TO/FROM THE AIRPORT
Hong Kong International Airport is located 34km, by road and rail, from Hong Kong Island and is easily accessible by AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN, PUBLIC BUS SERVICES, TAXIS and LUXURY COACH SHUTTLE AND LIMOUSINE SERVICES. See below for full details;
AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN
Airport Express train, operated by MTR, is usually the fastest method of travel between the airport to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Services commenced on 6th July 1998, the opening day of the new airport and by the end of 2010 the service was being used by about 33,000 passengers daily, accounting for about one-third of journeys to and from the airport. The Airport Express Line serves four stations, Asia World-Expo (an exhibition, conference and event centre, adjacent to the airport), Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong.
At the airport, the station platform is within the terminal building about 50 metres from the arrivals hall and clearly signed. Seven-car trains leave the airport daily, every 10 minutes from start of service at 05-50 until midnight and every 12 minutes from midnight to close of service at 00-48. Trains are fast, comfortable and equipped with plenty of luggage storage space. PCCW (subscription) wi-fi is available on all trains.
Arrival Hall exits lead directly to the Airport Express platform, about 50 metres distant
Journey times on the Airport Express from the airport are;
Asia World-Expo 1 minute
Tsing Yi Station* 12 minutes
Kowloon Station* 21 minutes
Hong Kong Station** 24 minutes
*Interchange station with MTR Tung Chung Line
** Pedestrian subway link to MTR Central Station
The first train from the airport is at 05-54 and the last train at 00-48
First and last trains to the airport are;
from Hong Kong Station 05-50/00-48
from Kowloon Station 05-53/00-52
from Tsing Yi Station 06-00/00-59
Trains run at a 10-minute frequency from 05-50 until midnight and 12-minute frequency from midnight to close of service at 00-48.
For a single journey or same day return^ adult fares to/from the airport are;
Tsing Yi Station HK$60
Kowloon Station HK$90
Hong Kong Station HK$100
Fares for child 3-11 are 50% of above. However, until 17th February 2013 child 3-11 can travel free when using Child Octopus Card. For full details see: http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/whatsnew/ael_child_free.html
Child under 3 free
^ Free return journey if made on same day. Applies to Airport Express Same Day Return Ticket holders and Octopus Card users.
For a return journey (round trip ticket valid one month) fares are;
Tsing Yi Station HK$110
Kowloon Station HK$160
Hong Kong Station HK$180
Fares for child 3-11 are 50% of above.
Child under 3 free
GROUP TICKET SPECIAL PROMOTION - Group Single Journey Tickets are available for groups of 2, 3 or 4 people offering discounts of up to 40%. The group must travel together and tickets are valid only on the day of issue.
Airport - Hong Kong or vice-versa Group of 2 HK$160, 3 HK$210, 4 HK$250
Airport - Kowloon or vice-versa Group of 2 HK$140, 3 HK$190, 4 HK$220
Airport - Tsing Yi or vice-versa Group of 2 HK$90, 3 HK$125, 4 HK$150
OCTOPUS CARD FREE MTR CONNECTION
Passengers using Octopus Card to pay for travel on the Airport Express can enjoy free travel on the the whole of the MTR network (including the mainland border stations of Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau) to or from any Airport Express Station provided all connections are made within one hour of each other.
Payment can be made using Octopus Card which can be obtained from the Airport Express Customer Service Centres at the airport or from any MTR station ticket office or customer service centre. At the airport, the Customer Service Centres can be found in the "buffer halls", after baggage reclaim and before entering the arrival hall, also in the arrival hall areas A & B and on the Airport Express departure platform (Terminal 1) and arrival platform (Terminal 2 side).
Single journey or return tickets can be obtained either from ticket machines at Airport Express Customer Service Centres at the airport (see above), Airport Express Customer Service Centres at Hong Kong, Kowloon and Tsing Yi Stations or any MTR station ticket Customer Service Centre.
There are no entry barriers at the airport station and passengers can walk straight on to the platform and board a train. However passengers must have a valid tickets or Octopus Card to operate the exit barriers at the destination station and if not purchased at the airport tickets can also be purchased at the destination station at the Customer Service Centre in the platform area before passing through the exit barriers.
Airport Express tickets and Octopus Cards can be purchased at the Airport Express Customer Service Desks which are located in area A and area B of the Arrival Hall at Terminal 1, also on the Airport Express departure platform and on the arrival platform (Terminal 2 side). There are also ticket counters in the "buffer halls" after baggage reclaim, before entering the arrival hall
Airport Express tickets and MTR tickets can also be be purchased from ticket machines in the Arrivals Hall areas "A" and "B"
Visitors do not have to purchase Airport Express tickets at the airport. There are no platform barriers at the airport station. Passengers can board the train without a ticket and pay at the destination station at the Customer Service Centre on the arrival platform, before the exit barriers
AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAVEL PASS
For some short stay visitors the Travel Pass may be suitable. However, when initially purchased*, this does not have as much flexibility in relation to use of other forms of public transport as the standard Octopus Card. It is available with two options valid for a period of three days from date of first use;
Single Airport Express journey and unlimited use of MTR for three days* HK$220
Two Airport Express journeys and unlimited use of MTR for three days* HK$300
The above prices include a HK$50 refundable deposit
The pass is valid for 180 days from date of purchase and the Airport Express journey/s can be taken any time within that period.
* The three days of unlimited MTR travel commences at the time of the first MTR (not Airport Express) journey and lasts for a period of 72 hours plus any additional hours to close of service on the final day. Unlimited travel includes all MTR lines but excludes the mainland border stations of Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau. The pass also includes travel on MTR Light Rail and MTR bus.
The Travel Pass is slightly cheaper if bought in advance online (HK$209 or HK$285), see;
*At any time after purchase, value can be added to the pass to enable it to be used as a Standard Adult On-loan Octopus Card on other forms of public transport eg bus, trams, ferries and, for MTR journeys after the initial "three days unlimited rides" have expired.
Airport Express train interior
FREE AIRPORT EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUS
Airport Express passengers can take advantage of the free Airport Express Shuttle Bus services from Kowloon and Hong Kong Airport Express Stations to and from about 50 hotels and nearby hotels.
Free Airport Express Shuttle Bus from Kowloon Station, seen at Holiday Inn Golden Mile on route K3
There are seven routes;
FROM/TO HONG KONG STATION
H1 – Island Shangri-La, Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place, JW Marriott Hong Kong, The Empire Wan Chai, Wharney Guang Dong, Novotel Century, Renaissance Harbour View, Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Soho, ibis Hong Kong Central and Shueng Wan, Best Western Harbour View, Island Pacific Hotel.
H2- Empire Causeway Bay, Metropark Causeway Bay, Regal Hong Kong Hotel, Rosedale on the Park, The Park Lane Hotel, Excelsior Hotel, Harbour Grand Hong Kong, City Garden Hotel, HK Convention & Exhibition Centre, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel.
FROM/TO KOWLOON STATION
K1 – MTR Jordan Station (Austin Road), Hung Hom Station, Harbour Plaza Metropolis, Whampoa Garden (Tak On Street), Harbour Grand Kowloon, Eaton Smart Hong Kong Hotel, Austin Station.
K2 – Prince, Gateway, Marco Polo Hong Kong, The Kowloon Hotel/The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Langham Hotel Hong Kong, Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers/China Ferry Terminal
K3 – Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui, Regal Kowloon Hotel, Hotel ICON, Hotel Nikko Hong Kong, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, Kowloon Shangri-La.
K4 – Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers/East Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Park Hotel, The Luxe Manor, Empire Hotel Kowloon Tsim Sha Tsui, BP International.
K5 - The Cityview, Metropark Hotel Kowloon, Royal Plaza Hotel.
For full details and a list of other nearby nearby hotels see;
Buses operate from 6-12am to 11-12pm daily at the following frequencies;
Routes H1, H2 and K5 every 20 minutes
Routes K1, K2, K3 and K4 every 12 minutes
AIRPORT EXPRESS IN TOWN CHECK IN
Visitors travelling with most airlines and using the Airport Express can take advantage of the free In-Town Check-In service at Hong Kong Station and Kowloon Station. This popular and convenient service is operated jointly by the MTR Corporation and the participating airlines and enables luggage to be checked in between from 24 hours and 90 minutes before flight departure time for most airlines enabling passengers with late departures to spend most of the day luggage free. Boarding passes are issued at In-Town Check-in and passengers who use this facility need not arrive at the airport until about one hour before flight departure time. The Airport Express In Town Check In Service counters are open from 05-30am to 00-30am. Either an Airport Express ticket or an Octopus Card is required to operate the barriers to access the check-in desks and Airport Express fare is paid at that time. Passengers can then leave the station having checked in and on return to the station the same ticket or Octopus Card is used to open the platform barriers and the ticket or Octopus Card recognises that the fare has already been paid. However if after using the In Town Check In facility passengers subsequently choose to travel to the airport by any form of transportation other than the Airport Express no refund is given and the Airport Express fare is forfeited.
Current schedule of airlines providing In-Town check-in facility is available at the link below. All airlines listed allow same day (departure day) check-in and some (listed in red) allow day before check-in, subject in some cases to conditions. Airlines not listed do not provide In-Town Check-In facility;
AIRPORT PUBLIC BUS SERVICES
Almost all areas of Hong Kong are served by frequent scheduled bus services to and from the airport Ground Transportation Centre. Buses to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories travel along the Lantau Link, Tsing Ma Bridge and routes A10, A11, A12 and A22 also cross the Stonecutters Bridge, opened in late 2009, and provide a scenic and interesting journey. There are clear direction signs from the Arrivals Hall to the bus terminus at the Ground Transportation Centre (about 3 minutes walk), from where the buses depart, and there is a detailed information display board detailing all routes at the entrance to the bus terminus.
Information display at the entrance to the airport bus terminus gives details of bus routes and departure stands.
Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are served by double deck “Cityflyer” buses and “external” buses operated by Citybus.
The “Cityflyer” buses have plenty of luggage space and are equipped with visual scrolling information displays upstairs and downstairs and audible announcements detailing each bus stop on the journey and hotels and other landmarks in the vicinity in English and Chinese. There is also a recorded commentary with information about points of interest on each route, such as Lantau Island and the Tsing Ma Bridge. Luggage storage areas are covered by CCTV which can be also monitored from upstairs. Free wi-fi internet access is available on all buses on "Cityflyer" routes.
From April 2013, over a period of two years, the whole of the "Cityflyer" fleet is to be replaced. The first four new buses will enter service in early April and about half the fleet expected to be replaced by the end of 2013. The new buses will feature reclining high-back leather seats, individual reading lights above upper deck seats and larger luggage racks. Multi-functional LCD panels will display the names of the next three bus stops and hotel names, luggage rack areas will be monitored by CCTV and all buses will be equipped with free wi-fi.
The “external” E number prefix buses have audible and visual next bus stop announcements displays and luggage space. However, these services, which are cheaper than "A" prefix routes and popular with airport workers, take a longer route via airport buildings and Tung Chung.
The New Territories are served by double deck "Airbus" buses operated by Long Win Bus Company which are similar to the "Cityflyer" buses and have plenty of luggage space and next bus stop information.
Tung Chung and South Lantau are served by buses jointly operated by Long Win Bus and Citybus and by New Lantao Bus Company.
For more detailed information regarding routes, bus operators, fares and schedules see;
or the airport website;
The most useful routes for most visitors are those detailed below which pass close to major hotels. A Citybus/New World First Bus leaflet "Hong Kong Bus Travel Guide" is available from the Citybus Customer Service Centre at the airport, also at Exchange Square Customer Service Centre and the NWFB Customer Service Centre at Admiralty Bus Station. This shows each “Cityflyer” route in detail with hotel locations and indicates which bus stop to board and alight at.
HONG KONG ISLAND
A10 Citybus “Cityflyer” to Ap Lei Chau via Lantau Link, Western Harbour Crossing, Kennedy Town, Mt Davis Road, Chi Fu, Wah Fu and Aberdeen. Frequency every 30 mins daily from 06-50 to 00-20. Fare HK$48
A11 Citybus “Cityflyer” to North Point Ferry Piers via Lantau Link, Western Harbour Crossing, Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty (journeys from airport only), Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Fortress Hill. Frequency every 15-30 mins daily from 06-10 to 01-00. Fare HK$40
A12 Citybus “Cityflyer” to Siu Sai Wan via Lantau Link, Western Harbour Crossing, West Point, Central (journeys from Siu Sai Wan only), Wan Chai (journeys from airport only), Island Eastern Corridor, Taikoo Shing, Sai Wan Ho. Frequency every 20-30 mins daily from 06-00 to 00-10. Fare HK$45
E11 Citybus to Tin Hau Bus Terminus via Tung Chung Centre then follows same route as A11 but terminates at Tin Hau Bus Terminus, Causeway Bay. Every 12-20 mins daily from 05-20 to 24-00. Note - buses on "E" prefix bus services have limited luggage space and take a longer route than "A" prefix routes serving the same districts resulting in longer journey times. Fare HK$21
KOWLOON (AND CLEARWATER BAY PENINSULA)
A21 Citybus “Cityflyer” to Hung Hom Station via Lantau Link, Prince Edward (journeys from airport only), Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan and Tsim Sha Tsui. Frequency every 9-20 mins daily from 06-00 to 24-00. Fare HK$33
A22 Citybus “Cityflyer” to Lam Tin MTR Station via Lantau Link, Jordan, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon City, Kowloon East. Frequency every 12-26 mins daily from 06-00 to 00-50. Fare HK$39
A29 Citybus "Cityflyer" to Tsuen Kwan O (Po Lam Station) via Lantau Link, Lok Fu, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Tau Kok/Telford Gardens, Kwun Tong and Hang Hau. Frequency every 30 mins daily from 08-40 to 00-10. Fare HK$42
A31 Long Win "Airbus" to Tsuen Wan West MTR Station, via Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kwai Chung, Tai Wo Hau MTR Station and Tsuen Wan Centre. Frequency every 15/20 mins daily from 06-00 to 24-00. Fare HK$18.9
A33 Long Win "Airbus" to Tuen Mun MTR Station via Lantau Link Toll Plaza. Only one departure each way daily at 17-10 from the airport and 06-45 from Tuen Mun. Fare HK$27.7. At other times take bus A31 to Tsuen Wan West MTR Station and change to MTR to Tuen Mun
A41 Long Win "Airbus" to Sha Tin (Yu Chui Court Bus Terminus), via Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Sha Tin Central Bus Terminus, Royal Plaza Hotel, Regal Riverside Hotel and City One. Frequency every 20 mins daily 06-00 to to 24-00. Fare HK$22.3
A41P Long Win "Airbus" to Ma On Shan (Yiu On Bus Terminus), via Lantau Link Toll Plaza, City One Sha Tin and Ma On Shan Town Centre. Frequency every 30 mins daily 07-05 to 24-00. Fare HK$27.7
A43 Long Win "Airbus" to Fanling (Luen Wo Hui Bus Terminus), via Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Sheung Shui MTR Station and Fanling Town Centre. Frequency, every 20/30 mins daily from 07-00 to 24-00. Fare HK$30.9
A35 New Lantao Bus Company service to Mui Wo (Silvermine Bay) via Tung Chung Centre, Tung Chung Road and South Lantau Road. The journey takes about 70 minutes. From 16th November 2008 this service has been reduced to just five departures each way daily leaving the airport at 6-25am, 6-55am 8-35am, 6-20pm and 11-30pm and leaving Mui Wo at 00-15am, 5-35am, 7-30am, 5-10pm and 10-00pm. Fare HK$15 (HK$25 on Sundays and public holidays). As an alternative passengers can take S1 shuttle bus (see below) from outside the passenger terminal to Tung Chung and transfer to New Lantao bus service 3M to Mui Wo. Services of bus 3M which are equipped with luggage facilities are indicated in the timetable on the New Lantao Bus Co website;
Night service N35 continues to operate with departures from the airport at 1-30am and 4-30am and from Mui Wo at 3-15am and 4-20am. Fare HK$21 (HK$25 on Sundays and public holidays)
S1 AsiaWorld-Expo/Airport Passenger Terminal/Tung Chung shuttle service. Jointly operated Citybus/Long Win service to Tung Chung (circular route). This frequent service with luggage facilities travels via Cathay City and Dragonair House and enables passengers to connect to the MTR system at Tung Chung MTR Station. This offers a cheaper but less convenient option than the Airport Express Train. Frequency 7-10 mins daily 05-30 to 24-00. Fare HK$3.5
Route A10 HK$48 single journey*
Route A11 HK$40 single journey*
Route A12 HK$45 single journey*
Route E11 HK$21 single journey
*Pre-paid return ticket is available on these routes for HK$65 available from airport Ground Transportation Centre and Customer Service Centres.
Route A21 HK$33 single journey**
Route A22 HK$39 single journey**
**Pre-paid return ticket is available on these routes for HK$55 available from airport Ground Transportation Centre and Customer Service Centres.
On Cityflyer routes if the return journey is made on the same day and payment made using Octopus Card there is a 50% discount on the return journey
Route A35 – HK$15 single journey (HK$25 on Sundays and Public Holidays)
Route S1 – HK$3.50 single journey
Fare for all airport buses can be paid with Octopus Card or exact amount in cash (by placing the fare in the fare box next to the driver) but no change is given. Tickets for "A" prefix Cityflyer and Long Win routes can also be purchased at the Citybus and Long Win Customer Service Centres at the airport bus terminus and payment for tickets can be made in cash or by credit card.
In addition to payment by Octopus Card or in cash, on the bus, tickets for "A" prefix airport bus services can be purchased from Citybus and Long Win's Customer Service Centres at the airport bus terminus, by cash or credit card
There are night services to/from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon including;
N11 Citybus service to/from Central (Macau Ferry Piers) via Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Cross Harbour Tunnel, Jordan and Lantau Link. Frequency every 30 mins daily from 00-50 to 04-50. Fare HK$31 single journey.
N21 Citybus service to/from Tsim Sha Tsui (Star Ferry Pier) via Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, Mong Kok, Prince Edward, Sham Shui Po and Lantau Link. Frequency every 20 mins daily from 00-20 to 05-00. Fare HK$23 single journey.
AIRPORT - HOTELINK LUXURY COACH SHUTTLE SERVICES
AIRPORT - HOTELINK is operated by Trans-Island Limousine Services, a subsidiary of Kwoon Chung Group, and was appointed by the airport authority as the licensed operator of airport - hotel coach shuttle services on 1st July 2010.
Luxury coaches serve over 100 participating hotels in Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island. One-way fares are HK$130 to hotels in Kowloon and HK$150 to hotels on Hong Kong Island. Coaches are equipped with panoramic windows and leather seats with foot rests. Coaches depart from the coach station attached to Terminal 2 (three minutes walk from Terminal 1) at the airport. In the event of coaches being full a complimentary back-up limousine service is provided. Each coach may serve several hotels according to demand. Coaches operate about every 30 minutes from the airport and at 30 - 60 minute frequency from hotel to airport.
Tickets can be purchased at counter BO1 in the Arrivals Hall of the airport Terminal 1, counters CO7 & CO8 (near the coach station) in Terminal 2 or from hotel's concierge.
(6th Feb 2013) - the English version of Trans-Island's Airport - Hotelink website at the above link is currently under revision and unavailable.
VIGOR AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICES LIMITED is part of Vigor Holdings and a long established operator of airport - hotel coach shuttle services. Vigor coaches serve about 90 participating hotels in Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. Vigor charge HK$130 to hotels in Kowloon and HK$140 to hotels on Hong Kong Island. There are no fare concessions except for children under 2 years of age who travel free. Coaches operate every 30 minutes from the airport and hourly from hotel to airport. Each coach may serve several hotels according to demand. Tickets can be purchased at counter B12 in the Arrivals Hall at Terminal 1. For hotels served and timetables see;
Vigor Holdings and Trans-Island Limousine Services Limited both provide limousine services and have fleets of Mercedes-Benz saloons and six-seater Toyota MPV's. Full details;
TRANS-ISLAND LIMOUSINE SERVICES*
*(6th Feb 2013) - the English version of Trans-Island's Airport - Hotelink website at the above link is currently under revision and unavailable.
Taxi stands are located at the Ground Transportation Centre outside the Arrivals Hall. Taxis are segregated into separate aisles according to type;
Red – Urban
Green – New Territories
Blue – Lantau Island
For more information on types of taxi and using taxis see separate section “TAXIS”.
Approximate example fares* from the airport are;
HONG KONG ISLAND;
Central HK$290 (red)
Admiralty HK$290 (red)
Causeway Bay HK$280(red)
North Point HK$300 (red)
The Peak HK$335 (red)
Stanley HK$345 (red)
Repulse Bay HK$320 (red)
Aberdeen HK$315 (red)
Tsim Sha Tsui (Star Ferry Pier) HK$230 (red)
Tsim Sha Tsui East HK$230 (red)
Mongkok HK$225 (red)
Jordan HK$220 (red)
Yau Ma Tei HK$230 (red)
Hung Hom Station HK$225 (red)
Kwun Tong (MTR Station) HK$265 (red)
Shatin (New Town Plaza) HK$255 (red)
Tsuen Wan (MTR Station) HK$185 (green) or HK$195 (red)
Yuen Long HK$250 (green) or HK$260 (red)
Sai Kung Town Centre HK$330 (green) or HK$330 (red)
Sheng Shui HK$310 (green) or HK$320 (red)
Ma On Shan Town Centre HK$285 (green) or HK$295 (red)
Tung Chung HK$50 (red) or HK$40 (blue)
Mui Wo (Silvermine Bay) HK$130 (blue)
Ngong Ping (Giant Buddha, Po Lin Monastery) HK$180 (blue)
Tai O HK$190 (blue)
Hong Kong Disneyland HK$120 (red), HK$120 (blue) or HK$105 (green)
AsiaWorld-Expo HK$20 (red) or HK$15 (blue)
NOTE – Taxis are not allowed to travel to Discovery Bay on Lantau Island (only authorised vehicles are allowed through the Discovery Bay Tunnel). To get to Discovery Bay from the airport take bus DB02R from the passenger terminal building. This is a 24 hour service.
*fares include bridge and tunnel tolls but exclude luggage charge. Luggage is charged at HK$5 per item in the boot for Urban (red) and Lantau (blue) taxis and HK$4 per item in the boot for New Territories (green) taxis.
There are Luggage storage facilities in Level 3 of Terminal 2 at Hong Kong International Airport. The location of the service counter is in the subway at the Terminal 2 entrance near the bottom of the ramp leading to the airport's bus terminus. This is about 3 minutes walk from Terminal 1 arrival hall (all flights at Hong Kong International Airport arrive at Terminal 1). The service counter is open from 5-30am to 1-30am daily and all luggage is scanned before being stored;
Left baggage service counter, located in a pedestrian subway just inside the entrance to Terminal 2 nearest the airport bus terminus
The luggage storage facility at the airport also has a "Midnight Locker Service". The lockers can used only for collection of luggage between 1-30am and 5-30am, outside the normal operating hours of the luggage storage service. Luggage can only be deposited in these lockers during normal operating hours of the service counter, 5-30am to 1-30am and must be presented at the service counter for scanning.
There are also luggage storage facilities at Airport Express stations at both Hong Kong Station;
and Kowloon Station;