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Airport Express... very convenient!
Very very convenient!
It takes you from the new airport to the Hong Kong downtown (Kowloon, Hong Kong Island etc) in only 23 minutes.
Departure every 12 minutes, and they serve from 5:50 am to 1:15am!
All Aboard the Airport Express to HK
This train is a fast and convenient way from the airport to Hong Kong Island. The trip makes two stops before reaching its final destination, and takes about an hour.
An adult ticket costs $100 HKD one way; $180 round-trip. No eating or drinking allowed unless you want to pay the $2000 HKD fine. Other than that, be prepared for a smooth ride.
If you're going TO the airport, you might want to try the in-town check-in so you don't have to check-in at the airport!
The Airport Express is a slick, modern, fast method of getting from the airport to Hong Kong. It takes around 20 minutes to get to Kowloon, a little more to Central. We took it to Kowloon, it was 160HK for a round trip, 90HK for one way. Slightly more for the trip to Central.
Once in Kowloon or Central there is a free shuttle every 20 minutes or so to hotels. If you're in a hurry though it may be better to take a taxi, esp. if your hotel is the last one on the route.
When you're heading back to the airport, there is a check in service for most major airlines, provided you are there 90 minutes in advance. You can get your seat assignment and check your bags.
Travel to or from Airport
Tavelling to or from airport by airport express is very expensive(100 HKD), specially if you have time and more than two passengers, best is to take a airport bus (Max 33 HKD) and enjoy the scenery by sitting at the upper level.
- Road Trip
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It is the fastest way to get from airport to central Hong Kong. It takes around 20 min, the seat are very comfortable and big, trains come very often. You can buy single journey ticket or same day return ticket (the price is same 100HK$). Train stops in Kowloon and Central Hong Kong.
This was very easy, after collecting your luggage go and buy your ticket for the train (180HKD return to Hong Kong Island). The first train departs around 6.00am, they are about every 12 mins and it takes 24 mins from the airport to Hong Kong Island.
This train is extemely efficient, smooth and very clean with seat back videos.
There is also a progress map showing how far you have travelled.
The Airport Express is a dedicated airport railway line providing fast and reliable service operating daily from 0550 to 0115 hours (last train departs from Airport and Hong Kong Stations at 0048 hour) at 10-minute intervals. The train journey to or from downtown Hong Kong takes approximately 23 minutes. Free In-town Check-in and porter services are available at Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations. Outbound passengers can check in their baggage one day before* up to 90 minutes before take-off. Free shuttle service transports passengers between all major hotels and Hong Kong or Kowloon Station.
From the AEL stations on HK island or Kowloon, you can then catch a shuttle bus to your hotel. These shuttles run every 20 to 30 minutes.
H1 runs b/w AEL and Central/Queensway to Island Shangri-La Hotel, Conrad International Hong Kong, Pacific Place, JW Marriott Hotel, The Empire Hotel, Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
H2 runs b/w AEL and Wan Chai/Causeway Bay to The Wharney Hotel, Novotel Century Hotel, The Excelsior, Regal Hong Kong Hotel, The Park Lane, and Luk Kwok Hotel.
K1 runs b/w AEL and Jordon/Hung Hom to mostly non-tourist stops.
K2 to K5 runs b/w AEL and Tsim Sha Tsui
K6 runs b/w AEL and the Jordan District YMCA International House, Metropole Hotel, Caritas Bianchi Lodge/ Salvation Army Booth Lodge, Dorsett Garden Hotel, Eaton Hotel and the Majestic Hotel
Transfer from Airport to downtown Hong Kong
I had done much research on the best way to get to our Hotel in TST. While the train was quicker, it was also much dearer and did not get us closest to our Hotel. So we had opted for the A21 bus, also advised as the best way by Hop Inn staff. Price is only $33HK each person one way from airport to Central TST which is very very cheap. The Airport Express train is about $100HK each person one way. Follow signs down the ramp to the bus waiting area and look for the signs for the A21 bus, it was pretty easy to find, even after a long tiring flight!!
Easiest way to use ALL public transport in Hong Kong is to buy an Octopus Card and just keep topping that up. We bought our Octopus card (you need to buy one each) at the airport at an information counter and initially put $200HK each on them.
Bus journey into TST took maybe half an hour or a bit longer, but its an interesting journey, passing over Ching Ma Bridge (suspension bridge) you can see a partial downtown harbour skyline of Hong Kong on the right, getting you excited for your arrival!!
For more information on the octopus card see the website link below.
Not everyone can check in at the Airport Express
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...
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- Business Travel
It will Get you there- Fast!
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.
Best way to get into the city
This is the fastest and one of the most affordable ways to get in central Hong Kong. A taxi will cost you around $350HK ($45 US) and a little cheaper to Kowloon. A bus (A21) will cost $33HK for Kowloon, $40HK for Central. The bus will take around 45 mins or longer.
The airport express will take 23 minutes to get into the city and runs every 10-15 minutes. You can either buy the tickets through a vending machine (cash only) or you can buy tickets at the information counter at the arrivals section. The costs are $100HK ($13USD) to central. The train makes two stops before arriving in central. The cost to Kowloon is around $80HK ($11USD). When you arrive in either Kowloon or Central. Look out for people offering bus service to various hotels. This is included in the ticket. They have a small list of hotels they stop at.
When you are heading to the airport with airport express. If you have left yourself a few hours before your departure, you can check in there. This is a great service.
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- Business Travel
Airport Express is a breeze
From the Hong Kong Airport take the Central Express MTR (subway) into downtown Hong Kong. Journey between the Airport and downtown is 24 minutes. The operating hours are 5:50am to 1:15am daily and trains leave every 12 minutes. You can go to either Kowloon or Hong Kong Station (Island side). From Hong Kong Station you can catch a cab to your hotel or take a shuttle bus. (Assuming your hotel is on the shuttle route.
I purchased an Airport Express Tourist Octopus valid for 3 days on the MTR and 2 Airport Express rides on my Cathay Pacific flight (from the Duty Free on the plane). We stayed 5 days so we bought 1 day MTR Tourist passes for the extra days and saved the Airport Express Octopus for our return trip to the Airport.
On your way out of town & back to the Airport take advantage of the In-town Airport check in! Free check in at Hong Kong and Kowloon stations for most major airlines (Air Philipines and Continental being some of the exceptions). Saves you from lugging your bags onto the train and through the airport.
Airport Express Train
The high speed airport express train is a very good way to get to downtown Hong Kong from the airport. You can purchase tickets just outside of immigrations at the airport or in the train station. Kowloon is the third stop on the Airport Express train. The cost is HK$90 and the trip takes about 20 minutes to get to Kowloon Station.
When you finally arrive by air...
When you finally arrive by air in HK the fastest but not necessarily the cheapest way to town is to take the Airport Express Train. Cost is HK$180 (US$23) for a return ticket. Trip time is 23 minutes exactly from the airport to Central Station HK Island.
Apart from the Airport Express there is a wonderful underground system in Hong Kong known as the Mass Transit Railway or MTR for short. This system offers fab coverage of Hong Kong and Kowloon. See my travelogues for the subway system map.
Location: Located at Chek Lap...
Location: Located at Chek Lap Kok, 34km (21m) northwest of Hong Kong Island. Airport Information Authority counters can be found on levels 5, 6 and 7. The Hong Kong Tourist Association Counters are located in the Arrivals hall, level 5 and in the transit area, and are staffed 0700-2300, with brochures and an Internet information link available 24 hours a day.
From Hong Kong Island follow road signs to Western Harbour Tunnel. Once out of the tunnel, drive along the West Kowloon Expressway; follow Airport road signs and cross the Tsing Ma Bridge to the airport island. Continue along North Lantau Highway to reach the airport. The airport is served by five limousine companies; taxis and public buses are readily available from the Ground Transportation Centre adjacent to the passenger Terminal. The Airport Express Line operates trains which leave the airport every ten minutes; it is a 23 minute journey from the airport to Hong Kong station, also stopping at Kowloon (tel: 28 81 88 88); free shuttle buses from the rail stations serve various hotels. Citybus's frequent, wheelchair-accessible luxury Cityflyer coaches serve major destinations in Hong Kong, Kowloon and the region day and night (tel: 28 73 08 18). High speed ferries (tel: 29 87 73 51) run between the airport and Tuen Mun, with a shuttle bus from the Terminal to the Chek Lap Kok Ferry Pier. MTR Travel Services (tel: 29 93 22 11) and a number of other coach companies offer a variety of travel services for journeys to mainland China or Macau.