Located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong International Airport replaced Kai Tak Airport in 1998 as Hong Kong’s main airport. The busiest cargo gateway in the world and also one of the busiest passenger airports, Hong Kong International Airport offers you connections to 44 destinations in mainland China as well as countless other places in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.
Hong Kong Airport Quick Facts
Distance from CBD: 36km from Hong Kong CBD
Number of airlines: Over 100
Number of destinations served: About 180
Number of terminals: 2
Number of runways:2
You’ll find a whopping 321 check-in counters at Terminal 1 and 56 at Terminal 2. Counters are numbered alphabetically with Qantas using counter J and Air New Zealand counter G in Terminal 1 and Jetstar counter P in Terminal 2. As with flights at most international airports, passengers are advised to arrive at last 120 minutes before flight departure time.
If you need to store some baggage at Hong Kong International Airport, you’ll find a short-term storage facility located on Level 3 of Terminal 2. Open each day from 05:30 until 01:30, storage is available on both an hourly and daily rate. Be aware that payment can be made only with cash, Visa or MasterCard. The airport also offers a convenient baggage pick-up and delivery service if you want to loosen your load on the way to the airport. Contact Worldwide Flight Services if you’d like to take advantage of this option.
Many people prefer to pre-order currency before arriving in China but decent exchange deals can be found in both terminals at Hong Kong International Airport. In Terminal 1 you’ll find nine different banking service providers, including ANZ Bank, while in Terminal 2 there are four different outlets. Many of the ATMs at the airport also allow you to withdraw funds in Hong Kong dollars.
Internet Access / Wi-Fi
Idle minds are in luck. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, just select “#HKAirport Free WiFi” as your connection network to take advantage of the free service. If you don’t have a computer there’s 62 free usage desktop computers for you to use located throughout the airport at 28 locations of the Departures Level at Terminal 1.
If you want to tire out the kids a little before you get on board your flight, head to one of the two colourful children’s play areas. Free to use, the areas are located between Gate 23 and 25, and between Gate 509 and 510 on the Departures Levels. Elsewhere young fliers can watch cartoons at one of four TV lounges. The lounges near Gate 1, 15, 41 and 60 are dedicated to children’s shows. If you are just in need of some supplies for your flight, Mannings Pharmacy stocks baby and child related goods such as nappies and formulas and have ten outlets spread across Hong Kong International Airport’s terminals. There’s also a baby stroller rental service available from Worldwide Flight Services that can be booked through your Flight Centre travel agent.
Plaza is the company behind all four of Hong Kong International Airport’s pay-to-use lounges. For a fee passengers can take advantage of one of Hong Kong International Airport’s four pay-in lounges before boarding, during transit or upon arrival.
Plaza lounges are spread around the different areas of Hong Kong International Airport. Each one is open 24 hours each day and offers services including hot showers, a food and beverage buffet, Internet access, newspapers and massage chairs. You’ll find Plaza lounges in Terminal 1 located on Level 6 near Gate 1 in the East Hall, and two lounges on Level 7 at the West Hall, one near Gate 35 and one near Gate 60. Over on Level 3 of Terminal 2 is the world’s first arrival lounge. Catering specifically to passengers arriving on international flights, this lounge offers services such as baggage delivery, and massage and spa services.
As one of the world’s largest airports, perhaps not surprisingly, spread across both Level 6 and Level 7 of Terminal 1 you’ll find a number of different passenger lounges. Below you’ll find a list of lounges frequented by passengers on flights connected to Australia.
Level 7 above Gate 15 is where you’ll find the Qantas Hong Kong Lounge. Also open to eligible passengers on partner airlines including Air France and KLM, Qantas’ lounge prides itself on offering excellent food including yum cha trolleys and innovative cocktails. You will also find a list of services and amenities including showers, newspapers and Internet. The Qantas Hong Kong Lounge is open daily from 09:30 until 23:30.
Eligible Cathay Pacific passengers can rest up at The Wing, Cathay Pacific’s flagship lounge. Open since 1988, the lounge underwent a complete renovation in recent years and offers a full list of amenities including food, drinks, showers and newspapers. The lounge itself is split across two levels; one is set aside as a first class passenger lounge and another for business class travellers. First class passengers are even invited to a drink at the Champagne Bar. Open daily; you can enter The Wing near Gate 2 on Level 6 of Terminal 1. Cathay Pacific also runs four other smaller lounges at the Hong Kong International Airport. The Pier, The Bridge, The Arrival and the newest lounge, The Cabin all offer high standards of comfort and service.
Also on Level 7 and close to Gate 40 is the Emirates Lounge. Open to passengers on premium Emirates flights as well as partner airlines, the Emirates lounge is one of Hong Kong’s best, with a wide selection of food and drinks on offer. With a balcony view over the tarmac and ample space, the only complaint some passengers will have is that unlike in Cathay Pacific’s ‘The Wing’, there is no separation for First Class and Business Class passengers.
Eligible passengers on Star Alliance member flights, including Air New Zealand, can take advantage of the United Club. Located just before Gate 61 on Level 7, the United Club is open from 06:00 until midnight each day. This lounge is renowned as one of United’s best lounges but in reality offers the usual facilities include showers, food, drinks and newspapers. With ample room to stretch out, the view of the tarmac is one of this lounge’s highlights.
Terminal 1 is the larger of Hong Kong International’s two terminals and was for a period the largest airport terminal in the world. With a mammoth 321 check-in counters, it’s currently the third largest airport terminal after terminals at both Dubai and Beijing International Airports. Within you will find a raft of services including over 200 retail stores and 60 catering outlets. Consult the large format displays or TV monitors to find out which aisle your flight is checking in from.
Though small by Hong Kong International standards, Terminal 2 still dwarfs the size of international airports of many cities. Commonly used by budget airlines including Air Asia and Jetstar, as well as 56 check-in counters, you’ll also find public seatings for 1100 people. If you want a quick escape while you wait for your flight, Terminal 2 houses an IMAX Theatre and Aviation Discovery Centre. Used only as a check-in facility, passengers are transported underground to gates at Terminal 1 to catch their flight.
Hong Kong International is well connected by bus with local tour coaches making around 670 trips a day from the airport to downtown. Citybus and Long Win are the major providers but private run companies offer around 40 different routes. A busy 24-hour airport, you’ll never have to wait long for a bus departure. Most buses run from around 06:00 until midnight but ‘N’ route buses can take you to a good selection of destinations outside these hours.
The quickest and most efficient way to get from the airport to central Hong Kong is without a doubt the train. Departing around every ten minutes, the Airport Express train will have you at Central Station just 24 minutes after your train departs. Fares are very affordable too at HK$100 and passengers can even take advantage of the free flight check-in service at Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations.
Taxis offer a quick and easy way to get to and from Hong Kong International Airport. Upon arrival you’ll find a taxi station located just by the left-hand ramp outside the Arrivals Hall. You’ll need to pay attention to the colour of the taxi you line up for. Different rows are for different colours, with red taxis serving central areas of Hong Kong, green taxis designated for the New Territories and some roads in Lantau, while blue taxis serve the airport and all destinations in Lantau. Unlike some destinations in Asia, you’ll almost always get a better price by using the metre rather than by haggling for a set fair.
Taxis and public transport is so efficient and affordable in Hong Kong that hiring a car isn’t the most popular way to get around. Still if you want to brave Chinese traffic there are a few options to hire a car located on Level 5 of the Arrivals Hall. Major rental car chains including Avis and Hertz have offices in both Hong Kong and Kowloon and there are also a number of local Chinese providers. Since renting a car is not a popular option in Hong Kong, reservations are recommended so speak to your Flight Centre consultant to find out how to get the best deal on a rental car before you arrive in Hong Kong.
Over Hong Kong International Airport’s three car parks is parking space for 3,000 vehicles. Parking is available on hourly, daily, monthly and long-term rates. If you’re on a budget, Car Park 2 and the Outdoor Zone in Car Park 4 is the most affordable while Car Park 1 is the best located. All parks have automatic payment so you’ll need a credit card to gain access and pay for your spot.
As a major travel hub for Asia, Hong Kong is serviced by a wide range of airlines. The following airlines reach Hong Kong International Airport. Don't see the airline you are looking for? Talk to a consultant to book your Hong Kong flights with your preferred airline.
The following airlines reach Hong Kong. Don't see the airline you are looking for? Talk to a consultant to book your Hong Kong flights with your preferred airline.
If you want to settle down for some sleep before the next leg of your journey, Hong Kong International Airport offers two handy Airport Hotel options. Closely linked to Terminal 1 by a covered walkway is the Regal Airport Hotel, while just a short distance away is the SkyCity Marriot Hotel.
Hop in a taxi and your options are extended. Within 10km from the airport you’ll also find the Novotel Citygate Hong Kong, Tai O Heritage Hotel and Gold Coast Hotel. Lantau Island is also very close to the airport if you want a quiet location that’s not far from your departure gate.
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