Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards
Member since 16 Jul 2018
Total posts 27
Hi everyone,In May I arrive in Hong Kong on a Cathay Pacific flight from Seoul at 1pm and then fly out of Hong Kong via Virgin Australia at 7pm. This leaves me 6 hours to kill in Hong Kong airport. And, since I'm on Cathay for one flight and Virgin for the other, I can't check my bags all the way through.I don't believe Virgin Australia check in will be open when I land in Hong Kong, so does anyone have any advice on what I can do to spend the time? I won't have heaps of luggage but it'd be a little annoying to drag it with me if I was going to head into the city from the airport.Anyone else had experience with long layovers in Hong Kong which involve a change in airline?Thanks
Member since 20 Nov 2015
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Member since 09 Aug 2015
Total posts 12
Virgin has in-town check-in at Kowloon and Hong Kong / Central, opens from 7am and is available until 2 hours prior to flight departure time. It's a fantastic feature.
Member since 04 Aug 2018
Total posts 5
Virgin Australia has downtown check in at both Hong Kong and Kowloon stations however from past experiences it doesn't appear to open until 4 hours before scheduled departure.
Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer
Member since 17 Nov 2014
Total posts 78
I think Virgin Australia uses Hong Kong Airlines check in counter in Hong Kong and Kowloon Station.
Member since 24 Oct 2010
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Also, if you often visit Hong Kong, definitely consider getting authorised to use the eVisitor Channel, it's a real time-saver! See https://www.ausbt.com.au/how-to-skip-the-queues-at-hong-kong-airport-passport-control for more on this.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 01 Apr 2018
Total posts 50
You won’t have 6 hours by the time you get out of HKG!
Member since 02 Jan 2019
Total posts 37
I agree. From landing to taxiing to immigration to collecting luggage, cut off the best part of 90 minutes. Then if you have to re-check luggage and do immigration again, cut off the best part of an hour. So you have 3.5 hrs left realistically. To get to HK island and back is about 60 mins roundtrip with airport express. So you have 2.5 hrs. I don't think I'd want to be traipsing around in HK (especially on a weekend with soooooo many mainlanders clogging every bit of space up) in that amount of time.
Good feedback, but check in won't open till 3 or 2.5 hours before boarding. So I won't be able to check in straight away. Assuming it takes 60 minutes to disembark, go through customs and collect my luggage, it'll still be a couple of hours till check in opens.
Member since 04 Jun 2015
Total posts 73
I would 100% take the train into the city. And i think you will have more time than you think. I did plane to train in 15 minutes on Tuesday, including getting my bag. While this is exceptional i would say it never takes me personally any longer than 30 mins to get out.
Member since 29 Nov 2018
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I've done this a couple of times recently. I dropped my bag at the left luggage at the airport, which didn't have more than a 5 minute wait, then catch the bus/cab to Tung Chung and go for a ride on the Ngong Ping Gondola (about 25 mins each way). The tourist trap village at the top isn't much to write home about, but the gondola trip is spectacular. There's also a large mall at Tung Chung and it's only 10 mins on the bus to the airport.
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