How to handle tricky Hong Kong/Macau airport/ferry logistics?
December 24, 2011 1:08 AM Subscribe
I need urgent help figuring out transit logistics through Hong Kong Airport and Macau (via ferry), staying in Hong Kong for less than 24 hours.
posted by Televangelist to travel & transportation around Hong Kong (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Thanks for any help you can offer in advance! Apologies if this sounds panicked.
Here's the fact pattern: My wife and I are arriving at Hong Kong Airport at 5PM on the 26th. We have a hotel room near the Central MTR station, but ideally we want to go to directly to Macau (via the ferry), look around Macau for a few hours, and then ferry to Hong Kong Island and head to our hotel around 10PM.
We fly out the next day at 2:20PM on the 27th -- less than 24 hours after we arrive. We have everything we need for those 24 hours in light backpacks we'll take with us everywhere, and a checked bag that we want to keep at the airport if at all humanly possible.
Here's what we're trying to figure out:
-I'm seeing online that we can check in for our flight leaving Hong Kong within 24 hours of departure -- does that mean we can dump our checked bag in at that time as well?
-Hong Kong airport has ferry transfer service to Macau; will we be able to dump our checked bag / check in for our onward flight and then use it, or is it only for people going directly to Macau before they clear customs? Put another way, would we have to take our bulky checked bag with us in order to use that ferry?
-Are there multiple speeds of ferry we can choose from, or is it "one size fits all"? I've done a lot of web crawling on this point, and I'm more confused than when I started.
-We won't have any problem taking a ferry from Macau to Hong Kong around 10PM on a Monday night, will we? Are there huge queues for the ferries around that time? Last time we were in HK, we were caught flat-footed by the 90 minute queue for the Victoria Peak tram, and that really threw off our schedule... if you can warn us about anything along these lines we need to be aware of, please do let us know!
-Is there any reason to consider a backup plan of taking the airport express to Central, checking into our hotel, and then taking the Macau ferry from Hong Kong Island?
Thanks so much for any advice you can offer. :) My wife and I enjoy doing these 'lightning' trips to see a bit of a place when we have a 24-hour layover, but this one is turning out to be a bit trickier than most.