Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong
In June 1998 Hong Kong opened its new international airport - Chek Lap Kok - on Lantau Island. There's also an international train link between Hong Kong and Guangzhou (Canton) and a new six-lane highway.
Hong Kong has a fantastic public transport system of trains, buses, trams, ferries and taxis.
The airport in Hongkong is one of the world's biggest ones. And there are all kinds of way to get to or from the airport. You can look them up at the following link: http://www.hkairport.com/eng/transport/transport.htm
Did you know that Hongkong's spanking new Chep Lap Kok Airport is the second busiest in the world? Now you know!
Here's the super website of the new super-cool HK airport... voted one of the TOP FIVE BEST AIRPORTS IN THE WORLD!
Chep Lap Kok International Airport.
If you're intending to take the Airport Express bus, the fare costs approximately HK$80 (US$10+) to Kowloon and HK$90 (US$12) to Central - one way trip. Better still, take the MTR from the airport straight to the city.
In the main terminal of Hong Kong, there are many shops. Not only are there many shops in Terminal 1, but also Terminal 2, which is a short train ride away. Terminal 1 is generally more crowded, and includes a toy shop, Watsons, Mannings, several electronic stores, and several food stores. Terminal 2 has a Fortress, 7/11, several clothing stores, and several electronic stores as well. Hong Kong Airport shops are usually more expensive or on par with the prices elsewhere in Hong Kong, and there is no sales tax as with the rest of Hong Kong as well.
Very modern and easy to negotiate airport (UK airport operators take note) about half an hour from downtown Hong Kong. Most of the worls major airlines appeared to be there along with many other regional carriers too. Plenty of reasonably priced places to eat and drink while you wait.
Visit their website for all you need to know.!
Approach the Ground Transportation Centre for the Airport Express, busses, taxis and hotel coaches.
Airport Express (AEL), operated by Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTRC). The high speed rail service takes passengers from the airport to Hong Kong station in the Central business district with two stops, Tsing Yi and Kowloon, route in just 23 minutes.
Airbuses, primarily dedicated to departing and arriving airline passengers. They have fewer stops than conventional routes and stop at all the major hotels in Hong Kong. Airbus tickets are available at the Commercial Service Counter in the meters and greeters area of the arrival hall, or you can pay exact fare when you board the bus.
At the departure Terminal 2 of the airport, there are flight schedule display but no information is displayed on whether the gate is opened, boarding, last call.
This led to certain anxieties for departing passengers. We make it just in time for last call which we had not experienced for a long time since.
Travellers are advised to allow ample time from checking in to boarding.
When we arrived, we were surprised to see one long queue to go through immigration custom. Normally, there is a line each for each counter, now one line just for the many counters. Kind of make things slower, isn't it? Baggage collection is quite fast too and all passengers from Terminal 1 and 2 exit through the same arrival hall.
For departure, take note of which terminal your airline is. There will be quite a lot of walking as the terminals are big. To get to our boarding gates, we even have to take a train. Cool for some, a hassle for others.
Remember to pay a visit to the tourism counter to get some maps or advices before going off. The Airport Express counter is just outside the Arrival Hall to get your Octopus Cards. Restaurants and Shops are plenty and trolleys are available for free usage.
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.
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.
Hong Kong International Airport, is a very convenient airport. Lots of shops, clean and modern. And it has one of the best lounges (if you don't fly business class, show your diner's club) there are with a buffet style resto.
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.
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!
Hong Kong International 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 airport terminal. It will allow you to ride the mtr, the buses, the star ferry and airport express. 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 which is right outside the airport. The signs at the bus stops are easy to read and understand. It was about a 40 minute or so scenic ride into Kowloon. I very much enjoyed it and 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 etc... 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.
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 better rate within Kowloon at a small kiosk located within a mini mall.
All in all a tourist friendly airport with a knowledgeable and helful staff. I actually like it much better than San Francisco International. It was much easier to navigate
I checked out the airport website before I left which was incredibly detailed on the airport layout etc... Do this before you leave and you'll be able to navigate the airport very well.