Tips

Hong Kong might be a closely-packed maze with alleyways and undulating roads, but it is a fairly easy city to navigate, with an extensive network of trains (called MTRs) and mini buses.

But be warned, you may need some extra fortitude to ride around on the sometimes reckless but always speedy mini buses in the city.

And what about staying connected to your loved ones back home?

Here are some tips to help you out:

Budget flights may seem less luxurious as they exclude amenities such as seat selection and extra baggage (for shopping, what else).

But what you save on flights could probably allow you an additional night stay in Hong Kong.

Low-cost carriers like Jetstar and Scoot offer tickets that are under $500 (return), while full service airlines cost go up to $860 or more.

Photo: Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong’s flag carrier Cathay Pacific offers three- to four-star hotel and flights packages from $660 onwards. Some stays come with complimentary breakfast, so do choose the hotel carefully for the best deals!

Certain airlines hand out special deals so keep your eyes open for promotional fares that can dip even lower than what is offered to you! Low-cost carriers have flash sales on certain days of the week, Scoot’s deals are on every Tuesday while Jetstar’s deals are from 8am to 11pm every friday.

Airport transfers from the airport to the desired train stations

By Airport Express

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The airport express takes passengers to their desired stations in around 25 minutes. It is easy to book and provides a comfortable ride out to the city. The train would usually depart at 10- to 12-minute intervals. Airport Express’ detailed schedules can be found here and for the MTR schedules you can download the “Next Train” app here.

To / From Fare (HK$)
Hong Kong Station «--» Airport Station $ 100
Kowloon Station «--» Airport Station $ 90
Tsing Yi Station «--» Airport Station $ 60

If you plan to take the Airport Express to and from the airport, it may be wise to get the Airport Express Travel Pass, which comprises one or two Airport Express journeys and any three consecutive days of unlimited rides on the MTR, Light Rail and MTR Bus. It can also be used as a standard adult Octopus. The travel pass can be purchased at any Airport Express or designated MTR customer service centers at the price of HK$220 (S$39) for one way and HK$300 for both ways respectively.

Hotel coaches are also available at the Commercial Services Counter in Arrival Hall B, Terminal 1. The coaches will take you directly to the major hotels in Hong Kong so for easy transfers, do drop them an enquiry at: general@vigorholding.com.

Getting around Hong Kong via MTR is hassle-free, much like taking our MRTs in Singapore. The trains are easy to navigate and the most convenient way to travel in Hong Kong.

Photo: mtr.com.hk
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The Octopus card is your best bet because it works exactly like how NETs Flashpay works here. You can use it at convenience stores, supermarts and even movie theatres accepts them.

Octopus cards are easy to use, just ensure that there's enough value stored in them! Best thing is, the fares are usually cheaper than using single journey tickets.

The card retails at HK$49 and it will be your best pal for the entire trip! You can return the card at the end of your trip and the remaining stored value will be refunded to you. Of course, it is recommended to keep the cards for future getaways to Hong Kong or just for keepsake! Check out more details here .

Also, if you think you would be travelling a lot within 24 hours, consider getting the Tourist Day Pass at HK$55.

More good news? From April 1 to Oct 31, 2017, tourists can purchase MTR Tourist Tickets online to enjoy a 20 per cent discount.

But if taxis are your thing, Hong Kong taxi fares range from HK$24 to HK$19 - depending on where you hail the taxi - for the first two kilometres, and an additional HK$1.70 to HK$1.50 after the 2km mark. Taxis are categorised in three colors - red, blue, and green - with each color representing an area they are from. For more details, click here

When you’re in a foreign country, there are some things that you can prepare beforehand so you’re fully prepared in any situations.

  1. Register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    Hong Kong is a relatively safe place to travel, but if you’d like to offer your loved ones a peace of mind when you travel, it is a good idea to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Singapore Embassy is located at 18 Harcourt Rd, Central, Hong Kong, you can also contact them at: +852 2527 2212. .
  2. Keep your insurance customer service helpline on hand
    You never know when you might need your travel insurance customer service helpline during emergencies such as flight delays or sudden hospitalisation. This will also save you when you’re panicking on what to do and your wifi isn’t connecting properly.
  3. Connectivity and Accessibility
    With anyone being connected everywhere online, having accessible internet is very important. ChangiRecommends offers a router for $5/day, which allows up to eight devices to connect to it. You can text them via Whatsapp on their 24hr hotline (+65 6701 1185) to find out more or get more information here .

If you find routers bulky or too troublesome, you can check out M1 or Singtel’s data passports.

  • M1’s Data Passport uses your original data plan to roam overseas at $10, but $10.70/GB will be charged if you exceed your data plan overseas. The charges will be reflected in your monthly bill, but remember to cancel the plan once you’re back in Singapore. For more details, click here .
  • Starhub’s DataTravel has two different plans - 2GB for $15 and 3GB for $20. This plan will last you for 30 days upon activation. Additional charges will apply upon full ultilization of the data plan. Data usage alerts will be sent to you on varying stages - eg. when you have 200MB/500MB left or when you’ve maxed out the data. For more details, click here.