Hong Kong International Airport

Opened in 1998, the airport is the world’s busiest cargo gateway and one of the world’s busiest passenger airports. It is also home to one of the world’s largest passenger terminal buildings, which was the largest when the airport opened.

The airport is operated by Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK), a statutory body of the Hong Kong government established on 1 December 1995. It runs 24 hours a day and is the primary hub for Cathay Pacific, Greater Bay Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, HK Express and Air Hong Kong (cargo carrier). The airport is one of the hubs of Oneworld, and is also one of the Asia-Pacific cargo hubs for UPS Airlines.

HKIA, an important contributor to Hong Kong’s economy, employs approximately 65,000 people. More than 100 airlines operate flights from the airport to over 180 cities across the globe. In 2015, HKIA handled 68.5 million passengers, making it the 8th busiest airport worldwide by passenger traffic and the 4th busiest airport worldwide by international passenger traffic.

Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system

The MTR network includes nine railway lines which cover most locations all over Hong Kong. The MTR also runs a Light Rail network between Tuen Mun and Yuen Long in the New Territories, and an inter-city train service to the Mainland. There is a MTR station called HKU Station. The round trip ticket for the airport express shall cost around 200 HKD. 

Buses & Minibuses

Air-conditioned buses are readily available everywhere in Hong Kong. Fares are paid upon boarding based on distance travelled. Octopus cards and cash (exact change) are accepted on all buses. 

Minibuses are small buses with no more than 19 seats. There are two types of minibuses in Hong Kong:

Green minibuses: Operate on scheduled services with fixed routes and fixed fares; accept payment by Octopus card and cash (exact change required). 

Red minibuses: Operate on non-scheduled services with flexibility on routing and fares; mostly accept cash only.


Taxis provide a personalised, convenient point-to-point transport service for passengers. In Hong Kong, different taxis operate in different designated areas. They are surprising affordable.

Red taxis: Operate throughout most of Hong Kong, except for Tung Chung Road on Lantau Island and the entire south side of Lantau Island

Green taxis: Operate only in the New Territories

Blue taxis: Operate only on Lantau Island