Hong Kong Layover Tour: Giant Buddha, Cable Car, and Boat Ride

Tours & Sightseeing in Hong Kong

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This Lantau Giant Buddha Cable Car Tour Plus Tai O Boat Ride is listed No. 1 in wish list for visitors in Hong Kong. This 7-hour layover tour includes airport express train transfers to and from the airport, ride the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car round-trip to see the Tian Tan Buddha statue, a boat ride to explore Tai O, a quaint fishing village where the houses are built on stilts, vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery.  You can choose from Same Day Return and Another Day Return.  The round trip airport express train ticket is valid 60 days before and 30 days after your tour day.
Please use a mobile device to download the QR Code image(s) of your airport express ticket before you arrive in Hong Kong.   On arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, head to Airport Express, and use the QR Code image(s) to pass through the designated gate directly.  The round trip airport express train ticket is valid 60 days before and 30 days after your tour day. The Airport Express Train departs every 10 minutes. Relax on the 24-minute journey into Hong Kong, and get off at Kowloon Station. Then, walk for two minutes to the W Hotel, where you can check in for your tour. Pickup from the hotel lobby for this tour happens at 9:15am. Your tour guide will show up, check if you are the person in his pickup list, and you'll board the comfortable coach. Travel to Lantau Island, where you will board the Ngong Ping Cable Car, which connects Tung Chung and Ngong Ping. As you travel up to the Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha), enjoy panoramic views of the giant Buddha, North Lantau Country Park, the Hong Kong International Airport, and views of the South China Sea. At the cable car ticketing office, there are two counters: Individuos Entry and Group Entry. Most people will line up to buy tickets on site and enter through Individuos Entry. The normal waiting time is 2 hours.  You will display a prepaid confirmation coupon to redeem a paper ticket at Group Entry.  Usually less people line up here.  Group Entry is a priviledge benefit for travel agents' customers only.  It saves your time but you do not skip the line or break any rule.   When you reach Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha), ascend the 268 steps to reach its base and explore the 3-floor museum beneath the statue. The museum includes a relic of Sakyamuni, The Hall of Remembrance, The Hall of Benevolent Merit, and The Hall of Universe. Continue to the Po Lin Monastery, the most popular Buddhist temple in Hong Kong. After exploring the monastery and one of the world's largest outdoor Buddhas, sit down for a Chinese vegetarian lunch. After lunch, take a boat trip to the Tai O fishing village, where houses on stilts provide a glimpse of what life was like in Hong Kong's past. Your tour ends back at the W hotel at 6:30pm for your return express train to the airport.

What’s included

  • 2-way airport express ticket to and from Hong Kong airport
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach for sightseeing
  • Round-trip Ngong Ping Cable Car ticket
  • Admission to museum beneath the Buddha
  • Vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery
  • Boat ride around the stilts houses in Tai O village
  • Professional English speaking tour guide service

What’s not included

  • Dinner
  • Luggage storage service at airport
  • Gratuities for guide and driver (recommended)


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Round-trip train fares
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point