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Travelling around Hong Kong

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Bus, tram, subway, taxi, ferry... Still wondering how to explore Hong Kong? Indeed, you can choose from different means of transport if you have decided to settle here. Things get even better if you have a valid drivers’ license — simply rent a car and travel anywhere you want in comfort. Your choice of the means of transport will, naturally, depend on your travel distance and budget.

MTR

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. Taking MTR in Hong Kong is easy, convenient and quick. However, it can get crowded during the rush hours.

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Note that you cannot eat or drink on the subway in Hong Kong.

 Useful links:

MTR
MTR – Subway plan

Bus

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 BusNew 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. Almost all city buses have air conditioning and the destinations (starting and final) are written in both English and Chinese.

Hog Kong is famous for its double-decker buses — make sure to catch a ride on one at least once during your visit.

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Hong Kong has “hop on, hop off” sightseeing buses that take you to the city’s famous attractions. You will need to purchase a sightseeing bus pass (typically available for one or two days).

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Kowloon Motor Bus
Citybus / New World First Bus
New Lantao Bus

Taxi

Taxis can be found rather easily in Hong Kong. You can hail a cab once you see an empty one on the street, book one via phone, or one of the many car hailing apps. Uber also operates in Hong Kong.

City taxes are equipped with a meter, which is started as soon as you board the vehicle. Rates are affordable for comfortable trips in 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.

 Useful links:

Hong Kong taxi guide
Transport Department – Taxi fares

Minibus

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 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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Note that taking a minibus can get tricky for those who don't know the city well and do not speak Cantonese.

Tramway

The imperial tramway is one of the earliest transportation systems in the city and now operates in Hong Kong's most dynamic areas. The locals affectionately call the tramway “ding ding” and it's a generally a cheap means of transport, as much ideal for tourists as for residents. The fare is fixed at HKD 2.30.

 Useful link:

Hong Kong Tramways

Ferry

To travel from Hong Kong to Kowloon and neighboring islands, you can opt for the simple or rapid ferry. Those starting from the Central Jetty in Hong Kong serve surrounding islands, namely Pench Chau, Cheung Chau, Lamma, Lantau and Discovery Bay. You can also take the ferry from Hong Kong to Mainland China and Macau.

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Tthe Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge is currently under construction and, once completed, will connect Hong Kong to another city in the mainland as well as Macau by land.

 Useful links:

New World First Ferry Services
The Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry
Discovery Bay Transportation Services
Star Ferry

Octopus card

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.

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These days, Octopus cards have evolved past their original purpose and can also be used to purchase goods in stores across the city.

 Useful link:

Octopus Card

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