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Hong Kong layover Plan

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Hong Kong layover Plan

Hi All,

So we have a Cathay Pacific flight that arrives HKG at 5:30am Friday morning in September. We would like to explore Hong Kong a bit, and after a reseaching a bit we have planned a rough schedule. Hong Kong experts, please let me know if the itinerary below is possible:

- 5:30pm: Arrive Hong Kong

- 6-6:30am: Catch Airport Express train to Hong Kong. The train takes about 24minuts to Hong Kong central and cost HK$115 for same day return ticket.

- 7am: Walk to Peak tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road. 15minute walk

- 7:20am: Queue up for peak tram. Ride tram up to the Peak, take in the sights & then ride tram back down.

- 9am: Get Dim Sum

- 10am: Walk from Central Station to Star Ferry Pier. 15minute walk

- 10:20am: Take Ferry from Central Pier to Tsim Sha Tsui. Ferry comes every 6 to 8minutes. Cost HK$2.70 for upper desk ticket.

- 10:30- 11:15am: Explore avenue of Stars

- 11:30am: Take ferry back to Central Pier, taxi to Central Station.

- 12pm: Airport train back to airport. Flight departs at 2pm.

Impossible? Any suggestions/ ways to improve this schedule? We've never been to Hong Kong and we're only visiting because of a layover but we wouldn't mind exploring for a bit.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

Where are you flying to from HKG? Really feels like you aren't leaving yourself enough time going back to airport through security/immigration etc. Where are you flying in from?

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2. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

Hi red259, we're flying in from NYC.

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3. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

The Airport Express train terminates at Hong Kong Station (not Central Station, although its connected to Central Station via pedestrian subway, a few minutes walk).

Its unlkely that there would be any queue for the Peak Tram at time of day.

For the Star Ferry there are no tickets. Unless using Octopus Card (which probably isnt worth acquiring for your short visit) you use tokens which can be obtained from vending machines at the piers, before the barriers).

The Avenue of Stars is closed for renovation until early next year but you can still walk along promenades on both sides of the harbour, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Central Harbourfront Promenade.

There’s no need for a taxi from Central Star Ferry Pier to Hong Kong Station, its about 5 mins walk along an elevated walkway to the entrance at IFC Mall above the station.

Otherwise, assuming your luggage has been checked through to your next destination, your plan seems OK.

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4. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

Re #1, for outbound flights other than those to the US, getting on the airport express 2 hours before ETD will leave plenty of time for security and immigration (especially when one already has boarding pass on hand).

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5. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

Our flight is going from NYC to HKG to BKK... our bags will most likely get checked straight through on both legs (cathay pacific flights) and we'll most likely have our boarding passes printed out from NYC.

Since avenue of stars is closed down then thats better, we can simply grab a bite to eat from some trendy spot. We're simply trying to get a greatr view of the habor via the star ferry, thats the most imporant part. I read that the tourist star ferry boat doesn't start up every early so thats why i'm thinking the ferry to Tsim Sha Shui alone will provide a great view of the hong kong habor.

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6. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

In the absence of the Star Ferry Harbour Tour you could utilise both cross-harbour Star Ferry services for a round trip ride ie Central > Tsim Sha Tsui > Wan Chai > Tsim Sha Tsui > Central.

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7. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

>> - 7:20am: Queue up for peak tram.

Definitely no queues at that hour. Get your tickets and board the tram. The Peak Tower will be closed when you arrive, walk to Lion's Pavilion instead (walk out of the Peak Tower, turn left, along the building, continue a bit on the footpath, then the pavilion is on your left).

For the way down from The Peak: consider taking bus #15 instead. Takes a bit longer (about 1 hour) but gives you a much different view of the city. Get off at "Bank of China Tower", then walk over the footbridges to City Hall for your dim sum (at Maxim's restaurant), which is in turn a short walk from the Star Ferry Pier.

Instead of ferry back to Hong Kong side you can consider taking a short taxi ride from TST to Kowloon Station and catch the Airport Express there (no problem with your Airport-Hong Kong ticket).

Edited: April 23, 2018, 1:40 pm
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8. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

We were thinking of that SolentTraveller but we decided that it might take too long to do all the hops. What time does the tourist boat start up? Will it be available by the time we're done with the peak? Where can we find better street food.... Tsim Sha Tsiu or Wan Chai? I just want to know which ferry stop will be a more worthwhile experience in our short time in Hong Kong.

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9. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

The Star Ferry Harbour Tour (see http://www.starferry.com.hk/en/Fares) starts operating at 11:55.

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10. Re: Hong Kong layover Plan

The first harbour tour is at 11-55 from Tsim Sha Tsui and 12-15 from Central and the round trip lasts an hour;

http://www.starferry.com.hk/en/Fares

On the scheduled cross-harbour service each of the four legs would take about 10 mins sailing time and possibly about 10 mins waiting time to board the intermediate legs so probably about an hour in total as well.

The tour boat is however,much better equipped for sightseeing;

https://flic.kr/s/aHsjFkdrcX

Edited: April 23, 2018, 9:23 pm
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