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Hong Kong's new airport, Chek Lap Kok, was opened for business on July 6, 1998 on Lantau Island. It replaces the airport at Kai Tak and is one of the world's busiest international airports for both passengers and cargo. The airport's Web site has yet to reach full maturity as an instructional tool, but nonetheless offers:
map worthy of the finest strategic planners
airport access section with info on shuttles, trains and buses
- A list of
phone numbers for bus companies and the like
Three types of taxis (urban, New Territories and Lantau) are available at the airport. Each serves specified areas. Urban (red) taxis provide services to the whole of Hong Kong but cannot operate on the closed roads on Lantau, including Tung Chung Road.
New Territories (green) taxis provide services only between the airport/Ground Transportation Centre and certain districts in the New Territories. They are not permitted to operate elsewhere on Lantau and in other areas at Chek Lap Kok.
Lantau (blue) taxis serve the whole of the Lantau, including Tung Chung Road and all areas of the airport, but are not permitted to operate beyond these areas.
Taxi passengers using the Lantau Link are required to pay an additional fare of $30 irrespective of the direction of travel, and additional fares are also charged with for using toll tunnels. Total taxi fares from Central and Tsim Sha Tsui to the airport are estimated to be a minimum of $45 and $37 respectively. For on-site tourist information, the Hong Kong Tourist Association has a booth in the arrivals hall that can offer advise with fares.
Please note that many hotels have specific recommendations regarding the most expedient transportation from the airport. Consider contacting the concierge of your hotel when making plans.
Thirty franchised bus routes, operated by Citybus, Ltd. Long Win Bus Co Ltd. and New Lantau Bus Co Ltd. serve the airport. Eight are Airbuses, primarily dedicated to departing and arriving airline passengers. They have fewer stops than conventional routes and stop at all major hotels. Airbus tickets are available at the Commercial Service Counter in the Meeters and Greeters area of the arrivals hall.
Citybus and Long Win Bus Co. Ltd operate air-conditioned bus services to the airport and to Tung Chung New Town. These include airbus services, and external and overnight services to and from the urban areas and the New Territories. The companies also operate shuttle services which fly mainly between Tung Chung, airport locations and Chek Lap Kok Ferry Pier.
New Lantau Bus Co. (1973) Ltd operates routes linking south Lantau with Tung Chung New Town and the airport.
Airbus routes to Ground Transportation Centres are offered from Causeway Bay (Moreton Terrace), Sai Wan Ho Ferry Pier, Kowloon KCR Station, Lam KCR Station, Lam Tin MTR Station, Tsuen Wan (Discovery Park) Mui Wo (Lantau), and Sha Tin (Yuen Chau Kok). They run about every 10 to 60 minutes and cost from $14 to $45 depending on where you are going. Each ride is about an hour to an hour and 10 minutes. The hours of operation are mainly 6 A.M. to midnight.
The Airport Express train can be boarded atsurprisethe Airport Station, acessible on the same level as baggage and Immigration. The Express stops at Tsing Yi Station, Kowloon Station, and Hong Kong Station. Airline check-in is available at the same three stations for travelers returning to the airport. One-way fares are about $5 to Tsing Yi; $7 to Kowloon and $8 to Hong Kong Station. Depending on the location of your hotel, a bus or cab will complete the journey.
HIGH SPEED FERRY
Airport Ferry Services Ltd. operates a daily service between Chek Lap Kok and Tuen Mun. The frequency is every 20/30 minutes, from 6 am to 10 pm, and the single trip fare is $15 for an adult and $10 for a child. The journey time is 10 minutes.
It is very unlikely you will want to rent a car in Hong Kong. The traffic is horrendous and parking's terrible. Besides, the taxis are cheap. There is also an excellent bus and subway system. But if you must have a car, Avis, along with some good local firms, have cars for rent at the airport.
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Adapted from How to Get Out of the Airport