Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong
Airport mainland coach services to Guangzhou (and other destinations) are available in the Arrivals Hall. Very straightforward.
There is some major competition between the competitions and the (mostly) girls are ain fierce yelling competition to get you to their counter. We went first with a little buss from the airport to the Chinese "border". There we had to wait a while for a buss who drove us to the actual border. There we had to get out, get into China, in another buss. All in all it took quite a while. All in all it took about 2-3hrs.
The airport bus and express services do not operate between 12am and 5:30am, so if you have need to be at the aiport anytime between these off-peak hours, you'll have to rely on a taxi.
Taxis are easy to come by, with several 24-hour rinks vailable at various points throughout the city. However, you can always ask your hotel to arrange a pick-up for you. If you do decide to just pick one up from a taxi rink, make sure the rink has taxis going to the airport, as some just do inter-city runs.
We took a taxi from the rink on Paterson St in Causeway Bay. The total fare from this point (including the tolls going to the airport) totaled 320HKD. The ride took about 25 minutes.
Taxi prices are pretty set, with a listing of all applicable charges posted to the window of the backseat. So if you are unsure of what charges are applied, check out this listing to add it up yourself. But, overall, we found HK taxi drivers to be very trustworthy and honest.
One of my favorite airports although it was not so fun during the past SARS outbreak of having to wear surgical face mask.
Airport has two main terminals connected by a "skytrain". Almost miss a flight because of fairly long queue at immigration and the distance need to travel in the transit area. So give yourself plenty of time to check-in before boarding.
Really like the variety of great Hong Kong dim sum and delicacies available in the transit restaurants. The signs are bilingual, in Chinese and English.
The cheapest way to Kowloon from the airport is by using the bus. Also you will get a chance to view the three beautiful bridges along the way. Upon arrival, check with information desk counter the direction and which bus number to take to your hotel destination. You can always get a cab from your nearest bus stop.
Note: The taxi ride is hefty in price. Of course, if you are on company or have extra cash.
You will fly into the new Hong Kong Airport at Chep Lak Kok. Very modern hotel with a great duty free and restaurants. There is also a place to get a foot massage, a beauty salon and shower rooms. An option is to take the Airport Express MTR Train into Kowloon or Hong Kong Station (Centra; this will cut down on your costs and avoid a taxi ride. See Airport Express Info.
Chek Lap Kok Airport is located on the island of the same name, just off the north shore of Lantau Island. It opened for commercial operations in 1998 and is a gateway for destinations in mainland China, East and Southeast Asia. The airport is the third busiest airport for passenger traffic in Asia with around 69 international airlines servicing the airport. It is the primary hub for Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, along with several other smaller airlines, including Hong Kong Express, CR Airways and Oasis Hong Kong Airlines.
The fastest local passenger transport to the airport is the Airport Express train that zips you in and out from the Kowloon and the Central district. The journey takes only 23 minutes with a ticket each way costing $60-$100, or a round trip for $110-$180, depending on the distance travelled. After arrival, free shuttle buses connecting to major hotels in Kowloon and Central are provided, or you can continue onward by MTR.
HK's Chek Lap Kok Airport is one of the most organised airports that I've seen. There are clear signs everywhere, and the operations is highly organized and efficient. This is especially important since Chek Lap Kok is one of the largest airports in the world (or in fact, the largest, as I've read somewhere before).
Getting to the airport itself takes about 30 mins from the Central area in HK, and probably slightly less if you're in Kowloon, and a cab ride cost me about HKD350 (or USD 45).
But the cheaper way (and just as convenient) is to take the airport express. You can check-in at the downtown counter near Central on HK Island, and from there, it's a 20-odd minute ride to the airport.
The bane of any business traveller is getting stuck in an airport for some time, with nothing to do. In Chek Lap Kok, you will not have this problem. There's plenty of food outlets and the duty-free shopping is incredible (great range of major brands, local food to buy for the folks back home, very competitive prices). I think next to Changi Airport (my homebase airport), this is probably the best airport in Asia.
In short: it's a state-of-the-art place! It's huge, but easy to get around, very clean and efficient. Oh, and the tax-free shopping is great, too!
One word of advise: the gate area is massive and a special underground shuttle train takes you there. Prepare for a hike if you're boarding at the furthest gates!
Do think about taking bus A21 to Tsim SHa Tsui from the airport!
it's one of the cheapest and most convenient modes of transport to the TST.
Only costs HKD 33 bucks one way. Takes abt 50 mins to reach Tsim Sha Tsui from airport including waiting time. Very convenient. All the approaching bus stops are flashed on the bus.
Press the bell to alight at what stop. For more info, try the citiflyer website.
Air-conditioned Airbuses run regularly to Tsim Sha Tsui at HK$33 and to island destinations in Central, Wan Chai and Taikoo Shing at HK$45.
One way taxi fare is about HK$350 to Central on Hong Kong Island.
Here is a photo taken inside Chep Lap Kok Airport.
Airplane Companies that operate at HKIA include Aeroflot Russian Intl. Airlines, Air Canada, AIr China, Air France, Air India Ltd., Air Mauritius, Air New Zealand Ltd., All Nippon Airways Co. Ltd., Asiana Airlines, Australian Airlines, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, British Airways / British Asia Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways (HK's home airline), Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Continental Airlines, Dragonair, EL AL Israel Airlines Ltd., EVA Airways Corporation, Emirates Airline, Ethiopian Airlines, Finnair, Garuda Indonesia, Gulf Air, Japan Airlines Co. Ltd., KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, Lufthansa German Airlines, MAI (Myanmar), Malaysia Airlines, Mekong Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Orient Thai, Pacific Airlines, Pakinstan International, Philippine Airlines, President Airlines, Qantas Airways, Royal Brunei Airlines SDN BHD, Royal Nepal Airlines Corp, Singapore Airlines Ltd., South African Airways, SriLankan Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines, Thai Airways International PCL, Transaero, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines Inc., Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways & Xiamen Airlines.
With so many airlines to pick from, Hong Kong is practically accessible from all four corners of the globe.
Since Hong Kong loves to travel (especially during holidays), you may notice a lot of tours gathering everywhere inside the front gates....
The airport is very large, but it designed in such a way that makes it really hard for you to get lost. Unlike JFK or Chicago's O'Hare airport, there are no traffic jams and confusing roadways! It is just one terminal with a easy to navigate road system.
From Hong Kong International Airport, you could either take the Airport Express (fastest way), bus, subway via bus or taxi (most expensive). If you are on a budget and have very little luggage, I would best advise you to take the bus or subway via bus.
The estimated cost for transportation from HK International Airport to Central, Hong Kong Island:
a) taxi - $ ~ 500 or more (depending on traffic)
b) Airport Express- Adult $ 100, Children/Senior - $50
c)Bus to Central - Citybus N11($31), Citybus A11 ($ 40)
d)Bus to Tung Chung - Citybus S1 - $3.5
Subway to Hong Kong Station - Adult $ 20.1
children & seniors - $10.1
I would advise against Car Rental since it is very expensive, parking is really limited in Hong Kong, streets are really hard to drive, & the traffic is practically crazy.
However if you make the irrational decision to rent a car ( not worth it!), the cost of parking @ HKIA is:
0 - 1/2 hr - Free
1/2 - 1 hr - $16
Each Additional Hour - $16
Daily Parking (24 hours) - $112
A stunning airport! Voted as best airport in the world for three consecutive years.
HK International Airport is located in Lantau Island, near Tung Chung.
Passenger facilities within the airport include:
i) Beauty Salon, Shower & Premium Lounges
ii)Food and Beverage Outlets ( Flyer's Café, Katie O' Connor's-Irish Pub, Maxim's Deluxe, Orchid Padaria Bakery, The Lite House, Toro Bar & Seafood House )
iii) Game Zone (for kids)
iv)Airport Medical Centre, operated by Raffles Medical Group
v)Automated People Mover (transportation within the terminal)
vi) Photo Kiosk
viii)Shops - Alfred Dunhill, Baccarat, Bally, Burberry, Bvlgari, Celine, Chanel, Christian Dior, Coach, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Gucci, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Lanvin, Longchamp, Montblanc, Peninsula Boutique, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, & Tiffany & Co. , 7-eleven
xi) Duty free shops
x) Bank of China, Hang Seng Bank, Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank of Commerce (HSBC), International Bank of Asia & Standard Chartered Bank
Located on Lantau Island, 34 km (21 miles) from central Hong Kong. It opened on 6 July 1998 (replacing the existing Kai Tak airport) and could handle 117,000 passengers a day.
Facilities at Hong Kong International Airport include tourist information desks and computer kiosks, several currency exchange counters, banks and ATMs, 24-hour food and drink outlets, a post office and medical centre, good physical accessibility for passengers with disabilities and a large Hong Kong Sky Mall shopping centre with duty free shopping available.
-Airport Departure Tax is waived for transit passengers departing HK on the same day before midnight.
Located in the Meeters & Greeters Hall Level 5,ie arrival hall...(near to 7-11, opposite to McDs), HKD35/piece for up to 3 hours, HKD50/piece for 4 to 24hours, Open 24 hours a day, Tue to Fri, 6am -1am Monday, Sat, & Sun.
Departure time is 930am dailly, last for 4 hours. Book the tour at counter B13 in the airport Arrivals Hall.
for more information about these tours, go get related brochures from HKTB literature racks(Visitors Information)