You've booked a flight to Southern Hemisphere which implies a stop over in Hong Kong and you wonder if it is worth stepping out of the airport? The answer is YES! Hibiscus & Nomada have organised your 14 hours lay over in Hong Kong with all the essentials you must see for a full experience of the vibrant island of Hong Kong. Are you ready? Top chrono!
Before we start, let's sum up all you need to know prior to your arrival:
You do not need a visa for HK if you stay less than 6 months. See entry requirements here
A valid passport and a completed arrival card, which is distributed by your airline before landing, or else, please pick up the card in the Immigration Hall. Read arrival procedures here
Get some cash at any ATM in the airport - 1 HKD = 0.11 GBP, 0.13 USD and 0.12 EUR so to make things easy just divide any price by 10
Pack an umbrella or a rain jacket, the weather is usually foggy and humid in the morning although clears up around midday
Ask the tourist information kiosk for any map of the city but the only one you will really need in the MTR below
Airport Express Train to Hong Kong Central
After passing through customs, take the Airport express shuttle to Hong Kong Central station. 24 minutes $100 return. You cannot miss the kiosk where to purchase tickets, it is a central white desk in front of you at the international arrivals. There will also be free unlimited wifi available in the airport and in the shuttle (yes this is HK guys come on!) Stop at the final destination, Central HK.
Any tourist guides will tell you to grab the Peak Tram (HKD 32 one way) to get there but I think you are going to like a little bit more of adventure and really discover the local culture by taking the Green Minibus 1 (cheaper HKD 10.2 and more picturesque). It is a bit of a mission to get out HK Central so don't give up and follow these steps:
At HK Central take elevator to Exit B2 (follow the signs)
Get out of the station on Cotton Tree drive
Walk straight to Bay Murray Building on your right. It is a station where all the minibuses are.
Find the number 1. You will see locals queuing until the next bus arrives. Make sure you have the exact amount HKD 10.20 because the driver does not carry any change. These are minibuses so places are limited, if full, wait for the next one they come very often. View on Citymapper
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