Find in this article an overview of Hong Kong's developed transport network, to help you move around more easily.
Bus, tram, subway, taxi, ferry... Still wondering how to move around Hong Kong? Indeed, you can choose from different means of transport if you have decided to settle there. You can even rent a car if you have a valid driver's license, so that you can travel more comfortably. In all cases, you will have to choose the most appropriate means of transport according to your needs and budget.
Subway, which is managed by MTR, is the most rapid and efficient means of transport in Hong Kong. The city has 10 lines which link the main districts, as well as two stations which will allow you to travel to mainland China. MTR also provide a line from Yuen Long to Tuen Mun in the New Territories and an intercity link towards mainland China.
Finally, the Airport Express provided by MTR connects the airport to the city.
Taxis can be found rather easily in Hong Kong. For instance, you can just make a sign to them to stop on the road, except in contraindicated zones. Phone booking is also possible. In general, the taxi is equipped with a meter which is started as soon as you board the vehicle. Rates are affordable for comfortable trips by clean and air-conditioned taxis. Note that travel fares have to be indicated aboard.
Most Hong Kong taxis can transport passengers to the Hong Kong International Airport and to Disneyland Resort. However, these can be distinguished through three colors. Red taxis, for instance, are allowed to circulate almost everywhere in Hong Kong, except along Tung Chung Road and in the South of Lantau Island. Green taxis, for their part, are allowed only in the New Territories while blue taxis circulate on Lantau Island only.
Passengers having much luggage or with reduced mobility can travel abroad special taxis. The Diamond Cab, for instance, can transport two people in a wheelchair along with two travel companions, or five passengers in the absence of a wheelchair. SynCabs, for their part, can transport a person in a wheelchair along with two other passengers, or simply four passengers in the absence of a wheelchair.
Hong Kong also has a developed bus network, providing lines over almost the whole region. For instance, Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories are served by Kowloon Motor Bus, New World First Bus and Citybus. Lantau Island, for its part, is served by New Lantao Bus and Long Win Bus. Note that Long Win Bus also provides lines from the North of the island to the airport.
In general, fares vary according to the distance traveled. Therefore, you will need between HKD 3.1 and HKD 45, depending on the number of kilometers separating your starting point to your destination.
There are two types of minibuses in Hong Kong: red buses and green buses. Red buses operate according to a varying schedule. In fact, schedules can be modified at any time and passengers and board in and get off anywhere besides common bus stops, except where indicated otherwise. You will pay the fare on getting off the bus. Green buses, for their part, operate according to fixed schedules and fare grids.
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Traveling by minibus can, however, be tricky for foreigners who do not understand Cantonese and who are not well acquainted with Hong Kong.
The imperial tramway operates in Hong Kong's most dynamic areas. Tramway is generally a cheap means of transport, as much ideal for tourists as for residents. The fare is fixed at HKD 2.30.
The Octopus card is very popular in Hong Kong. It is, in fact, a magnetic prepaid card that can be used to pay for fares, whether in buses, tramway or subway. Fares are automatically deducted when introduced into automatic terminals.
To travel from Hong Kong to Kowloon and neighboring islands, you can even opt for the simple or rapid ferry. Those starting from the Central jetty, in Hong Kong, serves surrounding islands, namely Pench Chau, Cheung Chau, Lamma, Lantau and Discovery Bay.
Transport Department – Public transport www.td.gov.hk
MTR – Subway plan www.mtr.com.hk/en/customer
Hong Kong taxi guide www.qtssc.org.hk
Transport Department – Taxi fares www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong
Discover Hong Kong – Booking a red taxi www.discoverhongkong.com/common/images/pdf/urban_taxi_call_centres.pdf
Discover Hong Kong – Booking a green taxi www.discoverhongkong.com/common/images/pdf/nt_taxi_call_centres.pdf
Discover Hong Kong – Booking a blue taxi www.discoverhongkong.com/common/images/pdf/lantau_taxi_call_centre.pdf
Kowloon Motor Bus www.kmb.hk
Citybus / New World First Bus www.nwstbus.com.hk
New Lantao Bus www.newlantaobus.com
Octopus Card www.octopus.com.hk
Hong Kong Tramways www.hktramways.com
New World First Ferry Services www.nwff.com.hk
The Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry www.hkkf.com.hk
Discovery Bay Transportation Services www.hkri.com
Park Island Transport Company www.pitcl.com.hk
Star Ferry www.starferry.com.hk