Why Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is a mesmerising city with more diversity per square mile than any other city that we can think of. From the heart of the city you can get lost in the bustling ultra metropolis – shopping, sipping cocktails in one of Hong Kong’s hip sky bars and exploring the hundreds of museums and galleries.
Natural wonders are also waiting to be discovered against the backdrop of skyscrapers, be sure to go on a pink dolphin watching boat tour in the Sha Chau and Lung Kwu Chau Marine Park. For a retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle you can also explore the beautiful Ham Tin beach, the lush rolling hills and mountains even take a trip to one of Hong Kong’s surrounding Islands. Of course, any trip to Hong Kong wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of its spectacular temples including the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery and the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.
When is the cheapest time to fly to Hong Kong?
February to September is the best time to find cheap tickets to Hong Kong. This time period is considered off-peak season and includes the end of the tourist season. Ticket prices rise when peak season begins in October and remain high until February. Hong Kong’s busy season also covers holidays and celebrations, such as the Chinese New Year early in the year and the Lunar New Year later in the year. Temperatures increase in Hong Kong during the off-peak season, but the weather remains pleasant year-round.
When is the best time to book your flight to Hong Kong?
Booking two to four months in advance is ideal for finding cheap tickets to the city. Occasionally last-minutes deals will be offered during the peak tourist season. Finally, being flexible on your arrival and departure dates can help to lower costs.
Hong Kong International Airport
Also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, Hong Kong International Airport is around 34 kilometres away from the city centre and serves as the main airport for Hong Kong. The following airlines all fly to Hong Kong from the U.K.: British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Etihad Airways, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Virgin Atlantic and Swiss Global Air Lines.
Getting around the airport
Hong Kong International Airport is a two-terminal airport. Walking from one terminal to the other will only take five minutes. Terminal 2 is home to the airport’s check-in facilities, but does not have any departure gates with no boarding gates. Several stores and restaurants are located in Terminal 2. All incoming and outbound flights depart and arrive at Terminal 1. Both terminals have many passenger amenities, including lounges, food and drinks, shops, wi-fi and currency exchanges. As an added bonus, Terminal 2 also has an IMAX cinema for passengers with a long layover or wait.
Which airports in the U.K. operate flights to Hong Kong?
Many of the major airports in the U.K. have flights to Hong Kong, including London Heathrow Airport, Manchester Airport, Glasgow Airport and the George Best Belfast City Airport. Although almost all the airports in the U.K. offer indirect flights, London Heathrow Airport is the only one to offer nonstop service to Hong Kong.
What airlines fly to Hong Kong?
Since many of the flights to Hong Kong are indirect, you may be required to switch to a different airline company during your travels, although this will not always be necessary. Some of the more popular airlines for flights with layovers on the way to Hong Kong include Aer Lingus, Air France, Austrian Airlines AG, Flybe, Iberia and K.L.M. Royal Dutch Airlines. The layovers are often in cities, such as Munich, Vienna, Amsterdam, London and Paris. British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways and Virgin Atlantic, on the other hand, all operate nonstop flights to Hong Kong from Heathrow Airport in London.
How long is the flight to Hong Kong from the U.K.?
With a distance of over 9,600 kilometres to travel, flights from the U.K. to Hong Kong will take at least 11 hours and 30 minutes, but they generally are much longer. Because most of the flights to Hong Kong from London are direct, that route consistently has the quickest travel time. The shortest single-stop flight lasts approximately 13 hours and 30 minutes. The majority of the flights to Hong Kong from Manchester have a single stop on the way over. For nonstop service from Manchester to Hong Kong, travellers should book their tickets with Cathay Pacific Airways.
How many flights are there per day from the U.K. to Hong Kong?
London has nine nonstop flights to Hong Kong per day. If you are leaving from Manchester, there are five nonstop flights to Hong Kong every week. In addition to multiple direct flights, many of the U.K. airports offer several one-stop and two-stop flights each day.
Getting to the city from Hong Kong International Airport
With several transportation options available, getting to Central Hong Kong from the airport has never been easier. As part of Hong Kong’s rapid transit rail system (M.T.R.), the Airport Express’s 30-minute ride into the city is the quickest way to get down to the centre from the airport. The train runs every 10 minutes. Ticket price for the Airport Express can range from HK$90 (approximately £9) to HK$180 (approximately £18), depending on the destination and if the ticket is one-way or round trip. Travellers can also utilise the S1 bus that will take them to them to the Tung Chung M.T.R. station. From there, the travellers can then connect with Hong Kong’s public rail system. The airport also offers several buses as well, including Cityflyer and Long Win Bus, which both run 24 hours a day. For those wishing to take a taxi to their destination, it is important to keep in mind that Hong Kong’s taxis are colour-coded based on the destination. Red taxis go to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Green taxis are destined for the New Territories. Blue taxis only go to Lantau Island.
Not to forget before the flight
Before visiting Hong Kong, it is a good idea to exchange money, so that you have some local currency, the Hong Kong dollar, with you when you arrive in the city. Currency exchange booths can also be found in the terminals of the Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong does not require visitors to have a visa prior to arrival and allows visitors to stay in Hong Kong for up to six months. However, those planning to work, study or stay for longer than six months will need to apply for a visa. Before you leave, check that your passport is valid for at least one month after the date you plan to leave Hong Kong. For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hong-kong/entry-requirements.
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