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Budget Guide to Hong Kong

Accommodation, Food and Sightseeing Cheap in Hong Kong


People at Victoria Peak looking over Central's office towers.
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Our budget guide to Hong Kong is your one-stop shop for essential information on cheap accommodation, food, sightseeing and more in Hong Kong. This is a city that can empty your bank account, burn up your credit card and leave your piggy bank thoroughly smashed, but as our budget guide to Hong Kong shows, it doesn’t have to be that way – accommodation can be fair, food can be a bargain and the best sightseeing is free anyway.

Budget Accommodation in Hong Kong

Your biggest blowout in Hong Kong is almost certainly going to be a bed to sleep in, and some of the swankiest and priciest hotels in the world are set in the city. There are, however, bargains to be had; provided you’re willing to put up with box sized rooms and views of the nearest concrete walls you can slice a good chunk off accommodation prices.







Budget Food in Hong Kong

There really is no need to spend extortionately on food in Hong Kong; in fact the city has to be one of the world’s great food bargains. Superb Cantonese food is available for little more than pocket money and Indian, Thai and Malay dishes can also be had at bargain prices. It’s only when you start moving into Western cuisine that prices start eating up your budget.






  • Hong Kong Cheap Eats
    Some of the best cheap eats in the city from burritos to South Carolina burgers.


Budget Sightseeing in Hong Kong

Most of Hong Kong’s best sights can be done for free, or for the price of a ferry or bus ticket. An iconic Star Ferry ride across Victoria Harbour costs just a couple of dollars, entry to the excellent Hong Kong Heritage Museum is just a dollar and walking around the bustling markets is free, if you keep your wallet closed. Even many of Hong Kong’s most famous experiences such as Tai Chi and tea tasting can be done for free thanks to the excellent Hong Kong Tourism Board.






  • Try Tai Chi for Free
    Always wanted to bend your body around the curves of Tai Chi? Have a free lesson courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board.


More Budget Tips

Keep transport costs to a minimum by buying an Octopus Card, which offers reduction on fares.

Take the bus from the airport instead of the substantially pricier Airport Express train.

Can’t afford to drink in the bars of Lan Kwai Fong, then pick up a beer from the nearby 7-Eleven and join the crowds on the street ( at weekends anyway).

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