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Old Feb 15, 19, 10:12 am
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Layover Tours from HKG Airport

I have just short of a 6 hour layover at HKG next week, with a 7am arrival and 1pmish departure. Last time I passed through a couple of years ago I thought there were some layover tours available from the airport. Checking the Airport website I don't see any mention of them now.

I've found a couple private ones, Viator and the like. Some are too late for me with at 10am starting time, but others have a personal guide. For some reason I'd feel more comfortable with an airport organised tour/group that would make sure I get back in time! Also, with such an early arrival time, I'd be caught up in the rush hour for a bit of it wouldn't I?

If I did do a tour, what time would I need to leave HK centre about to make sure I cleared security etc in time for my flight?

Or is this too ambitious and should I just spend the money on going into a lounge and resting for that time?
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Old Feb 15, 19, 11:36 am
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You would probably need to leave Honkg Kong at 1130 am at the very latest to catch the 1pm filght ( c 25 min to the airport, 5 min to security, 10-15min security /immigration ( you could probably use the automatic immigration gates as they seemed quieter than the manned desk) and upto 15min to the gate ( a bit longer to midfield terminal ) .By this time boarding for a long haul flight will probably be underway.
Leaving the airport and taking the Airport express MTR to the centre should not be too bad but the other MTR lines will be busy

With a 1pm departure a tour is probably too much and would probably find a lounge.

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If you have oneworld status and are leaving on a oneworld carrier the lounges in HKG are very good and you can lounge hop.
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Originally Posted by dddc View Post
I have just short of a 6 hour layover at HKG next week, with a 7am arrival and 1pmish departure.
That might be not enough time for a tour. I'd hop on the Airport Express (a round trip ticket is just the price of a one way with same-day ticketing), and walk around Central for a while.
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Old Feb 16, 19, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by The _Banking_Scot View Post
Hi,

You would probably need to leave Honkg Kong at 1130 am at the very latest to catch the 1pm filght ( c 25 min to the airport, 5 min to security, 10-15min security /immigration ( you could probably use the automatic immigration gates as they seemed quieter than the manned desk) and upto 15min to the gate ( a bit longer to midfield terminal ) .By this time boarding for a long haul flight will probably be underway.
Leaving the airport and taking the Airport express MTR to the centre should not be too bad but the other MTR lines will be busy

With a 1pm departure a tour is probably too much and would probably find a lounge.

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If you have oneworld status and are leaving on a oneworld carrier the lounges in HKG are very good and you can lounge hop.
Originally Posted by fliesdelta View Post
That might be not enough time for a tour. I'd hop on the Airport Express (a round trip ticket is just the price of a one way with same-day ticketing), and walk around Central for a while.
Thank you for the timings and suggestions.

My status days are well and truly in the past. Thankfully a slow fall from the First class lounges to the Business Class ones was softened by discovering Priority Pass or airports enroute that had at least a pay shower. I think I will just take advantage of the Premium Plaza lounge instead and do Hong Kong justice with a proper stopover in the future.
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I have another question in this regard. I have an exactly 70 mins transfer time at HKG. Am arriving from YYZ at 7 PM and departing for BOM at 8:10 PM. Any suggestions if this is enough ? I will be travelling with two kids 10 and 4.
I have been apprehensive to book but the other option is a 7 hr layover.

Appreciate any thoughts/suggestions ?
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Old Feb 20, 19, 12:42 pm
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Originally Posted by collectormelon View Post
I have another question in this regard. I have an exactly 70 mins transfer time at HKG. Am arriving from YYZ at 7 PM and departing for BOM at 8:10 PM. Any suggestions if this is enough ? I will be travelling with two kids 10 and 4.
I have been apprehensive to book but the other option is a 7 hr layover.

Appreciate any thoughts/suggestions ?
Thanks
Hi,

Assuming it is all on one ticket ( Cathay Pacific?) and any bags are checked through you will have more than sufficient time ( transfer security is very efficient at HKG in my experience ) assuming a reasonably on time arrival ( or even with a slight delay) and at the worst Cathay will rebook you if the YYZ flight is late enough to cause you to miss the BOM flight.

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The nearest attraction to the airport is big Buddha statue at at Po Lin Monastery. But according to your timing, the time is not enough. I would probably suggest you to stay in the lounge. In the morning there is a risk to stuck in a traffic jam too, and it would be rather a stressful experience for a layover. There are quite plenty of things to do at the airport, like an IMAX movie at UA Cinemas or the golf simulator GreenLiveAIR which is located in Terminal 2 at Departures Level 2.
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Originally Posted by dddc View Post
I have just short of a 6 hour layover at HKG next week, with a 7am arrival and 1pmish departure. Last time I passed through a couple of years ago I thought there were some layover tours available from the airport. Checking the Airport website I don't see any mention of them now.<br /><br />I've found a couple private ones, Viator and the like. Some are too late for me with at 10am starting time, but others have a personal guide. For some reason I'd feel more comfortable with an airport organised tour/group that would make sure I get back in time! Also, with such an early arrival time, I'd be caught up in the rush hour for a bit of it wouldn't I?<br /><br />If I did do a tour, what time would I need to leave HK centre about to make sure I cleared security etc in time for my flight?<br /><br />Or is this too ambitious and should I just spend the money on going into a lounge and resting for that time?
I'm not saying particularly if you should or should not do this, but you can spend a good part of 3 hours in Central (a bit more if you know what you can do in Tsing Yi or Tsuen Wan - I'd say there's next to nothing you might want to do around Olympic Station or Kowloon Station unless you want to have the Ritz Carlton breakfast)

My girlfriend landed in HKIA at 0636 today and got to HK Station at 0744. (The express train would set you back 110hkd on a DAY RETURN ticket to HK Station)
For a 1300 departure you would have needed to check in in HK Station at 1130, so you are defo safe with a train departing at 1130 (arriving 1155). For the 2 trains after you would "still be fine" but it's not something i recommend people doing (I do it once in a while by accident - i won't sweat as long as i leave the Hong Kong train station 70 minutes before flight).
The only rush hour part that I think you would run into is the people getting on the express train on intermediate stops.

At 0800 you can probably go to the Peak, have dimsum at Luk Yu/Lin Heung in Central or a local restaurant near Tsing Yi, go get local breakfast, take the Star Ferry to TST then end with the shuttle to the Kowloon Airport Express Station <strong><u>OR</u></strong> walk around Central and catch a coffee outside of the station (just 1-2 of these options!).

The big budda at Po Lin Monastary opens at 1030. you will not make it if you allocate any time to go up the budda, but nothing around the area would be open before 1030.

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Originally Posted by Sunshinekk View Post
The nearest attraction to the airport is big Buddha statue at at Po Lin Monastery. But according to your timing, the time is not enough. I would probably suggest you to stay in the lounge. In the morning there is a risk to stuck in a traffic jam too, and it would be rather a stressful experience for a layover. There are quite plenty of things to do at the airport, like an IMAX movie at UA Cinemas or the golf simulator GreenLiveAIR which is located in Terminal 2 at Departures Level 2.
There's the 24 minute express train, i would not recommend anyone to take other modes of transport to the city at this hour. OP could go have Breakfast at the 4S that is at the train station complex.
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I second what kaka says: take the Airport Express to Central and just wander around. That's a far better option that trying to force the Big Buddha, or seeing a movie at the airport. There's plenty to do for just about any interest, and it's easy and cheap.
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Old Apr 7, 19, 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by kaka View Post
I'm not saying particularly if you should or should not do this, but you can spend a good part of 3 hours in Central (a bit more if you know what you can do in Tsing Yi or Tsuen Wan - I'd say there's next to nothing you might want to do around Olympic Station or Kowloon Station unless you want to have the Ritz Carlton breakfast)

My girlfriend landed in HKIA at 0636 today and got to HK Station at 0744. (The express train would set you back 110hkd on a DAY RETURN ticket to HK Station)
For a 1300 departure you would have needed to check in in HK Station at 1130, so you are defo safe with a train departing at 1130 (arriving 1155). For the 2 trains after you would "still be fine" but it's not something i recommend people doing (I do it once in a while by accident - i won't sweat as long as i leave the Hong Kong train station 70 minutes before flight).
The only rush hour part that I think you would run into is the people getting on the express train on intermediate stops.

At 0800 you can probably go to the Peak, have dimsum at Luk Yu/Lin Heung in Central or a local restaurant near Tsing Yi, go get local breakfast, take the Star Ferry to TST then end with the shuttle to the Kowloon Airport Express Station <strong><u>OR</u></strong> walk around Central and catch a coffee outside of the station (just 1-2 of these options!).

The big budda at Po Lin Monastary opens at 1030. you will not make it if you allocate any time to go up the budda, but nothing around the area would be open before 1030.
Many thanks. I've been on my trip and back now but good to know for next time!

We ended up doing our own "tour", a tour of HKG airport! After being on the flight for 12 hours we decided to go for long work around the terminal for an hour, then we hit the Premium Plaza lounge where we had a shower, followed by about 3 hours of sitting around, grazing on the food and surfing the web. Finally another hour of browsing the shops and gentle walking until we got to the gate. We decided if we're going to see HK, may as well do it properly!
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I second what kaka says: take the Airport Express to Central and just wander around. That's a far better option that trying to force the Big Buddha, or seeing a movie at the airport. There's plenty to do for just about any interest, and it's easy and cheap.
the buddah is such a tourist trap unless you want to go for religious reasons- they sell overpriced unhealthy chinese vegetarian meals (at the core section of the buddha which you cant go unless you dine there at 20usd/head min) and a section that run LIKE a columbarium (people go worship ancestors around Ching Ming fest “memorial day”) but there are no ashes nor remains. one can prob go have a look if they are into that sort of things.

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Old Apr 9, 19, 1:46 am
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they sell overpriced unhealthy chinese vegetarian meals (at the core section of the buddha which you cant go unless you dine there at 20usd/head min)
Fake news, as a quick look at OpenRice would show. The "General Meal" at the monastery restaurant (which comes with access to the "core" of the Buddha) is priced at HK$110 (i.e. US$14). Even the deluxe menu is priced at HK$150 (still under your so-called min price).
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Originally Posted by christep View Post
Fake news, as a quick look at OpenRice would show. The "General Meal" at the monastery restaurant (which comes with access to the "core" of the Buddha) is priced at HK$110 (i.e. US$14). Even the deluxe menu is priced at HK$150 (still under your so-called min price).
you have a very accurate representation for the price of the lunch but that would be subjected to any price hikes (tho honestly speaking i don't think there would be any because it will be subsidized by the temple from the political donations that one may see right at the entrance of the Buddah - there's a massive statue saying who donated. Looks better than the thing PRC "gifted" Hong Kong in the city nonetheless.)

20USD is still a close approximation to 110-150 when you include service charge if you dont have fee free access to cash and what not - because at the buddha they only take cash. hardly fake.

still, for $110 to eat an unhealthy meal at a food hall is ludicrous. unless being religious is ones thing.

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Old Apr 27, 19, 12:04 am
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How about a 9 hour layover?

What if the layover was between 6:45 am and 3:45 pm? It would be less than 9 hours because the departure time is 3:45 p.m.

Would it be eat, Peak, walk around Central, eat again then return to the airport?
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