Hong Kong has a number of districts that are ideal for tourists to stay. Two of them are Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei. But how do you get there from the airport? In this article, we’ll show you your options and their pros and cons!
Mong Kok, often shortened to MK, and nearby Yau Ma Tei are vibrant shopping destinations. Together with Tsim Sha Tsui, they form one administrative district called Yau Tsim Mong. Tourists flock to this area not just because it’s close to key attractions, especially night markets. If you love shopping, MK is very OK.
Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei look modern, with towering buildings. At night, it is illuminated by glitzy neon signs. But it is also very traditional in parts. It’s here that you’ll find the vibrant, busy and crowded scenes that first come to mind when we imagine Hong Kong.
But most importantly, these two areas have a wide, wide selection of hotels and inns. Most are pretty small, but affordable, at least by Hong Kong standards.
Let’s zoom in a bit on the map of Mong Kok and Yau Ma Tei. You’ll see that it’s cut in half by the this thoroughfare – Nathan Road – which is dotted with numerous bus stops. Nathan Road also runs along a huge part of the MTR Tsuen Wan Line, which is a commonly used train or subway line for tourists and locals alike. Many of the city’s main attractions are accessible from this line.
The Hong Kong International Airport, on the other hand, is on reclaimed land on Chek Lap Kok Island, next to Lantau Island, almost an hour away from the city center.
So, how do you get here from the airport? You have two main options: by bus and by train.
Let’s start with the bus.
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AIRPORT TO MONG KOK BY BUS
Not only is the bus the cheapest, it is also the easiest and most convenient option.
Unlike the other options, this is a direct way and does not entail switching or transferring along the way, at least if your hotel is located near Nathan Road or Chatham Road.
Depending on the time of the day, there are two buses that you can take: BUS A21 and N21.
- A21 – Regular Bus
Fare: HK$ 34.60
Operating Hours: 05:30 – 24:00
- N21 – Late Night Bus
Fare: HK$ 23.80
Operating hours: 00:20 – 04:40
If you’re interested in taking the bus, you might want to consider getting an Octopus Card, which can make your journey much easier and cheaper. An Octopus card is a pre-paid reloadable card that you can use for MTR and bus rides and even…