Hong Kong's International Airport (HKIA) handled 420,000 flights and 72.9 million passengers in 2017 and is the world’s busiest for cargo. The airport maintained 5th position in the Skytrax World Airport Awards; Singapore retained top honours finishing ahead of Tokyo, Seoul and Munich.
The Airport Express is the direct rail link between the airport and Hong Kong's Central business hub. Trains depart every 12 minutes; the 35.3km journey takes less than 30 minutes. A check-in service is available for many major airlines at the Central and Kowloon stations; check-in and collect your boarding pass between 90 minutes and 24 hours ahead of your flight departure time.
The total number of taxis is 18,163 - fixed by licensing.
Taxi operating zones can be distinguished by the taxi colour:
operate in the New Territories.
operate on Lantau Island.
All taxis cover the Airport and Disneyland.
The Octopus Card allows commuters to travel on many forms of public transport.
Use on the MTR (underground), railway, bus, public light bus, coach, tram, Peak tram, ferry and some taxis.
The Sold Tourist Octopus has no deposit or initial stored value.
Over 90% of daily journeys are on public transport, the highest rate in the world
(Hong Kong Government Travel Characteristics Survey).
The MTR is the dominant public transport provider, with an average of 5.19 million trips made daily in 2016, compared with 3.96 million for franchised buses and 933,000 for taxis.
Hong Kong's Security Bureau Security has a mobile application "Safeguard HK", which provides useful information on:
• location of help stations for emergencies (Police stations, Accident & Emergency Departments of Public Hospitals, Clinics, First Aid Stations, etc);
• contact information of Chinese embassies and consulates for assistance outside Hong Kong;
• first aid information for accidents and injuries;
• notifications on outbound travel alert, seasonal alerts and public event notices;
• mountaineering safety and fire safety information;
• land boundary control points waiting time enquiry;
• information on the working holiday scheme;
• “Travel Phrases” in many languages;
• "Hiker Tracking Service": Hikers may switch on this function and register with the mobile phone number. This will enable the app to temporarily record and track the user’s location using GPS for the next 24 hours. Should there be any accident during the hike, the emergency rescue parties can locate the user with the registered mobile phone number to facilitate rescue operation.