There are several ways to travel into the city from Hong Kong International Airport. One popular mode of transportation is the Airport Express Hong Kong, which provides fast and efficient service to important areas of the city, making three calls at Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong Station.
Here are a few things that will help you decide if the Airport Express Hong Kong is the right choice for your journey from the airport into Hong Kong. You need to factor in your budget, time, hotel location and anticipated level of travel fatigue to determine if Airport Express is the best way for you to get into the city.
Airport Express Hong Kong is Fast
Airport Express is the fastest and most direct route to the city putting passengers into Tsing Yi (12 minutes), Kowloon (20 minutes) and Hong Kong Stations (24 minutes) much more expediently than airport buses or taxis. Most major hotels in Hong Kong are located close to Kowloon or Hong Kong Station.
Free Shuttle Bus Service to Major Hotels
Airport Express passengers can use the complimentary shuttle bus service from Kowloon and Hong Kong Stations to most hotels. Visit the MTR website – complementary shuttle service webpage to check if your hotel qualifies for the free shuttle service scheme. Free shuttle departures are every 12 minutes from Kowloon Station and every 20 minutes from Hong Kong Station.
If your hotel is not included in the complimentary free shuttle service scheme, there may still be a connecting shuttle service at 30 to 60 minute intervals (usually at a fee). Contact your hotel to find out if this is something they provide or if it’s better to take a taxi from the Airport Express stations.
Airport Express is Frequent
The Airport Express trains leave the airport every 10 minutes throughout the day (from 5.54 am to 00.45am). As the service is regular, it makes Airport Express a great option for the return journey as well.
Free In-town Check-in Service
Another benefit of Airport Express is many major airlines offer check-in services at Kowloon and Hong Kong Stations.
This means you can check in and drop off your luggage up to to 24 hours prior to your scheduled flight. Visit the MTR In-Town Check-in Counter Information webpage to find out if your airline provides this service.
Airport Express Fares
Airport Express fares are (HK$90 adult, HK$45 child) to/from Kowloon Station and (HK$100 adult, HK$50 child) to/from Hong Kong Station. These are the two main stations where the vast majority of visitors depart the Airport Express trains.
Note that groups of two or more passengers can avail of a Group Pass discounts. For example, a family of four can buy a Group Pass (HK$220) to/from Kowloon Station and (HK$250) to/from Hong Kong Station.
Airport Express tickets can be purchased with cash, credit card or Octopus Card at any of the Airport Express stations. You can also purchase online in advance of your trip to Hong Kong.
Airport Bus Service
If you are don’t mind a longer journey time or want to save on transportation costs, than make use of one of the many airport buses available at the Hong Kong International Airport bus terminus. Convenient bus services are available to most areas of Hong Kong.
Popular bus routes include A21 to Kowloon (HK$33 adults/HK$16.5 children), which is about a 45-minute trip and route A11 to Hong Kong Island (HK$40 adults/HK$20 children), normally about a one hour journey.
If cost is not an issue and you prefer to go directly to your hotel, then your best option is a taxi. If you’re arriving on a long-haul flight and are not familiar with the city or are concerned about potential travel fatigue then a taxi is the most convenient.
As of September 2015, Taxi services (up to 4 people) to Kowloon area hotels costs around HK$225 to 250+ (add HK5 for each piece of luggage). Journeys to Hong Kong Island hotels will set you back HK$285 to 325+ (add HK5 per bag). For more precise taxi fare estimates, visit the Hong Kong International Airport website ‘Taxi Transportation’ page.
Need More Information
Visit the MTR or Hong Kong International Airport websites for additional information regarding Airport Express and other transportation services between the airport and the city.
Discover Hong Kong
For more ideas on things to do in Hong Kong see Hong Kong Tourism Board’s website. While in Hong Kong it’s worth taking a trip to Macao, which is a charming historic Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Macao is a fast-growing and exciting destination with plenty of glitzy casino resorts but it also offers visitors interested in history and culture lots of things to do.