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Re: Which Airport Express Ticket is the best Option, Single or Return Trip?

My family will be arriving Hong Kong on 6 Aug Sat morning for 5 days trip.


Usually we purchase Airport-Kowloon return tickets ($160) as we can get the free airport shuttle to our hotel and check-in our luggages at the station on the last day.

During our last trip, we discovered we could do fairly good last minute shopping and 'yam-cha' at Tsing Yi station before depart for our flight back home in the late afternoon. From Tsing Yi, we will need to purchase another single trip ticket HK$60. Total cost for this way is HK$160 + HK$60 = HK$220.

We are wondering if it is better to purchase a single trip from airport to Kowloon on 1st day. After checking in the Kowloon station on last day, take a normal MTR to Tsing Yi station and take a single trip from Tsing Yi to airport. This alternative way will cost HK$90 + HK$8.50 + HK$60 = HK$158.50 with a saving of HK$61.50 per person. For big family like us the saving can be quite substantial.

The question here is if we purchase single trip airport express on 1st day, are we able to check-in at the Kowloon station on the last day? I remember vaguely we need a valid airport express ticket to go into the check-in area.

Greatly appreciate the experts advice! Thanks!

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Which octopus card to buy
by: Anonymous

Hi, me and my partner will be at hongkong on friday, for three days from macau.

I am having dilemma which octopus card to buy.

On our last day at hongkong, that is a sunday, we want to do last minute shopping at the citygste outlet before we catch our flight back to manila, philippines at 730pm via hkia.

Unfortunately, our airline does not offer the in town check in of the airport express.


Our hotel is at tai kok tsui, dorsett mongkok. We plan to check out before 12nn after we visited nan lian garden and nunnery.

So what is the best option for us?


Buy the octopus card and single journey ticket airport express separately from tsing yi?or ride the airport express to hkia from kowloon station, then leave our baggage at the luggage counter service, then do our last minute shopping at citygate outlet, then go back to airport, then check in.


Your suggestions and comments are highly appreciated.

Thank you

Re: Which Airport Express Ticket is the best Option, Single or Return Trip?
by: HKinsider Don

The Free In-town Check In Service is a complimentary service being offered to all Airport Express passengers (available for many major airlines) at Kowloon station (HK$90) or at Hong Kong station (HK$100). So meaning, if you want to avail this service, you need to pay at least HK$90. Also, please verify this service with your airline as some of them offers a "Day Before Check-in Service".

If you use an Octopus Card to travel via the Airport Express, your full fare will be deducted at check-in rather than when you board the train.

Boarding pass can be collected during the opening hours of check-in counter on the same day not later than 90 minutes before take-off at HKIA.

In your case, just purchase the Airport Express Round Trip Ticket - Kowloon Station @ HK$160.0 and then on your last day, check in at Kowloon station --> Take the MTR trains to Tsing Yi station (13 minutes @ HK$8.4) --> Shopping and "Yam Cha" at Tsing Yi --> Take the Airport Express train to HKIA (using your Kowloon Airport Express ticket).

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