Hong Kong is a place that’s hard not to love. Its many personalities are the result of its cultural history – and they make an intriguing mix. Today it is officially a part of China but it maintains its status as a Special Administrative Region. And special indeed it is: book a cheap flight to Hong Kong to discover why for yourself.
From October to December is the best time to visit Hong Kong. During this period the temperature is more comfortable and the accommodation is more affordable.
The true peak season, however, falls in the first few months of the year. As tourists flood in, hotel prices rise sharply as do the cost of flights to Hong Kong.
The shoulder season of spring also offers a good time to visit, as the stifling summer heat is yet to arrive.
Summer—June through August—can be miserable in Hong Kong. Temperatures and humidity soar to uncomfortable levels. The frequent but short summer showers are almost a welcome relief!
When you search with Orbitz for flights to Hong Kong, there are a few things you can do to greatly increase your chances of finding a great deal.
Firstly, if you are able to travel from a choice of airports in the US this will really open up your options for cheap tickets. You can use our ‘Nearby airports’ option to check for cheaper or more convenient flights from airports close to your preferred option.
Secondly, if you can be a little flexible about the exact day that you travel on, you can also make savings. Click the ‘My dates are flexible’ tick box to reveal the lowest prices for travel around your ideal dates.
Optimal flight times from the US to Hong Kong include:
Hong Kong International is the main airport, located on the island of Chek Lap Kok. Locals often refer to it as Chek Lap Kok Airport.
This major international hub for travel acts as a connecting point for many onward destinations. If you are staying in Hong Kong, however, there are excellent links into the city. The airport is connected to inner Hong Kong by the North Lantau highway – car hire and taxis are available from your terminal. There are also numerous bus, ferry and rail services, including the fast-moving Airport Express, a high-speed rail link that probably offers you the easiest way of getting to downtown without any fuss.
Airlines offering direct services to Hong Kong from the US include:
Unless you are planning on exploring the wider area of Hong Kong, hiring a car won’t be necessary within the city: public transport is widely available, fast, reliable and efficient.
The Mass Transit Railway is the fastest way to cover the ground. There are five underground lines and three suburban rail lines. Filling in the gaps is the city’s cheap tram service, with a flat fare of $2.30. Riding the tram is a great way to see more of the city as it offers wonderfully elevated views on some stretches.
You will also find that the city has a comprehensive bus and ferry service to get you from A to B.
Fantastic views of the city – and you simply can’t get enough of them – can be enjoyed on Victoria Peak. You’ll know you’ve ascended the right hill by the presence of the unusually shaped Peak Tower. This is an exclusive neighborhood, so consider splashing out on some fine dining here – accompanied by some equally fine vistas.
The 3D Museum hosts a magnificent collection of 3D art – and offers a stunning observation deck with commanding views over the harbor. For some sights of the city as it once was, and a taste of HK tradition, head for the historic districts around Fu Shin Street bazaar and Che Kung Temple.
Between September and July, the horse racing season sees twice weekly race meets. The atmosphere is incredible and Hong Kong is a city that loves to gamble. If you take your passport you’ll get into the grounds for just $1 on a tourist rate.
The Hong Kong Octopus card is a prepaid contactless debit card that you can use to pay for all forms of public transport. It’s even valid in many shops and restaurants.
If you plan to visit mainland China as part of your visit, then you must obtain a Chinese visa before you arrive at the border.
Although Hong Kong is subtropical, it has four distinct seasons. Fall—September through November—is the best time to visit, when temperatures are typically in the 70s, and days are sunny and bright. Look for shoulder season deals in late September. China’s National Day in October brings an influx of tourists from the mainland, as well as a spike in hotel occupancy and rates.
Winter—December through February—also provides a pleasant environment, with cooler temperatures in the 60s and little chance of heavy rain. It can get quite chilly, though, so pack a sweater and light jacket for those gloomier days. Chinese New Year, which falls in January or February, is a huge celebration in Hong Kong. It’s a marvelous spectacle, but you’ll pay a high price to enjoy it.
The spring months of March to May are unpredictable, and temperatures begin to rise from the 60s to the 80s with frequent rains. Nevertheless, shoulder-season deals can be had in March, and events are plentiful. The Hong Kong Rugby Sevens in late March attracts fans from around Asia and Europe, making it hard to find reasonably priced accommodation on these dates. Late March/early April features the high-profile Hong Kong International Film Festival. Those after a more local experience will enjoy the Cheung Chau Bun Festival, which takes place in April or May. A procession featuring costumed children on stilts makes its way through the streets, and towers built of buns stand in front of the local temple.
Summer—June through August—can be miserable, with temperatures in the 80s and humidity to match. Summer showers are frequent but don’t last long. Typhoons can hit Hong Kong at any time during spring or summer, bringing torrential rains.
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