Adjacent to the Lantau Island, the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, is one of the busiest airports in the world. It has two terminals. Terminal 2 is usually used by low-cost companies. The distance to city center is ~35km. The airport as a transportation hub aslo provides a ferry service for transit passengers to Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhongshan, etc. There are several options to get from the Hong Kong International Airport to the city center or vice versa: Airport Express, taxi, bus or limousine service. Each option has its own benefits and disadvantages.

Fares from Airport to Kowloon to HK Island
Airport Express HK$90 HK$100
Taxi ~HK$220-280 ~HK$280-350
Bus HK$14-39 HK$21-48
Limousine Service ~from HK$500 ~from HK$550

Airport Express

Airport Express is the fastest way to reach the downtown Hong Kong. The journey to Central takes 24 minutes and the trains run every 12 minutes from 5:50am to 1:15am. The fare to Kowloon station costs HK$90, to Hong Kong station (Central) costs HK$100. If you travel in a group or family you can save up to 40% on fares.
Airport <-> Kowloon station: group of 2 - HK$140; 3 - HK$190; 4 - HK$220.
Airport <-> Hong Kong station: group of 2 - HK$160 ; 3 - HK$210; 4 - HK$250.

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.

There are two minor flaws: 1. Price. The fare is several times more expensive than a bus fare. 2. Interchanges. To get to your hotel you have to get off the express train and get on the free shuttle bus or taxi to your hotel. This is not a problem if you travel light, but if you have a lot of luggage it is a bit awkward.

For more information visit Hong Kong Airport Express - fares, time table, shuttle bus routes.

Scheme: Airport --> Airport Express --> Free AE Shuttle Bus or taxi --> Hotel or Apartment.

Airport Bus Routes

Another popular method is to take a ride on a bus. The main benefit is the price as well as the main disadvantage is time. There are several routes: "A" routes are the fastest and the best way to get to the city by bus; buses on "E" routes stop more frequently and have a limited luggage space; "N" routes run after midnight and are suitable for those who arrive at night. The bus stop (Ground Transportation Centre) of specified routes is situated outside the Arrival Hall on the right side. Follow the direction signs.

"A" Routes are served by two bus companies. Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are served by Citybus Limited (Cityflyer Routes), while the New Territories are served by Long Win Bus Company (Airbus Routes). The majority of Hong Kong Hotels are situated within 50-300 meters from the bus stops.

Cityflyer Routes serving Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are most suitable for tourists. Buses on specified routes are very comfortable, have large racks for luggage, and come with announcement system which inform about the next stop in English and Chinese. The most popular routes among travelers are A11 and A21. Route A11 goes through Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Fortress Hill and North Point. Route 21 goes through Mongkok, Yau Ma Tei and Tsim Sha Tsui.

The New Territories are served by 5 Airbus Routes. These routes serve the different parts of the New Territories, such as Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin and Tuen Mun.

Route To/From Hong Kong Airport Fare (HK$)
Hong Kong Island
A10 Ap Lei Chau Estate $48
A11 North Point Ferry Piers $40
A12 Siu Sai Wan (East Part) $45
A21 Hung Hom Station $33
A22 Lam Tin Station $39
A29 Tseung Kwan O (Po Lam) $42
New Territories
A31 Tsuen Wan (Discovery Park) $18.9
A33 Tuen Mun Station $27.7
A41 Sha Tin (Yu Chui Court) $22.3
A41P Ma On Shan (Yin On) $27.7
A43 Fanling (Luen Wo Hui) $30.9

For more information visit Airport Bus "A" Routes - time table, bus stops on the map, list of hotels and nearby bus stops.

Scheme: Airport --> Airport Bus --> A short walk or taxi --> Hotel or Apartment.


Taxi is a comfortable and flexible way of a point-to-point transfer. It's convenient, relatively fast (depends on traffic conditions) but a bit expensive, especially if you travel alone. Taxi is very suitable if you travel in a group or family. It can normally carry about three suitcases of regular size (1.7m length x 0.7m width x 0.5m height) in a baggage compartment. There are three types according to their operating areas: Red – Urban Taxis, Green – New Territories, Blue – Lantau Island. But all types of taxis serve the airport.

Approx. Taxi Fare Table (HK$)
Destination Fare Destination Fare
Kowloon Hong Kong Island
Tsim Sha Tsui $230 Western District $300
Jordan $220 Central $290
Yau Ma Tei $225 Admiralty $290
Mongkok $225 Wan Chai $290
Hung Hom $230 Causeway Bay $285
New Territories North Point $300
Ma On Shan $290 Aberdeen $315
Sha Tin $250 Repulse Bay $330
Tsuen Wan $190 Stanley $350

The fare includes toll chagres.
Additional charges: every baggage - HK$5.

Scheme: Airport --> Taxi --> Hotel or Apartment.

Note: This information is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice.