What is the most convenient means of transportation from Hong Kong Airport to the city?
"Which mode of transportation is most recommended to take from Hong Kong Airport to the city?"
Regarding this question, I believe that not only every visitor to Hong Kong will ask it, but it is also a question that many local Hong Kong people will definitely consider every time they return to Hong Kong from an overseas trip.
Indeed, Hong Kong Airport has different types of transportation connecting to the city of Hong Kong. Whether it is airport bus, airport railway, private transfer service, etc., there are many options. You can choose a transportation plan that best suits you based on your transportation budget and the number of travelers.
In addition, since Hong Kong Airport operates 24 hours a day, there are still flights taking off and landing even in the early morning. If you are looking for an airport transportation plan that best suits you, as well as an accommodation plan for arriving at the airport late at night, you can refer to the Hong Kong airport transportation and accommodation information we have prepared for you in this article. This will allow you to continue the next step of your trip in a full state of energy.
5 ways to connect Hong Kong Airport to the city
Under normal circumstances, if you have not arranged a private transfer service, or if you have a friend in Hong Kong who arranges airport transportation for you, you will have to choose between the following different airport transportation options:
- Hong Kong Airport Express train
- airport bus
- Hong KongMTR
- Hong Kong Airport Private Transfer
The biggest difference between these types of transportation is that different transportation budgets, different number of travelers, and different travel times require different suitable transportation methods. If you are still researching what means of transportation at Hong Kong Airport are suitable for you, the following section will introduce you to the characteristics of each type of airport transportation.
Hong Kong Airport Express
Someone once said that every city's airport in the world must have a railway connecting the airport to the city center. Although Hong Kong is not very large, it is no exception.
Hong Kong Airport is located on the artificial island of Chek Lap Kok next to Lantau Island. If there is not a high-speed railway connecting the city, it will take more than an hour to reach Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. The Hong Kong Airport Express provides a fast transportation option, and it only takes about 30 minutes to reach downtown Hong Kong.
Characteristics, journey time and service characteristics of Hong Kong Airport Express
The biggest feature of the Hong Kong Airport Express route is that the entire route is 35 kilometers long and has only 5 parking stations. It only takes 24 minutes to go from the Hong Kong Airport to the Central MTR Station on Hong Kong Island. It is definitely the fastest airport transportation. If you arrange your accommodation in popular tourist areas such as Tsim Sha Tsui and Central, taking the Hong Kong Airport Express will be more convenient than other means of transportation, and you will arrive at the hotel earlier to store your suitcases and then start a full day of sightseeing.
In addition, Hong Kong Airport Express also provides free shuttle buses* connecting the station to designated hotels, allowing you to go directly from the station to the hotel without spending time looking for a bus to go to the hotel.
*(The Airport Express shuttle bus will be suspended from April 10, 2020 due to insufficient passenger capacity. If you need to go to the hotel quickly from the station, it is recommended to transfer to a taxi at Kowloon Station or Hong Kong Station to the hotel, or make a reservation Pick-up and drop-off service at certain hotels.)
In addition to the free shuttle bus, you can also use the urban check-in service* at Hong Kong Station and Kowloon Station of the Hong Kong Airport Express. In this way, the suitcase can be handed over to the airline the night before, and you can seize the last opportunity to sightsee and shop in the city before boarding the plane without having to drag the suitcase around.
*(Due to manpower shortage, the urban check-in service is currently providing limited services. So far, only the Cathay Pacific counters at Hong Kong Station accept luggage check-in services in the urban area, and the counters of other airlines are still closed. )
Compared with other airport transportation, the Hong Kong Airport Express has a wider space, and there is enough space for you to put multiple suitcases. In addition, free Wi-Fi and charging equipment are also installed in the carriage. Even if you want to search for tea restaurants and scenic spots in Hong Kong, there will be no problem.
Hong Kong Airport Express fares and ticket discounts
Departing from Hong Kong Airport to the urban areas of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula, the standard fare of the Hong Kong Airport Express is HKD $105 – HKD$115. The ticket purchasing method is very simple. You can choose to purchase tickets at the automatic ticket vending machines at the stations or at the Customer Service Center of the Hong Kong Airport Express.
However, because the Hong Kong Airport Express often offers different types of ticket discounts, such as group tickets, online ticket discounts, etc., sometimes it also provides additional 40% discounts. Therefore, unless absolutely necessary, never buy tickets from the Hong Kong Airport Express ticket vending machines.
For example, take the Hong Kong Airport Express group ticket launched by Hong Kong MTR. As long as you purchase more than 2 one-way tickets at the same time, you can get an additional 25% discount. If you use the group ticket discount to purchase 4 one-way tickets, you will get an additional 40% discount. Ideal for riding in a car with friends and family.
In addition to group tickets, you can consider using Klook’s ticket discounts. Because even if you book a one-way ticket, you can already get an additional discount of 10%. If you book a round-trip ticket, you can get an additional 20% discount.
In other words, even if you are the only one traveling to Hong Kong, you can still enjoy the extra discount on booking Hong Kong Airport Express tickets. That's why we don't recommend buying tickets at the station's ticket vending machines.
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Hong Kong Airport Express operating hours
One of the reasons why the Hong Kong Airport Express is so popular among tourists is that their operating hours are very long.
Take the Hong Kong Airport Express train departing from Hong Kong Airport as an example. It opens at 05:54 every morning and ends at 00:48 late at night. No matter when you arrive in Hong Kong, you can go to the hotel room you have reserved as soon as possible. The train from Hong Kong Station to Hong Kong Airport starts operating at 05:50 in the morning and ends at 00:48 late at night. No matter which direction the train is taking, there is basically one train every 12 minutes on average. Even if you want to stay in Hong Kong city until the last minute, you can quickly go to Hong Kong Airport by taking the Hong Kong Airport Express.
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Hong Kong Airport Bus – “Citybus Airport Express”
In addition to the Hong Kong Airport Express train, you can also choose to take the airport bus from the airport, which is another most convenient way to travel to downtown Hong Kong. Compared with the Hong Kong Airport Express train, the Hong Kong Airport Bus has more different routes for you to choose from. If you arrange your accommodation in areas other than Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, it may be more convenient to take the Hong Kong Airport Bus.
Features of Hong Kong Airport Bus
Why choose to take the Hong Kong Airport Bus? If you arrange your accommodation in areas other than Tsim Sha Tsui and Central this time, the Hong Kong Airport Bus will be more convenient than the Hong Kong Airport Express. Mainly because the routes of the Hong Kong Airport Bus are designed according to the location of the hotel. If you have booked a hotel in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, or Yau Ma Tei, taking the Airport Bus can take you to the hotel without having to transfer. The nearby location allows you to reach the hotel without having to drag your suitcase far.
In addition, the fares of Hong Kong Airport Bus are generally cheaper than those of Hong Kong Airport Express. If you don’t have a big transportation budget and don’t mind taking a longer ride, Hong Kong Airport Bus will be a very suitable airport transportation solution for you.
Hong Kong Airport Bus Routes and Business Hours
If this is your first time taking the Hong Kong Airport Bus, you may not know which bus route is best for you.
Hong Kong Airport Bus routes are mainly divided into four types, namely "A Line", "E Line", "NA Line", and "N Line". Among them, the "A Line" and "N Line" are the most important to tourists, because most routes pass through major hotels and tourist areas. The "E Line" and "NA Line" are generally designed for Hong Kong residents and usually end in residential areas.
The difference between Hong Kong Airport Bus "A Line" and "N Line" lies in the operating hours. For example, the "A Line" mainly operates between 06:00 in the morning and 00:30 in the middle of the night, while the "N Line" only starts operating after 00:30 in the middle of the night, and generally ends around 05:00 in the morning every day.
To put it simply, if you arrive in Hong Kong between 00:00 and 05:00, in addition to staying at the Hong Kong Airport until 06:00 in the morning, you can also choose to take the Hong Kong Airport Bus "N Line" to the city of Hong Kong, and then Check into the hotel you originally booked. Compared to booking a hotel near the airport or taking a taxi to downtown Hong Kong, taking the Hong Kong Airport Bus "N Line" will be a cheaper solution.
Airport bus routes suitable for Hong Kong travel itineraries
If you have booked hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok, Jordan, and Hung Hom, you can reach most hotels on the Kowloon Peninsula by taking Route A20 or Route A21*. In the middle of the night, the N21 route and N21A route of the airport bus can also take you to most hotels on the Kowloon Peninsula.
*(Due to insufficient passenger capacity, route A21 is temporarily suspended)
As for hotels connecting Hong Kong Airport – Hong Kong Island, you can take the A11 route during the day and the N11 route late at night. This bus route will pass through popular tourist areas on Hong Kong Island, including Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay. This bus route is most suitable if you plan to go to the hotel first to store your luggage.
In addition to the A11 route, there is also the A12 route to the Eastern District of Hong Kong Island. If you have booked hotels in North Point, Quarry Bay, or Taikoo, it will be more convenient to take the A12 route. However, if you are only going to Central, Wan Chai or Causeway Bay, taking the A11 route will be more suitable because the fare is cheaper.
On the other hand, you will also find the "S Line" bus service at Hong Kong Airport. If you plan to travel to Tung Chung, taking the S1 bus route will be more convenient than taking a taxi.
Hong Kong Airport Bus travel time, bus fares
Compared with Hong Kong Airport Express trains, Hong Kong Airport Bus fares are cheaper. A standard one-way ticket only costs about HK$$50 on average, which is almost half of the Hong Kong Airport Express ticket. However, because the tickets are relatively cheap, there are many parking stations, and it takes an average of 45 to 75 minutes to travel from Hong Kong Airport to downtown Hong Kong.
Simply put, if you are not in a hurry, the Hong Kong Airport Bus is a cheaper and more convenient airport transportation solution, and you can also enjoy the street scenery of Hong Kong during the ride. However, if you want to leave early to go to the airport to eat and shop, the Hong Kong Airport Express train will be a more suitable transportation solution for you.
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Ordinary Hong Kong MTR routes
If you don’t want to spend money on Hong Kong Airport Express tickets and are willing to spend time taking ordinary Hong Kong MTR trains to downtown Hong Kong, you can first take the bus to Tung Chung, and then transfer to the Tung Chung Line to Kowloon Station, Hong Kong station.
The characteristic of this mode of transportation is that it can reduce transportation expenses to less than HK$$35, and the overall travel time is about the same as taking the Hong Kong Airport Bus. But the disadvantage is that you need to take the S1 bus route with your suitcase, and then transfer to the more crowded Tung Chung Line train.
If you don’t have much transportation budget, or if you plan to go to Hong Kong Disneyland immediately after arriving at Hong Kong Airport, this transportation plan will be suitable for you. Otherwise, this transportation plan will not be the most suitable transportation plan for you. Because while not saving a lot of transportation costs, you also have to spend time waiting for the bus and dragging your suitcase to Tung Chung to transfer to the MTR. Perhaps it would be more worthwhile to spend this time on other itineraries.
Compared with other airport transportation options, as long as you don't care about your transportation budget, you can take a taxi directly from the Hong Kong Airport to the city. Because among all airport transportation options, taxis are the most expensive airport transportation options.
Under normal circumstances, taking a taxi from Hong Kong Airport to Kowloon Peninsula costs HKD $260, and taking a taxi to Hong Kong Island costs about HKD$400. The fare is generally calculated based on the distance traveled, and there are no fixed taxi options.
Should you take a taxi from Hong Kong Airport to the city? If you are taking a taxi with multiple people this time, or if you need to take care of elders or children, taking a taxi will be more convenient than the airport bus or Airport Express train. Not only can you get there from the entrance of the Hong Kong Airport Star Hotel, but the average fare per person is probably not much higher than taking the Airport Express train. Another reason why it’s worth taking a taxi is that if you arrive at the Hong Kong Airport late at night and don’t want to spend time waiting in line for the airport bus, taking a taxi can quickly get you to your hotel in downtown Hong Kong.
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Hong Kong Airport Private Transfer
In addition to taking taxis to downtown Hong Kong, as long as you have enough transportation budget, you can also book some customized airport private transfer services.
In addition to requesting a specified car model, you can also arrange for the driver to arrive at the Hong Kong Airport early to wait for you. While you still have to wait in line for the taxi, you may have arrived at the hotel early. For some itineraries that arrive in Hong Kong late at night, or those that require care of elders or children, using a private transfer service will provide a better experience than taking a taxi.
If you are traveling with 3-4 people at the same time, the average cost per person using private transfer service is about HKD $150, which is similar to the cost of taking a taxi. Of course, you can also book luxury plans that provide RVs for 7 people. The transportation budget per person is about HKD $200.
If you don’t want to spend time waiting in line or dragging your suitcase, the experience of using private transfer service is much better than taking a taxi or the Hong Kong Airport Express train. Although everyone needs a higher transportation budget, it will be more convenient and comfortable to set off to the city of Hong Kong.
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How to choose the most suitable airport transportation solution?
After just introducing different airport transportation options, I believe you will find an airport transportation option that best suits you. However, if you still can’t decide which airport transportation plan you should choose, you may be able to refer to the following conditions to filter out the most suitable airport transportation plan.
Determine the most appropriate airport transportation based on hotel location
If you have booked a hotel in Central or Tsim Sha Tsui, the Hong Kong Airport Express train will of course be the most suitable airport transportation solution for you. Because it is very convenient to go to Hong Kong Station and Kowloon Station from Central and Tsim Sha Tsui.
However, if you have booked a hotel in Mong Kok, Wan Chai or Causeway Bay, you should consider whether taking the Hong Kong Airport Bus would be more suitable. In this way, you can take a car directly from the hotel door to the airport, thereby reducing the number of transfers to different modes of transportation and saving the effort of dragging suitcases.
Determine the most suitable airport transportation based on arrival time at Hong Kong Airport
If you arrive at Hong Kong Airport between 06:00 in the morning and 00:15 in the middle of the night, you can choose the airport transportation plan that best suits you based on the location of the hotel you booked. However, if you will arrive at Hong Kong Airport between 01:00 am and 05:00 am, you should consider whether you want to stay at the airport until 06:00 am. You should still book a private transfer service from Hong Kong Airport so that you can arrive at your hotel room early and buy some time to rest.
Determine the most appropriate airport transportation based on the number of travelers
If you are traveling to Hong Kong alone, then the Hong Kong Airport Express train and the Hong Kong Airport Bus should be the most suitable airport transportation options for you.
But as long as you have a few people to share the airport transportation expenses, you can consider taking a taxi or booking a private transfer service at Hong Kong Airport. The transportation cost per person will not be much higher than taking the Hong Kong Airport Express train, but it will be more convenient to set off to the city of Hong Kong.
Determine the most appropriate airport transportation based on your travel transportation budget
If you don’t have a big travel budget and want to save more transportation costs, taking a bus to Tung Chung and then transferring to the Tung Chung Line will be a cheaper transportation option.
Compared with taking the Hong Kong Airport Bus, this method can reduce the chance of encountering traffic jams, but it requires extra time to wait for the S1 bus to Tung Chung, and you have to drag your suitcases in Tung Chung and transfer to Tung Chung. line.
Our most recommended airport transportation options
Based on our experience living in Hong Kong, based on the current charges and transportation time of different airport transportation options, the Hong Kong Airport Express will be the most suitable airport transportation option for everyone.
Although Hong Kong Airport Bus fares are relatively cheap, as long as we take into account the travel time required by Hong Kong Airport Bus and the difference between the bus fare and the Hong Kong Airport Express discount ticket, we will still pay a little more to save more. More travel time. Whether you go to the airport early to eat, check in, or leave Hong Kong Airport for the city earlier, the extra tens of Hong Kong dollars spent are actually insignificant.
In recent years, as I often travel with my elders, the opportunities to take taxis and private transfer services at Hong Kong Airport have gradually increased. Although the transportation costs have increased a lot, it will be more convenient to go to Hong Kong Airport, and you no longer need to drag your suitcases with you by public transportation. The entire travel experience has been improved a lot.
In addition, last time we booked an additional VIP lounge at the Hong Kong Airport, where we could watch the planes take off and land, enjoy delicious food and wait for our flight. Everyone was very satisfied with this arrangement.
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Is it necessary to book those hotels near Hong Kong Airport?
While getting to Hong Kong Market is very easy from Hong Kong Airport, different airport transportation options can be found at any time. However, if your flight this time will arrive at Hong Kong Airport late at night, and you don’t want to spend time waiting in line for taxis or airport buses, you may consider booking some hotels near Hong Kong Airport.
This way you can buy more time to rest. On the other hand, if you have a flight leaving Hong Kong at 06:00 in the morning, you can check into hotels near Hong Kong Airport early. This way you can save time on transportation and don’t have to worry about missing your flight due to traffic problems.
If you also need to book some hotels near Hong Kong Airport, you can consider the 3 hotels closest to Hong Kong Airport, which are:
The biggest feature of these three hotels is that they can provide the services of a 5-star hotel and are very close to the Hong Kong Airport Passenger Terminal. Whether you have just arrived at Hong Kong Airport or are preparing to take a flight out of Hong Kong, you don’t need to spend too much time traveling back and forth from Hong Kong Airport to your hotel room, which is very convenient. In terms of room prices, although these hotels are all 5-star hotels, the average room price only costs about HK$1,200. That is to say, you can stay in a 5-star hotel at half the price of a hotel in downtown Hong Kong. It is definitely the most suitable accommodation plan near the airport.
I believe that after sharing in this article today, you can find an airport transportation plan that best suits you. However, in addition to this article introducing airport transportation solutions, we are alsoHong Kong Travel Information ClassificationAmong them, we have prepared more practical articles of different types for you. It includes the latest Hong Kong attractions, accommodation deals, attraction ticket discounts and more. If you are planning to travel to Hong Kong, I believe these articles can help you plan a unique Hong Kong travel itinerary.
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