Transferring from land to air transport is the reason airports exist, but Hong Kong International Airport offers a different mode of onward transport – sea.
The airport is located on reclaimed land at Chek Lap Kok.
With the ‘SkyPier’ ferry terminal located at the eastern end of the island.
Served by cross-boundary ferries to nine Mainland China and Macao ports across the Pearl River Delta.
Changing from air to sea
Arriving air passengers follow the ‘ferry’ signage in the terminal.
To the ferry boarding gate located before the immigration counters.
Here ferry tickets are checked.
Next stop – the basement level automated people mover station.
From here it is a 550 metre tunnel to Terminal 2, followed by 650 metre tunnel to SkyPier.
We now return to ground level.
Head to the departure lounges.
Where ferries are waiting.
The reverse journey from sea to air is much the same, except for the aviation security checks completed before boarding the people mover towards the airport terminal.
What about baggage?
Passengers transferring from air to sea don’t need to clear Hong Kong immigration or collect their baggage – airport staff collect them from the carousel.
Then load them into a ULD container, and take them via an internal road to the SkyPier terminal.
Where they are loaded onto the relevant ferry.
Passengers for participating airlines have a similarly streamlined transfer experience in the reverse direction, being able to check their baggage and collect their boarding pass when boarding the ferry.
- SkyPier at Wikipedia
- Ferry Transfer, Mainland Connection – Hong Kong International Airport
- Ferries to/from Mainland/Macau brochure – Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong International Airport video showing the SkyPier transfer experience.
Cheong Wing Road is used to transport baggage between Hong Kong International Airport and SkyPier – under the Road Traffic (Traffic Control) (Designation of Prohibited and Restricted Zones) Notice it is both a public road, and a zone in which the driving of the motor vehicles is prohibited.