Asia Hong Kong Hong Kong Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events All Hong Kong The Best Hong Kong Transit Tours for Your Next Layover The Best Hong Kong Transit Tours for Your Next Layover By Rory Boland Rory Boland LinkedIn Twitter Rory Boland is a guidebook author and travel writer who has lived and worked in Hong Kong and London. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Updated on 06/26/19 Share Pin Email Patrick Foto/Getty Images If you’re flying in and then flying out of Hong Kong Airport, you can still find plenty to fit in to a stopover in Hong Kong beyond the airport lounge. The airport is a major international hub and with so many connecting flights there are now a couple of dedicated transit tours set up to let you see the best of the city in as little time as possible. Hong Kong Orientation Tour: Enviable Harbour View This 4-5 hour tour offers up Hong Kong in a nutshell. An air-conditioned tour bus will take you from the airport to your first stop: the Lantau Link View Point & Visitors' Centre, where you can gaze upon the world's longest road-and-rail suspension bridge connecting Lantau Island with Hong Kong's urban districts. Next, you'll be whisked into the heart of the packed streets of Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon to experience Hong Kong at its breakneck best, before ducking through the crowds and getting an Instagram-worthy shot with the jaw-dropping harbor front. Take a Star Ferry ride to Central, where Hong Kong's financial district and government institutions stand – you'll cross scenic Victoria Harbour as you go along. The land-based part of the tour then traces a route down Hollywood Road to make a stop at Man Mo Temple and the antique shops in the vicinity. The trip ends when you board the Airport Express train at Hong Kong Station back to the airport, a trip that takes no more than 30 minutes – more than enough time to catch your next flight! Lantau and Monastery Tour: Go Big or Go Home If time is truly of the essence, then try the Lantau and monastery tour, which, as the name suggests, never leaves Lantau Island. Lantau is the biggest of Hong Kong’s islands, but once you’ve escaped the airport and the new town of Tung Chung the landscape is bucolic and broken up by just a handful of traditional villages. The tour kicks off with a visit to Tai O: this hidden fishing village on the south side of the island features dozens of houses built on stilts above mud flats. Huddled together and built ramshackle style from concrete and corrugated iron sheets, the village still trades off its dried seafood stalls and fresh fish served in local restaurants. Next, you'll tackle a steep path up a 520-metre plateau to visit Po Lin Monastery and see the Tian Tan (Big) Buddha. The monastery's ornate grand hall from the 1920s is beautiful, and the vegetarian food served up by the resident monks is delicious. The area's most irresistible sight – the 250-ton bronze statue of the Buddha – is one of the ten biggest Buddhas in the world and is an awe-inspiring sight. Finally, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of Lantau’s endless greenery when you take the optional Ngong Ping Cable Car ride. The glass-bottomed gondolas swing above the forested hillsides and afford views over the South China Sea. The tour concludes at about 4pm, when you'll be dropped off at the airport hotel. Transiting a Little Longer? Take a look at our choice of the best Hong Kong Airport hotels, or squeeze every hour you can out of a visit with our 24hrs in Hong Kong tour. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The Complete Guide to Hong Kong's Lantau Island What Places Should You See During a Visit to Hong Kong? Explore Hong Kong's Best in This Four-Day Itinerary Guide to Hong Kong Station Best Things to Do for Chinese New Year in Hong Kong Hong Kong Tourist Attractions You Can't Miss How to Visit the Big Buddha of Hong Kong 5 Amazing Hikes to Try in Hong Kong Must-See Sights in Kowloon, Hong Kong Hong Kong's 8 Best Beaches Out in Hong Kong After Midnight? Here's How to Catch the Night Bus How to Ride Hong Kong's MTR and Other Transportation Options Your Complete Guide to the Hong Kong Cruise Terminal Where to Stay Between Hong Kong Island or Kowloon Your Trip to Hong Kong: The Complete Guide When Are the Hong Kong Shopping Sales?