Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong
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.
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
From the arrival hall take the elevator down to street level, turn right and walk (200 meters), you will see a bus stop in front of you, don't worry, on one side of the sign is a different bus number, on the other side is the bus number S-1.
On the way to the Tung Chung station the S-1 stops at the Asia World Expo building and at the new sky tram lift to the Big Buddha.
The S-1's last stop is at the Tung Chung MTR station where you can then ride the MTR to points in Hong Kong including connecting to the Disneyland Express.
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....
If you mode of travel into Hong Kong is by flight you will most definitely be flying into the fabulous Chek Lap Kok Airport, or also known as Hong Kong International Airport.
As the worlds 11 Busiest Airport, this to me is a destination is its own right.
I am a fan or airports anyway, so this is a great place to arrive at. Staff are very friendly and helpful, and waiting time is normally not very long. Passport Conrol is normally a bit of a wait, but then we have never had to wait for Luggage as its always arrived very quickly, so in my view a very efficient airport.
Its got a plethera of restaurants and shopping facilities, so if you are on a long stopover you will have lots of stuff to keep you entertained.
What is also nice about the airport is that there is Free wifi access and because its such a large airport you have a lot of chill out areas with sofas and places where you can sit and relax before your next flight.
The size of the airport is also very very large so you will never feel that you are cramped in, so therefore keeping stresslevels to a low.
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.
Hong Kong International (Chek Lap Kok) is a tourist friendly hub for travelers. It is easy to navigate even for someone who does not speak the language, there is no problem finding help should you need some. I think the first thing to do when arriving is to buy an octopus card which is readily available at a kiosk as you enter the arrivals hall in the airport terminal. It will allow you to ride the mtr, the buses, the star ferry and airport express in addition to 711 stores, Watson's and Mannings. It is handy so that you are not always trying to find change and you can reload the card should you have a longer stay.
I personally chose to catch the #A21 bus for my 2005 trip and the #A11 my 2008 trip which both stop right right outside the airport. Just follow the signs in the airport to ground transportation. The signs at the bus stops are easy to read and understand. It was about a 40 minute or so scenic ride into Kowloon and/or Hong Kong Island. I very much enjoyed it and a bit less expensive than the airport express.
There is also a left luggage section which you can use should you want to do something on Lantau Island before leaving for Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. It is very inexpensive and they will keep your luggage safe while you go about your business.
There are also many restaurants and stores there for a quick bite if you are hungry or need to snack on something while on your way to your hotel. Flying back home in the departures terminal there are also many duty free shops where you can pick up some last minute gifts for your friends and family back home. They require your boarding pass in order to buy there.
The restrooms are spacious enough for you and your luggage within the stall and they are also extremely clean and tidy. I was pleasantly surprised. There is also a money exchange desk which I used though realized I could get a little better rate within Kowloon at a small kiosk located within a mini mall or even any of the Cheqepoint kiosks in Kowloon. Or, if you have the time to visit any of the banks you can find the best rates there.
All in all a tourist friendly airport with a knowledgeable and helpful staff. I actually like it much better than San Francisco International. It was much easier to navigate
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.
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.
The Hong Kong International Airport is at Chek Lap Kok Lantau Island, about 25 minutes from downtown areas in Hong Kong.
By taxi : You can find the taxi's outside the arrival hall.
By Airport Express (train) : links the airport with the city centre and these new trains have space for luggage. They stop at Tsing Yi, where a huge modern shopping mall has developed. At Tsing Yi and also the Hong Kong Station where the train terminates, you can then transfer to the main MTR lines but stay clear of rush hours.
Shuttle Bus : Many Hong Kong hotels also run hotel shuttle buses to and from the airport. Ask your hotel if they have this service.
The Hong Kong International Airport is the only other International Airport which in my view gives close competition to Changi Airport of Singapore. It is a very beautiful as well as efficient airport. You can get to the airport by Metro or by Taxi (about 40 mins drive from the heart of the city) both of which are equally efficient.
There are 4 departure terminals and as you approach the airport you will see huge billboards stating which airline departs from which terminal. Even if you make a mistake no worries, you can easily walk it up from one terminal to the other and there are signboards indicating the direction. Due to the design of the departure terminal the sheer number of counters allotted to each airline there is no crowding in a ay particular area which adds to the visual experience and the relaxed atmosphere (unlike Mumbai airport which is a case study on creating chaos at airports ƒº). Everybody seems to be going about their work with ease which is reassuring and calming.
There are huge screens which show the status of all the departures from the airport and these screens are there every 30 metres, so all you need to do is check these screens for departure times and gates. There is a may I Help You desk in every terminal where you can seek help if you have any special requirements. Everybody I came across on this airport spoke in English ¡V so the problem you face in Hong Kong city with the cab drivers you will not face in the Airport.
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The flight from Seoul to Hong Kong is only a few hours. I took Cathay Pacific and was very pleased with their service. Good food, great service at a nice price.
The Hong Kong International Airport is a very nice, modern facility located on an island 20+ km from the city center.
Immediately after exiting customs & immigration, you will find an ATM where you can get Hong Kong Dollars, a ticket machine for the train to the city, and a hotel finder service. I took advantage of all three. The only bad deal was the ATM. As expected, you get a very poor exchange rate at ATMs in the airport (I think it was about HK $7.2 = US$ 1 compared to HK$7.8 = US$ 1 at money exchanges in the city.
From the airport, you can take a train or a bus to the city. It is a fairly long hike to the train station depending on which terminal you arrived at, and the way is not always clearly marked.
Fly in from any major international airports. The Hong Kong newly built CHEK LAP KOK AIRPORT is a architectural piece of art. Take a look at the (pictured) bridge linking Lantau Island (where the airport is built on) and Hong kong Island.
Take the express train from the airport to Kowloon or Hong Kong for a max. of HK$90 (about US$12). In about 30 mins. you'll be whizzed from the high-tech airport to town. From Central, you'll be able to take the MTR to all parts of HK! Really convenient & easy! While at the airport, for those of you who intends to stay less than a week, you can get an Octopus Card for HK$200 which will allow you one trip on the express train (HK$90) from the airport into the city + 3 days unlimited usage on the MTR (subway) + HK$20 worth of trips on the bus/ferry + HK$50 refund value (ie. if you return the card to any of the MTR station b4 you leave!). A truly great value for short stays!