Hong Kong Airport to the City: 5 Ways from $HK33

Hong Kong International Airport is located about 34km (21miles) from the downtown area of Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui) by road and in this article, we are going to uncover the best ways to get to and from the airport.

This guide is focused on airport transfers to/from the city, if you are coming from/going to mainland China or Macau, then please take a look here.

Let’s start with a map to get our bearings

 

Price Comparison: 5 ways to/from the city area (Central/Kowloon) to Hong Kong Airport

Method Price Time (est) About
Public Bus (Cityflyer) $33 78 mins Comfortable double-decker buses, it’s the slowest route but also the cheapest
Airport Express $105 22 mins The fastest, and most popular method
Hotel Coach $130 80 mins convenient, comfortable and mostly hassle free
Taxi $270 35-60 mins Convenient, and reasonably quick bar traffic delays which do occur
Limousine from $680 35-60 mins The most expensive and of course most convenient and luxurious.

As you can see, there is a substantial cost difference between the different transfer options and it really depends on what suits you time-wise, comfort wise, and price wise. I have used all these options without complaint. The advantage of the Airport Express is that is fast, super convenient, and that it is unaffected by traffic.

Let’s look at each option in detail beginning with the airport terminal map.

 

Airport Transport Station Map

 

Airport Express (train)

The Airport Express takes passengers to Central in just 24 minutes. Quick and comfortable, trains depart at about 10-minute intervals from 05:54 to 23:28 and approximately 12-minute intervals from 23:28 to 00:48 daily. For a detailed schedule of the Airport Express, please click http://www.mtr.com.hk/../.

Also note, for Airport Express customers, free shuttle bus services are available at Kowloon Station and Hong Kong Station to take you to most major hotels and transport interchanges.

Standard Ticket Octopus
From Airport to Adult Child Adult Child
Hong Kong Station $ 115 $ 57.5 $ 110 $ 55
Kowloon Station $ 105 $ 52.5 $ 100 $ 50
Tsing Yi Station $ 70 $ 35 $ 65 $ 32.5
AsiaWorld-Expo Station $ 6 $ 3 $ 5.5 $ 2.7

Group Tickets: Group of 2 ($75 per person), Group of Three ($70 per person), Group of four ($62.5 per person) based on travel between the airport and Kowloon. This makes it really competitive against splitting the cost of a taxi fare!

Same Day Return Ticket: The return journey is FREE.

Round Trip Ticket: The return journey can be made anytime within 30 days (7.5% discount)

Octopus Card: it’s the local transport card which can be used on buses, MTR and Airport Express and it does offer a small discount over standard ticketing.

Airport Express Travel Pass: one ride on the Airport Express plus unlimited 3 days use of MTR ($250) or two rides on the Airport Express  plus unlimited 3 days use of MTR ($350)

Also, see our detailed guide Airport Express and Hong Kong’s metro system the MTR

Super Saver Tip: For those traveling light and wanting to use the MTR can take the S1 or S56 bus from the airport to MTR Tung Chung Station for HK$3.50. You can then take the MTR to Kowloon Station/Hong Kong Station for a total journey cost of around HK$28.

 

Taxi to/from HKIA

Taxis are readily available, the cost from the Hong Kong Airport to Central would come to around HK$295, and from Hong Kong Airport to Kowloon around HK$250.

Note that there are three types of Taxi denoted by color:

RED –  Urban taxis connect the Airport with Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and parts of the new towns of Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin and Tseung Kwan O (urban taxis can go anywhere in Hong Kong except southern Lantau Island).

GREEN –  New Territories taxis connect the airport with the New Territories, except those parts of the Tsuen Wan, Sha Tin and Tseung Kwan O served by urban taxis.

BLUE –  Lantau taxis connect the airport with the rest of Lantau Island.

Baggage: Taxis can carry about three suitcases in their boot (trunk). You are also allowed to carry luggage inside the car and the driver does have the right to levy a small fee for luggage carried but this is not often enforced.

Passengers: Most taxis are licensed to carry 5 people. Passengers are required by law to wear a seatbelt. Children under the age of 3 are not counted. But do consider this in tandem with the above point about luggage. Five people and five big bags is unlikely to all fit.

Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. See the airport map in the appendix.

 

Hotel Coaches & Limousines to/from HKIA

There are buses that run between the airport and selected hotels costing from HK$120 to HK$150.  Limousine services start from HK$550. The counters are located inside the Coach Station of Terminal 2 or Arrivals Hall of Terminal 1, or contact in advance via the below numbers

Service Provider Location Telephone Boarding Point
Sun Bus Ltd. Counter C07 & C08, Coach Station, Terminal 2 +852 3559 1180 Coach Station, Terminal 2
Airport Hotelink Limo Services Ltd. Counter A01 & B01, Terminal 1 +852 2261 2155 Hotel & Travel Agent Limousine Waiting Lounge, Terminal 1
Parklane Limousine Services Ltd. Counter A16 & B16, Terminal 1 +852 2261 0303 Hotel & Travel Agent Limousine Waiting Lounge, Terminal 1
Vigor Airport Shuttle Services Limited Counter B01, Arrival Hall B, Terminal 1 +852 2738 9500
http://english.vigortours.com
Coach Station, Terminal 2

 

Public Bus

Public buses service the airport, the A21 bus is a popular route which terminates at Hung Hom station and the full journey fare is HK$33.

There are four types of buses available from the airport being:

Cityflyer Routes  – denoted by the route number starting with A – the most popular routes and most convenient for visitors.

Overnight Routes –  denoted by route numbers starting with N – Similar to A routes except they run from midnight to about 5 am.

Citybus North Lantau External Routes – denoted by route numbers starting with E – these buses are well used by airport staff, servicing the airport and routes that extend as far as Causeway Bay. It’s cheap with tickets costing between $14-21 but you’ll be making a lot of stops around the airport before getting underway.

Citybus Airport Shuttle Routes – denoted by route numbers starting with S – This is for short connections within the airport and to Tung Chung New Town.

For route planning, see the Citybus website www.citybus.com.hk or Long Win Bus website www.lwb.hk.

 

CityBus CityFlyer Routes to/from Hong Kong Airport

CityFlyer A routes

Route No. To / From Airport Service Area
A10 Ap Lei Chau Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Shek Tong Tsui, Kennedy Town/ West Point, Mount Davis (Victoria Road), Mount Davis (Mount Davis Road), Pok Fu Lam Road (Pok Fu Lam Village to Mount Davis Road), Chi Fu, Wah Fu/ Wah Kwai, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Lei Tung, Ap Lei Chau Estate, South Horizons
A11 North Point Ferry Piers Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace & Tin Hau), Fortress Hill, North Point
A12 Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort) Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Shek Tong Tsui, Wan Chai North, North Point, Quarry Bay, Cityplaza/ Kornhill, Sai Wan Ho, Shau Kei Wan, Chai Wan, Siu Sai Wan
A20 Hung Hom Station Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Mei Fo, Cheung Sha Wan, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui / Hung Hom Station
A21 Hung Hom Station Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Hoi Lai Estate / AquaMarine, Sham Shui Po (Nam Cheong / Fu Cheong), Tai Kok Tsui, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui / Hung Hom Station
A22 Lam Tin Station Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Jordan, Hung Hom, To Kwa Wan, Ma Tau Wai, Kowloon City, San Po Kong, Rhythm Garden / Choi Hung, Ngau Chi Wan / Ping Shek, Kai Yip, Ngau Tau Kok / Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong Town Centre, Tsui Ping (South), Lam Tin (Sceneway Garden / Kai Tin)
A29 Tseung Kwan O (Po Lam) Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping / Chak On, Lok Fu / Wang Tau Hom, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Chi Wan / Choi Hung / Ping Shek, Ngau Tau Kok / Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong Town Centre, Tsui Ping (South), Hang Hau, King Lam, Po Lam / Metro City
A29P Tseung Kwan O Station Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Choi Wan, Shun Lee, Sau Mau Ping, Po Tat, Hong Sing Garden, Tsui Lam, Sheung Tak, Tiu Keng Leng, Tseung Kwan O

 

Overnight Routes – Airport (“N” Routes)
Serving the Airport, Tung Chung New Town and major locations in Hong Kong and Kowloon after midnight.

Route No. To / From Airport Service Area
NA10 Ap Lei Chau Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Shek Tong Tsui, Kennedy Town/ West Point, Mount Davis (Victoria Road), Mount Davis (Mount Davis Road), Pok Fu Lam Road (Pok Fu Lam Village to Mount Davis Road), Chi Fu, Wah Fu/ Wah Kwai, Tin Wan, Aberdeen, Lei Tung, Ap Lei Chau Estate, South Horizons
NA11 North Point Ferry Piers Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace & Tin Hau), Fortress Hill, North Point
NA12 Siu Sai Wan (Island Resort) Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Shek Tong Tsui, Wan Chai North, North Point, Quarry Bay, Cityplaza/ Kornhill, Sai Wan Ho, Shau Kei Wan, Chai Wan, Siu Sai Wan
NA21 Tai Kok Tsui Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Mong Kok, Tai Kok Tsui
NA29 Tseung Kwan O (Po Lam) Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping / Chak On, Lok Fu / Wang Tau Hom, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Chi Wan / Choi Hung / Ping Shek, Ngau Tau Kok / Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong Town Centre, Tsui Ping (South), Hang Hau, King Lam, Po Lam / Metro City
N11 Central (Macau Ferry) Airport Passenger Terminal, Cathay City, Catering Area, Cargo Area, Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hung Hom Station / Cross Harbour Tunnel Toll Plaza, Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Admiralty, Central, Sheung Wan
N21 Tsim Sha Tsui (Star Ferry) Airport Passenger Terminal, Cathay City, Catering Area, Cargo Area, Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tsing Yi (Cheung Hang / Ching Wah Court), Mei Foo, Cheung Sha Wan, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui
N21A Tsim Sha Tsui (Star Ferry) Airport Passenger Terminal, Cathay City, Aviation Fuel Tank Farm, Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Tung Chung (Yat Tung), Tung Chung (North), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tsing Yi (Cheung Hang / Ching Wah Court), Mei Foo, Cheung Sha Wan, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward. Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui
N23 Tsz Wan Shan (North) Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Cargo Area, Catering Area, Cathay City, Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Kok Tsui, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan, Whampoa Garden / Laguna Verde, Hung Hom, To Kwa Wan, Ma Tau Wai, Kowloon City, San Po Kong, Diamond Hill, Hammer Hill / King Fu, Tsz Wan Shan
N26 Yau Tong Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Cargo Area, Catering Area, Cathay City, Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping / Chak On, Chuk Yuen, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Chi Wan / Choi Hung / Ping Shek, Choi Wan, Shun Lee / Shun Chi / Shun On / Shun Tin, Sau Mau Ping, Lam Tin (Tak Tin / Hing Tin / Kwong Tin), Yau Tong
N29 Tseung Kwan O (Po Lam) Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Cargo Area, Catering Area, Cathay City, Airport Passenger Terminal, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping / Chak On, Lok Fu / Wang Tau Hom, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Chi Wan / Choi Hung / Ping Shek, Kai Yip, Ngau Tau Kok, Kwun Tong Town Centre, Tsui Ping (South), Lam Tin (Sceneway Garden / Kai Tin), Sheung Tak / Kwong Ming, Tiu Keng Leng, Tseung Kwan O Town Centre, Hang Hau, King Lam, Po Lam/ Metro City

 

Citybus North Lantau External Routes (“E” Routes)
Linking Airport Supporting Area and /or Tung Chung New Town to major locations in Hong Kong and Kowloon.

Route No. Route Details Service Area
E11 Tin Hau Station — AsiaWorld-Expo AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport Passenger Terminal, Cathay City, Catering Area, Cargo Area, Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay
E11A Tin Hau Station — AsiaWorld-Expo AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport Passenger Terminal, Cathay City, Catering Area, Cargo Area, Tung Chung (North), Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay
E11S Tung Chung (Yat Tung) -> Tin Hau Station Tung Chung (Yat Tung), Tung Chung (North), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Kowloon Station, Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay
E21 Tai Kok Tsui (Island Harbourview) — AsiaWorld-Expo AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport Passenger Terminal, Cathay City, Catering Area, Cargo Area, Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tsing Yi (Cheung Hang / Ching Wah Court), Mei Foo, Cheung Sha Wan, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Tai Kok Tsui
E21A Ho Man Tin (Oi Man Estate) — Tung Chung (Yat Tung) Tung Chung (Yat Tung), Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Tung Chung (North), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Cheung Sha Wan, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Ho Man Tin (Oi Man / Ho Man Tin Estate)
E21C Aircraft Maintenance Area — Tai Kok Tsui (Island Harbourview) Aircraft Maintenance Area, Cargo Area, Cathay City, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tsing Yi (Cheung Hang / Ching Wah Court), Mei Foo, Cheung Sha Wan, Sham Shui Po, Prince Edward, Mong Kok, Tai Kok Tsui
E21X Tung Chung (Yat Tung) -> Hung Hom Station Tung Chung (Yat Tung), Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Tung Chung (North), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui / Hung Hom Station
E22 Lam Tin (North) — AsiaWorld-Expo AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport Passenger Terminal, Cathay City, Catering Area, Cargo Area, Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping / Chak On, Kowloon Tong, Lok Fu / Wang Tau Hom, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Chi Wan / Choi Hung, Ping Shek, Kai Yip, Ngau Tau Kok / Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong Town Centre, Laguna City, Tsui Ping, Lam Tin (Sceneway Garden / Kai Tin / Tak Tin / Hing Tin)
E22A Tseung Kwan O (Hong Sing Garden) — AsiaWorld-Expo AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport Passenger Terminal, Cathay City, Catering Area, Cargo Area, Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping / Chak On, Lok Fu / Wang Tau Hom, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Sheung Tak / Kwong Ming, Tiu Keng Leng, Tseung Kwan O Town Centre, Hang Hau, King Lam, Po Lam/ Metro City, Tsui Lam / Hong Sing Garden
E22C Aircraft Maintenance Area — Tiu Keng Leng Aircraft Maintenance Area, Cargo Area, Cathay City, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Po Lam, Hang Hau, Tiu Keng Leng
E22P Yau Tong — AsiaWorld-Expo AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport Passenger Terminal, Dragonair / CNAC House, Cathay City, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping / Chak On, Lok Fu / Wang Tau Hom, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Chi Wan / Choi Hung / Ping Shek, Choi Wan, Shun Lee / Shun Chi / Shun On / Shun Tin, Sau Mau Ping, Lam Tin (Tak Tin / Hing Tin / Kwong Tin), Yau Tong
E22S Tung Chung (Yat Tung) -> Tseung Kwan O (Po Lam) Tung Chung (Yat Tung), Tung Chung (North), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping / Chak On, Lok Fu / Wang Tau Hom, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Sheung Tak / Kwong Ming, Tiu Keng Leng, Tseung Kwan O Town Centre, Hang Hau, King Lam, Po Lam/ Metro City
E22X Yau Tong -> AsiaWorld-Expo AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport Passenger Terminal, Dragonair/ CNAC House, Cathay City, Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Tai Wo Ping / Chak On, Wong Tai Sin, Diamond Hill, Ngau Chi Wan / Choi Hung / Ping Shek, Ngau Tau Kok / Kowloon Bay, Kwun Tong Town Centre, Laguna City, Lam Tin (Sceneway Garden / Kai Tin / Tak Tin / Hing Tin), Yau Tong
E23 Tsz Wan Shan (South) — Aiport (Ground Transportation Centre) Airport Passenger Terminal, Cathay City, Catering Area, Cargo Area, Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Lantau Link Toll Plaza, Jordan, Hung Hom (Whampoa Garden / Laguna Verde), Hung Hom, To Kwa Wan, Ma Tau Wai, Kowloon City, San Po Kong, Tsz Wan Shan (South)

 

Citybus Airport Shuttle Routes (“S” Routes)
Provide shuttle services between the Passenger Terminal, Airport Supporting Area, Aircraft Maintenance Area and Tung Chung New Town.

Route No. Route Details Service Area
S1 Tung Chung Station — Airport (Passenger Terminal Building/ AsiaWorld-Expo) Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Aviation Fuel Tank Farm, Dragonair/ CNAC House, Airport Passenger Terminal, AsiaWorld-Expo
S52 Tung Chung (Yat Tung) — Aircraft Maintenance Area Aircraft Maintenance Area, Cargo Area, Aviation Fuel Tank Farm, Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Tung Chung (Yat Tung)
S52P Tung Chung (Yat Tung) — Chun Ping Road (Asia Airfreight Terminal) Tung Chung (Yat Tung), Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Aviation Fuel Tank Farm, Cargo Area
S56 Tung Chung Station — Airport (Passenger Terminal Building) Tung Chung (Citygate / Fu Tung), Tung Chung (North), Aviation Fuel Tank Farm, Airport Passenger Terminal