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.
- Take the Tung Chung Line to Tung Chung – ($21 from Hong Kong Station / $15.8 from Kowloon Station)
- Exit MTR and walk to the bus terminal adjacent to the station, Exit B. (No more than 2 minutes walk.)
- 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.
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.