Chaotic Hong Kong traffic and expensive taxis can mean that you're better off getting the train into the city.
The Airport Express Line trains will take you to Central Hong Kong Station in 24 minutes, stopping only at Tsing Li and Kowloon Stations. Departures are every 10 minutes from 05:54-23:28 and every 12 minutes from 23:28-00.48.
There's a free check-in service in Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations to check in between 90 minutes and one day before your flight, and free porter services are also available. From Hong Kong or Kowloon Station, free shuttle buses run to many major hotels.
If you're going to Disneyland, you can change to the Tung Chung Line at Tsing Yi Station and travel to Sunny Bay Station for the Disneyland Resort Line. If you're going to the exhibition centre, AsiaWorld-Exp, take the five-minute journey in the other direction.
Tip: Download the 'MTR Next Train' app to find out the nearest departure times.
Cost: HKD 100 one-way to Hong Kong Station, HKD 5 to AsiaWorld-Expo
Location: Ground Transportation Centre between terminals
A taxi is a practical option, but is not cheap. Hong Kong taxis are colour-coded according to their operating areas. Urban taxis (Red) serve all destinations throughout Hong Kong including the airport except Tung Chung Road and roads in south Lantau. New Territories taxis (Green) serve only the New Territories and specific roads in Lantau. Lantau taxis (Blue) serve all destinations in Lantau and the airport.
Cost: Around HKD 300, plus HKD for each piece of luggage
Location: Outside Arrivals, to the left
To save money, there are many, cheaper, buses taking you to many destinations in the Hong Kong area. For central Hong Kong, the S1 Citybus to Tung Chung MTR Station and board the MTR Tung Chung Line, taking you along the same route as the Airport Express for less money, but stopping at more places. For more on bus times and routes, check out: www.citybus.com.hk or Long Win Bus at www.lwb.hk.
Cost: Fares vary but are in the region of HKD 30-50; the S1 costs HKD 3.5 to Tung Chung
Location: Ground Transportation Centre between terminals
You can take a ferry to other destinations in the Pearl River Delta from the airport's SkyPier. Access is before immigration, as you're not considered to have entered Hong Kong at this point. Destinations include: Shekou, Shenzhen Airport, Macau, Humen, Guangzhou, Zhongshan, Zhuhai and Nansha.
Hong Kong International Airport is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, and known locally by that name. It lies around 36km from the centre of Hong Kong, and is a large, sometimes crowded, but clean, well-run airport, with very good shopping and eating options (especially in the Departure areas).
The airport has two terminals:
Shuttle between terminals
Distances are large in Hong Kong airport. To get around, you can take the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) automated people mover, or use one of many moving walkways. The people mover operates in two segments:
From the airport's 'SkyPier', you can travel from the airport to destinations in the Guangdong Province, without having to clear immigration and customs in Hong Kong.
The biggest IMAX 3D cinema in Hong Kong is on Level 6 of Terminal 2, up the escalator and all the way to the left as you enter. Look out for the big blue sign, you can’t miss it.
Cost: Tickets from HKD 135, plus HKD 6 for the 3D glasses
Opening hours: 11:00-22:00.
There’s a luggage storage point on Level 5, Arrivals in Terminal 1.
HKD 40 for 3 hours, HKD 55 for 3-24 hours.
Open from 5:30 to 1:30.
Hong Kong Airport is home to the city’s first nine-hole golf course created to United States Golf Association standards. It has a full pro shop, will rent equipment and store your baggage, and has a good Thai restaurant.
Prices from HKD 460 for 9 holes, non-members welcome.
Free shuttle bus from Terminal 2, Gate 18
Hours: Tee-off times 7:36 to 21:00.
Enjoy access to the pool and health facilities at SkyCity Marriott for HKD 220, or at the Regal Airport Hotel for HKD 200. Available from 9:00 to 18:00.
A free shuttle bus runs between Bay 29/30 of Terminal 2 and the Marriott every 20 minutes from 5:00 to 12.40, and the Regal is five minutes’ walk from Terminal 1 via the bridge just past Starbucks.
Hung’s Delicacies, located in terminal 2 on the ground floor is a Michelin-star airport restaurant comprising of authentic Chinese food. It has become a bit of a destination itself in recent years and is well worth the visit. Hung's specializes in marinated meats: try the goose or pork.
There are few visitors who drive themselves because of the traffic. However, you may find car rental desks in the arrivals hall in both terminals.
The Dream Come True Educational Park is a sprawling complex, where children are encouraged to try out different jobs, from astronaut to surgeon, and experience the job for real.
Entrance HKD 80 kids, HKD 160 adults.
Terminal 2, level 6, before security
Hours: 09:30-18:30 Mon-Fri, 09:00-22:00 Sat-Sun
On your layover, The Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 are beautiful places to enjoy a glass of champagne and sunset over the skyscrapers.
Take the Airport Express to Central Station and go to Exit J. The route to Peak Tram Lower Terminus is clearly signposted, or a 5-minute taxi ride. Buy a Peak Tram Sky Pass for HKD 83. Cash only. Open 10:00 to 23:00 weekdays, 8:00 to 23:00 weekends. You’ll need a 6-hour layover to do it comfortably.
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