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Hong Kong Travel Guide

Public Transport in Hong kong


The public transport system in Hong Kong is one of the world's most safe, efficient and affordable. You can get around easily by rail, bus, ferry, taxi or tram.

Mass Transit Railway (MTR)

The MTR is one of the most heavily utilised mass transit systems in the world. The fast and reliable trains of the underground railway keeps over 2.4 million people on the move every weekday. Apart from the Airport Express, the system comprises five lines - the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island, Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O Lines, linking the central district of Hong Kong with the rest of urban region. Octopus cards are accepted. Travelling by MTR is strongly recommended. It is faster and easier to use.

Bus and Minibuses

The bus service in Hong Kong is good and the fares are relatively low. Double-decker and single-level buses cover almost all of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus and Citybus operate routes to cover Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Meanwhile, New Lantao Bus operates on Lantau Island and Long Win Bus provides bus services to north Lantau and the airport. Final destinations are prominently displayed in English and Chinese on the front of the bus. Fares, usually ranging from HK$3.00 to HK$15, are based on distance travelled. Exact change is required and Octopus cards are accepted. Travelling by bus is recommended for trips to the south side of Hong Kong Island and Lantau Island.

Minibuses are small 16-passenger buses. The destination is lit up above the front window in Chinese only on most buses. Minibuses would not stop until someone asks to get off.

Red minibuses run on routes that are not always fixed and passengers can get on and off almost anywhere along the route except where special prohibitions apply. Pay as you leave and keep sufficient small notes, as it is not easy to get change for large notes. Octopus cards are not accepted.

Green minibuses operate on specific routes at fixed prices. Exact payment is required when getting on, octopus cards are accepted.

Fares for minibuses are a little higher than regular buses, but minibuses are usually faster. However, travelling by minibus is not recommended. Please note that minibuses are best suited for people who can speak some Cantonese and who are familiar with Hong Kong.


Taxi are zones and identified by three colours: red for all areas; green for the New territories; and blue for Lantau Island.

Taxi do not stop at bus stops, on double yellow lines and single yellow line during peak hours. Although taxis are good value, most drivers do not speak much English. Octopus cards are not accepted.


Ferries ply the waters of Hong Kong connecting Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the Outlying Islands, Macau and Mainland China.

The ferry that is most familiar to tourists is the Star Ferry. It provides a pleasant way to go between Central / Wan Chai (Hong Kong Island) and Tsimshatsui (Kowloon). It offers a memorable and scenic trip across the Victory Harbour, one of the most-photographed harbours in the world, for just HK$1.70 for the lower deck and HK$2.20 for the upper deck.

Ferries operating from the Outlying Island Ferry Piers in Central provide service to the main outlying island of Peng Chau, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island and Lantau Island including Discovery Bay.

For travellers wishing to sail further afield, there are also fast ferries to and from Macau and destinations along the coast of Mainland China. This service is provided from the Hong Kong - Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan and the Hong Kong – China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.


The trams run only on Hong Kong Island and traverse the north coast of Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town. Although they run slowly, the double-decker trams provide a pleasure way to explore Hong Kong. Destination are marked on the front in both Chinese and English. Unlike most public transports, the entry is at the rear and the exit is at the front. The fare is fixed regardless of the travelled distance. You pay as you leave by dropping the exact amount into the paybox.

Trains - Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC)

The Corporation provides three domestic passenger rail systems. The East Rail (the former Kowloon-Canton Railway or KCR) runs between Tsum Sha Tsui in Kowloon and the boundary at Lo Wu in the New Territories, and branching off to Ma On Shan at Tai Wai. The West Rail runs between Sham Shui Po in West Kowloon and Tum Mun in the Northwest New Territories. Light Rail, formerly a stand-alone transit service and now also a feeder service for West Rail. They are excellent ways of visiting some of the twons, villages, and coutryside of the New Territories.