We'll be in Hong Kong Sep 9-11; remarkably, it will be my first visit.
As you'd expect, I jumped onto Google looking for hotels that would be convenient to the rail line from the airport. Yikes!
That's the airport on the far left, on the Airport Express Line (AEL).
Hong Kong boosters, help me out here. Is it my imagination, or am I seeing that:
- Only three stations in the city are on the Airport line.
- Only five additional stations can be reached in one transfer.
- Some parts of the system (e.g. the Ma On Shan (MOL) line in the northeast) are five transfers from the Airport.
Don't airport lines, where people are hauling luggage, need to be designed so that they plug into the network with relatively few, well-designed transfers. As readers if this blog know, zero transfers is unrealistic and sometimes you even need two to get to remote corners of the network. But five?
Of course the answer may be that the metro doesn't want to compete for airport trips. Are there other options I should use if I want to stay in, say, central Kowloon (three transfers!)?
So back to my travel needs.
- If anyone knows a fantastic quietish hotel in the <US<300/night range that is easily reached by transit, with luggage, from the airport, please let me know. If certain transfers on this system are easier than others, so that the access is easier than it looks, let me know that too.
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