The land of museums, cheap hostels and heritage hotels, high-end shopping centres, and the recently renovated Avenue of Stars, Tsim Sha Tsui is a destination you simply can’t avoid when visiting Hong Kong.

Here are the best ways to travel from Hong Kong International Airport to Tsim Sha Tsui without breaking the bank.

Overview

ModePriceTimeLinks
Airport Express + MTRFrom HK$110.00~40 minutesBook via Klook
BusFrom HK$34.60~80 minutesCheck information here
TaxiFrom HK$265.00~30 minutesN/A
Private transferFrom HK$336.00~30 minutesBook via Klook

Fastest: Airport Express + MTR

Airport Station -> Hong Kong Station -> Central -> Tsim Sha Tsui
~40 mins
From HK$110.00

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The Airport Express shuttle bus service covers many the popular areas around Tsim Sha Tsui. But, if it’s not going to the location you desire, you can take the Airport Express (teal line) all the way to Hong Kong Station (24 minutes), then catch the MTR.

Exit Hong Kong Station and walk towards Central Station (10 minutes). Hong Kong Station and Central Station are located within one bigger station well connected by air-conditioned tunnels and escalators. You’ll follow the sign to Tsuen Wan Line (red line) and take the train to Tsim Sha Tsui Station (towards Tsuen Wan). Tsim Sha Tsui Station is only two stops from Central Station.

Note: Although it says that Kowloon Station is situated in the Tsim Sha Tsui area on the MTR website, it’s technically located closer to Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in the West Kowloon area.

Check the MTR website or the app.

Cheapo Tip: Book your Airport Express tickets through Klook for a significant discount. The travel platform offers discounts like HK$80.00 for a single journey ticket to Kowloon Station and HK$135.00 for a return ticket between Kowloon Station and Airport Station. Just download the QR code after purchase and swipe at the gate to enter and leave the station.

Cheapest: Bus

Hong Kong airport to tsim sha tsui by bus
A21 bus on Nathan Road | Photo by iStock.com/nantonov

Airport -> Tsim Sha Tsui
~80 mins
From HK$34.60

There are a number of bus routes that ferry passengers from the airport to the city. The more frequent A21 bus will take you along Nathan Road in Kowloon. The route stops at major roads like Kimberley Road, Cameron Road, Salisbury Road, Mody Road and Granville Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Use the Citybus website or app to see all the stops and check the timetable.

Convenient but pricey: Taxi

Airport -> your destination
~30 mins
From HK$265.00

If you can’t be bothered to figure out Hong Kong’s public transport system on day 1, there’s always taxis. You’ll want to get a red (urban) taxi from the Taxi Station at the airport.

Ideal for larger groups: Private transfer

Airport -> your destination
~30 mins
From HK$336.00

Travel website Klook various options for private transfers. Select the right one for you based on the size of your group and other needs.

Tip to save your back: If you don’t relish carrying your bags all that way, Klook & Luggagent can transfer your luggage from the airport to your accommodation, and vice versa.

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

This article was first published in January 2020. Last updated in October 2023.