Now let’s talk about what to do when your airplane landed at the Hong Kong International Airport.
HKIA Official Website: http://www.hongkongairport.com
HKIA (Hong Kong International Airport) is a big airport. Before your plane land or before you walk away from your plane, always PAY ATTENTION to the stewardess telling everyone the Luggage Counter Number to pick up your luggage or where you should be heading to for the HK immigration. If you don’t want to look like a “first timer” just follow where the crowds go. Chances are you will have to take a 1 minute train ride from airport B to airport A.
1. Get off the plane
2. Pay Attention to the luggage counter number
3. Head to the Immigration Line (grabe the free maps on the way there)
4. After passing the immigration officer the door to his back is the luggage pick-up area
5. Find your luggage section (it’s very easy to find coz it’s in numeric order)
6. Pick up your luggage
7. Get brochures. they are everywhere in the luggage counter area.
8. After picking up your luggage, there is only 1 Door with a big signs “Something to declare / Nothing to Declare” and that’s the exit door.
9. After you exit the “Something to declare / Nothing to Declare” door, you will find a few Airport money changer. (Do not change a lot as airport exchange rates are ripped off)
10. Look for the Customer Service Counter. This is the place where you buy your OCTOPUS CARD.*
11. Lunch at the airport or leave the airport and head directly to your hotel.
*CTS should be in this vicinity, if you can’t find it, ask the customer service.
*It takes roughly an hour from touchdown to getting an octopus card.
The Octopus Card
1 Person 1 Card Policy | Kids ages 3 and above need to avail the Octopus for Children (70HKD minimum)
Where to buy in the airport – Customer Service Counter in the Arrivals Hall near Burger King / Cafe de Coral. PAYABLE BY CASH (HKD) ONLY. They close before the last trip of the Airport Express to the city which is a little past midnight. If you cannot get an Octopus Card just pay the airport bus using cash. You can buy the Octopus Card in any MTR station’s customer service booth; ferry terminals MIGHT have a booth that sell it too, ask their customer service.
Can be used for following transportations: MTR, All Buses, HK Island Tram, Star Ferry, Peak Tram
Can also be used for: Wellcome, 7-Eleven, Mcdonalds, and a whole lot more places.
You can buy the Octopus Card in the Airport or in any MTR station. Minimum Reload is 50HKD, you can reload it in any 7-Eleven store or MTR station.
The Octopus card is a rechargeable contactless stored value smart card used to transfer electronic payments in online or offline systems in Hong Kong. Launched in September 1997 to collect fares for the city’s mass transit system, the Octopus card system has since grown into a widely used payment system for virtually all public transport in Hong Kong except the Taxi.
There is a 50HKD deposit for the card upon purchasing it. The card is refundable if you opt to surrender it upon leaving HK. You may return your Octopus Card at the Customer Service in the airport or at any Octopus Card Service Center in HK. Your 50HKD can be refunded once you return the card plus the money left inside your octopus card.
Remember, when you buy an Octopus Card, you will have to pay 50hkd for the deposit and 100hkd to load it. Your octopus Card will start at 100hkd when you swipe it. Once you already used up the 100hkd and you can’t find a place to load your card you may use up to 35hkd of your deposit. So, it’s okay to see a negative sign in your Octopus Card. However, you can only go as high as negative 35hkd (-35hkd).
Don’t panic when you wave your card and see a negative amount flashing on the screen. Ok lang yan. You still paid for the fare even it’s showing negative. But again, you can only goes as high as negative 35 (-35hkd).
If your card is already -35hkd, it’s still okay to refund the remaining amount of your deposit. However, if your card is less than 3 months old, you will be charged a 7hkd. So that means you will recieve a total amount of 8hkd na lang..hahaha..naku, i souvenier mo na lang yan…hehehe.
Typical Initial Load = 150 to 250HKD. Octopus Cards for Kids (3-11) are cheaper (around 70HKD).
If you have not added value to your Octopus for 1,000 days or above, your Octopus will be deactivated. You can go to any Customer Service Centre at MTR stations to have it reactivated.
The Octopus Card and its load expires 3 years after the last reload.
More Information here:
By the way, this is how you wave your card
How to use:
For MTR: Tap once to enter, tap once to exit (on destination station)
For Bus: Tap once upon entering on the front door
For Trams: Tap once upon exiting on the front door. Enter at the back.
Getting to Your Hotel /Hostel
Three Options: Bus (CityFlyer), MTR (Airport Express) or Taxi
CityFlyer Fare and Routes
After buying your octopus card in the airport, look for the sign that says “Buses to City”. Follow the signs.
A21 Bus for Kowloon: 33HKD per adult (half price for children under 12)
A11 Bus for HK Island: 40HKD per adult (half price for children under 12)
How to know which Bus stop to get off at:
Go to your hotel’s website and look for the public transportation instructions OR:
1. For those residing in Mongkok / Jordan / Yaumatei / Tsim Sha Tsui, take the A21 Bus.
2. For those residing in Central / Wanchai / Causeway Bay, take the A11 Bus.
3. Find out the address of your accommodations.
4. Using this address, look for the nearest bus stop (bus stop address specified in the NWSTBUS website)
*Ride on top of the bus, on the front seat, for best views of HK from the airport*
The A21 buses have luggage storage inside the bus. They also have an LCD screen stating the current stop and the next stop so you will know when to get off.
For the A21 and A11, the bus stop going back to the airport is USUALLY a couple of meters (or hundred meters) on the opposite side of the stop where you got off coming from the airport.
*Detailed Guide on the bottom of this thread*
Stops at Hong Kong Island (MTR Station), Tsing Yi and Kowloon (MTR Station). From these stations, there are FREE shuttle buses that pass through specific hotels, look for the shuttle that will pass by near your hotel/hostel.
List of Hotels that are serviced by the Free Shuttle Bus:
Standard Rate: 100HKD per person 1 way to Hong Kong Station, 90HKD for Kowloon Station.
Do not buy using the vending machines to avail of the discounted rates, look for the service counter.
Airport Express Discounted Group Ticket (Single Journey Ticket Set Price)
Group of 2: 160HKD to Hong Kong | 140HKD to Kowloon
Group of 3: 210HKD to Hong Kong | 190HKD to Kowloon
Group of 4: 250HKD to Hong Kong | 220HKD to Kowloon
Costs usually around 250-350HKD from the airport, seats a MAXIMUM of 5 passengers. Additional charges for luggage/toll. Take the Red Taxi to downtown HK. Take the Blue Taxi to Disneyland and Tung Chung. Green Taxis are for New Territories, they also permitted for Disneyland.
Flagdown rate: 20HKD (Red) 15HKD (Blue) 16.5 (Green)
Luggage stored in the trunk: 5HKD/piece
Detailed Taxi Info: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in…axi/index.html
The MTR is Hong Kong’s extremely efficient and easy to use subway system. You will not get lost using this. Most MTR stations have elevators for planning to use the MTR to get to Tung Chung with their luggage. Unlike the LRT/MRT, Hong Kong’s MTR stations have multiple exits. Inside the MTR station you will see maps and signs that will tell you where to exit.
Do not be intimidated by the interchanges. The stations are very dummy-proof. All you need to know is the direction of the train and what line the train belongs to. It is NOT hard to use. With pre-planning using the MTR website you will breeze through it.
Using your octopus card: Place it on top of the reader to enter (inside your station of origin), do the same when you exit (on your station of destination).
Using single journey tickets: Pretty much the same as the trains in Metro Manila. Insert -> Get -> Insert to exit.
The MTR will get you to almost anywhere (except places like Ocean Park, Aberdeen and Stanley)
If you are going to a spot that is located in a district covered by the MTR, please visit this link to download a vicinity map and learn which MTR exit to take. (eg. The Peak, Worldwide Plaza, Avenue of Stars, Harbour City, Times Square, etc)
Inside the MTR Stations, signs are EVERYWHERE Directions to famous spots in the district are all over the stations and even in the streets. You will not get lost using the MTR.
MTR Route Guide: http://www.mtr.com.hk/jplanner/engtxt/planner_index.php <— VERY USEFUL.
This sign tells you that there is a Loooooong walk from one station to the other station.
Central to Hong Kong Station is a long walk. Same goes with Tsim Sha Tsui to Tsim Sha Tsui East.
This one here, is an MTR interchange that allows you to change train by getting off one train and hop into another train right away.
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