Travelling Guide: Arriving at Hong Kong Airport | Hong Kong Pass

Arriving at Hong Kong airport? Get through the terminal and enjoy stress-free travel into the city with our handy arrival guide.

Hong Kong International Airport (also known as HKIA) is the thriving city’s main airport. Located an easy 30-minute train ride from Hong Kong Island, most international flights will arrive in this gorgeous transport hub which has frequently won awards for its sleek design and efficiency. For more information to help guide your journey to and from Hong Kong, read on for our guide to Hong Kong airport.

Hong Kong Airport

This award-winning airport was designed by architectural celebrity Lord Norman Foster and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. According to its official website, nearly 73 million world travellers pass through its halls each year and HKIA is widely regarded as one of the best airports in the world with over 70 accolades under its belt. Despite being the number one cargo airport in the world, it remains utterly committed to making life as convenient and travels as efficient as possible for visitors.

With several terminals, a number of fantastic dining and shopping options, as well as the impressive Hong Kong Express train, HK airport, is a fitting transport hub for a world-class city.

Hong Kong Airport Arrivals

For those flying into the city for the first time, HKIA has an incredibly streamlined HK airport arrival procedure. Immigration is relatively speedy as locals in possession of a Hong Kong identity card simply have to scan their card and fingerprint to enter the city, thankfully cutting down on queues for visitors.

After passing through immigrations, guests will immediately enter the baggage reclaim hall. With a number of baggage belts, toilets, and free-to-use luggage trolleys, there are a number of screens dotted around the massive hall which will inform visitors which carousel to wait beside. From there, visitors will pass through customs and finally enter through Arrivals Hall A or B beyond which the general public is allowed to wait for visitors beyond a barrier. Visitors and those waiting on the other side will be able to see which arrival hall that passengers on different flights will enter, as the information will be displayed on screens throughout HKIA.

There are a number of transport options available to guests to get into the main city. The most popular option is the Hong Kong Airport Express, a speedy train which takes less than 30 minutes and takes guests all the way from HK airport through to Central on the main island. Other options include the public bus, taxis and dedicated hotel coaches.

Hong Kong Airport Express

According to HKIA, the Hong Kong Airport Express takes just 24 minutes from the doors of the transport hub through to the express station in IFC, located in Central on the main island. Trains run very frequently and wait times span between 10-12 minutes. 

The Airport Express stops at five different locations which include AsiaWorld-Expo, HKIA, Tsing Yi Station, Kowloon Station and Hong Kong Station (Central). Visitors who have chosen to take the Hong Kong Airport Express also have the added benefit of checking into their flights at Hong Kong and Kowloon Stations’ special In-Town Check-in Services. Passengers can check-in up to a day before their flight and 90 minutes before their scheduled departure time.