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Cheapest way to HK Airport: Tung Chung MTR and S1 Bus

Updated Aug 10, 2014 – MTR fares updated; this is no longer the cheapest way to HKIA, but still very cheap. Try the “E” Citybus buses for the cheapest method, $21 from HK Island.

In the past I’ve outlined a few different ways to get to Hong Kong International Airport, namely bus and Airport Express. Both options are very convenient, but pricier than this option, which is the cheapest I am aware of from Kowloon or Hong Kong. You can take the MTR Tung Chung line to Tung Chung Station and make an easy transfer to the S1 bus.

The total cost is $24.5 from HK Station and $19.3 from Kowloon Station, (versus $100 or $90 on the Airport Express.) Takes about an hour for the trip.

Steps:

  1. Take the Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung – ($21 from Hong Kong Station / $15.8 from Kowloon Station)
  2. Exit MTR and walk to the bus terminal adjacent to the station, Exit B. (No more than 2 minutes walk.)
  3. Wait for the S1 bus, comes about every 7-10 minutes. $3.50. (About a 10-15 minute ride to the passenger terminal)

I did this once before, but it’s not so great for me since I live quite a bit aways from the Tung Chung line and need to make that long transfer walk through Central/HK station. However, if you aren’t in a rush to the airport and don’t have too much luggage, this is a viable and affordable option. The bus does make a few stops at Cathay / Dragonair City before the passenger terminal, but shouldn’t be more than 15 minutes from Tung Chung Station.

S1 Bus Route details

Of course this works from the airport to the city as well, so it’s the cheapest way from Hong Kong Airport to Hong Kong or Kowloon, just reverse the steps I’ve outlined. There’s plenty of signs in the airport arrivals hall directing you to the bus stops, but the walk is a little far for the S1. The easiest way I know of is if you’re coming from the arrival doors, walk all the way towards your right. In the corner of the arrival terminal there’s a set of doors leading outside to an elevated walk way. Take the elevator / escalator to the ground floor and the S1 bus stop is there.

39 Responses
  • Ett
    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Dear Sir, may i seek advice from you about the cheapest way from HKIA to Shenzhen Expo? I check http://www.mtr.com.hk from Airport to Lok Ma Chau is it true that it cost me only HKD60? As the transfer from Tsing Yi MTR to Lok Ma Chau MTR is free? Comparing the method that i intend to take S1 or S56 to Tung Chung MTR and take the MTR all the way to Lok Ma Chau MTR which will cost me HKD52.30 + HKD3.5 which to me is not a lot of saving. Thank you!

    • HKTravelBlog
      Thursday, April 13, 2017

      Easiest way may be to take a bus from the airport directly to Shenzhen. There are many buses at the airport going to China. I’m not sure the rates though, you can ask when you arrive at HKIA. The closest border is Huang Gang, so you might want to find a bus that can drop you off there and hop in a cab or metro once in SZ. It’s walkable if you wanted to as well.

      • NOVA
        Thursday, July 13, 2017

        Google maps says it’s a 15min walk from Tung Chung mtr to bus stop. Is this true? I will be coming from Kowloon Tong to pick up my friend at Terminal 1. We will also take this route to our airbnb in Jordan.

        • HKTravelBlog
          Friday, July 14, 2017

          Google maps is wrong then. It’s close if you get out at the correct exit.

  • meyta rianoni
    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    hi,is bus A21 from nathan road will pass citygates outlet mall..?
    because before off to airport, i want shopping for 3 hours.
    thanks

    • HKTravelBlog
      Sunday, January 22, 2017

      Hi A21 does not pass the mall. It is express to the airport.
      You can try E11 or E21A depending where you are on Nathan Road, which to go Tung Chung.

  • Ian Tubola
    Sunday, October 30, 2016

    Hi! Can you tell me the cheapest route from HKIA to Nathan Rd, TST? I will be travelling with my siblings and will stay in Mirador Mansion. Its our first time to go to Hong Kong and we are quite excited and a bit scared. Pls help. Thanks

  • Hoylen
    Tuesday, September 13, 2016

    When catching the S1 from the airport, there are two bus stops you can take.

    The first one (described in the article) is where the bus starts from. Follow the signs to where the “limousines” are. When facing away from the baggage collection area, it is at the far right. Go across the elevated walk way, down the lifts or escalators to the ground level, out the doors (which are now facing back towards the main terminal), turn right and go around to the back of small limousine building, and then keep walking away from the building towards the distant bus stop you can see (this is in the same directory you walked across elevated walk way). BTW, there are toilets in the limousine area.

    The second one is handy if you exit the baggage area at the other end of the terminal (the far left, when facing away from the baggage area). In the front left corner of the arrivals area, take the lifts down to the ground level. These are the lifts away from the baggage area that go down (not the lifts near the baggage area that only goes up). You’ll end up on the footpath, at the side of the road in the tunnel-like area underneath the terminal. The bus stop there is the first stop the S1 gets to.

    The stored-value “Octopus Card” is the most convenient (and cheapest) way to travel on public transport in Hong Kong, so you should get one from the ticket machines before leaving the arrivals area in the terminal, so you can pay for your trip. With busses, you touch-on at the start of the journey (it is the same price regardless of how far you travel). With the MTR, you touch-on and touch-off.

  • gt Tay
    Wednesday, July 20, 2016

    Hi, we will be traveling with our 8 years old daughter in September. May I know what will you be recommending for us to travel from Disneyland Hollywood hotel to the airport please. Thank you.

  • Jeremy
    Thursday, March 24, 2016

    I am so thankful that I found this blog. I wen to Hong Kong last week and this has been very useful. We did not have any luggage only our backpacks so we decided to immediately head to the Po Lin Monastery after arrival since the transit is the Tung Chung MTR. It was very convenient and cheap. Thank You !

  • Wilson
    Sunday, September 13, 2015

    Hello, i will be staying at tsim sha taui this friday, but before going there I want to stroll around Citygate first. Is the S1 bus route suited for me going to citygate from airport? And what would be the cheapest way for me to go to nathan road from tsim sha tsui, would it be the MTR? Or ahould i take the S1 bus route going back to the airport then take the A21 bus going to nathan road tsim sha tsui? Thanks

    • HKTravelBlog
      Friday, September 18, 2015

      Yes, the S1 will go between citygate and the airport.

      You can take the MTR, it’s easy and cheap from Tung Chung. You’ll need to transfer to the red line.

  • Andy
    Thursday, May 14, 2015

    Hi, please advise what forms of public transportation is available to reach 510am to HK airport? My flight is 710am. I am staying at Royal Plaza Hotel along Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon. Thanks

  • Freddie
    Monday, May 4, 2015

    Hello, will be staying at the Marriott Skycity later this week and will only return just before midnight from Central one of the nights. Intending to take the MTR to Tung Chung, and then catch the S1 from there back to tAsia Expo Station, where the Marriott essentially is. Any idea how long the ride on the S1 will take ? Can’t seem to find it anywhere.

    • HKTravelBlog
      Monday, May 4, 2015

      Probably about 10-15 minutes once you’re on the bus. There is shuttle run by Marriott from the MTR to the hotel, but not sure what time it ends. You can inquire with them directly. Might save you a trip on the S1 and you don’t need to walk from the airport.

  • Elisa Japar
    Monday, March 16, 2015

    Thanks. At what time the first bus leaves the first stop in the morning and at what time the A21 reach Nathan Road? Around how many minutes does it take by the A21 to get to the airport from Nathan Road in the early morning? I appreciate for your information.

  • Elisa Japar
    Friday, March 13, 2015

    Thank you so much for the reply. How about if I stay at Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui ? What transport is the cheapest way for me to arrive at airport at 6.45 – 7.00 am? Thanks.

    • HKTravelBlog
      Friday, March 13, 2015

      Hi Elisa, try the A21 which runs down Nathan Road.

  • Elisa Japar
    Monday, March 9, 2015

    Hi, my flight is departing at 8.45 am, I should arrive airport at 6.45 am – 7.00 am. I stay at Causeway Bay. What transport is the cheapest way for me? Should get us plenty of time to check-in before 7am if I take MTR to Tung Chung Station and transfer to S1? At what time the first MTR operate in the morning? Thanks.

  • Akki
    Saturday, February 7, 2015

    hi can u tell the direction u give to catch S1 from airport is for terminal 1 or 2. I am coming first time to hk. thanks

  • dx
    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    You may transfer to the red line at Lai King station. It will save you long walk at Central.

  • Keir
    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Many thanks for the original post, I took the S1 from Tung Chung tonight, all went well until I tried to find the S1 stop. As youbquite rightly point out, it’s exit B, as opposed the the signs at the station which pointed me to exit A. In hindsight, it’s obvious. Exit B, walk across the square, into the bus station and the S1 stop is just to the left.

    • HKTravelBlog
      Wednesday, December 10, 2014

      Hi Keir, I’m glad you found the bus stop. How foolish of you to trust the MTR signs instead of me! haha. j/k.

  • Janessa
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Hi, can we pay the fare of $3.50 by Octopus card?

    • HKTravelBlog
      Thursday, August 21, 2014

      You can pay by Octopus. All transport in HK takes Octopus except Red minibuses I believe.

  • aurora
    Thursday, May 22, 2014

    Hi. does s1 bus do stop at terminal 1? I am confused now what bus to take because of that early flight..
    I stay here in kowloon..do have any suggestion to make an easy or faster way to get to the airport? Need help please..thank you

  • Reid
    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Great clarification.
    I researched this as the best option and wanted to see if my logic was correct – and stumbled across this by accident.

    What I could determine was if there is enough space for luggage?

    Thanks

    • HKTravelBlog
      Wednesday, March 5, 2014

      Hi Reid, are you referring to space for luggage on the bus? Yes there’s usually a small luggage rack, otherwise you can use the space for the wheelchairs, usually there no wheelchairs passengers.

      The MTR won’t have luggage racks, you just need to find some room. There’s only luggage racks in the airport express train.

  • Dennis Ryan Go
    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    Hi, from City gate outlet mall, If I ride the S1 bus, will it stop in the passenger terminal of the airport? (where the private cars are dropping off passengers) or I have to get down the bus on a specific bus stop near the airport then walk towards the airport? Is there “Airport Bus stop” sign i should look out for? I might miss the bus stop and end up missing the airport.. 🙂

    • HKTravelBlog
      Thursday, June 27, 2013

      Hi Dennis,

      The bus will stop at the passenger terminal. There are two stops. One is stop #7 at Car Park 1, right next to the terminal, or Stop #8 which is right in front of the passenger terminal. You should see most of the passengers get off with all their luggage so I don’t think you’ll be confused when to get off.

      I think all of the buses nowadays announce stops and have an electronic sign so you can keep track of where you are as well.

      Chris

      • Setyen
        Sunday, January 22, 2017

        It is useful !!
        Thanks, chris

  • Asuncion Tan
    Sunday, March 3, 2013

    Yes, my husband and I did this 2 times from HKIA via S-1 bus and upon arrival from Tung Chung. get a tourist MRT to destination hotel. It was worth it.

    • HKTravelBlog
      Sunday, March 3, 2013

      Awesome Asuncion. Glad to hear it worked out well for you.

  • David
    Monday, August 13, 2012

    love your website, keep up the good work. i want to let you know that there is even a cheaper way to get to the airport. from HK island, you can take E11 buses directly to the airport. it make more stops than the normal A11 (A series) buses but at half of the cost. E11 is 21hkd from HK Island to Airport and generally takes about 15 minutes longer and you don’t have to transfer.

    • HKTravelBlog
      Tuesday, August 14, 2012

      Hi David, yes good point, I forgot about those E buses. Just need to make sure there is an E bus route that runs near where you are. Unfortuantely for me there is not. 🙁
      But I do remember the E11 does run from Tin Hau through Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, etc.

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