Travel to Hong Kong

Flying to Hong Kong

The major international airline is Cathay Pacific (, but Hong Kong is a major regional hub so there are plenty of choices for flights. There is no particular time for cheap flights to Hong Kong as the region is popular throughout the year, but the highest prices tend to be around major holiday periods, particularly Chinese New Year.

Flight times:

From London - 12 hours; New York - 16 hours.

Departure tax:

Included in the ticket price.

Airport guides

Airport Code: HKG. Location: Hong Kong International Airport is located 34km (21 miles) northwest of Hong Kong Island. Money: There is a bank in Terminal 2 and several bureaux de change counters and ATMs throughout both... Read more

Travel by rail

Trains from mainland China to Hong Kong are operated by the Mass Transit Railway Corporation (MTR) (tel: +852 2947 7888; Among its services is a route from Guangzhou (2 hours away) several times a day, stopping at Dongguan (Changping) on the way to Kowloon in Hong Kong. There is also a daily service from Foshan and Zhaoqing to Hong Kong. In Kowloon, trains terminate at Hung Hom Station in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Services between Shanghai and Kowloon (journey time - 19 hours) and Beijing and Kowloon (journey time - 24 hours) run on alternate days. Note that mainland Chinese know Kowloon as Jiulong, and this will be on destination boards.

Local East Rail Line trains run regularly to Kowloon from Lo Wu, the last stop before the Chinese border. Just across the border is Shenzhen, a special economic zone in China. To go as far as Lo Wu from Kowloon, you must hold a visa for China, otherwise it is only possible to get to Sheung Shui.

Rail passes:

None for intercity travel.

Getting to Hong Kong by boat

Hong Kong has one of the world’s busiest container ports ( The region is also visited by a large number of cruise ships.

Ferry operators:

A handful of ferry services run from towns and cities in Guangzhou province's Pearl River Delta, but it’s much faster and more convenient to travel by bus or train from mainland China.

TurboJET (tel: +852 2859 3333; runs fast hydrofoils from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon to Macau, from Hong Kong Island to Shenzhen Airport, and from Hong Kong International Airport to Shenzhen Airport, Macau and Guangzhou.

New World First Ferry Services (tel: +852 2131 8181; runs ferries to several of Hong Kong’s outlying islands, including Cheung Chau, Lantau (stopping at Mui Wo and Chi Ma Wan) and Peng Chau.

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.