We really enjoyed our short visit to Hong Kong. The fact that the MTR makes every ride easy and efficient makes it even more enjoyable.
While doing my research on how to get to Central Hong Kong from the airport, I didn’t want to believe it was that easy. But it was that easy! Here are the steps on how to get to Kowloon and Central Hong Kong from the airport.
1. Buy your Airport Express Travel Pass
For $300 Hong Kong Dollars, the 2 single journeys on the Airport Express and 3 consecutive days of travel on the MTR network (subway, light rail and bus), your life will be made easier, especially if you don’t have a lot of time, which was our case.
2. Board the Airport Express train
The Hong Kong Airport is huge, but signs will take you where you need to go to board your train. At the time we took the train, it was clean and it wasn’t crowded and it had a map of MTR network. We were getting off at the Kowloon Station, so about 20 minutes after we boarded, we were arriving; for those going to Hong Kong Island, the total ride is about 24 minutes (about 4 minutes from Kowloon) to Hong Kong Station.
3. Connect on other MTR subway lines or hop on a shuttle bus to your hotel
Our hotel was in Kowloon, so before we arrived, we were thinking we might have to go all the way to Hong Kong Station and from there connect to another subway line. Then we read that the Airport Express stopped at Kowloon Station, but that would be around 30 minutes walk to our hotel, which we were willing to do. But as a pleasant surprise, at Kowloon Station that are complimentary shuttle buses that will take people to the hotels in Kowloon.
The signage was clear saying which bus you should board, depending on the hotel you were staying. About a 20 minutes ride from Kowloon, we arrived at our hotel and were so happy not to have to walk in the heat.
This was just the first of many experiences that made our visit to Hong Kong an enjoyable one.