The Hong Kong Ferry Transfer Service

The Hong Kong Ferry Transfer Service

If you use the ferry transfer service, you are able to transfer from JAL flights originating in Japan to any Pearl River Delta ferry terminal, or vice versa, without needing to carry out immigration procedures at Hong Kong International Airport.

Eligible Ferry Terminals

Shenzhen (Shekou), Shenzhen (Fuyong), Zhongshan, Dongguan (Humen), Macau (Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal), Macau Taipa, Zhuhai, Nansha.

How to transfer from a Japan flight to a ferry terminal after arrival at Hong Kong International Airport

Transfer Flow

  1. 1

    JAL flight from Japan

  2. 2

    Hong Kong International Airport

  3. 3

    Board ferry

Floor Map

Key to symbols

  • Arrival
  • Departure
  • Connection
  • Security Zone
  • Public Zone
  • Security Zone (no use)
  • Stairs/
    Escalator
  • Toilets
  • Bus
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Taxi
  • Information
  • Train
  • Parking

Terminal 1

Transfer Procedure

STEP1Check-in

After arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, follow the signs for Ferry Transfer from "Transfer Areas Ferry Transit E2" prior to Immigration. You are not required to go through Immigration. (If you proceed through Immigration, you will not be able to use this transfer service.)

Go to the special counter in E2 area, and present your passport, airline boarding pass stub, and checked baggage tag to check in for your ferry journey.

STEP2Use the APM (shuttle) to reach the ferry terminal

After going through the dedicated gate behind the ferry counter, take the escalator to Level 1 and proceed to the APM boarding point. Use the APM (shuttle) to travel to the SkyPier ferry terminal.

STEP3Board the ferry to your destination terminal from SkyPier

  • Important

    • *Transfers from JAL flights to ferries are only available to passengers transferring on the same day.
    • *If you are transferring to a ferry via Hong Kong International Airport, please collect your baggage at your final destination ferry port.
      (Code share flights follow the rules of the operating company, so please confirm the details at their check-in counters.)
      Please ensure that you show your ferry ticket, or a copy of it, in Japan when checking in.
      Also, when checking in for a ferry at Hong Kong International Airport, please ensure that you show a receipt for baggage checked in in Japan.
    • *If you purchase a ferry ticket after arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, your baggage will only be transported as far as the airport. However, if you show a receipt for baggage checked in in Japan when checking in for your ferry, your baggage will be moved onto the ferry, and there is no need to collect it at Hong Kong International Airport.
    • *If you do not have any baggage to be checked in from Japan, please arrive at the terminal at least 30 minutes prior to the ferry departure time. If you do have baggage to be checked in, please check in for your ferry no later than 60 minutes prior to departure.
    • *Please see below for each ferry's timetable.
      Please note that Japan Airlines is not responsible for any changes in the ferry details or schedule.

    open in new windowFerry Schedule (English)

How to transfer from a ferry terminal to a Japan flight via Hong Kong International Airport

Transfer Flow

  1. 1

    Ferry terminal

  2. 2

    Hong Kong International Airport

  3. 3

    JAL flight to Japan

Transfer Procedure

STEP1Ferry check-in

Before boarding your ferry, your transfer time at Hong Kong International Airport, and your JAL ticket, passport, and baggage will be checked.

Ferry Terminal Procedure
  • Shenzhen (Shekou)
  • Macau (Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal)
  • Shenzhen (Fuyong)
  • Dongguan (Humen)
  • Macau Taipa

You will be checked in for both your ferry journey and your JAL flight departing from Hong Kong International Airport. (Passengers booked on connecting flights within Japan will not be eligible for transfer on the domestic sector of their flight.)

  • *Passengers checking in at Macau (Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal) will be required to pay a service charge of 20HKD to the ferry company.
  • Zhongshan
  • Zhuhai
  • Nansha
You will be checked in for your ferry, and your baggage will be checked through to Japan.
(Excluding transfers within Japan.)

STEP2Immigration

STEP3Board ferry (to Hong Kong International Airport SkyPier)

STEP4Go to JAL check-in counter

Passengers transferring from Zhongshan, Zhuhai, and Nansha should proceed to the JAL check-in counter.

Ferry Terminal Procedure
  • Shenzhen (Shekou)
  • Macau (Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal)
  • Shenzhen (Fuyong)
  • Dongguan (Humen)
  • Macau Taipa
It is not necessary to check in at Hong Kong Skypier.
Please proceed to step 5 (security check).
  • Zhongshan
  • Zhuhai
  • Nansha
Please go to the JAL check-in counter.

STEP5Security check

STEP6Airport tax refund

If your airline ticket includes Hong Kong Airport tax, you can use the form received during check-in to reclaim it.

Please ensure that you obtain your tax refund at the Airport Tax Refund Counter located in front of the escalator going down toward the APM (shuttle) boarding point.

STEP7Use the APM (shuttle) to reach the passenger terminal

Please use the APM (shuttle) to reach the passenger terminal building in Hong Kong International Airport.

STEP8Go to your departure gate

Please ensure that you are at the departure gate 30 minutes prior to departure (at the start of boarding).

  • Important

    • *Transfers from ferries to JAL flights are only available to passengers transferring on the same day. It's also available from ferries to JL7040 (Late-night flight) eventhough flight depertures on next day.
    • *The baggage check-through service and JAL check-in service at Shenzhen (Shekou), Macau (Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal), Shenzhen (Fuyong), Dongguan (Humen) and Macau Taipa ferry terminals is only available to passengers who do not have an onward connection after arrival in Japan. Please note that all procedures for code share flights are handled at the operating airline's check-in counter.
    • *There are no Japan Airline ticket counters at any of the ferry terminals or at Hong Kong International Airport Skypier. If you need to make any changes to your ticket or adjustments to the air fare, please make advance contact with the Japan Airlines reservation center or the travel agency where you purchased your ticket.
    • *Due to ferry check-in procedures, you should allow a minimum of 110 minutes to transfer at Hong Kong International Airport using this service (from ferry arrival to JAL departure). However, if you check in for your JAL flight at Shenzhen (Shekou), Macau (Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal), Shenzhen (Fuyong), Dongguan (Humen) or Macau Taipa, this time can be shortened to 80 minutes.
    • *As a guide, you should aim board your ferry no later than the times listed below (the amount of time prior to JAL flight departure) for each ferry terminal.
      Please arrive at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes prior to the ferry departure time.
    • *Please see below for each ferry's timetable.
      Please note that Japan Airlines is not responsible for any changes in the ferry details or schedule.

    open in new windowFerry Schedule (English)

How to use the ferry

Ferry Terminal Check-in location Ferry boarding time (approx.) Latest ferry arrival time (Hong Kong International Airport) What to do at Hong Kong International Airport
Macau (Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal) departures Hong Kong International Airport 2 hours 40 minutes prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 50 minutes prior to JAL flight departure Check in
Macau Port 2 hours 10 minutes prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 20 minutes prior to JAL flight departure Go straight to departure gate
Macau (Taipa Island) departures Hong Kong International Airport 2 hours 40 minutes prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 50 minutes prior to JAL flight departure Check in
Macau Taipa Port 2 hours 10 minutes prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 20 minutes prior to JAL flight departure Go straight to departure gate
Shenzhen Shekou departures Hong Kong International Airport 2 hours 20 minutes prior to JAL flight departure to JAL flight departure 1 hours 50 minutes prior to JAL flight departure Check in
Shenzhen Shekou Port 1 hours 50 minutes prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 20 minutes prior to JAL flight departure Go straight to departure gate
Shenzhen Fuyong departures Hong Kong International Airport 2 hours 40 minutes prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 50 minutes prior to JAL flight departure Check in
Shenzhen Fuyong Port 2 hours 10 minutes prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 20 minutes prior to JAL flight departure Go straight to departure gate
Zhuhai departures Hong Kong International Airport 2 hours 40 minutes prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 50 minutes prior to JAL flight departure Check in
Nansha departures 2 hours 50 minutes prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 50 minutes prior to JAL flight departure
Zhongshan departures 3 hours prior to JAL flight departure 1 hours 50 minutes prior to JAL flight departure
  • Important

    • *You must check in for your ferry no later than 30 minutes prior to departure.
    • *Boarding for your JAL flight begins 30 minutes prior to departure.
    • *Please note that the departure gate for your JAL flight will close 10 minutes prior to departure.

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