If Blade Runner-style postcard shots and rows of street market stalls come to mind when you think of Hong Kong, Mong Kok is the Instagram spot you’re looking for.

When you’re ready for all that Mong Kok has to offer, here are the best ways to travel from Hong Kong Airport to the bustling neighbourhood of Mong Kok.

Overview

ModePriceTimeLinks
Airport ExpressFrom HK$58.70~30 minutesBook online
Airport Express + BusFrom HK$80.00~45 minutesView MTR Shuttle Information
Airport BusHK$33.00~50 minutesSearch your route
Airport Bus + MTRFrom HK$17.70~80 minutesN/A
Private transferFrom HK$348.00~20 minutesBook via Klook

Fastest: Airport Express + MTR

Airport Station > Tsing Yi Station > Mong Kok Station
~30 minutes
From HK$58.70

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You can take the Airport Express (teal line) from Hong Kong International Airport all the way to Tsing Yi Station (14 minutes).

Klook travel app offers discounts on Airport Express tickets. A single journey ticket to Tsing Yi Station on Klook is HK$50.00 (original price HK$70.00) and a return ticket between Tsing Yi Station and Airport Station is HK$88.00 (original price HK$120.00). Just download the QR code and swipe at the gate to enter and leave the station.

When you arrive at Tsing Yi Station, switch to Tung Chung Line (orange line) towards Hong Kong and get off at Lai King Station. Then, change platforms at Lai King Station to Tsuen Wan Line (red line) and take the train to Mong Kok Station (towards Central). The ticket from Tsing Yi Station to Mong Kok Station is HK$10.00. When you use your Octopus, the journey costs only HK$8.70.

Cheapo Tip: Use the Trip Planner on the MTR website or through the app.

Mong Kok at night
Mong Kok at night | Photo by iStock.com/Starcevic

Alternative: Airport Express + Bus

Airport Station > Kowloon Station > free shuttle bus
~45 mins
From HK$80.00

Another way to go to Mong Kok from the airport is by taking the Airport Express (teal line) to Kowloon Station (22 minutes). Certain hotels provide shuttle bus service to and from Kowloon Station.

A single journey to Kowloon Station is HK$80.00 and a return between Kowloon Station and Airport Station is HK$135.00 if you purchase Airport Express tickets online.

Fewest interchanges: Airport Bus

Airport > Mong Kok
~50 mins
HK$33.00

The airport runs multiple bus routes that ferry passengers from the airport to the city. Airport bus A21 will take you along Nathan Road in Kowloon and stops at major places like Argyle Centre, Bank Centre and Sino Centre in Mong Kok. A20 runs a similar route but will detour via Cheung Sha Wan area. Meanwhile, public bus E21D will also get you to Mong Kok in about an hour and a half, costing just HK$14.00.

Cheapo Tip: Use the interactive route search online to see all the stops and check the timetable.

Cheapest: Airport Bus + MTR

Airport > Tung Chung > Mong Kok
~80 mins
HK$20.00 or (HK$17.70) with Octopus

You can take one of the S buses that runs between the airport and Tung Chung Station, the nearest MTR station to the airport excluding the stations on the Airport Express Line.

S1 is the most frequent one (HK$3.50). Get off at Tung Chung Station and take the Tung Chung Line (orange line) towards Hong Kong. Switch to Tsuen Wan Line (red line) towards Central at Lai King Station. Get off at Mong Kok Station.

Convenient but pricey: Private transfer

Airport -> your destination
~20-30 mins
From HK$128.00

If you don’t want to navigate public transport, there’s no option more convenient than a private transfer from the airport.

Online travel agent Klook offers a wide variety of vehicles depending on your group size. These options include free waiting time, room for luggage, and free cancellation up to 24 hours before the pickup time. Simply select your vehicle, fill in your pickup and flight information, and make the payment. You’ll receive information on your vehicle and driver after your booking is confirmed.

Octopus

An Octopus card is essential to navigating Hong Kong with ease, and to shave a few bucks off every trip. Read our guide for more info.

Trying to get from the airport to somewhere else in Hong Kong? Check one of our guides below.

This article was first published in May, 2020. Last update by Aarohi Narain, April 2023.