Travelling within Hong Kong and to and fro Hong Kong could be a little confusing when you go there for the first time. Some suggestions:

1. If you are going to Macau directly when you land in Hong Kong, please book the ferry ticket online and ask your airline to check in till Macau. It will avoid a lot of trouble and delay

2. If you did not book the ferry online, you can take the Airport Express train from the airport after immigration. It goes to Hong Kong island via Kowloon. It costs 80 HKD for HK and 70 HKD for Kowloon. It takes around 25 minutes to reach HK station

3. If your first destination is still Macau, then get off at Kowloon station and take a cab to the ferry terminal. Its just 10 minutes away and should not cost more than 30 HKD. Some may suggest that its a walking distance to the ferry terminal from the HK station. But it can be quite a walk if you are carrying a lot of luggage

4. The ferry to Macau costs around 160 HKD and takes an hour to reach Macau

5. If you are staying in Kowloon where i guess the hotels are cheaper compared to HK island, you will have many options

6. You could travel to HK island by train from the Kowloon station. Its just 5 minutes away by train

7. The city is well connected by trains and amazing 2 deck buses. The drivers in the bus dont speak English and be prepared to sacrifice the small change because they dont return the change for the bus tickets. The cabs are a little expensive. Avoid them as much as possible

Many visitors may find it convenient to travel between the airport and inner Hong Kong via the exclusive MTR Airport Express train   with interchanges along the way. The Free Airport Express Shuttle Bus Service provides a feeder service from Kowloon and Hong Kong stations to a range of hotels in Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island. However, the final destinations of these can sometimes be a little vague. First time visitors and novice travellers may prefer a Airport-hotel private or shared shuttle door-door transport option. However, the Airport Express may be a very good option to get back to the airport. The shuttle bus service provides transportation from the hotels and central locations to Central and Kowloon. Once at the station, you can check-in and drop off your luggage for most major airlines. This can be done in advance, allowing you more time to see Hong Kong before departing.

In around 25 minutes the train glides back and forth between Chep Lap Kok and Central (Hong Kong Station). The cost is between 90-100 HKD (around 11USD) depending on which of the three stations you join the ride (Central, Kowloon or the tiny island of Tsing Yi). At the airport walk by the Airport Express ticket desk and head to the automated machines near the platform to avoid added delays. The train is comfortable, virtually silent, has tv sets showing random Hong Kong restaurants and shopping malls but the true entertainment is outside the train as it shoots past massive apartment complexes and open coastline.  For travellers travelling in groups of two or more, a discount can be had by declaring this situation to the Airport Express ticket desk personnel.

Bus (cheapest option) and taxi may neither be as quick or comfortable, however their views can be arguably more interesting especially across the harbor bridges.  The train travels on a lower deck.  Bus and taxi travel on the upper decks of the bridges where one can admire impressive bridge architecture, sprawls of gigantic high-rise buildings, and massive traffic of international cargo ships.  For experienced travellers coming to Hong Kong the very first time, the buses provide a great introduction to Hong Kong and some of its diversity. The trip may take a little longer but it is not wasted time (sit on the upper deck if possible). Get an Octopus card (transportation card) at the airport at the kiosk, and take advantage of the excellent transportation system throughout Hong Kong. It may be the best way to truly appreciate the breadth and diversity of Hong Kong. A taxi becomes more cost effective for 3 or more people.  If planning on taking a taxi, it can be a good precaution to have the name and address of your hotel written down in Chinese before you arrive. You can then show this to the driver if communication proves difficult.

International-International connections are also very easy at Hong Kong International Airport. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, one should follow the 'Departures' sign to the nearest security check point, then proceed through to Level 6 (Departures). However, do note that there will be NO boarding announcements in the Departure Level. Transit passengers check your Boarding Gate number and time of departure on the Flight Information Display Boards (FIDS) or TV monitors.

Hong Kong - Getting Around - Info

If you have just a few hours layover you will still have enough time to leave the airport and sightsee - try this 

MTR Hong Kong Train

Public Buses To & From Airport 

Taxi Hong Kong

Hong Kong Airport Transfers