Discover cheap fares and flight deals to Hong Kong from across Australia.
Hong Kong may be small in size, but it packs a famous city skyline as well as protected nature reserves and marine parks into its islands. This modern, bustling city is a luxury shopping mecca, attracting visitors with intriguing culture, culinary excellence and exciting nightlife.
Hong Kong is not only popular for layovers between long international flights or as a gateway to other parts of China, but it is also a destination in itself. The world-class airport is just an eight to nine hour flight from Australia, with direct flights available from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
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Hong Kong flight times
- From Sydney: 9 hrs 5 mins
- From Melbourne: 9 hrs 10 mins
- From Perth: 7 hrs 45 mins
- From Brisbane: 8 hrs 40 mins
Airlines that fly to Hong Kong
- Cathay Pacific
- Singapore Airlines
- Virgin Australia
Hong Kong insider flight tips
Australian passport-holders can register for Hong Kong’s e-Channel Service which lets you get through security at the airport and various ferry terminals with electronic recognition technology. This is especially worthwhile if you will be landing at Hong Kong Airport during peak hours as the customs queues can get very long.
On your return journey, the Airport Express lets you check-in your bags at Hong Kong Station, which is right in the heart of the city, for free. You can drop your bags off up to 24 hours ahead of your scheduled flight with most airlines. This is great if you have a late flight but need to check out of your hotel early.
You’ll normally find the lowest fares from Australia to Hong Kong with low-cost carriers AirAsia, Jetstar and Scoot. As this means a layover at Kuala Lumpur or Singapore though, it can double the journey time compared to flying direct with a full-service airline. It is definitely worthwhile comparing the total costs if you are going to include checked luggage, on-board food and drinks or seat selection, which aren’t included in the lead-in fares of low-cost flights.
Hong Kong International Airport is widely considered one of the world’s best for layovers, with an IMAX theatre, world-class restaurants and duty-free shopping outlets, which is good news if your flight is delayed.
How to get from the airport
The most convenient way to travel between the airport and the city is the Airport Express. The journey to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island takes about 30 minutes. If travelling in a group, a taxi might be more economical. Red taxis go to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island and it helps to have your hotel address written down in Chinese characters if it is not one of the major hotels. Taxis are different colours depending on the area and are a relatively cheap way of getting around Hong Kong despite it being an expensive city.
Visitors to Hong Kong should get a contactless Octopus travel card. You pay a refundable fee for the card itself on top of travel credit to use across all of Hong Kong’s public transport, including the Star Ferry. You can also use the card to pay at 7-11 convenience shops and McDonalds. There are car rental companies at the airport but driving is not really necessary due to the small size of Hong Kong, its heavy traffic and its excellent public transport system.