Hong Kong Airport Transportation
There are many ways to skin this cat! Express train, buses, taxies, and ferries are the main choices. (But if you're staying at
one of the airport
hotels, you may not even need to read this.)
Named Airbus or Cityflyer, they are buses that take you between the airport and the urban areas.
They have some luggage space on board (not quite enough
for everyone though!) Their route numbers always
start with an A,
- The A
buses are the fastest among these buses because
they don't loop among as much in the city.
- The E
buses get you there - takes longer, but costs less
than the 'A' buses.
- The N
buses only run in the small hours of the morning.
- The S
buses only go between "Tung Chung" (the
town closest to the airport) and the
This is probably the most cost-effective way to go,
but if you have more luggage than you can handle by
yourself, this is not a good choice unless you know
that the bus-stop is right in front of your hotel.
Refer to the bus company websites listed in links
section to get more info on routes.
Above: taxis lined up at the airport waiting for customers
Taxies can take you from anywhere to the airport. But when going from the airport to your
destination, you need to get in the right kind of taxi. Fear not though, there're usually attendants at the airport taxi stand to assist you. It is probably the fastest way unless there is a traffic jam, or a marathon or demonstration going on.
The 3 kinds of taxies: red, green, and blue.
- They can only operate on Lantau
(where the airport is located), but most likely your
hotel is not there - but then you may be staying at one of the airport hotels
or the land of magic: the Disneyland
- They can only operate in the New Territories, the region
north of Kowloon Peninsula.
- They can go anywhere except for outlying islands not
connected with a bridge.
- All three kinds can go to and from the airport
So at the airport, get in the right queue! And when in doubt,
ask! If you don't want to ask, just get in a red one - it may
cost a bit more though!
approximate costs to go from the airport to different parts of
Hong Kong are posted next to the doors just before the taxi queues.
You will want to pay some attention to that because you may run into
taxi drivers in sheep's clothing!
Airport Express train
The Airport Express is a special train linking the airport with the urban area and
the subway (MTR
also have free shuttle buses taking you from the Kowloon or
Hong Kong station to different places (after you have ridden
the Airport Express train to the urban area, or planning to
take that train to the airport).
There are 7 shuttle bus routes servicing some Hong Kong
and Kowloon hotels. One services
the MTR Hung Hom train
station where you can take trains into China mainland (e.g.
Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai).
Express train platform (8MB AVI)
The Airport Express train is a comfortable ride of about 25
minutes to get from the airport to the Central
District. It takes slightly shorter to go to the Kowloon
Station, and just half the time to Tsing Yi station. At the time of writing, it generally runs
every 12 minutes and costs HK$100 for adults (~US$12.50) one way between the airport and Central. Their operating hours from the airport are: 5:54am - 00:48am. (2011.06.04)
Generally speaking, a good combination is taking it and connecting
to a taxi after it arrives urban Hong Kong, i.e. Hong Kong Island,
Kowloon, etc. This way you can get to your destination in Kowloon
or Hong Kong Island in about an hour but for less cost than
taking a taxi all the way, and there will be people to help
you with your luggage pretty much at each point.
There is ample parking at the airport and the
drive is generally about half an hour to an hour. But there are
tunnel and bridge tolls to take care of. So if you plan on flying your car to Hong Kong, with the right import papers, you might just be able to drive it to the hotel!
Rental cars are quite rare. In fact you won't see a row of car rental booths at the airport like you would in N. America, and I don't know of any tourist who has ever
rented a car to drive, but they are available if you want to battle
the Hong Kong traffic with all the one-way streets, bus lanes, traffic
lights, and pedestrians. Check our transportation links
page - you can also rent chauffeured vehicles.
You want to take a rickshaw from the airport to your hotel??
You've got to be kidding!
If you just want to have a picture taken, there was one sitting
outside of a restaurant on the second floor of the Hong
Kong airport. (Not sure if it is still there!) And then I
have also seen one outside the marriage registration office located
Kong Park. There are also some parked outside the Star
Ferry Pier in Central
that you can buy but not ride. 2007.6
Ferries : they take you
from the airport to a couple of places, probably neither of
which is close to where you stay. But there is a pier that you
can catch a ferry to a few ports on mainland China - without
even going through the Hong Kong immigration. Just look for the counter at the airport after you get off the plane but before you go through immigrations.
: provided by individual hotels. The cost is usually not bad
but you have to leave the hotel much earlier than necessary if you're taking it to the airport on your way out of Hong Kong.
: if there are three people in your party and your luggage can
fit into the trunk of a car, you might as well take a taxi for
the convenience. But as mentioned above, beware of taxi
drivers in sheep's clothing.
Tung Chung MTR line : one possible way of getting
from the airport to urban Hong Kong is to take a blue taxi to
a nearby town Tung Chung, and catching the MTR (subway). The
journey took me an hour to get to Central District at 11 pm,
which is not much of a time-saver nor cost-cutting. You could
take the bus (S1?) from the airport to Tung Chung, but I think
the hassle is not worth the small savings, and I don't think
the bus is equipped to take on much luggage.