Airport Express, Hong Kong
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
As everyone knows Hongkong airport is one of the best airports in Asia. Airport express train is a most convinient way to travel between an airport and a city. The Airport Express Shuttle-bus is a complimentary add-on service provided exclusively for Airport Express passengers travelling between Hong Kong or Kowloon station and major hotels and railway interchanges.
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.
from the airport to the city area, there are a few methods. if u r staying on the hong kong island side, its better to take the airport express train. it has a stop at central and from there u can connect to the mtr to other parts of hong kong island. it costs around HKD90 but i forgot if its oneway or return. if u r staying on the kowloon side, its much cheaper and more convenient to take the airbus A21. it costs HKD33 one way. the A21 goes straight to nathan road where most of the hotels are located. on the bus, there's also an announcement system that announces which hotels are located at a particlular stop. u can take the train also but there's only one stop at mongkok. u will have to take a cab to ur hotel from the station since the normal buses dont allow luggages.