Hong Kong Airport Express: in-town checkin

By newflyer | May 08, 2019, 04:02 PM
Does anyone know if it is possible to use the in-town check in facilities at either Kowloon or Hong Kong stations but not take the train to the airport (and not be charged for the entire Kowloon/HK to Airport fare)? The reason for asking such a strange question is that I am planning to go visit the Ngong Ping 360 and Tai O on my last day and would just take a local bus to the airport from Tung Chung.
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By cxflyer | May 08, 2019, 04:10 PM
No, the in town check in facility is provided as part of the Airport Express service/ticket/fare. Alternative would be to do the check in at the airport in advance (if provided by the airline) first by taking the A/E route buses if you don't want to take the MTR, then take the local bus to visit Ngong Ping 360 and Tai O.
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By fatty | May 08, 2019, 04:42 PM
You need an Airport Express ticket to access the check in area
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By newflyer | May 08, 2019, 04:54 PM
You need an Airport Express ticket to access the check in area

I will be using an Octopus card and understand that the in-town check in area is in a different part to where the actual platforms are (as in I will need to "touch on" separately to access each area).
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By newflyer | May 08, 2019, 04:56 PM
No, the in town check in facility is provided as part of the Airport Express service/ticket/fare. Alternative would be to do the check in at the airport in advance (if provided by the airline) first by taking the A/E route buses if you don't want to take the MTR, then take the local bus to visit Ngong Ping 360 and Tai O.

I was thinking about that but after some searching it seems that BA check in counters don't open until 3 hours prior to their flights. Unless flying first class makes a difference and they will allow me to check in earlier (flying BA28)
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By henrus | May 08, 2019, 05:16 PM
You can use the in town check in but you'll be charged for the airport express fare even if you don't take the train. From memory the airport express fare is actually deducted upon enter the in town check in area.
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By ChrisCh | May 08, 2019, 05:48 PM
You can use the in town check in but you'll be charged for the airport express fare even if you don't take the train. From memory the airport express fare is actually deducted upon enter the in town check in area.

Correct, you have to scan your ticket or Octopus card to pass through the barriers and reach the check-in area.
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By Skipp | May 09, 2019, 10:45 AM
I would advise: Check-in, in town. Take airport express train to airport. Then catch S1 bus from airport to Tung Chung. Once you are done in Tung Chung, take S1 bus back to the airport. Given Tung Chung is very close to airport, the S1 bus service runs regularly (usually at least every 15 minutes) and is cheap (you can use your Octopus).
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By reeves35 | May 09, 2019, 11:43 AM
Yes, you are charged at the point of entering the check-in area. I understand this is because the operator is transporting your luggage in the front carriage of the train, hence the charge. It's a great service.
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By JonL | May 09, 2019, 11:49 AM
Honestly it wouldn't be that hard to sneak into the Hong Kong station check-in area. Just follow someone else when they walk in. The closing barriers are quite wide for baggage and slow and security is minimal around that area.
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By JonL | May 09, 2019, 12:02 PM
Yes, you are charged at the point of entering the check-in area. I understand this is because the operator is transporting your luggage in the front carriage of the train, hence the charge. It's a great service.

The Airlines actually pay for the privillage of in-town check-in service is why you don't see some budget airlines offering it. e.g. Air Asia.

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By AsiaBizTraveller | May 09, 2019, 12:28 PM
Honestly it wouldn't be that hard to sneak into the Hong Kong station check-in area. Just follow someone else when they walk in. The closing barriers are quite wide for baggage and slow and security is minimal around that area.

I came here to say exactly this. There is almost zero 'security' at the in-town checkin area. You would normally use your Octopus card to enter the checkin area, then you tap to leave this area and go down to the station where you tap in again. There are big wide swing gates for luggage and trolleys, those gates stay open longer so people can get their luggage through them, and it's very very easy just to step a little quickly in behind them and you're into the checkin area, then you can check in for your flight and repeat the tail-gating process to leave. You don't need to stand around looking suss, just pull out your smartphone and be looking at this like but keeping a little side-eye on the luggage gates. Easy!!!
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By oliver_adl | May 09, 2019, 03:05 PM
There are lockers at the citygate outlets as well so another option is to just skip the city-check in and leave luggage at the Citygate outlets lower level lockers then retrieve after the Ngong Ping visit.

If you want a serious hike then walking from Citygate to Ngong Ping on the path under the cable car is nice. You'll need a shower afterwards... :-)
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By CityRail | May 09, 2019, 07:38 PM
Airport express check in town requires tap on, however it is free for passengers tapping on using a Child Octopus card under certain promotional periods.
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By S | May 09, 2019, 08:24 PM
Don’t buy a ticket. It’s so easy to just walk behind someone going in, or just go in through the exit when someone is coming out. I do it frequently... as a matter of fact, I did it yesterday morning.
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By Ian_from_HKG | May 15, 2019, 03:07 PM
Dear God, the number of people here recommending criminal behaviour is horrifying

Tailgating through the barriers is an offence. The fare involved is HK$110 from HK, HK$100 from Kowloon, or HK$65 from Tsing Yi. Anyone who thinks it is worth spending a considerable amount of time with the constabulary (and possibly the court system) and a criminal record in order to save such a small sum probably deserves to be locked up for their own safety

Please - don't break the law; and don't encourage others to break the law

I am utterly appalled that this even needs to be said on this forum, but clearly it does
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