Hong Kong has one of the best public transport systems in the world and a compact city centre, so getting around is easy enough for even inexperienced travellers. The underground Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is efficient and inexpensive, and air-conditioned double-decker and single-decker buses cover all of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, with final destinations displayed in both English and Chinese. Bus fares are low and distance-based. Small mini-buses are more expensive but also more flexible, as they stop for passengers to board or disembark on request.
Hong Kong's old-fashioned trams are another cheap and convenient mode of transport. On the water, fleets of ferries connect Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the Outlying Islands, and last but not least, there's an abundance of taxis, which are colour-coded according to their area of operation. Taxi fares are low but many drivers don't speak English and visitors are advised to have their destination written down in Chinese characters.
Visitors can opt to purchase a contactless Octopus Card, making it easy to pay for trips on the MTR, buses, minibuses, ferries, trams and a few taxis.
Hong Kong International Airport
The airport is situated 21 miles (34km) northwest of Hong Kong Island and 14 miles (23km) from Kowloon.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
LocationThe airport is situated 21 miles (34km) northwest of Hong Kong Island and 14 miles (23km) from Kowloon.
Getting to the city
The Airport Express Line is a dedicated airport railway providing a fast and reliable service to downtown Hong Kong. Trains depart at 10 minutes intervals around the clock, and the journey takes around 25 minutes. Scheduled hotel shuttle buses leave the airport regularly and take passengers to major hotels plus key transport interchanges, and there are a number of public bus (Airbus) routes from the airport.
Public transport in Hong Kong is excellent so car rental is not advised.
Taxis are available from the taxi pick-up area in front of the arrivals hall. Red taxis drive to central Hong Kong, green taxis service the New Territories, and blue taxis drive to Lantau Island.
Transfer between terminals
There are people movers to transport passengers between terminals.
Airport facilities include banks, ATMs, currency exchange offices, a post office, beauty salon, a children's play area, showers, restaurants, shops (including duty-free), disabled facilities, cinemas, a golf course, conference and business services and tourist information desks.
The airport has both undercover and open-air car parks.