Hong Kong Airport Transportation: What Is The Best?

Hong Kong airport transportation is one of the most searched phrases from people who are planning to visit Hong Kong. This is the case because unlike airports in many large cities, Hong Kong has an airport that’s situated quite far away from city central (more than 40 kilometres apart).

There are many choices of airport transportation you can take to your hotel after you arrive. From public buses to luxurious limousines, the problem becomes which option is right for you.

The short answer is: there is no best airport transportation option. Choosing the right one depends on your preference and budget. In this article, I will share with you the different types of Hong Kong airport transportation and their pros and cons.

Hong Kong Airport Transportation Option 1 – Public Bus

Hong Kong Airport Transportation Options ComparisonThe public bus service from the airport (called Airbus) is your best option if your budget is tight. It is a network of buses that connect the airport to the city centre (Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, etc…).

Even though the airport public bus service (Airbus or A Routes) is an express service, it still goes through many local neighbourhoods and stops at many designated locations. As a result, expect trips of more than an hour long to your destination.

Also, if your hotel is located near a public bus stop then this choice is a good option. It is really not recommended to stop at an unknown location and having to find the direction to your hotel. Imagine walking around crowded streets with heavy baggage in hot weather… Yikes

If you are an adventurous person who has lots of time and don’t mind walking on crowded Hong Kong streets, the public bus service is perfect for you. You can save a few bucks as well.

Learn more about the airport public bus routes here. Typical fares range from HK$25 to HK$40 per person depending on how far you need to go.

Hong Kong Airport Transportation Option 2 – Airport Express

Hong Kong Airport Express TrainThe Airport Express is one of the most popular airport transportation options in Hong Kong. Its efficient system makes it going from the airport to the city centre a breeze.

It’s also quite simple. There are only 3 main stations that you would care about: Airport Station, Kowloon Station, and Hong Kong Station. Kowloon Station is located in the Kowloon side of Hong Kong. And yes, Hong Kong Station connects you to the Island side of Hong Kong.

The major problem for the Airport Express is that once you get to either the Kowloon Station or Hong Kong Station, you will have to figure out how to get to your hotel from there. If your hotel is located right beside the stations, you won’t have much trouble. (ie. Ritz Carlton, W Hong Kong, and Four Seasons Hong Kong)

Unfortunately, most budget and upscale hotels in Hong Kong are not situated right beside those Airport Express stations. They do have a free connecting shuttle service going to select locations near the stations, but its schedule is quite unpredictable and sometimes you will have to wait a minimum of 30 minutes for the next shuttle coming your way. Also, it has a very limited number of stops so you will have to find another solution if your hotel isn’t near any of them. For a complete list of stops and routes, check out the official MTR page.

Typical fare for a single adult is HK$90. There are group discounts and tourist specials. Please see our Guide To Using The MTR for more tips and specials.

Hong Kong Airport Transportation Option 3 – Taxi

Hong Kong Airport Transportation Taxi

Like many major cities in the world, taxis are widely considered the number one transportation method in Hong Kong. But is it a good airport transportation method for tourists?

Because the airport in Hong Kong is located quite a distance away from the city centre, taking a taxi to your hotel may not be the ultimate option.

Taxi drivers are not too happy about going to/from the airport these days. The surge of Mainland China tourists in Hong Kong causes a huge increase in demand of taxis. Taxi drivers will rather stay in the city centre and make bigger profits doing shorter trips. So if you end up hiring a taxi from the airport to your hotel, some taxi drivers will try to “manipulate” your rate as much as possible. (ie. charging excessive baggage fees, toll fees, and doing unnecessary turns, etc…)

During rush hours, you may have to line up for a taxi at the airport. If lining up for transportation is your thing after a tiring flight, then taking a taxi is highly recommended.

Additionally, if you are travelling with a group of 4 people or more, you may need 2 taxis. Don’t forget a taxi can only carry a maximum of 2 large cases and a smaller carry on. If 4 of you each carrying 1 large case, you will definitely need 2 taxis and the total cost will add up very quickly.

Typical rate for a taxi to hotels in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon is around HK$350, including baggage fees and toll fees. If you are paying more than that, your driver is most likely scamming you.

Hong Kong Airport Transportation Option 4 – Airport Shuttle

Hong Kong Airport Shuttle Service

Hong Kong Airport Shuttle is our most popular service. This is because it combines convenience, affordability, and flexibility in one simple solution.

Imagine arriving in Hong Kong after a long tiring flight and still have to figure out how to get to your hotel so you can rest. Unless you are taking a taxi, most other transportation methods require you to WALK in crowded streets with your heavy luggage. This does not sound good at all.

You can book an airport shuttle seat in advance online and you won’t have to worry about how you are going to get to your hotel after you’ve arrive. All you need to do is check-in at the Vigor (our shuttle operator and one of the largest transportation companies in Hong Kong) service counter with our voucher. The staff will take you to your shuttle and you will be on your way directly to the door of your hotel.

Typical rate for a passenger above 2 years old is HK$140 to HK$150. At this price, the convenience you get is worth every penny.

Learn more about Hong Kong airport shuttle service here:  http://www.hongkongshuttle.com/hong-kong-airport-shuttle

Hong Kong Airport Transportation Option 5 – Limousines And Private Cars

Hong Kong Airport Limousine Service

Hong Kong limousines and private car service is not for everyone. If you are the type of person who thinks flying business class or first class is a waste of money, then you will also think booking a limousine or private car to your hotel from the airport is a waste of money.

If you value comfort, luxury, and privacy, limousines should be your preferred Hong Kong airport transportation method. This service provides you the ultimate private transfer experience to and from your hotel.

You will get your own luxury vehicle, typically a Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan or a ultra-comfy minivan, and an English speaking chauffeur at your disposal.

You will not be limited by the selection of hotels that you can go to. With this service, you can go to any destination in Hong Kong 24 hours a day. No other Hong Kong airport transportation gives you this kind of flexibility and freedom.

A typical limousine or private car to hotels in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island will cost you from HK$600 to HK$800. This is at least 2 to 3 times more expensive than other Hong Kong airport transportation options. But the peace of mind of knowing your private transfer is waiting for your arrival at the airport and the luxury experience it provides are much more important than the money you are paying.

Learn more about airport limousines and private cars here: http://www.hongkongshuttle.com/hong-kong-limousines

Hong Kong Airport Transportation Conclusion

There is no perfect Hong Kong airport transportation. The best option depends on your preferences and budget.

The good thing about airport transportation in Hong Kong is that there are many alternatives to fit your needs. If you would rather save your money and spend hours going to your hotel, you have public buses and the Airport Express. If you like to save the hassle and get the peace of mind that your transportation will be standing by for your arrival, you have shared airport transfers and limousines.

Do you have any questions or comments? Leave them below and let’s hear what you think.

If you have friends or family members going to Hong Kong soon, send this article to them and help them plan a stress-free trip!

Ron So is the co-founder of Hong Kong Shuttle. His duties include providing excellent customer service, making sure things go smoothly, and writing articles such as this one.