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Hong Kong - Transportation


Getting Around Hong Kong

The public transit system in Hong Kong is so well advanced that you should little need to use any other means of travel in the region. In many cases you will even have to make a choice between two different forms of public transportation to arrive at the same destination.


Discount Travel: The Octopus Card

If the public transit system is ingenious, then the Octopus Card is nothing but pure brilliance. It operates as the central debit system of the transit program, automatically deducting the fare from a card that never has to be swiped. Simply touch your card to the sensor in the bus or transit car. If that isn't enough, the Octopus Card is accepted as debit card for payment in convenience stores, parking locations and even food chains like McDonalds.

When you leave a balance on the card at the end of your stay, it is entirely refunded to you. What's more, paying with your Octopus Card might even be cheaper than paying with cash.

The Octopus Card will cost you $150 as an adult. That provides $100 of available funds and a $50 deposit. To refill your card, visit:

  • Add Value Machines in MTR stations
  • 7-Eleven, McDonalds or other merchants that take Octopus
  • MTR Customer Service Windows

Public Transport in Hong Kong

Mass Transit Railway (MTR)
The Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong (MTR) runs both under and across ground. It is hands down the most expedient way to get around. With a total of 10 lines and tram lines in the Northwest New Territories most everywhere you may want to go is covered. Even the railway system in Kowloon is part of MTR (since 2007).

The RED LINE (Tsuen Wan) from Central to Kowloon is probably the most popular of the lines for most visitors to the region followed closely by the BLUE LINE (Island Line) that covers the northern coast of Hong Kong Island.

The 10 lines of the MTR are:

  • Island
  • Tsuen Wan
  • Kwun Tong
  • Tseung Kwan O
  • Tung Chung
  • West Rail
  • East Rail
  • Ma On Shan
  • Disneyland Resort

In addition, MTR has an Airport Express shuttle system and a light rail that transports riders between Yuen Long & Tuen Mun in the New Territories. An inter-city train service also visits Mainland China if that is of interest to you on your visit.

Buses
In general there are three types of buses throughout Hong Kong. All of them accept the Octopus Card but you may find it difficult to travel via bus with very little by way of English language signage. Still, if you are en route to Lantau or the south portions of Hong Kong Island, the bus is one of your only options.
Double Decker Bus: The double-decker bus is almost everywhere in the territory. They feature frequent stops and flexible prices based on the distance you are travelling. A good rule to remember is that your fares are largely determined by when you board rather than when you exit. Earlier boarding assumes higher rates.
Light Bus / Maxicab: The light bus or maxicab may be either red or green (as evidenced by a wide stripe painted atop the vehicle). These vehicles carry a max of 16 passengers at once and may be difficult for you because it is customary to call out your stop by name in Cantonese as well as asking the driver to stop for deboarding in Cantonese.
The red minibus accepts cash but no card, while the green accepts Octopus Card but cannot offer change for cash.

Kowloon Canton Railway (KCR)
KCR operates a feeder service that should be paid by Octopus. K16 is the most popular of the routes and takes you to mainland China and to Tsim Sha Tsui from the New Territories.

It is important to note that there is a problem with route duplication throughout the territory though the Transportation Department in Hong Kong is working to clear these issues up and make it less confusing to travel between the six regions.

Ferries
Ferries are plentiful throughout the region with a large fleet carrying passengers between the islands. The can't-miss attraction/travel mode of choice is the Star Ferry between Central and Kowloon. The views are spectacular and the cost is law (upper deck $2.20, lower deck $1.70). Star Ferry also runs between Kowloon and Wanchai.

The largest port is just next to the Star Ferry at Central and you will need to know the difference between fast and slow ferries which is pretty much self explanatory. Fast ferries get you there in half the time and charge twice as much. Fares increase by 50% as a rule on Sunday.

Ferry Company Contacts:
Discovery Bay Transportation Services Ltd: +852 2987 7351
Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Ltd: +852 2815 6063 
New World First Ferry Services Ltd: +852 2131 8181

Taxis
In 2003, Hong Kong's taxis were rated as some of the cheapest across the globe. They are quite clean and quick to get you where you need to go. Here are a few things you need to know when travelling via taxi:

  • Fees do not increase at late night hours.
  • Luggage in the trunk/boot of the vehicle will cost $5 per piece.
  • You are responsible for all tolls encountered during your ride.
  • You are required by law to wear your seat belt.
  • All taxis will take you to the airport.

Taxi Contact Numbers:
Airport Authority Hong Kong: +852 2181 8888
HKTB multilingual visitor hotline (open 8am-6pm daily): +852 2508 1234
Hong Kong Police Force hotline: +852 2527 7177
Road Co-op Lost and Found 24-hour, free hotline for property lost in taxis: +852 1872 920
Transport Complaints Unit hotline: +852 2889 9999
Transport Department enquiries hotline: +852 2804 2600





Hotels in Hong Kong, China

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

70 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

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InterContinental Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong

18 Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong

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Holiday Inn Hong Kong - Golden Mile

Holiday Inn Hong Kong - Golden Mile

50 Nathan Road ,Tsim Sha Tsui,Kowloon,Hong Kong

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Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay

33 Sharp St. East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China

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Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

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1 Harbour Road, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China

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Langham Place Hotel Mongkok

Langham Place Hotel Mongkok

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The Peninsula Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong

Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR

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Le Meridien Cyberport

Le Meridien Cyberport

100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong

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Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

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Novotel Citygate Hong Kong

Novotel Citygate Hong Kong

51 Man Tung Road, Tung Chung, 0 HONG KONG

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Prince, Hong Kong

Prince, Hong Kong

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310 Gloucester Road Hong Kong SAR People's Republic of China

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