Hong Kong prices
BACKPACKER INDEX: US$42.74
Hong Kong hotel prices
Hong Kong is one of the world’s major business capitals, which contributes to it having steady visitor traffic all year round. At some Hong Kong hotels you’ll find a slight dip in rates during the June through August rainy season, which is also when fewer business travelers are on the move, but don’t expect a great bargain. In general it’s always best to book as far in advance as possible here, as deals are usually easier to find a month or more in advance.
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Hong Kong was once thought of as a cheap destination, but that is not really the case anymore. Compared to most other large cities in Asia it’s fairly expensive, though there are definitely a fair amount of cheap options for those on backpacker budgets.
Hotels in particular can be pricey in Hong Kong, especially if you want to stay on the island itself. Staying in the southern part of Kowloon will save you some money while keeping you in the center of the action. Hostels in Hong Kong offer good bargains as well, and private rooms are often quite a bit cheaper than 2-star hotels, but with similar services.
As long as you don’t plan on going to Disneyland or the other super-commercial options then the attractions in Hong Kong are reasonably priced. More good news is that food can be quite cheap if you stick more to street stalls and other places where locals eat, but if you go to places that cater mostly to Western tourists you can spend a bundle.
Hong Kong attraction prices
|Hong Kong Disneyland||Open since 2005, this Disneyland is very popular in spite of its somewhat remote location.||adults||51.48|
|Victoria Peak tram (return)||This famous tram takes you to an entertainment complex on top of Hong Kong Island for great views. The observation deck adds a bit to the price.||adults||5.16|
|Sightseeing bus tour||The standard 24-hour hop-on, hop-off bus tours are popular here, and a good way of seeing a lot in a short time.||adults||41.29|
Hong Kong Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||32.26 - 45.16|
|Airport Express train to city center||7.74 - 12.90|
|Express bus to city center||4.26 - 6.19|
|3km taxi ride in Hong Kong||3.55 - 5.81|
|Star Ferry from Kowloon to HK Island||0.32 - 0.44|
|Tram ride in Hong Kong||0.30|
Hong Kong food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Eating local favorites like noodle or rice dishes can be cheap for breakfast.||1.55 - 3.87|
|Budget lunch||There are plenty of street stalls and casual dining options available all day and night.||2.06 - 6.45|
|Budget dinner||Proper sit-down restaurants can be found in all price ranges, so these are typical of only the cheaper ones.||3.87 - 9.68|
|Beer (pint)||A proper pint in a expat pub won't be cheap. Local bottled beer in restaurants is a better deal.||3.10 - 6.45|
|Cocktails (glass)||Mixed drinks in most bars can get pricey, of course.||3.87 - 7.74|
|McDonald's Big Mac||Once the world's cheapest Big Mac, Hong Kong is still on the cheap side.||1.94|
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Hong Kong facts
|Currency||Hong Kong dollar|
|Airports||Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)|
Avg temps & precip
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Hong Kong is barely tropical, so the temperatures are generally pleasant all year round, though it’s also quite humid most of the time, and especially during the summer. As with most tropical locations, the rain tends to come in bursts rather than a long and slow grind, so it’s usually simple enough to find shelter for an hour or so until it clears up. During the worst rainy months from June through August the city does have a tendency to get flooded, so if you get unlucky you might have a tough time moving around.
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