses, trains, cabs. You’ll find information on prices and transport timetables as well as the pros and cons of each way.
Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport is located on an artificially created island of the same name. The airport has repeatedly recognized as the best in the world. It is large, but very convenient, it is impossible to get lost in it, because everything is thought out in detail, the signs are doubled in English. There are two terminals, hotel, restaurants and cafes, free Wi-Fi and other amenities.
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How to get to/from Hong Kong Airport by train
The Airport Express train, which runs on the special MTR line, gets you downtown in 24 minutes! It’s the fastest and most comfortable way to and from Hong Kong Airport. Express runs every day at 10-minute intervals between 5:54 a.m. and 11:28 p.m., and at 12-minute intervals between 11:28 p.m. and 12:48 a.m. Check the train schedule.
However, the price for the comfort and speed of this way of getting to the city is high: the fare from/to Hong Kong Central Station is HKD 100, from/to Kowloon Station is HKD 90, from/to Tsing Yi Station is HKD 60, from/to AsiaWorld-Expo can be had for HKD 5.
The express train has few stops, so you will have to take a subway, bus or cab at the station. You can also walk to the hotel if it is nearby and your luggage is not a burden.
Note: when getting off the train at the airport do not confuse the doors, because the exit to the left is Terminal 1, exit to the right – Terminal 2 (if you look in the direction of the train).
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From the airport to Hong Kong by bus (and vice versa)
Getting from Hong Kong Airport to Hong Kong by bus is a lot cheaper and more fun. The airport is connected to the city via numerous routes (labelled A, E, S, N) and several bus companies.
What’s the advantage of taking the bus instead of the Express?
- Cheap : the average fare is 30-40 HKD instead of 90-100 HKD by train.
- Beautiful: tourists are advised to take seats on the second floor above the driver and prepare your camera, as the road into town is extremely scenic (we did it ourselves – the view from the window is great!).
- Almost to the hotel : there are a lot of stops on the way of the bus, so it will be much easier to walk to the hotel – and you do not have to transfer, as in the case of the train.
Of the minuses : the road takes about an hour (traffic jams, by the way, almost never happen). But it’s not such a significant disadvantage, because the trip is interesting and enjoyable.
So, which bus to take to downtown Hong Kong? Find out which subway station is closest to you and use it as a guide. To do this, visit the websites of the carriers Citybus and Long Win (you can download their itineraries) and use the search to find the necessary station. For example, our hotel is located in the popular Tsim Sha Tsui district (subway station with the same name), so bus A21 during the day and N11, N21 and N21A at night (daytime fare – 33 HKD) suit us.
Buses with numbers E21A, E21X and E31 do not go to the airport.
Bus hours and fares: Buses generally run from 5:30 a.m. to 12 noon, but there are night buses as well. Schedules vary from route to route and so do prices (usually 30-40 HKD to the center, depends on the route). Check the bus timetable.
You can find the bus stops by following the signs at the airport. They are on floor G, next to parking #1 (terminal 1), bypassing the express apron. There are also ticket booths on the left, where you can buy tickets (you must have change when you pay on the bus, because the drivers don’t give change).
Buses arrive at terminal one and then at terminal two.
Cabs in Hong Kong
This is the most convenient way to get to Hong Kong city center since you can get to your hotel, but it can be hard on the wallet of a budget traveller. Airport cabs in Hong Kong, considering the changed exchange rate, are expensive: up to 400 HKD depending on the destination. The Tsim Sha Tsui area is about 240 HKD, the downtown area about 300 HKD and Kowloon Bay about 260 HKD.
You can find cabs by exiting the arrivals hall and turning left. Taxis come in red, blue and green, with the red ones going to downtown Hong Kong and Kowloon, the blue ones to Lantau Island, and the green ones serving only the New Territories and some roads in Lantau.
You can also order a cab online at Kiwi Taxi – the driver will meet you at the exit with a nameplate and help you carry your luggage.
Rent a car at the airport
Perhaps the most comfortable way to travel is to rent a car. You can do this at the airport upon arrival or in advance at Rentalcars.com. You can also rent a car at the airport, which is very convenient.
So the most convenient and inexpensive way to get to/from Hong Kong airport is by bus, which is mainly used by tourists.
Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok Airport
Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok International Airport opened for flights in 1998, replacing Kai Tak Airport. It is an important air hub linking the city with mainland China and Asia. According to the number of passengers and cargo volume Hong Kong airport is one of the ten busiest airports in the world.
Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways and Air Hong Kong are based at the terminal. It is considered an important transit point for Chinese, Indian, Singaporean and African carriers. More than a hundred airlines fly out of Hong Kong airport and its geography covers 180 cities all over the world. The recorded capacity of the terminals is more than 63 million passengers per year.
As part of the construction of the airport designed by architect Norman Foster, the island was artificially enlarged by almost 10 square kilometers. A 34-kilometer road and railway line, tunnels and bridges were built to connect it to the city center.
Hotels near Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong Airport Signage
Hong Kong Airport Diagram
Hong Kong Airport Terminals
The airport has two terminals: T1 and T2. Between them there is an express station. Terminal 2 is the check-in area only, boarding, transfers and arrivals are made through Terminal 1.
With an area of 570,000 square meters, Terminal 1 is the third largest airport building in the world (after Dubai and Beijing). The building houses all the basic customer services, stores and boutiques (more than 160 retail outlets), a large food court area with restaurants (Western and Asian cuisine), coffee shops, fast food outlets.
The second terminal of the airport terminal opened in late February 2007. Its area is 140,000 square meters, part of the territory is occupied by SkyCity entertainment and business complex. Along with the major airlines, the terminal serves low-cost carriers.
The terminal complex also includes the North Concourse. It is designed for narrow-body aircraft, equipped with telescopes and serves up to 5 million passengers per year.
The Middle Concourse is located to the west of T1, between the two runways.
Sky Plaza in Terminal 2 features restaurants, lounges, an air center, the Asia Hollywood Interactive Theme Center and other services and entertainment venues.
4D Extreme Screen Theatre” with a huge projection screen has 360 seats, in the Aviation Discovery Centre you can become a pilot for a while (4D simulator) and learn more about the history of the airport in an exciting way.
The I-Sports room features one-of-a-kind simulators for sports such as soccer, basketball, golf, boxing, skiing, auto racing, and shooting.
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How to get from Hong Kong Airport to downtown
The transport links between the airport and the city are carefully designed, with buses and Airport Express trains running along the route. There are cabs and transfers available. Transport to mainland China isn’t difficult to find.
Hong Kong Airport Express
Airport Express trains are the fastest means of transport to central Hong Kong. The total journey time is 24 minutes.
A trip to the terminal station (Hong Kong Station) costs HK$115; to stations along the route: Kowloon – HK$105, Qin-Yi – HK$70, AsiaWorld-Expo – HK$6.
The express train travels at 135 km/h, passing the Lantau Cliffs, the world’s largest container port, Hong Kong’s tourist center Tsim Sha Tsui and through a tunnel under the harbor.
Train departure interval: from 05:54 to 00:48 – every 15-30 minutes.
More information about additional free services for Airport Express passengers can be found on the website.
Hong Kong airport buses
Airport buses are operated by carriers Citybus and Long Win. There are a variety of routes to get you downtown, to attractions and to more distant parts of the city. Flights A10, A11 and A12 depart from Hong Kong Island Airport (HK$48, HK$40 and HK$45 respectively).
Buses are convenient for those who want to get to the hotel without a transfer. For example, the A21 buses to Kowloon have stops at many of the major hotels popular with tourists. There are night bus services.
Shuttle bases around the airport are S1, S56, S64, S64X.
Detailed information on bus directions is on the airport website.
Long-distance buses depart from Terminal 2 to mainland China and Guangdong cities.
Ferries from Hong Kong airport
SkyPier provides ferry service to the mainland. Ferries from the airport pier go to Dongguan, Guangzhou, Macau, Shenzhen, Zhongshan, and Zhuhai.
Hong Kong Airport Taxi
A cab from the airport to downtown Hong Kong costs about HK$300-350, you can check the price before you go.
City cabs (red cabs) can go to most destinations in Hong Kong, except Tung Chung Road and South Lantau.
Green cabs (New Territories, or N.T.) travel only in the New Territories and some Lantau roads.
Blue cabs specialize in trips around Lantau and the airport area.