With towering skyscrapers, charming neighbourhoods, historically rich culture and a cuisine that gives major metropolises in the world a run for their money, Hong Kong has so many things going for it. But the one thing that Hong Kong is notorious for is costing heavy on travellers’ pocket due to hefty accommodations, inter-city travel and luxury-focused experiences.
If you are someone who has been stalling travel to the city because it is expensive, we bring you top tips for visiting Hong Kong on a shoestring budget:
Travelling in Hong Kong for Less
Expenses in a new city start right from the airport and it is here that you need to make a more economical choice. Rather than taking a taxi that will charge you a minimum of £30, opt for the airport express train to the Central Hong Kong. At around £10, the train is faster and needless to say much cheaper. Alternatively, you can choose to travel on a bus to the nearest subway from the airport and then reach your destination through subway. If you are staying in Central Hong Kong, the whole journey will take you about 45 minutes at around £4. Within the city, you can travel anywhere on a subway or a bus at an average of £5-8.
Staying in Hong Kong for Cheap
One of the best money-saving tips while finding an accommodation in Hong Kong is to book your hotel online and in much advance than your actual date of travel. As it is going to be the most expensive part of your trip to Hong Kong, you must do a thorough research. A good, 3-star hotel in a nice location can be found at £150 per night whereas those on a very tight budget can settle for a dorm bed at about £25 per night.
Budget-Friendly Eating Options in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s street food has a reputation for being one of the most sumptuous and delectable in the world, which for budget travellers is a boon. While you will have to shell out at least £15 for a meal at a good restaurant, the same can be savoured at a street food stall for as less as £4. If you are worried about the quality of your food, there are some reliable street food chains in the country that are known for their good quality street food as well as decent English and American meals. These include Café de Coral and Maxim’s MK amongst many others. Try and save on your drinks by buying them from a convenience store rather than spending £6-8 on beer/wine at a restaurant.
Sightseeing in Hong Kong on a Budget
If you are someone who likes a little adventure and activity as well as immersing yourself truly in local experiences, you can travel around in Hong Kong without spending a single pound. For example, you can trek to the Peak or the Big Buddha rather than paying £5 for a tram ticket at the former and £13 at the latter. As the Big Buddha trek is pretty strenuous for the uninitiated, you could also opt for a bus at only £2.5. Some of the other best and free attractions in the city are The Avenue of the Stars, Symphony of Lights, riding the longest elevator in the world in Central as well as visiting the Hong Kong beaches and temples.