Unlike many large cities, Hong Kong has an airport situated quite far away from the city center (more than 40 kilometers).But don’t worry, there are many choices of airport transportation you can take, varied from public buses to luxurious limousines. The only question is: which option is right for you?
Airbus – the public bus service from the airport is your best choice if you’re on a budget.
There is a network of buses that connects the airport to all central parts of the city, like the Central, TsimShaTsui, MongKok, Wan Chai, etc., as well as many local neighborhoods. Typical fares are only HK $40 per each depending on how far you need to go.
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There are two main types of buses you can choose from: the CityFlyerAirBus, which offers the A routes, and the External CityBus, which offers the E routes. The CityFlyer Airbuses are more recommended for its convenience and spacious luggage racks,along with modern monitors announcing every stop along the way. The A routes they offer are also more direct and take you to all the main areas in Kowloon and Hong Kong. Buses depart every 20 minutes for most of the day.
So,if you are going on an adventurous trip with a lot of time to spare,and you don’t mind wandering around Hong Kong crowded streets, the public bus service is a perfect option and can save you a whole lot as well.
Another budget airport transport in Hong Kong is the Airport Express. It's simple and efficient system make your trip from the airport to the city center just a breeze.
There are 3 main stations you should know: Airport Station, Kowloon Station, and Hong Kong Station. Kowloon Station is, of course, locatedinKowloon while Hong Kong Station connects you to the Island side of the city. Typical fare for a single adult is HK $90. There are group discounts and tourist specials as well.
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They also have a free connecting shuttle service going through some locations near the stations, but it takes quite a long time to wait and there are only a limited number of stops.
So, if your stay is near the stations, this is definitely a wonderful choice to save both time and money for your trip.
But, if your hotel is quite far away from the stations, and you dread to think of walking around unknown, crowded streets in Hong Kong with heavy luggage on your back, here are some other options.
Hong Kong Airport Shuttle is one of the most popular services due to its convenience, affordability, and flexibility.
You can book an airport shuttle seat in advance online and worry no more about how to get to your hotel after a long tiring flight. Once arriving, all you need to do is check in at the Vigor service counter with the voucher. And then, the shuttle will take you directly to the door of your hotel.
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The typical rate for a passenger above 2 years old is from HK $140 to 150.
If you are traveling in a group along with 3 or 4 more people, consider a taxi as an alternative convenient airport transport.
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Taxis do use the meter and you will have to pay extra charge for bridge and tunnel tolls.There is also a separate charge per piece of luggage of HK 5, which is not always enforced.
The typical rate for a taxi to hotels in TsimShaTsui, Kowloon is around HK$300 – 350, including baggage fees and toll fees.
If you want to enjoy comfort, luxury, and privacy, and of course, don’t minding going over budget, hiring a private car is another choice for you.
You will get your own luxury Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan, or an ultra-comfy minivan, together with an English-speaking chauffeur and a door-to-door transfer at your disposal.With this service, you can go to anywhere in Hong Kong for 24 hours a day.
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A typical limousine or private car in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island will cost you from HK $600 – 800, which is, obviously, much more expensive than all other airport transports. But with the freedom, flexibility, and the luxurious experience you can get, it is definitely worth every penny.