Posted April 24th, 2018, 07:26 PM
For simplicity, there are bank-owned/operated ATM inside the cruise terminal, they give you a better exchange rates than the currency exchange there, open on port days with ship(s) docked. Staying in town, there are currency exchanges everywhere in the tourist area, off Nathan Road & of course, Tsim Sha Tsiu area - with competitive rates vs. airport & cruise terminal, very easy to ID them with signage. Or, go to most bank with passport & exchange it, a fee is charged these days (used to do it as a courtesy) We mostly prefer to withdraw money from ATM, home bank alerted/advised before we leave for our trips.
As noted, there could be fewer taxis at the MTR station waiting vs. taxi dispatchers & help at KTCT, the queues move slow because of luggage loading ... others that came back recently reported it being organized & smooth, and, help giving driver instruction on destination name/address, as most aren't English fluent.
Taxi fare is cheap from KT to Novotel on Nathan Road and trip time is quick, 15 to 25 minutes on average, less than $80 or 90 HKD ($11 to $12 USD) with loose change as small tips (10% will do) - why waste time for 2 lines, one for the "free" shuttle van/bus line, a little in the opposite direction for the hotel - which itself is another 10 minutes - walk/find/wait for taxi for another 15 to 20 minutes ride to the hotel. Taxi fare will be higher slightly as well - it's not practical nor make sense.
Keep in mind that the shuttles are provided by the mall merchants as a courtesy for shoppers from the ships, not as local transportation to bridge the ride to the hotel or airport via other means of transportation like MTR or taxis - especially with large pieces of luggage.
If you pack & travel light and manage to work your way to Diamond Hills MTR station area, then you might as well be adventurous & discover HK's crowded but efficient MTR subway lines, and take that to Jordan Road MTR, then walk several blocks up Nathan Road to the Novotel ... saving a few bucks
Be advised, HK is humid except in the "colder" winter months, it's better to ride in air-conditioned comfort of a car ... there are other ways to save money & be frugal. Not to mention, the shuttle and then transfer to taxi to the hotel is slower and not a wise choice, IMO ...of course, end up costing more in time & money.
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