The Hong Kong Airport Express is the direct rail link from Hong Kong International Airport into the city and one of the most convenient ways to transfer to the several areas in Hong Kong. The trains depart every 12 minutes and at 130 km/hr will make the 30 km ride to Central, the last stop in the line, in 24 minutes.
From Airport to City in 24 minutes...
The Hong Kong Express is part of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system in Hong Kong. The Airport Express line runs parallel to the MTR Lantau Line but is the only line that makes it all the way to the Airport Terminal.
There are five stations in the Airport Express line, the Teal colored line in the MTR maps: the Airport Station, the Asia-World Expo Station where the line ends, and three Stations which most travellers are likely to use to get into the city: Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong in Central.
Once you arrive at your Station, there are free shuttle buses with stops at the major hotels, as well as MTR stations, ferry and rail terminals.
Riding the Hong Kong Airport Express from the city to the Airport is also convenient.
There is a free check-in service at the in-town stations offered for passengers.
Airport Terminal: at the Arrivals Hall just follow the "Trains to City" huge signs, you can't miss it!
Unlike the Airport Buses which run different lines with several stops each, there is only one Airport Express line, which makes it really easy, you only need to decide in which of the other four stations to get off:
The Asia World Station (not pictured in map above) serves the Asia World Expo site, one of Hong Kong's Convention and Exhibition Centers, a venue for Trade Fairs, Concerts, and all kinds of events.
Most visitors will be taking the line running in the opposite direction towards the city and get off at one of the following:
Tsing Yi: this station is convenient if you are staying in the New Territories. Connects to the vast MTR network via the Tung Chung (Lantau) line plus is a major hub for buses.
Kowloon: for destinations in the lower Kowloon Peninsula i.e. Tsim Sha Tsui, TST East, West Kowloon, Yaumatei, Mongkok, New Kowloon.
Central: for all Hong Kong Island locations i.e. Central, Sheung Wan, Wanchai, Causeway Bay, North Point Island South locations.
Signs for Trains to the City are clearly marked: "TsingYi, Kowloon, Hong Kong"
From the Central and Kowloon stations, there are free shuttle buses that take you to the hotels around their respective areas as well as selected MTR and rail stations. See below for which free shuttle bus to take.
Ticket Counters at Chek Lap Kok Airport,
you can also buy Octopus cards here
Now that you have decided which station to take, you can either buy your ticket at the Customer Center at the Arrivals area, from the vending machine, or you can use your Octopus Card and ride the Airport Express.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Hong Kong Airport Express Ticket Prices
You can pre-purchase a combined Airport Express and MTR pass in advance of your trip. Option for the Ngong Ping Cable Car is also available. You pick up all your passes at the airport as you arrive, saving you precious time in individual ticket lines, money changing, etc.
Tickets can be purchased at the many vending machines in the Arrivals Hall
No ticket needed to get on, just hop on a train, tickets are
collected as you exit the train at the arriving station
Free Airport Express Shuttles bring you from the Station to your Hotel
The following hotels are served by the Hong Kong Airport Express Free Shuttles, if your hotel does not appear on the list, look for the closest one, stops are not far from each other so it will not be far to walk.
Check In counters at the Kowloon Station of the Airport ExpressAnother convenient feature of the Hong Kong Airport Express, is that on the day of your return, you can check-in for your flight in the city, at either the Kowloon or Hong Kong stations.
That means, you check-in your bags in town, rather than at the airport, you also collect your boarding pass here.
This is extremely convenient when you have a late flight. It gives you the whole day to explore without carrying stuff around, and then when you're ready, simply ride the train to the Airport and board your plane. Your suitcases will be at the other end when you arrive home.
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