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Hong Kong Layover

| November 22, 2014

Stuck on a Hong Kong layover? The Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is located roughly 25 miles from downtown Hong Kong which makes the city accessible only for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Hong Kong layover, click here for useful tips.
Hong Kong layover things to do If you don’t have enough time to leave the Hong Kong airport during your layover, fortunately you are in the airport that was currently ranked #1 in the world’s top airports. In addition to many choices of restaurants and shops, you can get a foot reflexology massage, see the 4D Extreme Screen in Terminal 2 with the largest 4D screen in Asia, and visit the Aviation Discovery Centre in Terminal 2 which includes a Cockpit Simulator, a full-motion plane-cabin ride simulator and much more.

In addition, you can check out Asia Hollywood in Terminal 2, Level 6 where you can experience this interactive themed entertainment center that educates about the local film industry. You can also play I-Sports in Terminal 2, Level 6 where you’ll find sports simulators such as soccer, basketball, golf, boxing, skiing, car racing, and shooting.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, The Regal Airport Hotel is connected to Terminal 1. There are also a number of hotels in the area for varying price points. For a comprehensive list of Hong Kong hotels, click here and for hotels specifically near the airport, click here.

If you have a long Hong Kong layover and plan on leaving the airport, in addition to taxis, the easiest and more affordable way to get from the airport into town is to take the Airport Express. The trains are on time, clean and efficient. The Airport Express links HKIA directly to Hong Kong’s central business district and from there, buses connect the airport with most of the city. Trains depart at 12-minute intervals. For schedule of the Airport Express, please click here. Private transfers can also be arranged.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Hong Kong Layover:

Hong Kong Tours

For a selection of Hong Kong tours, including walking tours, day trips, travel passes, night tours, food tours, horse racing, Chinese medicine treatments, helicopter and balloon tours, bus tours and much more, click here!

Victoria’s Peak

Take the Airport Express to HK station and take the mini bus (from the bus terminus below IFC/HK station), and then take the Peak Tram to The Peak. This high point gives you a great lookout onto Hong Kong and the harbor. It’s the perfect place to snap some great shots and get a good look at the city.

Star Ferry

From Central, take the ferry to TST, Kowloon and check out another great view of Hong Kong. You can walk along Nathan Road for shopping and food.

Business District and Mid-Levels Escalator

To central business district of Hong Kong has the fancy buildings and shopping malls, and gives you a feeling for the city. Take the Hong Kong stop of the Airport Express. You’ll be at a large mall and office building, called ‘IFC’. You can take the ‘Mid-Levels Escalator’ which is the longest covered outdoor escalator in the world. It starts from the western end of IFC and it is an outdoor escalator that will take you through the middle of the city, restaurant/bar area and then up towards the more residential areas.

Tian Tan – The Big Buddha

Although on the same island as the airport, unless you take a taxi which can be pricey, you need to take public transportation there, which can take some time and is only recommended for those on very long layovers. You can reach the Buddha by traveling to Tung Chung station via the MTR. You can find an MTR map here. Visitors can then take the following bus routes: Mui Wo to Ngong Ping (NLB No. 2) and Tung Chung to Ngong Ping (NLB No. 23). Day trips to Tian Tan can also be booked.

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  1. Richard says:

    hey is it a risk if you only have 6 hours?

  2. Tommy says:

    Would also like to know ^ too? I have a 7.5hrs layover

    It might take me 1hr to get out from the airport to downtown. then come back in 2hrs before my flight.. that should give me about 5hrs to check out HK Nightlift right?

  3. jona says:

    I have 12hrs layover to hk airport before my nxtflight to philippines, my questions is Am i allowed to go outside the airport and come back 2hrs before my next flight? Please i need your reply. Thank you.

  4. Aidalyn says:

    Hi there! I have 6 hrs and 50 minutes layover, is it safe to go out airport and not missing my flight?

  5. Shane says:

    No problems with 6 hours. I’m in downtown Honkers right now on a 7 hour layover. Take the Airport Express – 25 mins – easy to find from the arrivals hall (in fact there’s a ticket counter just after baggage collection). Customs can take a while, so I’d bank on 30 mins there. But otherwise Airport Express takes you to Kowloon or Central Hong Kong Island – from there the city is your oyster. Either restaurant-arama or MRT where=ever you want to go.

  6. Ems says:

    Will be travelling to Dubai from Philippines this 28 of March. 17 hrs layover at hk airport. I really wanted to go out and let my 2 minor grandkids see nearby tourist spot. My worries is I might not easily check out and check In at the hk airport.please update what are pros and cons of going out the airport. Since I don’t have enough money and will not go on shopping, please inform me of possibly how much money I will need to bring.thank you.

  7. Kerry says:

    Hi, i have a -just over -7 hour layover in Hong Kong from 1:00pm- 8:55 pm( Hong Kong time). What can i do and where can i go to experience Hong Kong within that time ?

    (No shopping- i would like cultural experiences or site seeing )

    I also have a 8 hour layover in Hong Kong on my way back home.
    9:30 pm – 6:am ( Next morning ) How can i experience Hong Kong at night ?