Arriving in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong International Airport is located approximately 30-45 minutes from the University of Hong Kong. Two main public transport options will bring you to HKU or your hotel:


After collecting your baggage, follow the signs in arrivals for the city taxis. Take a red urban taxi for Hong Kong Island or Kowloon. They will print a receipt for you and inform the taxi driver of the destination, ensuring a fixed price of between HK$300-350. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

Airport Express and MTR

Follow the signs in arrivals for the Airport Express. The train will bring you to Hong Kong station in 25 minutes for HK$115. From there, you may take a taxi or transfer to the MTR, Hong Kong’s subway. For the MTR, follow the signs from Hong Kong station to Central Station, where you will take the Island Line (blue) heading west toward Kennedy Town. From Central, it is three stops to HKU, takes approximately ten minutes and costs HK$5.50 for a single-journey ticket.

Getting around Hong Kong

There are plenty of ways to get around Hong Kong, whether it’s by MTR, taxi, ferry, bus or tram. The city claims one of the world’s safest, most efficient and frequent public transport systems and a convenient payment method in the form of the Octopus Card.

The octopus card can be used on all types of public transport as well as in convenience stores and supermarkets. Visit the MTR Customer Service Centre or MTR Ticket and Octopus Selling Machine at the Hong Kong International Airport to get an Octopus card.

For further details on different forms of transport in Hong Kong, please check out the Discover Hong Kong website. You may also consider downloading the Citymapper app. This app accounts for the MTR, buses, ferries and walking to show you different transportation options, ranked by travel time.

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