Hong Kong has one of the world's most sophiscated transportation system, the many forms of public transportation together make almost everywhere in Hong Kong easily accessible.
- taxi - all are metered, runs 24-hr everywhere in Hong Kong, can take 5 passengers, seatbelts are required except if the taxi does not equip with a seatbelt. Simply wave at an empty taxi at a non-restricted area (no double yellow line at pavement) and the taxi will stop for you.
There are 3 types of taxis, urban taxi (red), New Territories taxi (green), and Lantau taxi (blue) they have different charging rate. Note that an urban taxi can take you to the New Territories, but a New Territories taxi cannot leave the New Territories, and a Lantau taxi cannot leave the Lantau Island. Know more about taxi fare
- Mass Transit Railway(MTR) underground and above-ground train transportation that connects Hong Kong, Kowloon, the New Territories and Lantau Island, it's above-ground train service even connects to the Mainland China. It was originally operated by two different companies, the MTR and the Kowloon Canton Railway Company, these two companies were amalgamated in 2007, and they are now collectively known as the MTR.
MTR runs from early morning till mid-night(different stations might have slightly different operation times.), and is the most convenient public transportation in Hong Kong. There are tickets for tourists, which allows unlimited rides within a single day. However, if your itinerary requires multiple days of MTR rides, and not too many times per day, buying an Octopus card is much more handy. Don't forget to have the remaining value refunded before you leave Hong Kong. br>
NOTE : This website's navigation is primarily based on MTR, so the first thing you need to know is your hotel's nearest MTR station. This MTR route map is useful for you to plan your trip, and can be obtained at any MTR station.
- Airport Express train service connects Chek Lap Kok Airport with Kowloon and Hong Kong, also connects with the MTR so tourists can reach their destinations easily.
Airport Express schedule is as below :
first train last train from Airport to city 05:54 00:48 from Airport to AsiaWorld-Expo 06:15 01:13 from city(Hong Kong Station) to Airport 05:50 0:48
Fare is as below :
route adult child Single Journey Round Trip Age 3-11 Hong Kong Station <--> Airport HK$100 HK$180 HK$50 Kowloon Station <--> Airport HK$90 HK$160 HK$45 Tsing Yi Station <--> Airport HK$60 HK$110 HK$30
You can also check-in at either the Hong Kong or Kowloon Station as early as 1 day and as late as 90 minutes before the flight departure time, the service is between 5:30am - 00:30am and is applicable to many major airlines with some exceptions which includes -
- Air Philippines
- Angel Air
- Cebu Pacific
- Jetstar Asia Airlines
- Oriental Thai
- Pakistan International
- Turkish Airlines
- Bus There are several bus companies operating in Hong Kong, every bus has a bus route number and a destination clearly displayed in the front of the buses. As long as it is the right number of bus you do not have to concern which companys bus you get onto, all have good standard of service and cleanliness. However, you do need to know whether it is the right direction of bus.
- Cityflyer bus / Airbus provides bus services to/from the International airport, and connects Tung Chung new town and the Hong Kong Disneyland. Some runs overnight(bus route numbers with prefix 'N').
Check here which bus goes to your hotel.
- Public light bus(Minibus) capacity of 14-16 people, fixed routes but no fixed bus stops, passengers are to inform the drivers where to stop, so passengers are expected to be able to identify their destinations. However, if you like challenges, a minibus ride is a fun thing to do especially at night, minibus drivers drive so fast that you feel like riding on a roller coaster. Seat belts are mandatory except if the bus does not have them installed. There are 2 types of minibus, red and green. Green minibus(GMB) has fixed route and schedule, whereas red minibus is more flexible, hence not recommended for tourists.
- Tram Commenced service in 1904, operates in Hong Kong Island, connecting Kennedy Town and Shau Kei Wan everyday from 06:00 to 24:00. The cheapest public transportation in Hong Kong, it costs HK$2 for an adult regardless of distance of the ride, but it is very slow especially during peak hours. When you ride on a tram, find the front seat on the upper deck, watch the people and street scenery while the tram strolls along the northern part of Hong Kong Island, it is an enjoyable ride.
- Peak Tram A funicular built in 1888, the oldest public transportation in Hong Kong, it connects Central District and the Victoria Peak, and has incredible views on both sides of the tramway. Tram fare for adult is HK$20(single trip) and HK$30(return trips). Lower Peak Tram terminal is at St. John's Building, Garden Road, Central, you can get there by -
- MTR - exit J2 of MTR Central station, then walk along Garden Road for around 15 minutes;
- MTR, then bus - Exit B of MTR Admiralty station, take route number 12A.
- Ferry and open-top bus - take a ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central. From the pier, walk to the right for 2 minutes, take route number 15C open-top bus which takes you to the Lower Peak Tram terminus.
- Tram - exit at Queensway(Cotton Tree Drive), walk uphill along Cotton Tree Drive, the tram terminus is on the right side of the road.
- Light Rail Operates in Tuen Mun and Yuen Long districts in the New Territories only. To get to light rail station, Exit at MTR Nam Cheong station(Tung Chung Line), or MTR Mei Foo station(Tsuen Wan Line), change to West Rail Line, get off at MTR Yuen Long Station, change to Light Rail.
- Ferry - Run between Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and outlying islands. Besides practical use, ferries are fantastic ways to be in Victoria Harbour to see the Victoria Harbour. The major ferry piers are :
- Star Ferry Pier, at Tsim Sha Tsui :
- Bus - Many bus routes go to the Star Ferry pier, including numbers 1, 1A, 2, 2C, 3C, 6, 6A, 7, 8, 9, 12, 35A, 41A, 63X, 81C, 81P, 87D, 203, 208, 230X, 234P, 234X, 237A, 238P, 238X, 242X, and 252B.
- MTR - exit E at Tsim Sha Tsui Station, head south along Middle Road, left on Hankow Road, right on Salisbury Road, pass the bus terminus.
- Central ferry piers, it has 9 piers next to each other.
PIER NUMBER DESTINATION 1 Government use 2 Park Island(Lantau Island) 3 Discovery Bay(Lantau Island) 4 So Kwu Wan(Lantau Island), Yue Shu Wan(Lantau Island) 5 Cheung Chau 6 Mui Wo(Lantau Island), Peng Chau 7 Tsim Sha Tsui(Kowloon) 8 Hung Hom(Kowloon), Tsim Sha Tsui East(Kowloon) 9 Public use
- MTR - exit A of MTR Central station, then walk towards International Finance Center (IFC), exit IFC at the east, walk along the raised walkway towards the piers.
- Airport Express - exit at Airport Express Hong Kong Station, walk towards International Finance Center (IFC), exit IFC at the east, walk along the raised walkway towards the piers.
- Tram - exit at Des Voeux Road Central/Pedder Street. Walk up to the raised pedestrian walkway from inside of World-wide House, walk northeast bound along the walkway, you will see the piers.
- Star Ferry Pier, at Tsim Sha Tsui :
NOTE : When a location is not served by MTR, or when buses are easier, this website's navigation will use buses for transportation. So you have to know three major bus stations, namely, the Central bus terminus at Exchange Square, the Admiralty bus terminus, and the Tsim Sha Tsui bus terminus.
Central bus terminus at Exchange Square, Exit A at MTR Central station, walk to Exchange Square bus terminus via a raised walkway or subway. Signs can direct you there and are very easy to follow.
Admiralty bus terminus, Exit C1 at MTR Admiralty station.
Tsim Sha Tsui bus terminus at Star Ferry Pier, Exit E at Tsim Sha Tsui Station, head south along Middle Road, left on Hankow Road, right on Salisbury Road, the bus terminus is at the end of the road.
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