Since its opening in July 1998, Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has been named the world’s best airport over 35 times. Hong Kong International Airport is one of the busiest in the world, with 99 airlines providing passenger and/or freight services to more than 154 destinations worldwide. The airport is comprised of 2 terminals. Terminal 1 houses the departures on the upper floor and the arrivals on the lower floor. You can transfer from Terminal 1 to 2 using a free Automated People Mover that arrives every 2 minutes.
Most airlines allow you to check-in up to a day before your flight so that you don’t have to carry your luggage all day while still travelling to your last destinations in Hong Kong . You can check-in at the Hong Kong Station of Airport Express a minimum of 1 hour and 30 minutes before the time of your flight. All the check-in processes are already done here as if you’re already at the check-in counter of the airport. Get your boarding card, deposit your luggage, and voila! You can just proceed to the Security and Immigration section once you’re at the airport.
Take note that all airlines flying from Hong Kong International Airport has In Town Check-in EXCEPT for the following:
·Jetstar Asia Airlines
Here is the list of the airlines that offer check-in 24-hours before your flight:
·South African Airways
·Swiss International Airlines
·Thai Airways International
If you still want to do it the traditional way, it is advisable to arrive at the airport 2-3 hours before your flight so that you have enough time to check-in and explore the many facilities of the airport. But 90 minutes before your flight is good enough. Check-in time takes around 10-15 minutes on a normal day, and takes as long as 30 minutes during holiday season.
Check out the restrictions information to know what things are prohibited to bring in your carry-in or in your check-in baggage.
On your arrival, you can look for your baggage after passing through Immigration Section. Even at high-peak seasons where there are lots of people in the airport – hence, lots of baggage – you have plenty of time to look for your things because baggage stays on the carousel within 10 to 15 minutes.
Should you experience lost luggage, or left your baggage because of an emergency, there are left luggage facilities available both in Terminal 1(1st level) and Terminal 2 (3rd level).
Dining, Shopping and Entertainment
The Hong Kong International Airport, which is also used as a stop-over terminal by many passengers, has everything to offer to keep you away from boredom whether you’re into shopping, dining , or entertainment. From electronics , to designer’s fashion , bags, accessories, jewelry, watches, and eyewear, to books & magazines, to luggage & travel accessories, to Duty Free liquor and Tobacco, the shopping center of HKIA has it all. The Airport Skymart is a good place to start your shopping in Hong Kong as it has a downtown pricing guarantee. This means that their product prices are just the same with those sold outside the airport. For the food-lovers, Asian restos as well as Western restos, Fast Food, bakery shops, HK Style coffee shops, and dessert shops are there to suit every budget. For those who need more reasons to stay awake and energetic inside the airport, entertainment hubs such as the 4D Extreme Screen, Aviation Discovery Centre, Asia Hollywood, i-Sports and PlayStation® Gateway are found in Terminal 2 of the HKIA.
Services such as luggage-storage counter, post office, medical center , and free use of phones for calling local numbers in Hong Kong are also available at the airport. At the Hong Kong Tourism Board counters – there are three – in the arrivals hall of Terminal 1, you can get all the maps and other information you need before heading out. Wi-Fi can be conveniently accessed throughout the airport. Foreign exchange and ATM centers can easily be found in the airport as well.
Transport to and From the Airport
You can go to and leave from Hong Kong International Airport through different modes of transport.
Airport Express, a special railway that easily connects the airport to the major places of Hong Kong in as fast as 24 minutes. The Airport Express makes stops at Hong Kong Station, Kowloon, Tsing Yi, the Airport and AsiaWorld Expo. Trains leave from Hong Kong Station every 12 minutes from 05:50am-00:48am. If you are returning within a month, you can save HK$50 by purchasing a round trip ticket. Riding the Airport Express is beneficial to those who want to travel quickly to and from the airport.
Ticket Prices: HK$50 single ride; HK$100 return (1 month validity) from Central Station
HK$90 from Kowloon Station
HK$60 from Tsing Yi Station
Like in any other airport, taxis are very much available for passengers, especially to those who are not collected by their friends, families, or tourist guides. Taxi units in Hong Kong are color-coded based on the area they serve. See taxi information to know which one you should ride.
Remember: Taxi drivers in Hong Kong don’t allow you to bargain outside the meter price, as it is a rule that all their trips be charged according to the meter count. Your luggage which you have to put at the compartment will cost you a HK$2 surcharge on top of your meter price. Should you pass through any toll bridge, it is you who has to hand over the fee.
Taxis are best to ride if you want to control your time, and if you want to enjoy your personal space while travelling.
There are also buses that loads and unloads passengers in the bus terminal of the airport. Most will bring you to Tung Chung Station of the MTR. (From there, you can ride the subway to reach your destination as the MTR system has stations all over Hong Kong). There are also ones that bring you to parts of Hong KongIsland, Kowloon and the NewTerritories. Estimated travel time of buses to Central is around 45 minutes to an hour while travel time to Kowloon is only 30 minutes.
Usually, buses are frequent during the day boarding every 10 minutes. At night though, buses may take as long as 30 minutes. Fares depend on where you are going but the maximum fare is HK$5. The average fare from Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon to Airport costs around HK$33, while from Causeway Bay, Kowloon to Airport costs around HK$22. Take note that buses in Hong Kong don’t give change. Therefore, be ready to bring the exact amount or pay using Octopus Card.
The advantage of riding a bus is that you can enjoy the scenery while leaving or coming to the airport. Buses pass through Tsing Ma Bridge – the longest suspension bridge in the world which carries both road and railway traffic – making your journey more interesting. Aside from that, buses have relatively low fares compared to the train and taxis. However, make sure your time is flexible because buses stop frequently at different stations.
Exclusive to the passengers of the Airport Express is a free Shuttle Bus to selected hotels. The Airport shuttle service departs from the Hong Kong Island Station and Kowloon Station of the Airport Express from 6:20am until 11:10pm. To check if your hotel is included in the list of destinations of the shuttle bus, see the posted timetables at the said stations.
Some hotels offer airport transfers for free or with charge. Contact your hotel to ask. A list of accommodations available their facilities, services and other reviews are also found in theAccommodations tab.
You may give a HK$20 tip to luggage carriers at the airport as courtesy.
It is advisable to exchange only what you need to get into your hotel because exchange rates in the airport are lower compared to foreign exchange centers in town.
|Airport Bus Services|
|Routes||Destination||Operating hours(to downtown)||Fare (HK$)||Service Provider|
|A10||Ap Lei Chau Est||0650 - 0020||48||Citybus|
|A11||Nouth Point Ferry Pier||0610 - 0030||40||Citybus|
|A12||Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort)||0600 - 0010||45||Citybus|
|A21||Hung Hom Station||0600 - 2400||33||Citybus|
|A22||Lam Tin Station||0600 - 0010||39||Citybus|
|A31||Tsuen Wan (Discovery Park)||0600 - 2400||18.9||Long Win|
|A41||Tuen Mun Station||0600 - 2400||22.3||Long Win|
|A41P||Sha Tin(Yu Chui Court)||0705 - 2400||27.7||Long Win|
|A43||Ma On Shan (Yiu On)||0700 - 2400||30.9||Long Win|
|E11||Tin Hau Station||0520 - 2400||21||Citybus|
|E21||Tai Kok Tusi (Island Harbourview)||0530 - 2400||14||Citybus|
|E22||Lam Tin(North)||0530 - 2400||18||Citybus|
|E22A||Tseung Kwan O (Po Lam)||0700 - 2350||24||Citybus|
|E23||Tsz Wan Shan(South)||0530 - 2400||18||Citybus|
|E32||Kwai Fing Station||0530 - 2400||10.8||Long Win|
|E33||Tuen Mun (Central)||0530 - 2400||13.9||Long Win|
|E34||Tin Shui Wai Town Centre||0530 - 2400||13.9||Long Win|
|E41||Tai Po Tau||0530 - 2400||13.9||Long Win|
|E42||Sha Tin (Pok Hong)||0530 - 2400||13.9||Long Win|
|N11||Central (Macao Ferry)||0050 - 0450||31||Citybus|
|N21||Tsim Sha Tsui(Star Ferry)||0020 - 0440||23||Citybus|
|N31||Tsuen Wan(Discovery Park)||0015 - 0515||21.6||Long Win|
|S1||Tung Chung Station ( via Terminal 1) to AsiaWorld-Expo||0530 - 2400||3.5||Citybus/Long Win|
|S56||Tung Chung Station ( via Ting Chung North) to AsiaWorld-Expo||0555 - 2255||3.5||Citybus|
|S64||Tung Chung Yat Tung (via Cargo & Catering area) to Terminal 1||0524 - 2400||3.6||Citybus|
|Hong kong island|
|Causeway Bay||RED TAXIS||HK$280.00|
|North Point||RED TAXIS||HK$290.00|
|Quarry Bay||RED TAXIS||HK$295.00|
|Wan Chai||RED TAXIS||HK$275.00|
|Western District||RED TAXIS||HK$270.00|
|Hung Hom Station||RED TAXIS||HK$225.00|
|Tsim Sha Tsui East||RED TAXIS||HK$225.00|
|Kwun Tong||RED TAXIS||HK$260.00|
|Tsim Sha Tsui||RED TAXIS||HK$225.00|
|Yau Ma Tei||RED TAXIS||HK$225.00|
|Sha Tin Centre||RED TAXIS||HK$250.00|
|Tsuen Wan Station||GREEN TAXIS and RED TAXIS||HK$180.00||-||HK$190.00|
|Tsing Yi Station||GREEN TAXIS and RED TAXIS||HK$165.00||-||HK$175.00|
|Tuen Mun Town Centre||GREEN TAXIS and RED TAXIS||HK$225.00||-||HK$235.00|
|Yuen Long Town Centre||GREEN TAXIS and RED TAXIS||HK$245.00||-||HK$255.00|
|Asia World-Expo||BLUE TAXIS and RED TAXIS||HK$13.00||-||HK$18.00|
|Tung Chung Station||BLUE TAXIS and RED TAXIS||HK$35.00||-||HK$45.00|
|Hong Kong Disneyland||BLUE TAXIS and RED TAXIS and GREEN TAXIS||HK$100.00||-||HK$115.00|