How to get to the city center from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA)

Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG, ICAO: VHHH), located in Chek Lap Kok, Lantau, New Territories, Hong Kong, is one of the busiest airports in the world. It is about 34 kilometers from the city centre of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s downtown area mainly refer to the four business districts, namely Tsim Sha Tsui Commercial Circle(尖沙咀商圈), Mong Kok/Yau Ma Tei Commercial District (旺角/油麻地商圈), Central/Sheung Wan Commercial District (中环/上环商圈), Causeway Bay Commercial District (铜锣湾商圈). If you arrive in one of these 4 business districts, you can arrive in others by taxi, bus, subway, etc. within 15 minutes.

There are a couple of ways for you to choose from to get to the city center from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Airport express, airport bus and taxi are the most used means among visitors.

By Airport Express(Highly Recommend)

Airport Express is the most recommended way to reach the downtown Hong Kong, which is fast, comfortable and relatively cheap. The airport express is a dedicated railway that can quickly reach the airport, which is a bit like the subway. The journey to Central takes about 50 minutes and the trains run every 12 minutes from 5:50 am to 0:48 am (+1). One-way fare is 100 Hong Kong dollars, round-trip is 180 Hong Kong dollars, you can use Octopus card.

Also, Airport Express offers several benefits to its customers, such as free in-town check-in service, free return journey (same day) and free shuttle buses to major hotels in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.


By Aiport Bus

Taking airport bus is also a main way to downtown Hong Kong. The main advantage is cheap, about 30 Hong Kong dollars can reach the downtown area, but it takes a long time of about 75 minutes. If it encounters a traffic jam, it may take about 2 hours.

There are a few tracks: "A" routes are the quickest and the greatest way to arrive at the city by bus; buses on "E" routes stop much more often and have a restricted baggage room; "N" routes run after midnight and are appropriate for people who get there during the night. The bus stop (Ground Transportation Centre) of specific ways is located outside the Arrival Hall on the right area.

A11 and A21 are two extremely popular routes among visitors. The A11 covers the north part of Hong Kong Island (Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Fortress Hill and North Point). And the A21 runs along Nathan road, Salisbury road and Chatham road South towards Hung Hom Station, and covers Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom.

By Taxi

Taxi is a great option to get to the city center of Hong Kong. Taxi is more suitable for passengers on night flights, or for travelers who are too tired to walk. A taxi can be sent directly to your destination. Moreover, if there is no traffic jam near Tsim Sha Tsui from the airport to the downtown area, it can be reached within 1 hour and no need to transfer. Taxi is comfortable and flexible but is a little expensive especially if you are travelling alone. 


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