Much like its Asian counterpart, Singapore Changi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport is a spacious facility with passenger comfort built into the design. The airport has a number of good places to sleep although you’ll have to look around to find seats without arm rests. The seats are also high up and it’s possible to sleep under them. For all of its comforts however Hong Kong International is a busy airport servicing over 45 million passengers per year. Unless you happen to be there during the late night hours (or early morning depending on your view) between 230am and 5am you’ll find it hard to avoid the commotion of travelers coming and going.
The airport itself has plenty of distractions if you find you’re having difficulty sleeping. There are Internet kiosks throughout and free wi-fi as well. The wireless Internet at Hong Kong International is rather shoddy however so don’t count on a great connection everywhere throughout. You’ll have to make your way to the area between terminals, which seem to have the most reliable connections.
The design of the airport itself is simple as there are only two main terminals. Finding your way around is easy so you just need to find a good spot to nap. Try to stay away from the plentiful shops and duty-free stores since they seem to be constantly busy. Several cafes, including a Starbucks, are open late or 24 hours so you can grab a quick pick-me-up cup of coffee before you head to your next flight.
Hong Kong International has won numerous awards including World’s Bes Airport from Skytrax, Conde Nast Traveler, TravelWeekly. The airport also has wonderful lounges and showers available if you want to go to sleep or wake up clean. Food can be found 24 hours a day and the airport is cleaned very regularly throughout the day. You won’t notice the cleaners too much if you want to catch a nap when it’s busy but might keep you light sleepers up during the middle of the night.
It’s one of the best airports in the world, and Asia for that matter, to get stuck in which is saying a lot. Asia has some of the world’s most comfortable and best airports to sleep in. (Remember Singapore Changi Airport?) Just remember to pack up a cheap travel blanket in your carry-on to use as a pillow or bedding for the hard plastic chairs in Hong Kong International Airport. You might also need one to stay warm – the air conditioners will be on full blast at all times of the year.