At the end of 2000, shortly after the mew airport had opened in Hong Kong, you used to get two female meeters and greeters that stood by the doors of the train to help people on and off. They appear to have disappeared these days, but the service is excellent. A very nice touch I do like is the flashing LEDs that tell you how close you are to the next station. This means that you don't have to rush to get off when you realise you have suddenly arrived at your stop.
As a point of note, if you are not travelling alone, don't buy your tickets in the machines, go to the desk near the train and buy a multi ticket for the number of people travelling together - it works out cheaper. The only caveat is that you need to all return together too.
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.
The quickest and most efficient way to get from Hong Kong International Airport to Kowloon or Hong Kong is by the Airport Express Line. It is clean, modern and fast. Fares are $80 HK (USD $10.50) to Kowloon or $90 HK (USD $11.50) Central one way. A free shuttle will take you from the station to your hotel. A trip to Kowloon takes 18 minutes and 23 minutes to Central.
You can check-in your luggage at Hong Kong Station instead of waiting in the long lines at the airport.
This is a free service provided by the airport as long as you have an Airport Express ticket or Octopus Card. Make sure you check-in 100 minutes prior to your departure, otherwise you have to check-in your luggage at the airport.
Give it a try! It's really convenient!
The Airport Express provides a swift link between Hong Kong International Airport and the heart of Hong Kong. It is one of the few dedicated airport railways in the world, covering the 35.3km between the airport at Chek Lap Kok and Central in just 23 minutes. Each of the Airport Express stations has been designed to the highest standards, offering passengers world-class airport style facilities, such as In-town Check-in, Airport Express Shuttle Bus service and many other value-added facilities.
Airport Express runs every 10 minutes daily from 05:50 to 01:15. The journey time from the Airport to downtown Hong Kong is only 23 minutes.
From airport to city
Depart from: First train Last train
Airport 05:54 00:48
Tsing Yi 06:06 01:00
Kowloon 06:15 01:07
From city to airport
Depart from: First train Last train
Hong Kong 05:50 00:48
Kowloon 05:53 00:51
Tsing Yi 06:00 00:58
(Including persons aged 65 or above) Child *
(Aged 3 - 11)
Single Journey / Same Day
Return / Octopus Card Round Trip
(valid for 1 month) Single Journey / Same Day Return / Octopus Card
Hong Kong Station
- Airport Station HK$100 HK$180 HK$50
- Airport Station HK$90 HK$160 HK$45
Tsing Yi Station
- Airport Station HK$60 HK$110 HK$30
Airport Express Tourist Octopus - 3-Day Hong Kong Transport Pass
HK$220 - Programmed with 1 single journey
on the Airport Express and 3 days of unlimited MTR rides
HK$300 - Programmed with 2 single journeys
on the Airport Express and 3 days of unlimited MTR rides
* Children under 3 can travel free of charge
If only all the airports around the world can learn from Hong Kong it would make traveling so much pleasant. Getting into town is a breeze. Buy a ticket either from the machines or the various counters for the Airport Express. Then walk over a small walkway and wait for a train that comes every 10 minutes, and once at your stop there is complimentary shuttle service to just about every major hotel in Hong Kong. Where else can you get that ???? Only in Hong Kong. The price of the train ride is 160 HKD return about $20 US dollars. If traveling with more than 3 people then I would recommend taking a taxi, but be warned the Airport Express takes only 20 minutes to Hong Kong Island, and a taxi can take over an hour in traffic.
The best way in getting to and from the Airport to your Hong Kong destination is through the MTR Airport Express. It’s the fastest mode of transportation to travel especially when you have to catch your plane.
It happened that I only have 1.5 hrs to catch my flight on that night of November; good thing is that Will, my new fellow traveler, advised me to just take the MTR Airport Express. I started the journey from MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station to the Central Station then run to the nearest MTR Airport Express Counter. A single journey ticket costs HKD100 and if you still have your Octopus Card with a remaining balance of HK$100, you may also use it.
The travel time only takes about 1 hour and will take you directly to the Asia World Expo; a link will lead you then to the Hong Kong International Airport. I was just on time the moment I arrived in the airport.
The HKG airport express train is a great option to get into the city if you are new or have luggage. It is fast, efficient and had the luxury to be designed into the new airport island when it was built. This means it follows new land most of the way that is flat and moderate on curves to maintain a good speed. 24 minutes from the airport to Hong Kong island Central Station.
As of 2012, the fare was $100 HKD per person. Do be aware that a regular octopus card will not give you a round trip discount. For that you must buy a separate ticket. This will save you $20 HKD off of a round trip or 10%.
At each set of doors on the trains there will be a luggage rack. Then chairs for the ride. Stow your bags, sit back and enjoy the fast trip into town. You can take it to Tsing Yi and Kowloon as well.
This is one convenient way to get from the Airport on Lantau Island into Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula. There are only 4 stops on this express line: Airport, Tsing Yi, Kowloon (Tsim Tsa Tsui) and Hong Kong (Island). The journey takes only 30 minutes from Airport to Hong Kong Island.
The MTR card costs HK$220 for one return journey and for the next 3 days, all rides on the MTR are free. To see more details, please see URL below.
Hong Kong International Airport is served by a highly efficient and comprehensive transportation network. Connected to the passenger terminal, the four-level Ground Transportation Centre houses the station for the Airport Express trains and an extensive public transport interchange with facilities for taxis, franchised buses, tour coaches, hotel limousines and private cars. Baggage trolleys can be found at all passenger drop-off points and porter service is available at the passenger terminal departures kerbside.
Check out this page for more details.
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.
The downtown check in service and the airport express are an absolute godsend.
We were flying out of HKG at 0845 on a Monday, so in theory we needed to be at the airport for 0645 for check in, which would have meant leaving our hotel at 0600 in a taxi. Downtown check in to the rescue.
We checked our cases in at the Hong Kong Station the evening before. We purchased our tickets for the airport express , they issued us with our boarding passes and we went out for dinner, happy in the knowledge that the next morning we had a short trip on the MTR to Hong Kong Station, and then a 25 minute ride on the airport express, which stops inside the departure hall at the airport. On arrival, all we had to do was go through security and straight to the gate, therby not needing to arrive at the airport until 08.00
A little tip is to check at Hong Kong station of there are any offers on for Airport Express tickets,as sometimes it is cheaper to buy the tickets directly rather than using your octopus card on the train. Also if you do have an octopus card, there is a booth at the airport express station at the airport that will refund your deposit and any unused credits.