Costs & Essential Information – Hong Kong

It’s small size and great airport connections make Hong Kong the perfect weekend getaway. There is something for everyone and most budgets can be catered for.


We’ve been to a few of the reportedly expensive Asian cities like Singapore and managed to fit good quality budget options easily enough, however Hong Kong really is expensive. We spent £82 per day including food and accommodation, we didn’t do anything particularly extravagant and walked everywhere.

Click HERE for some free things to do.

Where To Stay:

The Hi Inn was fantastic, it’s actually in Kowloon and not Hong Kong City and the walk to the star ferry is about 25 minutes or there’s a MTR station about 3 minutes away.

We paid £41 for a triple room, (doubles are cheaper but we’re all fully booked) on

Getting There & Around:

There is an express train from the airport to Kowloon and the city every few minutes, it takes 25 minutes and is quite expensive at $105/pp, alternative bus options are available but seem to take forever.

Once your in Hong Kong the MTR system is really easy to use and quite cheap, the same goes for the bus and ferry services.


UK passport holders are allowed to enter for up to 90 days without a visa, you don’t get a passport stamp, instead you get a tiny piece of paper that you need to show when leaving.


At the time of writing (February 2018) there are no vaccinations or anti-malaria medication required.


The currency in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar and you can pay on card in most places, just like any major European city. Exchange rates in February 2018 below:

£1 (GBP) = $10.97

$1 (USD) = $7.82

€1 (EUR) = $9.71

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Free Things To Do – Hong Kong

Hong Kong has a reputation for being really expensive, and while it is easily possible to spend a small fortune when traveling in Hong Kong, there is still plenty of free things to do that will also keep the budget happy.

These are a few of our absolutely favourite free things to do in Hong Kong:

1. The Harbour Lights Show, every day at 8pm a number of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers take part in a light show. It’s best views from Kowloon, make sure you get there early for a good spot.

2. The 46th floor of the Central Plaza building, we did this twice, once during daylight and once at night. We both thought the view was better during the daytime. It’s completely free to visit the observation floor but amazingly we were the only people there both times. Only open weekdays 8am to 8pm.

3. Hike up Victoria Peak, not the easiest walk in the world, it only takes around an hour but it’s incredibly steep and you need to factor in the famous Hong Kong humidity. The walk is free or you can take the tram for $40 each.

4. Kowloon Park, in the heart of Kowloon with so many different sections, our favourite was the Flamingo pond.

5. Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery, undeniably the most tranquil park in Hong Kong, you can spend hours here exploring the park or relaxing by the massive Koi pond.

6. The Star Ferry, I’ve snuck this one in here although it’s not actually free, although it’s so cheap I couldn’t miss it out. Theres no need to splash out on a harbour cruise when the ferry costs as little as $2.20! Sit on the lower deck for a cheaper ticket.

7. Night Markets, you don’t need to buy anything, just take in the atmosphere and do a spot of people watching. Lady’s market gets very busy and is a good place to pick up a souvenir if budget allows.

Hope you find this useful, comment below if you know of any more great free things to do in Hong Kong.

Don’t forget to read our ‘essential information’ page HERE, for info about getting around, where To Stay and average costs etc.