Getting to Hong Kong

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Some of the info below was gathered during the bidding process, and so it may be outdated, especially fare & prices will change from time to time, so this is for your reference only.

Getting to Hong Kong is easy: there are direct flights to Hong Kong from more than 150 other cities around the world, and hundreds more within one interchange.

Air travel

Cities with non-stop flights to Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport (IATA: HKG) is a leading air passenger gateway and logistics hub in Asia. Located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, 34 km/21 miles from downtown, HKG airport has scheduled non-stop flights to more than 150 cities. Regarded as a focus city or major transfer hub by major airlines, 85 airlines operate from the two-terminal airport; it is the primary hub of Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Air Hong Kong, Hong Kong Airlines, and Hong Kong Express. Since 2001, the airport has been named the World’s Best Airport eight times in the annual passenger survey by Skytrax. 'Local' carriers, Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, were also rated by Skytrax the Best Airline of Year 2003, 2005 and 2009 and the Best Airline of Greater China region respectively. The airport itself operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Airport buses served by Citybus, branded as Cityflyer

Hong Kong International Airport is connected to the city by the MTR Airport Express train service; it reaches both Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong Station is the terminus of the route and also of a number of local bus services. Both Hong Kong Station and Kowloon Station provide several feeder bus services between the station and various hotels of the city exclusively for Airport Express passengers. There is also an extensive Airport bus network served by both Citybus and Long Win Bus. These lines have A- or E-prefixes in front of their bus routes, and the bus network covers most urban areas including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and most towns in the New Territories.

Air-travel costs (estimated)

Hong Kong is one of the dominant regional hubs in the Asia-Pacific with numerous carriers providing scheduled flight services to and from the city. The following table shows a selection of destinations and carriers with their associated fares. The fare is referenced with a departure date in 7 August 2013 from the origin airport, with a return trip leaving Hong Kong on the 12 August 2013.

Bird's eye view of HKG Airport
HKG Airport Terminal
Scene of Skypier from AsiaWorld-Expo, the pier offers cross-boundary ferry services of Pearl River Delta.


Asia-Pacific
From Airline Price (USD) Flight Time Stops Notes
Icons-flag-jp.png Tokyo (Narita) United
Delta (DL)
$577
$612
5.2hr
4.8hr
0
0
Icons-flag-jp.png Tokyo (Haneda) All Nippon (NH)
Korean (KE)
$1,534
$1,069
4.5hr
7.4hr
0
1

via Incheon
Icons-flag-ae.png Dubai Emirates (EK)
Qatar (QR)
$1,143
$664
9hr
10.5hr
0
1
Icons-flag-sg.png Singapore Jetstar Asia (3K)
Singapore (SQ)
$267
$496
3.8hr 0
Icons-flag-kr.png Seoul (Incheon) Asiana (OZ)
China Eastern (MU)
$594
$439
3.8hr
6.2hr
0
1

via Shanghai (PVG)
Icons-flag-cn.png Beijing China Southern (CZ)
Air China (CA)
$408
$440
3.6hr 0
Icons-flag-cn.png Shanghai (Pudong) China Eastern (MU) $298 2.5hr 0
Icons-flag-tw.png Taipei EVA (BR)
Cathay Pacific(CX)
$502
$506
1.8hr 0
Icons-flag-my.png Kuala Lumpur Malaysia (MH) $390 3.9hr 0
Icons-flag-ph.png Manila Philippine (PR) $322 2.2hr 0
Icons-flag-id.png Jakarta Garuda Indonesian (GA) $747 3.4hr 0
Icons-flag-in.png Mumbai (Bombay) Jet Airways (9W) $539 5.9hr 0
Icons-flag-in.png Delhi Jet Airways (9W)
Kingfisher (IT)
$542
$601
3.4hr 0
Icons-flag-th.png Bangkok Emirates (EK) $274 3.0hr 0
Icons-flag-bn.png Bandar Seri Begawan Royal Brunei (BI) $539 3.1hr 0
Icons-flag-qa.png Doha Qatar (QR) $1,052 8.4hr 0
Icons-flag-il.png Tel Aviv El Al (LY)
Swiss (LX)
Turkish (TK)
$1,321
$1,299
$1,282
10.8hr
19.9hr
18.5hr
0
1
1

via Zurich
via Istanbul
Icons-flag-tr.png Istanbul Turkish (TK)
Qatar (QR)
$1,753
$1,412
10.5hr
20.0hr
0
1

via Doha
Icons-flag-sa.png Riyadh Cathay Pacific (CX)
Emirates (EK)
$2,408
$863
9.8hr
12.5hr
0
1

via Dubai
Icons-flag-jo.png Amman Royal Jordanian (RJ) $903 12.8hr 1 stopover at Bangkok
at same flight
Icons-flag-nz.png Auckland Air New Zealand (NZ) $1,303 11.5hr 0
Icons-flag-au.png Sydney Virgin (VS) $990 9.5hr 0
Icons-flag-au.png Melbourne Qantas (QF) $1,069 9.5hr 0
Icons-flag-au.png Perth Cathay Pacific (CX)
Singapore (SQ)
$2,148
$852
7.8hr
11.0hr
0
1

via Singapore
Icons-flag-fj.png Fiji Air Pacific (FJ) $1,157 10.5hr 0 Twice per week
Icons-flag-ru.png Vladivostok S7 (S7)
Korean (KE)
$484
$937
5.2hr
9.7hr
0
1

via Incheon
Icons-flag-kz.png Almaty Air Astana (ALA) $900 7.1hr 0 Twice per week
 
Africa
From Airline Price (USD) Flight Time Stops Notes
Icons-flag-eg.png Cairo Qatar (QR) $975 14.5hr 1 via Doha
Icons-flag-za.png Johannesburg South African (SA)
Ethiopian (ET)
$1,207
$897
13.3hr
18.7hr
0
1

via Addis Ababa
Icons-flag-et.png Addis Ababa Ethiopian (ET) $1,008 13.5hr 1 stopover at Bangkok
at same flight
Icons-flag-ng.png Lagos Qatar (QR) $1,301 17.5hr 1 via Doha
Icons-flag-dz.png Algiers Qatar (QR) $936 18.0hr 1 via Doha
Icons-flag-ke.png Nairobi Kenya Airways (KQ)
Qatar (QR)
$1,072
$1,131
13.8hr
16.3hr
1
1
Stopover at Bangkok at same flight (3 Times per week)
via Doha
Icons-flag-mu.png Mauritius Air Mauritius (MK)
Emirates (EK)
$1,218
$1,230
9.8hr
16.8hr
0
1
Twice per week
via Dubai
Europe
From Airline Price (USD) Flight Time Stops Notes
Icons-flag-uk.png London (Heathrow) Qatar (QR) $861 16.6hr 1 via Doha
Icons-flag-uk.png London (Gatwick) Emirates (EK) $1,030 18.5hr 1 via Dubai
Icons-flag-fr.png Paris (CDG) Air France (AF)
Emirates (EK)
$1,347
$1,107
11.5hr
15hr
0
1

via Dubai
Icons-flag-nl.png Amsterdam KLM (KL)
Areoflot (SU)
$1,978
$995
11.1hr
16.0hr
0
1

via Moscow (SVO)
Icons-flag-es.png Madrid Qatar (QR) $968 17.5hr 1 via Doha
Icons-flag-es.png Barcelona Emirates (EK) $862 16.5hr 1 via Dubai
Icons-flag-pt.png Lisbon Emirates (EK) $927 20.9hr 1 via Dubai
Icons-flag-de.png Berlin Qatar (QR) $918 15.8hr 1 via Doha
Icons-flag-de.png Frankfurt Cathay Pacific (CX)
China Eastern (MU)
$1,631
$872
12.0hr
16.5hr
0
1

via Shanghai (PVG)
Icons-flag-be.png Brussels British (BA) $965 15.6hr 1 via London (LHR)
Icons-flag-it.png Rome Cathay Pacific (CX)
Qatar (QR)
$1,955
$809
12.3hr
20.5hr
0
1

via Doha
Icons-flag-fi.png Helsinki Finnair (AY) $1,753 10.0hr 0
Icons-flag-se.png Stockholm Turkish (TK)
Qatar (QR)
$873
$882
16.5hr
16.5hr
1
1
via Istanbul
via Doha
Icons-flag-dk.png Copenhagen Qatar (QR) $1,017 16.5hr 1 via Doha
Icons-flag-no.png Oslo Aeroflot (SU)
Qatar (QR)
$960
$1,242
15.3hr
17.4hr
1 via Moscow (SVO)
via Doha
Icons-flag-ch.png Zurich Swiss (LX)
Aeroflot (SU)
$1,495
$1,087
12.1hr
14.1hr
0
1

via Moscow (SVO)
Icons-flag-ch.png Geneva Swiss (LX)
Aeroflot (SU)
$1,643
$1,065
14.8hr
15.1hr
1
1
via Zurich
via Moscow (SVO)
Icons-flag-ru.png Moscow (SVO) Aeroflot (SU) $744 9.5hr 0
Icons-flag-ru.png Moscow (DME) Cathay Pacific (CX) $2,741 9.5hr 0
Icons-flag-at.png Vienna Turkish (TK) $948 18.5hr 1 via Istanbul
Icons-flag-cz.png Prague Finnair (AY) $839 12.9hr 1 via Helsinki
Icons-flag-pl.png Warsaw Aeroflot (SU) $873 16.7hr 1 via Moscow (SVO)
Icons-flag-hu.png Budapest Qatar (QR) $778 17.5hr 1 via Doha
Icons-flag-rs.png Belgrade Aeroflot (SU) $983 14.6hr 1 via Moscow (SVO)
Icons-flag-gr.png Athens Turkish (TK)
Emirates (EK)
$1,100
$1,104
15.0hr
18.0hr
1
1
via Istanbul
via Dubai
 
Americas
From Airline Price (USD) Flight Time Stops Notes
Icons-flag-us.png New York (JFK) Cathay Pacific (CX) $1,640 15.9hr 0
Icons-flag-us.png New York (Newark) Continental (CO) $2,987 15.9hr 0
Icons-flag-us.png Los Angeles Cathay Pacific (CX) $1,478 14.7hr 0
Icons-flag-us.png San Francisco Singapore (SQ) $1,053 14.3hr 0
Icons-flag-us.png Chicago Cathay Pacific (CX) $1,658 15.7hr 0
Icons-flag-ca.png Toronto Air Canada (AC) $1,643 15.3hr 0
Icons-flag-ca.png Vancouver Air Canada (AC)
China Eastern (MU)
$1,379
$1,235
13.1hr
17.5hr
0
1

via Shanghai (PVG)
Icons-flag-ca.png Montreal American (AA)
Air Canada (AC)
$1,607
$1,634
21.3 hr
18.3hr
1 via Chicago
via Toronto
Icons-flag-mx.png Mexico City Aeromexico/Cathay Pacific (AM/CX) $1,725 22.5hr 1 via Los Angeles
Icons-flag-co.png Bogota Air Canada (AC) $2,303 33.5hr 1 via Toronto
Icons-flag-ve.png Caracas American/Cathay Pacific (AA/CX) $2,918 30.5hr 1 via New York (JFK)
Icons-flag-br.png São Paulo South African (SA)
Qatar (QR)
$1,993
$2,449
31.3hr
24.5hr
1 via Johannesburg
via Doha
Icons-flag-br.png Rio de Janeiro Emirates (EK) $2,369 32.5hr 1 via Dubai
Icons-flag-cl.png Santiago Air Canada (AC) $2,355 30.8hr 1 via Toronto
Icons-flag-ar.png Buenos Aires British (BA)
United/Continental (UA/CO)
$2,422
$2,792
36.0hr
36.5hr
1
1
via London (LHR)
via Newark
Icons-flag-pe.png Lima LAN/Cathay Pacific (LA/CX)
United/Continental (UA/CO)
$2,880
$2,626
29.8hr
31.8hr
1
1
via New York (JFK)
via Newark
Icons-flag-uy.png Montevideo Iberia/British (IB/BA) $2,555 36.3hr 2 via Madrid, London (LHR)

Flight taxes and fees are included, however, additional airline fees for baggage or fuel may apply.
Latest update on 23FEB2012.

Rail

Intercity Through Train between Hong Kong & China

Inter-city train services crossing the Hong Kong-China boundary are known as Intercity Through Trains. Currently, Hung Hom Station (Kowloon/Jiulong) is the only station in Hong Kong where passengers can catch these trains. Passengers have to go through immigration and custom inspections before boarding. There are currently three through train routes:

Fare & Travel time of Intercity Through Trains

From Hung Hom Station
as of 20 May 2012

From Price Travel Time Notes
HKD USD £
Beijing West (Peking) $934 $120.24 94.41 76.09 24hrs once two days, soft sleeper price
Shanghai $825 $106.22 83.40 67.21 20.6hrs once two days, soft sleeper price
Guangzhou East (Canton) $190 $24.46 19.21 15.48 2hrs 13 trains a day
Dongguan (Changping) $145 $18.67 14.66 11.81 1.2hrs 11 trains a day
Foshan $210 $27.04 21.23 17.11 3hrs once a day
Zhaoqing $235 $30.26 23.76 19.14 4hrs once a day

Additionally Lo Wu Station is interchangeable with the Shenzhen Station of CRH intercity train network of the Mainland China across the border, which runs a more frequent services between Shenzhen and Guangzhou, as well as some other cities in China.

However, one needs to take the East Rail Line, one of the metro lines inside the Hong Kong's Metro network (MTR), in order to get to HK downtown from the boundary control point in Lo Wu. A journey from the border to Hung Hom Station takes approximately 40 minutes, and costs $35 HKD ($4.50 USD/ €3.54 / £2.92, from stations in Kowloon, 2nd class).

Fare & Travel time of Trains from/to Shenzhen Station

as of 20 May 2012, for reference only

From Price Travel Time Notes
CN Yuan HKD USD £
Guangzhou East (Canton) 80 98.22 12.65 9.89 7.99 1.3 hrs price for 2nd class
88 Trains a day according to schedule
some trains may be cancelled
Beijing West (Peking) 720 884.01 113.82 89.04 71.95 23.8 - 29hrs twice a day, Soft Sleeper
Jiujiang, Jiangxi 446 547.59 70.50 55.16 44.57 14.5 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Xi'an 671 823.85 106.07 82.98 67.05 30 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Yueyang, Hunan 486 596.71 76.83 60.10 48.57 11.8 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Changsha, Hunan 446 547.59 70.50 55.16 44.57 10.7 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Changde, Hunan 563 691.25 89.00 69.63 56.26 14 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Hengyang, Hunan 385 472.70 60.86 47.61 38.47 8.3 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Shanghai South 640 785.79 101.17 79.15 63.96 19.3 hrs Twice a day, Soft Sleeper
Wuchang (Wuhan) 506 621.26 79.99 62.58 50.56 12.7 hrs Twice a day, Soft Sleeper
Shengyang North 890 1,092.73 140.69 110.07 88.94 35.8 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Shaoguan East 129 158.38 20.39 15.95 12.89 4 hrs once a day
Jinggangshan 357 438.32 56.43 44.15 35.68 10.8 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Meizhou 108 132.60 17.07 13.36 10.79 4.8 hrs once a day
Huaihua, Hunan 560 687.56 88.52 69.26 55.96 15.3 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Guilin 444 545.14 70.19 54.91 44.37 13.3 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Fuzhou 444 545.14 70.19 54.91 44.37 18.2 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Nanjing (Nanking) 640 785.79 101.17 79.15 63.96 24.5 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper
Zhengzhou 693 850.86 109.55 85.70 69.25 25.2 hrs once a day, Soft Sleeper

Sea

Two main ferry terminals serve the Hong Kong-China boundary crossing ferries services:

  • Macau Ferry Terminal – Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
  • China Ferry Terminal – Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

and these two ferry terminals are accessible with MTR and local buses services.

Notwithstanding their names, both terminals provide extensive networks of ferry services to Macau and various cities in Guangdong Province. However services from China Ferry Terminal are more frequent and the network towards China is more extensive than its counterpart, while only Macau Ferry Terminal provides a 24 hours ferry service to Macau. Some ferry routes, from/to either Macau or Shenzhen, terminate at Hong Kong International Airport. These are only available at the Skypier, accessible from the departure hall of the airport (as for flight transfers).

Cruise ships also serve Hong Kong. The cruise terminal of Hong Kong – Ocean Terminal – is located at Tsim Sha Tsui on the Kowloon Peninsula.

Land

Hong Kong has convenient cross-border bus services to many cities in Guangdong province including Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Dongguan. Tickets are purchasable either in mainland China or Hong Kong, services and operators vary depending on the exact location and destination of travel. Road connections across boundary check-points are possible and vehicles with specialised licenses are allowed across the border. Several check-points connect with the expressway network of Hong Kong including Lok Ma Chau-Huanggang and Shenzhen Bay Port. Additionally most cross-border buses use these two particular ports on their journey.