Hong Kong Airport Transfers

What is best? Hong Kong Airport Express,
Taxi, Bus, Airport Shuttle?

Hong Kong Airport Transfers like all transportation options in Hong Kong are easy and convenient. What is best for you will depend of course on your preference, budget and also the number of people travelling together.

So what are the options once you arrive in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Airport Transfer Options Once you arrive in Hong Kong, there are many options for
your airport transfer into the city

There are many alternatives, ranging from the very economical buses to the over-the-top (literally) helicopter ride straight to the helipads on top of the Peninsula Hotel.

So here we tell you about the different ways of Hong Kong Airport Transfers into the city, pick what's right for you and your wallet and start exploring!

Hong Kong Airport Transfers, What's Your Preference?


Easy and Conveniet Hong Kong Airport Transfers:
The Hong Kong Airport Express

The Hong Kong Airport Express is the direct rail link from Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong's International Airport into the city. The trains depart every 12 minutes and at 130 km/hr will whisk you from the Airport Terminals to Central in 24 minutes.

Hong Kong Airport Express Station Hong Kong Express Station at HK Airport

The Airport Express line brings you from the airport into several stations in the major areas of Hong Kong, including Central and Kowloon where most visitors will be staying, and makes it very easy to reach your destination wherever it might be in the city.

From the Central and Kowloon stations, there are free shuttle buses that take you to the hotels around their respective areas.

Beware that some hotels advertise a "free airport shuttle", but what they mean is this free shuttle from the Airport Express station to the hotel, you still have to buy a ticket to get to/from the airport to the station.

One Way Ticket Prices for the Airport Express per adult are HK 100 for Central and HK 90 for Kowloon. There are discounts for round trip and children tickets, as well as promotional offers for group ticket prices. At about US$13 per person, it is a fast, convenient and economical way to get into the city and one of the most popular options.

Here's more on the Hong Kong Airport Express.

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Hong Kong Airport Transfers by Taxi

Hong Kong Airport Transfer by Taxi Taxis in Hong Kong are plentiful and economic

Hong Kong Taxis are color-coded for the areas they serve:

  • Red Taxis for Hong Kong
  • Blue Taxis for Lantau, and
  • Green Taxis for the New Territories

All taxis serve the Airport and accomodate 3-4 passengers.

How much is a taxi from Hong Kong Airport to the city?

Taxis use the meter, and in addition, rides to/from the airport incur sur-charges for bridge and tunnel tolls.

Here are some sample taxi fares from Hong Kong Airport to the different areas in Hong Kong:

Hong Kong Airport Transfer by Taxi
Cost per Taxi NOT per person

Area One Way in HK$
Central290
Tsim Sha Tsui230
Mongkok225
SaiKung Town (New Territories)330

There is a separate charge per piece of luggage of HK 5 which is not always enforced.

If there are 3-4 people in your group, consider a taxi as an alternative to the Airport Express or the Airport Shuttle buses (below). Even with a promotional Group fare for the Express, a taxi might be a better option since you bypass the extra step of having to get to/from the Airport Express station.

Taking a Taxi from the Airport

As you come out the Arrivals Hall, head to the official Taxi stands right outside. They will be lining up in separate lanes according to the areas they service, look for the Red taxi lane if you are heading into Central or Kowloon.

At the Arrivals Hall, beware of the people offering "you want taxi?", before you can blink, they will be carting your bag and taking you to their "taxis" which are nothing more than overpriced private car services you can expect to pay 3 to 4 times more for. If confronted by one of these, just firmly say no and continue to the official taxi stand.

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Hong Kong Airport Bus

Hong Kong Airport Bus - the CityFlyer Airbus Hong Kong Airport Buses - the CityFlyer AirBus,
best alternative for the budget-conscious

Getting to and from the Airport on the City's double-decker buses is the most economical option. A ride from Central to the Airport is only HK 40, about US$5, although a lengthier ride because of all the stops in between, it is certainly the best alternative for those on a budget.

Which Bus should I take?

There are two main types of buses:
  • the CityFlyer AirBus which offers the A routes
  • the External CityBus which offers the E routes

You want to take the CityFlyer Airbuses. These are more convenient for travellers, with spacious luggage racks and monitors which announce every stop along the way. The A routes are 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.

The External CityBus has limited luggage space and the routes take longer than the more direct A routes. They service the Airport Area and Tung Chung New Town, consequently with a longer route but convenient mostly for the airport staff that commutes every day.

There are five main airport bus routes that will cover most of the travellers staying in Kowloon and Hong Kong: A10, A11, A12, A21, A22. You can look up your hotel in this list to determine which Line to take: Cityflyer AirBus Hotel Stops.

You can pay using your Octopus Card, otherwise exact change will be needed.

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Hong Kong Airport Shuttle Buses

Hong Kong Airport Shuttle Bus Airport Hotelink Shuttle Bus offers door-to-door convenience

The Airport Hotelink Shuttle Buses offer door to door transport between the airport and major hotels in Hong Kong and Kowloon. They service over 100 hotels and depart every 30 minutes from the Airport to the hotels and every 30-60 minutes from the hotels to the Airport.

The Airport Hotelink Shuttle costs HK 150 for hotels in Central and HK 130 for hotels in Kowloon per single trip.

Here is a list of participating hotels in the Airport Hotelink Shuttle Bus, this site is in Chinese, unfortunately the English website has "disappeared", we will repost that link when it becomes available.

Where do you buy the tickets? Where do you board?

You can buy tickets for the Shuttle bus at the Arrival Hall:
  • Terminal 1: Counter BO1
  • Terminal 2: Counters C07 and CO8

For the transfer from the hotel to the Airport you buy your ticket from the Hotel Concierge.

You board the Shuttle Bus at the Coach Station in Terminal 2, this is only a 5-minute walk from Terminal 1.

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Hong Kong Airport Transfers via Private Car and Limousines

There are a number of companies that provide private vehicles ranging from small sedans to mini-vans / buses for private transfers for individuals or groups. And what could be easier than having someone waiting for you with a sign with your name on it and a car waiting just to hop in and whisk you to your hotel. This is specially convenient if you are arriving late at night and don't want the hassle of arranging your own transport.

Prices for private transfers from the Airport to your Hong Kong or Kowloon Hotel start at about $34 per person (three people in your group), and you can also arrange shared transfers for about $24 per person.

You will need to provide your flight details and someone will be waiting for you in the Arrivals area and bring you to your Hong Kong or Kowloon Hotel or the Ocean Terminal if you are boarding a cruise.

You can pre-book your Private Airport Transfer with Viator here.

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Arriving in Style... More Hong Kong Airport Transfer Options

Need some ideas for that special occasion? Here are some alternatives for arriving in style and starting your trip with a bang:

Heliservices HK offers Helicopter Transfers from the Hong Kong Airport to the roof-top helipads at the Peninsula Hotel in Kowloon or the Wanchai Government Heliport in Hong Kong Island. The 10-minute ride will set you back HK16,000, but it's likely to be the highlight of your trip. Helicopters accomodate a maximum of 5 guests.

Or how about getting picked up at the Airport on a Rolls Royce Phantom for the ultimate ride into the city? You can arrange that thorough the Peninsula Hotel, who themselves own a fleet of 14 of them. The one-way trip costs HK1,500.

For more information on the Helicopter Transfers or to arrange a Rolls Royce pick up contact the Peninsula Hotel.

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