Traveling abroad is very exciting. At the same time, pre-trip anxieties are often unavoidable especially if it’s your first time and you have many unanswered questions about your trip.

I can definitely relate because my first visit to Hong Kong was also my first trip abroad. Fortunately, enjoying a trip to this bustling city-state is a cinch even for newbie travelers.

Traveling to Hong Kong for the first time? This detailed travel guide will make it easy for you to plan a trip, save money, and maximize your time.

Scroll down to read must-know travel tips before you go, followed by a sample itinerary + budget breakdown , recommended hotels/places to stay , things to do/places to visit and lots of extra travel tips.

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How to get to Hong Kong — Touchdown at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), which serves direct flights from 180 cities across the globe including Manila (2.5h), Cebu & Clark. Located in Lantau Island, the most convenient way to get to the city center is the Airport Express Train. Travel time by train from Hong Kong Airport to the city center is 24 minutes. Book below for a hassle-free trip.

Grab an Octopus Card — Hong Kong is very easy to navigate on your own even for first-timers thanks to Hong Kong’s efficient train (MTR or Mass Transit Railway), bus, tram and ferry network. Google Maps is super useful here because the directions feature includes train and bus routes. Make sure to grab an Octopus Card to enjoy discount fares on HK public transport. Just tap this card to pay for the fare. You can even use it for cashless payments in restaurants, convenient stores and other shops.

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Book your hotel early — Tsim Sha Tsui, in downtown Hong Kong, and Central are the most convenient base to stay for tourists. The nearby areas of Jordan, Mong Kok, Sheung Wan and Wan Chai are also great alternatives. Grab rock-bottom rates and avoid fully-booked rooms by booking online as soon as you know you’re going. Click below to compare discounts and read reviews by other travelers.

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Check prices online and pre-book discounts — Save money by checking discounts on tours, attractions, airport/city transfers & other essentials. Booking before you leave also saves you time by avoiding the hassles of bringing cash & exchanging money during your trip.

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Money-saving tip: Use promo code “KLOOKDETOURISTA” to grab 5% OFF hotels and 3% OFF tours/activities next time you book on Klook.

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How many days in Hong Kong? — Two to three days is enough to visit most major tourist spots in Hong Kong. Plan at least 3 days if you want to go on a side trip to Macau. Consider a longer trip to enjoy a relaxed pace, especially if you’re interested in exploring the local sights & food scene. See the  sample itinerary below for easy trip planning.

Hong Kong visa-free travel for Pinoys — Philippine passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Hong Kong. Simply show up at the airport and get your passport stamped. Filipinos can stay for up to 14 days visa-free per entry.

Get a Hong Kong mobile internet/data plan — This is a must-have for a smoother travel experience. You can either buy an eSIM, physical SIM card or rent a mobile WiFi hotspot, which are available for pick-up and activation at Hong Kong International Airport.

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Philippine Peso to Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) — PHP is widely accepted at currency exchange shops as there is a huge Filipino community in Hong Kong. Exchange a small amount at the airport because rates are often better at the city center. Or, you can simply withdraw HKD bills from ATM machines.

Sidetrip to Macau — Visit two countries in one trip! It’s even possible to go on a quick day trip to Macau because the ferry only takes 1-hour. You can also travel to Macau from Hong Kong by bus.

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Hong Kong Itinerary

What to do in Hong Kong in 3 days? Here’s a 3 days & 2 nights (3D2N) itinerary for your do-it-yourself (DIY) trip. Read below for more detailed guides and sample itineraries for a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 day trip to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Itinerary Guide

Day 1: Hong Kong Disneyland & Ngong Ping Village

Time Activity

Flight to Hong Kong

0800 am

Hong Kong Airport arrival — Clear immigration checkpoint, claim baggage, and clear customs checkpoint. Claim tickets pre-ordered online (if any): Airport Express train, Octopus Card, attraction tickets, SIM card/WiFi etc..

Bus to Tung Chung. Leave luggage at luggage lockers in Tung Chung.
0900 am Ngong Ping 360 cable car, Tian Tan Big Buddha & Po Lin Monastery.
0200 pm Disneyland Hong Kong.
0815 pm Train to Hong Kong city center.
1000 pm Hong Kong hotel check-in.

Day 2: Central Hong Kong & Tsim Sha Tsui

Time Activity
0730 pm

The Peak Tram & Sky Terrace 428.

1100 nn

Explore Central Hong Kong.

0330 am

Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui.

0400 pm

Tsim Sha Tsui & Avenue of Stars.

0800 pm

Watch the Symphony of Lights from Tsim Sha Tsui or on a cruise across Victoria Harbour.

0900 pm

Hong Kong Night Markets.

Day 3: West Kowloon or Ocean Park

Time Activity

Option 1: West Kowloon, M+ Museum, Hong Kong Palace Museum, Sky100 Observation Deck.

Option 2: Chi Lin Nunnery & Nan Lian Garden

Option 3: Tsim Sha Tsui museums, K11 Musea, East Tsim Sha Tsui.

Option 4: Oceanpark Hong Kong.

Airport Express train to Hong Kong Airport.

Hong Kong departure.

Hong Kong Budget

Your travel expenses will largely depend on your traveling style and how much you plan to spend on activities, accommodations & food. To help you set your own budget, here are budget estimates if you follow the 3 days and 2 nights (3D2N) itinerary posted above. Make sure to review all discounts & online booking prices.

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Activities/attraction expenses breakdown
HKD 590 Disneyland Hong Kong — 1-Day ticket, per personBook here
HKD 149 Peak Tram + Sky Terrace admission — Roundtrip 2-in-1 ticket package, per person.Book here
HKD 256 Ngong Ping 360 — Roundtrip cable car ride, per personBook here
Transport expenses breakdown
HKD 90 Airport Express train — One-way fare to Kowloon, per personBook here
HKD 98 Octopus Card — Pre-loaded with HKD 50 credit.Book here
HKD 100 Octopus Card Top Up
Internet expenses breakdown
HKD 51 Hong Kong eSIM Data InternetBook here
Budget Travel Expenses
HKD 995 Activities — Attraction tickets listed above
HKD 288 Transport — Airport train & Octopus card. Excludes Octopus card top-ups.
HKD 51 Internet
HKD 480 Food — HKD 40 to 100 per meal in local restaurants for 3 days.
HKD 1,814 Sub-total — Activities, transport, internet & food for the entire 3 days trip. Approx. PHP 12,970
HKD 600 Accommodations — 3 days/2 nights stay in a budget hotel. HKD 600 per night per twin-sharing room.
HKD 2,414 Total — Including expenses above. Excluding flights, PH travel tax & other personal expenses. Approx. PHP 17,260

I’ve included budget travel estimates for food & accommodations to give you an idea of how much to spend for a trip in Hong Kong. If you have money to splurge, simply use the expenses posted to calculate your own budget.

Other expenses
PHP 1,620 Philippine Travel Tax — For outbound Philippine citizens only

Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) and Central are the best areas to stay in Hong Kong. TST offers a wider variety when it comes to prices. You can find hostels/guesthouses catering to backpackers and low budget travelers as well as 5-star hotels. Meanwhile, hotels in Central caters to a more upscale crowd.

If you’re set on a splurge, choose a hotel near the waterfront for sweeping views of Hong Kong‘s skyline and Victoria Harbour. In this case, stay in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), which offers a view of the more impressive Central Hong Kong‘s skyline.

The neighborhoods of Jordan, Mong Kok, Sheung Wan and Wan Chai are also great options as these places are located next to Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. If you plan to stay in these areas, remember to choose a location within easy walking distance to an MTR train station.

Recommended Hong Kong Hotels

Four Seasons Hotel (Upscale / Central / Compare Rates)

InterContinental Grand Stanford (Upscale / Tsim Sha Tsui / Compare Rates)

Harbour Bay Hotel (Mid-Range / Tsim Sha Tsui / Compare Rates)

B P International (Mid-Range / Tsim Sha Tsui / Compare Rates)

MK Stay (Budget / Mongkok / Compare Rates)

Yesinn @YMT (Budget Backpacker / Yau Ma Tei / Compare Rates)

Hop Inn Hostel (Budget Backpacker / Tsim Sha Tsui / Compare Rates)

Book your room through these trusted booking sites. I use them frequently to grab rock-bottom prices & enjoy convenient bookings. Click below to confirm the lowest prices:

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Book sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms and hotels with high guest reviews tend to get fully booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons.

Places to Visit in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Tourist Spots Guide

Top Hong Kong Tourist Spots & Things To Do

Hong Kong Disneyland (Book Here / See Map)

The Peak Tram, Victoria Peak & Sky Terrace 428 (Book Here / See Map)

Victoria Harbour Cruise (Book Here / See Map)

Ngong Ping, Po Lin Monasery & Tian Tan Buddha (Book Here / See Map)

Man Mo Temple (See Map)

Ocean Park Hong Kong (Book Here / See Map)

Avenue of Stars & Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade (See Map)

Symphony of Lights

Temple Street & Night Makets (See Map)

M+ Museum (Book Here / See Map)

Hong Kong Palace Museum (Book Here / See Map)

 

Hong Kong Travel Tips Before You Go

How to get to Hong Kong

Flights arrive at Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), the primary gateway to Hong Kong. Travel time from Hong Kong Airport to the city center takes 20 to 24 minutes by train. From Macau and mainland China (Shenzen, Guangzhou), direct ferry and bus links are available to Hong Kong.

Philippines to Hong Kong

Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia and Cathay Pacific operate direct flights from Manila to Hong Kong. Travel time from Manila by plane is 1 hours and 55 minutes. Direct flights are also available from Cebu & Clark.

How to get from Hong Kong Airport to the city center

By train — The airport express train is the fastest way to get to the city center. Travel time is 20 minutes to Kowloon station. Getting to Hong Kong station takes 24 minutes.

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By bus/shuttle — A cheaper but more time consuming alternative than taking the airport express train. Use the directions feature in Google Maps to check airport bus routes that have drop-offs near your hotel.

By private car — For hassle-free transfers, book a private car with a convenient direct hotel drop-off/pick-up. You can hire a car that can seat up to 3 people or a van (MPV) for bigger groups (up to 6 people per car). Click below to see discount prices.

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How to find cheap flights to Hong Kong?

The easy way is to search on airfare comparison sites that can show you the lowest fares on multiple airlines in one go.

I use these sites often to find the best prices on flights. Check as many sites as possible because not all may display the same results. Click below to start your search.

Also, check Hong Kong promo alerts several weeks or months ahead of your trip if you are planning your trip early. The cheapest promos are usually sold well in advance of the travel/flight departure date.

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Do I need a Visa to travel to Hong Kong?

Filipino/Pinoy tourists (Philippine passport holders) do not need to apply for a visa before arriving in Hong Kong if the purpose of the visit is for tourism or transit only. Simply show up at the immigration checkpoint and get your passport stamped. Filipinos usually get a maximum stay of 14 days.

Always remember that all countries have the right to refuse entry to any person. Even if you are eligible for the free tourist visa or already have one on hand at the border.

For a hassle-free trip, make sure that you are able to provide the following:

Valid passport not expiring within 6 months.

Confirmed flight tickets — Especially a flight back to your home country or onward destination that you are allowed to enter.

Proof of accommodation— Hotel reservation or letter of invitation from your friend/family residing in Hong Kong.

Evidence that you are able to fund the entire duration of your visit.

Evidence that you are visiting for travel or holiday purposes only. You may show tours/activities that you have pre-booked online.

How to get Hong Kong Dollars?

Hong Kong’s currency is called Hong Kong Dollars (HKD or HK$). You should be able to exchange your USD, EUR, GBP & major currencies easily at most money exchange stalls. Don’t exchange a lot at the airport. Branches found in the city usually offer better rates. Better yet, use your ATM card to withdraw money for a hassle-free trip.

Philippine Pesos (PHP) to Hong Kong Dollars — PHP is widely accepted at currency exchange stalls in Hong Kong because of the large number of OFWs. As mentioned, exchange most of your money at the city center, not at the airport. Better yet, save time on your actual trip by exchanging your pesos to Hong Kong dollars before you leave.

ATMs — I use my ATM card a lot when I travel. It’s way more convenient than to worry about bringing and exchanging cash. Get a card that has zero or low international withdrawal fees and make sure that it is activated for international withdrawals before your trip.

How to get around Hong Kong?

If you want to travel on a budget, the MTR trains, buses, and trams are the way to go in Hong Kong. The city boasts of having one of the World’s safest, most efficient and frequent public transport systems. Get an Octopus Card for discount fares and easy payments.

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