Car Rental at Hong Kong International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015. All data were retrieved on August 2015.
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Where to rent a car at Hong Kong International Airport
Due to the popularity and efficiency of public transportation in Hong Kong, car rental cannot be found at the Hong Kong International Airport. Such modes of transport are only available in the central business district, and travellers who would want to go and explore possibilities of rental cars should head out there. To reach the city, travellers will have to use any of the available modes of transport at the airport, including the Airport Express railway, public buses, taxis, hotel coaches (if the traveller wants to be brought directly to their hotel), and regular coaches.
What to expect when renting a car from Hong Kong International Airport
Since travellers may not access rental car companies at the airport, they must proceed directly to the city upon arrival to the airport and transact with the rental car companies offices there. Most of the (few) car rental companies can be found within the central business district in the Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui and Central areas, so make sure to know of the addresses of the car rental companies before heading out. This is applicable for walk-in/booking upon arrival options. Travellers also have the option to finish their bookings online or via phone, and travellers may ask the car rental company that they have chosen to deliver the vehicle at the airport - to ease the hassle. Either way, travellers should be able to present their valid identification cards, proof of payment, and international driving permit or a valid driver's license. Because rental cars are unpopular here, expect to pay hefty sums when renting cars.
Driving around Hong Kong International Airport
The Hong Kong International Airport is mainly served by main Route 8, one of the 10 'Routes' that serve the city. Route 8 is connected to Routes 9, 3, 2, and 4, connecting it to the main Hong Kong island, Stanley, Tai Po, Fanling, Kam Tin, Tai Tong, Lau Fau Shan, Tuen Mun, and even the Shenzhen area of the main land. The area is small and compact, with great freeways and toll roads that efficiently connect the main areas to each other. The nearest business district is of course Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui, which can be accessed through Route 8. Both areas have plenty of services and facilities, including hotels (from budget hotels to luxury hotels), restaurants, shopping centres, malls, and tourism attractions and destinations.
Getting to your destination
Tsim Sha Tsui - fond of the high street life? Then Tsim Sha Tsui is the perfect spot for you. Shop luxury brands and score the best items from designer boutiques, check out the Bay and the Avenue of the Stars for the Symphony of LIghts at night, and visit the many museums here. Tsim Sha Tsui can be reached via Route 8 from the airport, passing through Tsing Yi and Mong Kok. Tolls are ahead, and traffic is to be expected especially upon entering the main business streets. Upon arrival to the area, notice that traffic will run from light to moderate at certain times.
Mong Kok - the shopping and dining mecca of Hong Kong, Mong Kok is the best place for middle-class and budget shoppers to do their rounds. Mong Kok's streets are pulsing and vibrant with energy: discounts here and there, great street food shops, and a variety of other scenes. Mong Kok is best visited early at night, when the streets are closed to give way to the street market. Similarly, Mong Kok can be reached via Route 8. It comes before Tsim Sha Tsui.
Lantau Island - Lantau Island is home to several theme parks and attractions that are popular in Hong Kong and the rest of the world. It is the location of famous Disneyland Hong Kong resort and park, and several other attractions. The airport is located within the Lantau Island, so travellers may cut via Route 8 and head to Disneyland through Sunshine Blvd.