Ways to Get Around Hong Kong

There are many ways to get around Hong Kong. For such a busy, crowded city, the transportation system is excellent. Trains, buses and minibuses all stick to schedules, which is a big help! It’s usually not difficult to find taxis, except when it’s raining or they’re changing shift. It’s super easy to get around Hong Kong with so many ways to get you where you want to go.

Ways to get around in Hong Kong

Hong Kong traffic.

Ways to Get Around Hong Kong

Octopus Card: 

To make use of the various ways to get around Hong Kong, it’s advisable to get yourself an Octopus card as soon as you arrive. It will make your life so much easier. You won’t have to be figuring out the exact change all the time for buses and minibuses. If you plan to travel on the MTR (Mass Transit Rail), it’s almost a necessity. It is possible to purchase single journey tickets, but that’s a pain, because then you have to look for the machines all the time where you can buy the ticket. No, get an Octopus card the first day. You can buy it at the airport customer service desk or at any MTR station, except the Racetrack. It costs 50 HK$ to loan it from the Octopus company. Then you can put 100 HK$ on it initially, and keep topping it up as needed. When you’re ready to leave Hong Kong, you can return it to the Octopus company at the customer service desk at all MTR stations, except the Racetrack, and get your 50 HK$ deposit back. They will deduct from your deposit if the amount on your card is below 50 HK$.

MTR:

The MTR is the fastest and most dependable way to get from A to B. It’s definitely one of the best ways to get around Hong Kong. Lots of times there are accidents on the road which slows down traffic and makes you late for appointments, work, and school. If you want to be sure to get there on time, take the train. It’s not the most enjoyable form of transport. It’s crowded and some lines are standing room only.

Double-decker Bus:

This is the one of the most enjoyable ways to get around Hong Kong, if you are not pressed for time. They are efficient and on time in as much as is possible. If there is a road accident, this can slow them down significantly. All buses accept Octopus and money, but there is no change given back, so try to have the exact change.

Minibus:

Ways to Get Around in Hong Kong

Minibuses are one of the most thrilling ways to get around Hong Kong. They are great! They are almost as fast as the MTR! Ha-ha! Not really, but it feels like you’re hurtling along when they’re only going 50 km/h. It’s fun though. They are equipped with seat belts and you’ll soon understand why. They often go where big buses don’t go. They all seat 16 people, so don’t count on getting a seat if you’re getting on somewhere in the middle of the route. There’s no standing room. Most of them accept Octopus and money, but some only accept money.

Tram:

Ways to Get Around in Hong Kong

On Hong Kong Island, you can travel from Shau Kei Wan to Kennedy Town on the tram line. In use since 1904, it’s one of the oldest ways to get around Hong Kong. It’s also the cheapest and much loved by locals and tourists. A bonus is that they’re environmentally friendly, not spewing out foul exhaust all the way down the line. Trams accept Octopus and change. They’re cheap, but slow.

Star Ferry:

Ways to Get Around in Hong Kong

One of my favorite ways to get around Hong Kong is on the Star Ferry. Where else can you get a “harbour cruise” for 2.50 HK$, (adult fee on week days)? This is primarily a commuter ferry, but is very popular with tourists. It’s by far the most relaxing way to get across the harbour.

Originally known as the Kowloon Ferry Company, the ferries were taken over by the Star Ferry Company,and has been in operation since 1880, making it one of the oldest ways to get around Hong Kong. Actually, it is the oldest way to get around in Hong Kong!

The Peak Tram:

Ways to Get Around in Hong Kong

The Peak tram, according to their official website, has been in operation since 1888, making it one of the oldest ways to get around Hong Kong. The tram was the first cable furnicular brought to Asia. In the old days, it  was the only way to get up to the Peak, other than being carried up in a sedan chair, or on foot.

A word about the Peak tram…

It’s an extremely popular tourist destination. Lines can be very long. You can get a single ticket for 28 HK$ or purchase a return for 40 HK$. If I were you, I’d take the Peak shuttle bus 15C at the Central Star Ferry Pier, near pier 8, up to the Peak and avoid the lines. Then you can have a scenic ride through Wan Chai and past the Happy Valley Racetrack, and enjoy views overlooking Aberdeen before arriving at the Peak. On the way down, you can take the tram as lines are usually not as long, for whatever reason. Make sure you time your visit so that you’re not leaving when everyone else is.

Taxi:

Ways to Get Around in Hong Kong

Taking the taxi is certainly up there with the most expensive ways to get around Hong Kong. Having said that, their advantage is that they can take you anywhere. You can call a taxi to come and pick you up, if you are in an area where few taxis go, for a fee.

In Hong Kong, there are 3 regional taxis. You’ll find there are red, green and light blue taxis.

Red taxis are free to travel all over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, and to the airport.

Green Taxis are limited to parts of the New Territories and the airport. They are cheaper than the red taxi.

Light Blue taxis are only allowed on Lantau Island.

As you can see, there are many ways to get around in Hong Kong and often your journey may use more than one of them. Public transportation is convenient and easy to use in Hong Kong.

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