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What to do in Hong Kong Airport with a three-hour layover

Relax, refresh & indulge: Your 180-minute transit itinerary

Experience the best the airport has to offer while waiting for your connecting flight with our guide to dining, unwinding and high-end shopping. Here’s what to do in Hong Kong International Airport on a three-hour layover.

1. Location, location, location

  Allow 10 minutes


Ready to start three hours of indulgence and relaxation? You need to get to the main departures concourse area by the low-numbered gates. This is where you’ll find the food and shops.


Make the most of your layover by signing up to HKIA’s new loyalty programme, ⁠HKairport Rewards, to earn points and rewards for your spending at the airport. 

2. Go gourmet

Allow 40 minutes


It’s time to rethink your idea of airport food: Hong Kong International Airport boasts an incredible array of fine cuisine, including 14 outposts of Michelin-acclaimed restaurant brands. 

Take Sushi & Sake Bar Taka. This sister brand of Tokyo’s three-Michelin-starred Sushi Saito serves signature Edomae sushi, sashimi and tempura dishes, made with the best quality ingredients flown in daily from Tokyo. 

Be sure to stop by the airport’s other Michelin-starred restaurants, including Duddell’s for dim sum, and Jardin de Jade for a taste of regional Chinese fare.


Fancy a drink? Intervals Sky Bar & Restaurant offers sweeping views of the runaways from the Sky Bridge. Sip your way through their signature cocktail flights and keep hunger at bay with a selection of pinchos inspired by international flavours.

3. Retail therapy

Allow 30 minutes


The shopping at the airport puts many a luxe shopping strip to shame. From Gucci and Prada to Cartier and Tiffany & Co., all the big names in fashion and accessories are here. It’s also a temple for lovers of French luxury, with duplex flagship stores for  Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton. Meanwhile Hong Kong luxury label Shanghai Tang delivers modern Chinese chic.


Shopping for gifts? TeaWG and Fortnum & Mason offer exclusive teas in exquisite packaging, while Fook Ming Tong focuses on premium Chinese tea leaves, including the famous Pre-Chingming Longjing.


And of course, there’s duty-free across Level 6. You'll find an extensive range of liquor at Duty Zero by cdf, and fragrances and exclusive beauty products at Beauty&You by The Shilla Duty Free.

If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your seat, you can browse and buy online at HKairportShop.comOpen a new window using HKIA’s free Wi-Fi – then have your purchases delivered to your boarding gate within just 90 minutes.


4. Unwind and recharge

Allow 60 minutes


Cathay members who are Silver and above can access our award-winning Business class lounges throughout the airport. Here you can rest in comfortable spaces, freshen up with a shower or enjoy a glass of premium champagne. There are plenty of grab-and-go and a la carte dining options, too – including our famed dan dan noodles. 


Cathay Diamond members are also invited to savour the unparalleled privacy, comfort and service of The Wing, First, our exclusive First class lounge in the south departures hall transit area. 


Looking to loosen up tired muscles? Squeeze in a visit to Oriental Massage for a head, shoulder or foot rub before the next leg of your journey.  

5. Get ready to fly

  Allow 40 minutes


Now that you’re refreshed and rejuvenated, it’s time to get to your connecting flight. We recommend getting to your gate at least 30 minutes before departure, so allow plenty of time. If you’re near Gates 40 to 80 and your flight departs from Gates 1 to 9, use the automated people mover to help you on your way.