Transportation between Sheung Wan / Sai Ying Pun and Hong Kong Airport

Getting between Sheung Wan and Hong Kong Airport

Use these directions if you’re coming from Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun, or a nearby area. Specifically these directions are from the Ibis Hotel.

The Ibis Central and Sheung Wan is a relatively popular hotel in Hong Kong. Its location is not bad though the name is badly misleading. It’s on the edges of Sheung Wan and in no way is it in Central.

The hotel provides information on how to reach it on its webpage. What a lot of people staying there don’t seem to realise is that the Airport Express is not necessarily the fastest way between the hotel and the airport.

Taxi

A taxi between the hotel and airport should cost roughly $300 to $350. As the lobby is not on the ground floor, don’t expect staff to help you hail a taxi. Uber’s also an option. Most expensive option, but probably most convenient.

Train

The hotel is a pickup point for the shuttle service H1 linking it to the Airport Express station at Hong Kong station. The shuttle runs every twenty minutes. Check out our Airport Express tips. It’s certainly easier to take the bus here, I wouldn’t recommend the train.

Bus

Easiest and by far the cheapest option as long as you don’t have tons of people or luggage in your party.

The hotel is only about a hundred yards from the bus stop serving airport buses A11 and E11 (as well as the slower E11a). A single on the bus ($40 on the A11, $21 on the E11) is cheaper than the Airport Express ($100, although with a group ticket the price per person falls).

There are other bus stops along Des Voeux Rd West, west of Sheung Wan if you are in Sai Ying Pun as well.

ibis sheung wan central map

Summary and Recommendation

Every day dozens of people queue at the hotel for the shuttle to the Airport Express. However, waiting up to twenty minutes for the shuttle, you then have to visit two other hotels en route, drive to Central, then wait for the next Airport Express. Often it would be as fast – or even faster – simply to walk over to the bus stop.

Cross Des Voeux Road west to the Wai Tat Centre, walk up the short Queen Street and the bus stop is just over the road at the end. It’s only a minute’s walk from the Ibis. (Coming from the Airport, the trip is slightly longer but still close – alight from the bus at Macau Ferry Terminal, cross the footbridge over Des Voeux Road towards Western Market, and walk along Connaught Road West towards Sheung Wan. You’ll pass directly in front of the Ibis after a few minutes).

Guest Blogger: Christopher R.

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