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What to do in Hong Kong Airport with a 90-minute layover

A taste of Hong Kong: Your 90-minute transit itinerary

You’re passing through one of the world’s greatest cities but your connecting flight leaves you with only an hour and a half in the airport. Fear not: here’s what to do in Hong Kong International Airport on a short layover.

1. Head into the action

  Allow 10 minutes

Head straight to the main departures concourse area by the low-numbered gates, where you’ll find restaurants and shops, all conveniently clustered together. 


Don’t forget to sign up to HKIA’s new loyalty programme, HKairport RewardsOpen a new window, which allows passengers to earn points and rewards for their spending at the airport. 

3. Refuel and recharge

Allow 25 minutes


If perfectly cooked noodles are your thing, then be sure to swing by Nippon Ramen for a warming bowl of goodness. Serving up Japanese favourites such as BBQ pork tender rib or seafood ramen, the shop has a quick turnaround time of two to five minutes, leaving more time to slurp down noodles at a leisurely pace.


In holiday mode? Treat yourself to a gourmet burger and chips from Hong Kong favourite Beef & Liberty. The menu features a generous range of vegetarian and vegan options alongside their much-loved beef burgers. Just be sure to save space for the mac ’n’ cheese bites and chilli cheese fries. Alternatively, choose to grab-and-go with a sandwich or sweet treat at Maison Kayser, where the finest quality artisanal pastries and breads are all baked in-house, or with a coffee from Starbucks or Hong Kong’s own Pacific Coffee.

3. Pick up some reading material

Allow 15 minutes


Stop off at Relay and pick up your next holiday read. With international magazines and bestselling books in both English and Chinese, there’s a wealth of choice: grab a magazine for the plane, an inspirational book for hotel lounging – or a juicy novel for the beach.

4. Get set for the jet

  Allow 40 minutes

We recommend that you arrive at your gate 30 minutes before departure, so allow plenty of time to get there. If you are departing from Gates 40-80,  the automated people mover will get you there in a flash.