The Airport Express to and from Hong Kong is just possibly the most efficient such transit link I've ever encountered. Part of Hong Kong's metro system, it starts at Central on Victoria Island and makes two pit-stops, one at Kowloon Station and the other at Tsing Yi, before it gets to the terminal. You can check in at both Central and Kowloon stations, which allows you to go straight to immigration and the departure lounge without having to endure the lines inside the terminal.
With shuttle buses from major hotels -- or one of HK's reasonably priced taxis -- getting to one of the stations is a breeze, too. And how much does it cost? For a single/day return, the fare ranges between HK$60 and HK$100, depending on the station where you board. Travel time is about 23 minutes from Central.
It is the fastest way to get from airport to central Hong Kong. It takes around 20 min, the seat are very comfortable and big, trains come very often. You can buy single journey ticket or same day return ticket (the price is same 100HK$). Train stops in Kowloon and Central Hong Kong.
You can buy one of the two available packages for airport express (one way, or both ways) that include unlimited MRT rides for three days. If you were to be in Kowloon for three days and plan to ride on MRT often, they are good deal. If not, just buy one way or two way tickets. They are called Airport Express Travel Pass.
I just came back from HK and found the two-way airport express with 3-day unlimited MRT rides very convenient.
Once you get off the station, just ask at the shuttle counter. They will tell you which shuttle to take.
We got Airport Express return tickets on arrival, which were HK$160 each (~£13) and included shuttle bus transfers right to the hotel entrance. Unfortunately, we had to leave early to catch our return flight and the buses only start running after 6am, so we had to get a taxi to Kowloon station on the way back, but that only cost HK$43 (£3.40), so not exactly a fortune.
We were extremely surprised the first morning to find that our 5-year old Octopus cards were still valid and immediately loaded them up with HK$100 each, which did us for the whole week, including a couple of snacks from 7/11 shops.
The Airport Express is the priciest way of getting to the city from the airport-- and for a good reason. The comfort, service and efficiency offered by the express train is unparalleled, and it really DOES get you to HK Island itself in half an hour! I've taken it many times, and still prefer to any other mode of transport.
So for those running late, this is the best option. Airport Express also allows early check in in the city stations so that you don't need to queue at the airport. You can check in your luggage in the city too!
On the topic of transportation, don't take a public bus to the airport unless you've got time to burn, even if you want to do a bit more sightseeing before you leave HK. These trips tend to take up to 3 hours as they travel ALL OVER the city before reaching the end of the earth otherwise known as the airport. On the bright side, buses cost just a fraction of the Airport Express so could be an option for those without money to burn.
This tip might be a bit redundant but still..
Catching the airport express is the fastest and easiest way and yes it convinient too.
The biggest asset im my opionion is not the express itself but the Intown check in (atleast when flying with one world alliance) as can add so many extra hours in town instead of spending them on airport
Get in time to airport use Airport express:)
Tavelling to or from airport by airport express is very expensive(100 HKD), specially if you have time and more than two passengers, best is to take a airport bus (Max 33 HKD) and enjoy the scenery by sitting at the upper level.
The operating hours are 0550 to 0115 daily. Trains run at 12-minute intervals. The journey time between Airport and downtown is about 24 minutes.
The station downtown is very modern and clean. Everything is well signposted. We found it a very pleasant experience.
Best deal for tourist $300 HK for round trip from the airport on the Airport Express and 3 days unlimited use on the subway. The price of a round trip ticket on the Airport Express alone is $180. This card also has a $50 refundable deposit ( if you don't want to keep the card). You must have a non HK passport to buy one at the airport.
If you dont have much luggage with you and your hotel is near the Airport Express Stations, then this si the BEST - cheap and fast, way for you to get to the City...In Central you have Four Seasons HOtel and Madarin Hotel, while in TST you hotels near are Intercon Hotel and Peninsula Hotel. Just HK$100 one way.
Stations 4 stops: Airport, Tsing Yi, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: 5:50am-1:00am, trains depart at 10-minute intervals
Tickets: 100 per adult (one-way ticket from airport to Hong Kong Station); $90 to Kowloon Station; $60 to Tsing Yi Station; more economical round-trip tickets also available.
Special Service: Passengers can take the Airport Express Hotel Shuttle Buses (AEHS) totaling 7 routes at AEL Hong Kong and Kowloon stations for 25 major hotels for FREE.
The Express Train is an efficient, quick and comfortable and the fastest way to get to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. There are two stops. For Kowloon station, there are free connecting bus shuttles to the different major hotels in Kowloon.
There is a 50% discount for a same day return to city. This is useful for day trip if you are in transit at the airport and have several hours to spare.
You can check in at Kowloon station.
Hong Kong has a convenient service where you can check in right in Hong Kong's downtown area, at the Hong Kong MTR station (connected to Central MTR station). I've used it several times when I fly to other countries. Just go there, check in (and grab your airplane seat), and then hang out around downtown for the last few hours before you jet off!
Unfortunately for American citizens (or any nationals) who are flying to the USA, you are UNABLE to use this service. Due to increased security, you *must* go to the airport to check in your luggage.
Very annoying but in this insecure, paranoid world for Americans...
The fastest way to travel from Hong Kong International Airport to downtown is by the AEL.
It stops in Tsing Yi, Kowloon, and Hong Kong Island (central). It takes approx 23 minutes to get to the Central Station in Hong Kong Island.
This is also the most expensive way to travel. From airport to Tsing Yi costs around $60 and to Kowloon $90 one way per person.
The ticket counter is located in the middle of the arrival hall. Free shuttle buses are provided for major hotels
Airbus is the most convience transport in Hong Kong. When you come out from the arrival, pick you lauggue, you can see the singal board, (photo at your left hand side). There are two main route of buses. FIrst with a "A" in front of a number e.g. A11. It is usually a 'Express" bus which is the faster bus carrying you to the destination. Second one with a "E" in front of the number E31. It is a much slower, because it needs to stop quite a lot bus-stop. It picks lot of people. Usually we like to go to the upper deck " they are usually double deck" so it can view more and see far away.