Fastest Way From HK Airport to the City – Guide to Taking HK Airport Express

Super fatigued after a long flight to Hong Kong and just want to arrive at your hotel asap, hole up in your bed and rest? The Hong Kong Airport Express would be your best choice in this situation.

The HK Airport Express is arguably the most convenient, the most direct and the fastest way (WITH WIFI) to travel between Hong Kong International Airport and the city, taking you to the city in under 25 minutes.

Just follow the “Trains to City” signs right outside the arrivals hall. They are really, really, really hard to miss! Buy your ticket at the Customer Center or from the vending machine, or you can use your Octopus Card and ride the Airport Express.

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Trains depart at about 10-minute intervals from 05:50 to 01:15 daily. The first train will depart from the Airport to the city at 05:54 and the last train leaves at 00:48. There are only four stations to go to in the Airport Express line from the Airport Station, so just head to the one closest to where you are staying.

airport expressAsiaWorld-Expo

Journey TimeOne-way Adult PriceOne-way Children Price [Aged 3-11]Round-trip Adult PriceRound-trip Children Price [Aged 3-11]
1 minuteHK$ 5HK$ 2.50HK$ 10HK$ 5

To AsiaWorld-Expo, one of Hong Kong’s convention and exhibition centres commonly used for concerts and trade fairs etc. In short, not the direction to the city.

Tsing Yi

Journey TimeOne-way Adult PriceOne-way Children Price [Aged 3-11]Round-trip Adult PriceRound-trip Children Price [Aged 3-11]
13 minuteHK$ 60HK$ 30HK$ 110HK$ 60

For Destinations in the New Territories including Tung Chung, Tsuen Wan and Disneyland Resort etc.

If you are staying in the New Territories, this is your station. You can connect to other major stations by transferring to the Tung Chung MTR line.

Kowloon

Journey TimeOne-way Adult PriceOne-way Children Price [Aged 3-11]Round-trip Adult PriceRound-trip Children Price [Aged 3-11]
21 minuteHK$ 90HK$ 45HK$ 160HK$ 90

For Destinations in Kowloon including Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Shaa Tsui East, Jordon, Mongkok etc.

Hong Kong

Journey TimeOne-way Adult PriceOne-way Children Price [Aged 3-11]Round-trip Adult PriceRound-trip Children Price [Aged 3-11]
24 minuteHK$ 100HK$ 50HK$ 180HK$ 100

For Destinations in the Hong Kong Island including Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay etc.

Extra Services Available at Kowloon and Hong Kong Station

  1. Free Shuttle to Major Hotels & Transport Interchanges
    After showing proof of eligibility including any Airport Express train ticket, Airline ticket/boarding pass, Airport Staff Octopus Card, AsiaWorld-Expo entry pass or event ticket, you can find the free shuttle you need to reach your accommodation.airport expressFrom/To Hong Kong Station

    LineService HoursService Areas
    H106:12 – 23:12
    (every 20 minutes)
    Island Shangri-La,
    Conrad Hong Kong, Pacific Place,
    JW Marriott Hotel,
    Empire Hotel Hong Kong·Wan Chai,
    The Wharney Guang Dong Hotel,
    Novotel Century Hong Kong,
    Holiday Inn Express,
    iclub Sheung Wan Hotel,
    ibis Hong Kong Central And Sheung Wan,
    Best Western Hotel Harbour View,
    Island Pacific Hotel
    H206:12 – 23:12
    (every 20 minutes)
     Empire Hotel Hong Kong·Causeway Bay,Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay,
    Regal Hong Kong Hotel,
    Rosedale on the Park,
    The Park Lane Hong Kong,
    The Excelsior, Hong Kong,
    Harbour Grand Hong Kong,
    City Garden Hotel,
    Grand Hyatt Hong Kong,
    HK Convention and Exhibition Center,
    Renaissance Harbour View Hotel,


    From/To Kowloon Station

    LineService HoursService Areas
    K106:12 – 23:12(every 12 minutes)Jordan Station (Austin Road),
    Hung Hom Station,
    Harbour Plaza Metropolis,
    Whampoa Garde (Tak On Street),
    Harbour Grand Kowloon,
    Eaton Hotel Hong Kong,
    Austin Station
    K206:12 – 23:12(every 12 minutes)Prince,
    Gateway,
    Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
    The Kowloon Hotel/The Peninsula Hong Kong
    The Royal Pacific Hotel & Towers/China Ferry Terminal
    K306:12 – 23:12(every 12 minutes)Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong,
    Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui,
    Regal Kowloon Hotel,
    Hotel ICON,
    New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel,
    InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong,
    Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel
    K406:12 – 23:12(every 20 minutes)Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Tower/East Tsim Sha Tsui Station,
    Park Hotel,
    The Luxe Manor,
    Empire Hotel Kowloon·Tsim Sha Tsui,
    BP International
    K506:12 – 23:12(every 20 minutes)The Cityview,
    Metropark Hotel Kowloon,
    Royal Plaza Hotel,
    Metropark Hotel Mongkok.
    Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong


    If your hotel is not on this list, you can contact your hotel and see if they offer pick-up service (maybe at a cost), take a taxi, or just simply take a MTR  (Mass Transit Railway Corporation) train. Once you are in one of the three stations that are in the city area of Hong Kong, you can pretty much connect to your further destinations by Hong Kong’s extensive MTR system. Also check out our guide to take MTR here.

  2. Free In-Town Check-in Services + Luggage Drop-off
    Just for Airport Express passengers, drop off your bags & get your boarding pass up to 24 hours in advance of your returning flight between service hours from 05:30 to 00:30, then proceed to the airport bag-free and just walk straight to security when it is time! No more need for baggage storage at hotels or carrying your bags around, and all this convenience for FREE! Most airlines (except Air Asia, Air Philippines, Angel Air, Cebu Pacific, Continental Airlines, Jetstar Asia Airlines, Oriental Thai, Pakistan International, Shenzhen Airlines, and Transaero) have their kiosks inside the paid area of the station. (If you use an Octopus to travel via the Airport Express, your full fare will be deducted at check-in rather than when you board the train).
  3. Free Porter Service
    Available at all Airport Export Line stations.

Price and Discounts
Sure, the Airport Express is very comfy, fast and fuss-free but it is not the cheapest way to get to/from the airport. If you are a budget traveler, airport buses can still take you to major districts in the city, using a little more time and saving you a lot of money. For cheaper options, check out our previous pieces “E” Citybus buses (The cheapest at HK$21 from/to HK Island as of now) and Tung Chung MTR & S1 Bus.

But then here are some tips for the Airport Express that might help you save a few bucks.

Tickets (Single/Round Trip)

  • Airport expressPrebook at Klook! Buy a non-cancellable voucher for the Airport Express (one-way or round-trip) tickets to Kowloon or Hong Kong in advance. You will be sent an e-ticket within 1 business day of purchase and the voucher is valid within 60 days of date of issue. Simply show your voucher on mobile to redeem tickets at Airport Express Customer Service Centres. Discounted prices are as following (as of Jun 2016):
    To Kowloon (One-way)To Kowloon (Round-trip)To Hong Kong (One-way)To Hong Kong (Round-trip)
    HK$90   HK$66
    HK$160  HK$117
    HK$100  HK$73
    HK$180   HK$131
  • Tickets are also purchasable online at the official site.
  • Seniors aged 65 or above need to pay adult price too but children under 3 can ride for free.
  • Round-trip tickets are valid for 30 days from date of issue and can be purchased at Airport Express Customer Service Centres (exclude the one in AsiaWorld-Expo Station).

Octopus Card

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Weird name, but Hong Kong’s Octopus Card is the Tap Card to Los Angeles Metro and the MetroCard to New York’s MTA. You can purchase one at any MTR station customer service centre (Pay HK$150 for HK$50 deposit and HK$100 value) and add value to the card. This can be used on majority of Hong Kong’s public transportation from ferries to minibuses, and a number of stores eg convenience stores, McDonalds etc.

  • There is no round-trip discount when you pay with your Octopus Card – the transaction will be counted as two single journeys only.

Airport Express Travel Passes

For as low as HK$350 get 2 trips on Airport Express line and 3 consecutive days of unlimited travel on the MTR, Light Rail and MTR Bus. Only for tourists!

For more information, check this page for tickets and fares and the official site for other information.

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