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Ultimate Guide for Hong Kong Transportation: Tram, Bus, MTR, Taxi & Ferry

by Ryu_C@Central Lion Rock

How to use different means of transportation to complement your Hong Kong travel itinerary?

Although Hong Kong is not as vast as cities such as Tokyo, Taipei, and Beijing, Hong Kong has many tourist attractions scattered in different areas. Sometimes you need to take designated transportation to go from the city center to some places. Attractions in mid-mountain areas and some in suburban areas.

For example, take a full-day trip in Hong Kong as an example. If you set out to the top of Victoria Peak in Hong Kong, you must take the Peak Tram. If you want to enjoy the night view of Victoria in the center of Victoria Harbor, you must take the Star Ferry. In addition, there is also the Ngong Ping 360 cable car on Lantau Island, which allows you to enjoy the countryside scenery of Hong Kong, and the double-decker tram on Hong Kong Island to enjoy the city scenery, etc. Every time you take a different mode of transportation, you can experience a completely different itinerary. Although Hong Kong is not a very big city in terms of city area, it will be more convenient to have adequate transportation planning before departure.

On the other hand, as long as you go to lively urban areas such as Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok, you will find that there are many transportation options for you. If you want to set off from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central, you can choose different means of transportation such as the MTR, bus, ferry, minibus, taxi, etc. to get to the same destination. It all depends on whether you want to reach your destination quickly or slowly during the ride. Take your time and enjoy the street scenes of Hong Kong.

So among the different modes of transportation, which mode of transportation should be chosen to suit this trip?

For those of you who come to Hong Kong for the first time, I believe you may not be familiar with the characteristics of every means of transportation in Hong Kong. So today’s article will share our experience of taking different modes of transportation while living in Hong Kong, and introduce you to the characteristics of each mode of transportation in Hong Kong. Then according to the location of different attractions, we will recommend some suitable means of transportation for you to match different itineraries, so that you can get a unique Hong Kong travel experience!

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Common means of transportation in Hong Kong

What are the common means of transportation in Hong Kong?

If you come to Hong Kong for the first time, I believe you will know that Hong Kong has subways, taxis, double-decker buses, and double-decker trams. However, in addition to these main means of transportation, Hong Kong actually also has minibuses, ferries, and other different types of auxiliary means of transportation, covering 99% of Hong Kong's attractions, allowing you to go to every corner of Hong Kong. Different means of transportation have different charges, route maps, and things to pay attention to during the ride.

If you don’t know much about the means of transportation in Hong Kong, you can first understand the characteristics of each means of transportation, and then start planning your itinerary during your trip to Hong Kong.

Hong KongMTR

Hong Kong MTR is the busiest means of transportation in Hong Kong with the largest number of passengers every day. It is also the most convenient means of transportation to most of Hong Kong’s attractions.

There are almost 10 routes in the entire Hong Kong MTR series, covering most urban areas, residential areas and popular tourist areas in Hong Kong. If you only plan to visit some popular tourist attractions this time, such as Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Victoria Peak, Disneyland, Ocean Park, Monster Mansion and other attractions, you only need to take the time to get to know 5 of the routes, such as Airport Express, East Coast The Chung Line (and the Disney extension), the Island Line (and the South Island Line), the Tsuen Wan Line, and the Kwun Tong Line are quite sufficient.

As for the other MTR routes connecting the New Territories, it’s up to you to take the time to understand them next time you plan a trip to the suburbs of Hong Kong.

Why are these 5 major MTR routes important? Because it includes the Airport Express connecting Hong Kong Airport to the city center, and the Tung Chung Line connecting Hong Kong Disneyland and Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car. In addition, there are also the Island Line, Kwun Tong Line, and Tsuen Wan Line that take you to different urban attractions and shopping malls in Hong Kong. Basically, you can reach the entrance of most attractions by taking the Hong Kong MTR. Moreover, there are a large number of shops and convenience stores in every subway station, making it equally convenient whether you want to take a train or go shopping!

Hong Kong underground railway map
Hong Kong MTR route map. (Click on image to enlarge)

Hong Kong MTR is just like the subway in other countries. You only need to buy a ticket at the station ticket vending machine, or use an Octopus card to ride. However, between the two payment methods, we would recommend using the Octopus card to pay the fare. In addition to the extra discounts for using the Octopus card, more importantly, you don’t have to spend time queuing to buy tickets. You can also pay with cash at most restaurants and convenience stores in Hong Kong, which is very convenient.

In addition, Hong Kong MTR is also the longest-running means of transportation in Hong Kong. It operates from 06:00 on the top to 01:00 late at night. On average, a train will arrive in about 3 to 5 minutes. If you don’t want to spend time researching the various means of transportation in Hong Kong, you can buy an Octopus and take the Hong Kong MTR, which can take you to any Hong Kong attractions at any time. It is definitely the most convenient means of transportation.

Free Travel in Hong Kong - Subway
Hong Kong MTR covers most of the tourist attractions in Hong Kong. (Click on image to enlarge)

bus

If you pay careful attention, you will find that most of the buses operating in the urban area of Hong Kong are double-decker buses, and there are many route choices. Many of them allow you to go to places that are not directly accessible by Hong Kong MTR. Attractions.

The biggest difference between Hong Kong buses and Hong Kong MTR is that the bus stops on most bus routes are very close to each other, and sometimes they even set up stops at the entrances of some popular attractions. For example, taking Tai Kwun in Central as an example, if you choose to take the Hong Kong MTR to the Central MTR station, you will need to walk for 5 minutes to reach the entrance after getting off the train. However, as long as you take the designated bus route, you can go directly to the entrance of Tai Kwun in Central. It is definitely more convenient than taking the Hong Kong MTR and cheaper than taking a taxi.

There are currently three bus companies in Hong Kong operating different bus routes at the same time. For example, CityBus, which is common on Hong Kong Island, has bus bodies that are mainly yellow. Kowloon Motor Bus is generally found in Kowloon and the New Territories. There are also new Lantau buses operating in the Lantau Island area. They usually use single-decker buses to connect different attractions on Lantau Island.

Each bus company has its own bus routes, which are usually represented by numbers and English letters. In addition, since each bus company can only operate within a designated area, and each bus company has its own mobile APP, you don’t have to worry about boarding a bus on another bus route and going to a completely different bus route. Somewhere unknown.

If you have never taken a bus in Hong Kong, you must note that buses in Hong Kong are arranged to board the bus at the front door and get off at the middle door. You must prepare an Octopus card to pay the fare before taking the bus. Of course, you can also use cash to pay the fare. However, there are no renewal services or Octopus card value-added services in the bus compartments in Hong Kong, so it is recommended to prepare it before departure. An Octopus card with sufficient balance to travel.

In addition, you can consider taking some bus routes suitable for Hong Kong city sightseeing itineraries, allowing you to appreciate Hong Kong's buildings and city scenery from another perspective. Taking the Kowloon Peninsula as an example, you can take bus No. 1 from Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, passing through Nathan Road, Jordan MTR Station, Yau Ma Tei MTR Station, Mong Kok MTR Station, and Prince Edward MTR Station. You can experience the entire experience in one bus. The most lively area on the Kowloon Peninsula.

On Hong Kong Island, you can also take bus No. 15 starting from Central MTR Station and ending at the top of Victoria Peak. The bus passes through Wan Chai MTR Station and Wan Chai Mid-Levels District, allowing you to experience the urban street scenery of Hong Kong Island and the Victoria Harbor scenery as the bus slowly climbs to the top of the mountain.

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S1 bus from Tung Chung to Hong Kong Airport
The buses that usually operate in Hong Kong are usually double-decker buses. (Click on image to enlarge)

Hong Kong Tram

The biggest feature of the Hong Kong Island Tram, or "Ding Ding" as it is often called, is that there are only a few double-decker trams that are still in operation. They are also the cheapest means of transportation in Hong Kong. If you are not in a hurry, you can reserve about 60 minutes to take the tram from Causeway Bay to Sheung Wan, so that you can slowly appreciate the characteristics of different areas of Hong Kong Island.

Of course, compared to Hong Kong's MTR and buses, the speed of Hong Kong Island trams is very slow. For Hong Kong, which values efficiency, it is definitely an unqualified means of transportation. However, as long as you change your mind and take the Hong Kong Island Tram, you will find the interesting aspects of this mode of transportation.

Hong Kong Attractions-Hong Kong Tram Panoramic Tour
A sightseeing tram that specializes in guided tours. (Click on the image to learn more)

Features of Hong Kong trams

Is there any place in the world that still retains double-decker trams, and they are still trams with open carriages? I'm afraid it can only be found in Hong Kong. Even in Japan, which is famous for its railways in Asia, the streetcars in big cities such as Tokyo, Sapporo, and Hiroshima all adopt a single-layer design, plus a sealed space equipped with air conditioning. If you want to enjoy the natural breeze and feel the changes in the environment, smells, and sounds of the entire city between different areas during the ride, you must take the time to take the Hong Kong Island Tram.

In addition, taking the Hong Kong Island tram is very convenient and cheap. You only need to wait for about 5 minutes at the tram stop and a tram will arrive, and the one-way fare will not exceed HKD $5. It is very suitable to use the tram to travel. For example, if you are traveling from Central to Sheung Wan seafood street, or from Wan Chai to Causeway Bay, in addition to spending 15 minutes walking there, you can also arrange to take a tram there, and enjoy the street scenery of Hong Kong from another angle on the upper seats of the tram. .

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Hong Kong Tram Hong Kong Traffic
Double-decker trams and double-decker buses are common means of transportation in Hong Kong. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Hong Kong tram route map

Since the routes of the Hong Kong Island Tram are designed to connect the east of Hong Kong Island to the west of Hong Kong Island in a straight line, it is easier to understand than the routes of Hong Kong MTR and buses. You don’t have to worry about taking the wrong route to something you don’t know at all. The place.

It is very simple to know the direction of travel of Hong Kong trams, because trams only have two routes: eastbound line (E direction) and westbound line (W direction), which are clearly marked at the tram stops. In addition, the trams running these two routes go to the "Kennedy Town" station in the Western District of Hong Kong Island in the Western District, and the "Shau Kei Wan Terminus" in Shau Kei Wan in the Eastern District of Hong Kong Island. Even if you completely forget to get off the train and take the tram to the terminal, you can still take the Hong Kong MTR to quickly return to the attractions you want to visit.

Once you have decided which direction you want to take the Hong Kong tram, you need to choose a tram that can take you to your destination. Especially during peak hours, sometimes you will encounter several trams heading to different terminals entering the tram station at the same time.

For example, if you plan to go from Causeway Bay to Central, you must take a tram that runs westbound (W direction) and passes through station 70W. If you want to go from Causeway Bay to Sheung Wan Lin Heung Teahouse, you must choose a tram that passes the 80W station. If it is your first time to take a tram in Hong Kong, just pay attention to the direction of each tram and the number of each tram stop, and you can reach your destination smoothly.

However, if you also want to know the driving directions of different trams quickly like local Hong Kong people, you can actually useGoogle Map Mobile Appto aid navigation and view this articleHong Kong Tram Ride Guide. In this way, you can clearly know which tram you should take and how to judge which station is the best to get off.

Before taking the Hong Kong tram, you should pay attention to the boarding process of Hong Kong tram, which uses the back door to get on the bus, get off the front door and pay the fare. You can pay the fare with cash or Octopus card. However, Hong Kong trams, like buses, do not provide renewal services or Octopus card value-added services in the carriages, so you must prepare an Octopus card with sufficient balance before taking the bus.

minibus

The minibus operating in Hong Kong is a means of transportation with no more than 20 seats and is specially operated in some areas that are not directly accessible by Hong Kong MTR and buses. For example, minibus No. 40M connects Causeway Bay - Repulse Bay and Stanley, minibus No. 1 connects Central - The Peak of Victoria Peak, etc. Taking a minibus to these areas is more efficient than taking a bus, allowing you to arrive at your destination earlier and start your sightseeing trip.

Minibuses currently operating in Hong Kong are generally divided into two types, namely the "red van" with a red roof and the "green van" with a green roof. The biggest difference between the two minibuses is that the "green van" travels fixed routes and provides fixed charges and service frequency, while the "red van" adjusts the driving route and frequency according to market demand. Therefore, some people have said that Hong Kong's "green van" is more like a smaller version of a single-decker bus, while the "red van" is like a taxi shared by many people.

If it is your first time to take a minibus in Hong Kong, you must read the minibus route map clearly and find out the stop where you plan to get off before taking the bus. The best thing is to tell the driver which attraction you want to go to in advance before departure, so that the driver will know which destination you want to go to and automatically park for you. Otherwise, you will have to shout "Ng goi yau lok" in Cantonese before you almost reach your destination, and the driver will have to hear it in time before he can stop for you at the predetermined location.

Should you plan to take a minibus during your trip to Hong Kong? For you who are traveling to Hong Kong for the first time, we don’t recommend that you take a minibus in Hong Kong.

Because taking a minibus requires you to be very familiar with different minibus routes. Not only must you know exactly where you want to get off, you must also use Cantonese to communicate with the driver, and you must also be familiar with the "double yellow line areas" where getting off is prohibited in Hong Kong. "I have a certain understanding of it. For those whose main itinerary is sightseeing, this is undoubtedly a huge challenge and may disrupt your itinerary. However, for some travelers who want to experience Hong Kong culture in depth, being able to take a minibus like ordinary Hong Kong people and get off at the designated destination smoothly is one of the best ways to experience authentic Hong Kong culture.

Hong Kong free travel means of transportation - minibus - bus
A common green minibus in Hong Kong. (Click on image to enlarge)

taxi

If you are not used to shouting "Ng goi yau lok" in a minibus, you can also consider taking a taxi instead of a minibus to go to places that are not directly accessible by Hong Kong's MTR and buses.

The specialty of taxis in Hong Kong is that they are public transportation with relatively high fares but also provide customized itineraries. You can take a taxi to anywhere in Hong Kong, whether it is to the Hong Kong Airport, the Peak of Victoria Peak, Disneyland, or other attractions on the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island.

Taxis operating in Hong Kong are generally operated by individuals and are divided into three different colors. Each color of taxi represents a different operating area and has different charges.

For example, red taxis mainly operate throughout Hong Kong. Basically, only red taxis are available on the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island. Green taxis will only operate in the New Territories, while blue taxis will only be available in Lantau Island. If you only plan to visit some scenic spots in the city this time, you only need to remember that "Hong Kong taxis are red".

In terms of fares, Hong Kong taxis, like taxis in other cities, charge based on distance, plus tunnel tolls, luggage fees, etc. Generally speaking, the fare for short-distance trips such as Central – Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui – Mong Kok is about HKD $60 – HKD$80. Some trips that require passing through the Cross Harbor Tunnel, such as the Tsim Sha Tsui – Central trip, cost about HKD $120. If you go further afield, it is common to charge more than HKD $200.

Of course, if you plan to depart from the hotel to Hong Kong Airport, Hong Kong Disneyland and other places far away from the city center, the required fare will be further increased. One-way taxi fare sometimes exceeds HKD $350, which is more suitable for those who don’t want to take too long to transfer, or if many people are traveling at the same time.

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Red taxis operating in urban areas of Hong Kong. (Click on image to enlarge)
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Before traveling to Hong Kong, in addition to booking air tickets and hotels, you must also book Hong Kong’s Octopus card and Internet SIM card. You must also pre-download some transportation APPs commonly used during travel in Hong Kong, whether it is to check subway routes, bus routes, trams It is equally convenient to check the route or check the Octopus card balance.

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How to use Hong Kong MTR to plan a Hong Kong travel itinerary?

The biggest feature of Hong Kong travel is that you can arrange different types of itineraries on the same day. As long as you make use of different MTR routes, you can experience beaches, theme parks, Victoria Harbor night views, Hong Kong-style authentic food, etc. in the same day. However, because different attractions are scattered on different subway lines, some unique Hong Kong attractions will be selected according to different subway routes in the following sections.

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Hong Kong Attractions MTR Route Map
Hong Kong MTR route map. (Click on image to enlarge)

Hong Kong MTR Blue Line – Island Line

The Blue Line of Hong Kong MTR is the Hong Kong Island Line in the north of Hong Kong Island, connecting the west of Hong Kong Island to the east of Hong Kong Island, and running from Kennedy Town Station to Chai Wan Station. In addition, the Island Line is also the main means of transportation connecting different attractions on Hong Kong Island, including Kennedy Town Station, Sai Ying Pun Station, Sheung Wan Station, Central Station, Admiralty Station, Wan Chai Station, Causeway Bay Station, Tin Hau Station, and North Point Station. , Quarry Bay Station, and Taikoo Station, these areas contain a large number of attractions, restaurants, and hotel options.

For example, at Kennedy Town Station, there are the Kennedy Town Waterfront and Bell Swimming Shed, and the Lin Heung House Tea House, Seafood Street and Man Mo Temple at Sheung Wan Station. In addition, there are the Mid-Levels escalator in Central, the Bakehouse in Central, and more shopping malls, attractions, and restaurants in Central. Then there are the Hong Kong Park at Admiralty Station, Wan Chai Wet Market at Wan Chai Station, several large shopping malls at Causeway Bay Station, etc. Finally, there are the Tai Hang restaurant cluster at Tin Hau Station, the old Hong Kong wet market, egg waffles, and tea restaurants at North Point Station, and finally the Monster Building, shopping malls at Quarry Bay Station and Tai Koo Station, etc.

In terms of accommodation options, Sheung Wan Station, Central Station, and Causeway Bay Station are where many mid- to high-end hotels are concentrated. There are many 5-star hotels for you to choose from. Sai Ying Pun Station, Wan Chai Station, and North Point Station are areas where there are many cheap hotel rooms. You can stay in a double suite for only about HKD $300.

If you plan to focus on shopping and sightseeing in the urban areas of Hong Kong Island, it will be most convenient to use the Island Line of the MTR.

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Tai Kwun is located on Hollywood Road in Central Station. (Click on image to enlarge)
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The Sogo Department Store is located in the center of Causeway Bay. (Click to enlarge the picture)
Hong Kong Attractions Haishan Tower Monster Building
The Monster Building is a 10-minute walk from Tai Koo Station. (Click on image to enlarge)

Hong Kong MTR Red Line – Tsuen Wan Line

Located in the west of Kowloon, the red line on the Hong Kong MTR route map is a subway line connecting Hong Kong Island Central Station to Kowloon Tsuen Wan Station, the Hong Kong MTR Tsuen Wan Line.

Taking the Tsuen Wan Line from Central Station, you can quickly reach several major MTR stations in the "Yau Tsim Mong area". These include Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Jordan Station, Yau Ma Tei Station, Mong Kok Station, Prince Edward Station, and Sham Shui Po Station, which are very popular tourist areas.

For example, near Tsim Sha Tsui Station, you can find the West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, K11 shopping mall, Harbor City shopping mall, and more restaurants offering different types of cuisine. Whether it’s sightseeing, shopping, or dining, you can plan a whole day in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Then walk along Nathan Road towards the New Territories. There are a large number of authentic Hong Kong-style restaurants on both sides of Jordan Station, Yau Ma Tei Station, Mong Kok Station and Prince Edward Station, and there are also many shops you can visit. Finally, you arrive at Sham Shui Po Station, an open-air shopping street that mainly sells electronic products, allowing you to deeply experience the most authentic pace of life in Hong Kong. If you want to seriously plan an in-depth sightseeing trip, the Tsuen Wan Line alone is enough for you to plan a trip of more than two days.

In terms of accommodation options, there are many five-star hotels near Tsim Sha Tsui Station. You can enjoy the night view of the entire Victoria Harbor from the hotel room. Jordan Station, Yau Ma Tei Station, and Mong Kok Station are where some cheap hotels and mid-price hotels are concentrated. If you don’t mind the relatively small room size, you can book a double hotel room near the subway station for only about HKD $500.

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At different subway stations in Kowloon, you will find different levels of Hong Kong. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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Hong Kong MTR Green – Kwun Tong Line

Located in the east of Kowloon, the green line on the Hong Kong MTR route map is a subway line connecting Yau Ma Tei Station in Kowloon to Lam Tin Station in Kowloon, the Hong Kong MTR Kwun Tong Line.

The characteristic of Hong Kong's MTR Kwun Tong Line is that three of its stations completely overlap with the Tsuen Wan Line, namely Yau Ma Tei Station, Mong Kok Station, and Prince Edward Station. You can transfer to the Tsuen Wan Line at any MTR station and then head to Central.

One of the more famous attractions on the Kwun Tong Line is the Wong Tai Sin Temple located at Wong Tai Sin Station. Whether starting from Central on Hong Kong Island or from Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, it only takes about 20 minutes to get there by taking the MTR. Then continue taking the subway to Caihong Station to visit Caihong Village, and take a photo with the subway station sign at Diamond Hill Station. Or you can go shopping in the large shopping mall at Kowloon Tong Station, and then take other MTR lines to the New Territories.

If it is your first time to take the Kwun Tong Line to visit different attractions, a half-day trip is enough. In the remaining time, you can arrange a trip to Central and Tsim Sha Tsui to continue sightseeing and enjoying delicious food.

In terms of accommodation options, there are many hotels offering cheap rooms throughout East Kowloon. The same level of accommodation in Tsim Sha Tsui may cost HKD $800, but some hotels near Kwun Tong Station and Ngau Tau Kok Station can be booked for about HKD$500. As long as you don't mind being far from the main tourist areas, you can stay in better hotels on a relatively cheap accommodation budget.

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Hong Kong MTR – Tung Chung Line, Disneyland Line

The orange line on the left side of the MTR route map is the Tung Chung Line connecting Tung Chung – Kowloon Peninsula & Hong Kong Island. The pink line next to the Tung Chung Line is the Disney Line connecting Hong Kong Disneyland – Sunny Bay. These two subway lines are the most convenient transportation methods from Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula to Hong Kong Airport and Hong Kong Disneyland.

In addition to Hong Kong Disneyland, you can also take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car from Tung Chung MTR Station to pay homage to the Tian Tan Buddha and shop at the Outlet in Tung Chung. Or go to Tai O to enjoy the traditional fishing village. These attractions are enough for you to plan a full-day trip.

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Hong Kong MTR – South Island Line

Connecting to Hong Kong's MTR blue line, it can take you to Ocean Park in the southern district of Hong Kong Island. The MTR yellow line is the South Island Line.

If you come to Hong Kong for the first time, it is basically enough to remember Ocean Park. Because other stations on the South Island Line are residential areas, only some in-depth Hong Kong travel itineraries are suitable to visit. However, if you want to explore more different places in Hong Kong, you can also head to South Horizons Station, which is a great place to admire the sea.

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Are you planning to go to Ocean Park? The South Island Line is the most convenient way to get to Ocean Park. (Click on the image to learn more)

Hong Kong Airport Express

From Hong Kong Airport, it only takes 30 minutes to reach the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, and then transfer to the Hong Kong MTR to go anywhere in Hong Kong. Among the various means of transportation connecting Hong Kong Airport to the city center, the Hong Kong Airport Express is basically the most convenient and fastest option.

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How to use buses to plan your Hong Kong travel itinerary?

During your trip to Hong Kong, in addition to taking the Hong Kong MTR, you can consider using different bus routes to match your itinerary.

Features and fares of Hong Kong buses

Compared with Hong Kong MTR, Hong Kong bus fares are cheaper. In addition, there are many bus routes in Hong Kong, and many of them have parking stops at the entrances of major attractions, which is very convenient. Especially when going to some scenic spots located in the Mid-levels of Central. If you take the Hong Kong MTR to Central Station, it will take you 20 minutes to walk to get there. However, as long as you take certain bus routes, you can easily reach Central Tai Kwun. , the entrance to PMQ in Central.

In addition, the bus charges in Hong Kong are not very high. Generally, the one-way fare is only HKD $10 or less, which is very cheap. Even for some bus routes that need to pass through the Cross Harbor Tunnel and some bus routes from Hong Kong Island to the New Territories, the one-way fare does not exceed HKD $25. Compared with transportation fees in other countries, Hong Kong bus fees are very affordable.

Bus routes suitable for sightseeing trips

If you plan to use the bus to plan a sightseeing trip in Hong Kong, you can choose to take general bus routes or bus routes specially designed for sightseeing trips. How you choose between the two bus routes depends on what kind of experience you want.

General city bus routes

If you want to follow the local Hong Kong people and take a regular bus tour in Hong Kong, you can choose some longer-distance bus routes, so that you can have the opportunity to enjoy the scenery of different areas in Hong Kong.

For example, take the Hong Kong Island bus route as an example. Bus 5B and No. 2 are both bus routes suitable for enjoying the street scenery of Hong Kong Island. Bus No. 15 allows you to enjoy Victoria Harbor and the high-rise buildings of Hong Kong Island from the top of Victoria Peak during the ride. In addition, as long as you take bus route 6 from Central, you can have the opportunity to enjoy the beach during the ride. These are some bus routes that allow you to enjoy the scenery.

If you want to find some bus routes that pass through Nathan Road in Kowloon, you can consider taking bus No. 2 at Tsim Sha Tsui Pier. You can slowly admire the high-rise buildings on both sides of Nathan Road during the ride. In addition, as long as you take bus No. 104 from Central, you can experience the two different urban views of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula at once. For those who like Hong Kong street scenery, this is a bus route worth trying.

Sightseeing bus route

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How to plan a sightseeing trip using Hong Kong Tram?

In addition to being suitable for transportation, you can actually spend some time riding the tram and arrange a sightseeing itinerary to enjoy the street scenery of Hong Kong Island.

For example, take the Hong Kong tram from Causeway Bay to Sheung Wan. During this journey, you can enjoy the large shopping malls in Causeway Bay, the old residences in Wan Chai, the commercial buildings in Admiralty, and the shopping malls in Central. Skyscrapers, and finally in Sheung Wan you can see the traditional streets of Hong Kong. In addition, because Hong Kong trams are very cheap, you can get off and take photos anytime and anywhere. It is definitely a very suitable means of transportation to experience the streets of Hong Kong.

In addition, Hong Kong Tramways has specially designed tram guided tours for overseas tourists. If you also want to get the historical and cultural information behind different buildings during the ride, you can book a Hong Kong Island Tram Panoramic Tour package, which will also come with a 2-day Hong Kong Tram Pass.

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Taking a tram on Hong Kong Island, you can directly feel the changes between different streets. (Click on image to enlarge)
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A panoramic tram tour specially designed for overseas travelers. (Click on the image to learn more)

How can I use the minibus to help plan my itinerary?

When traveling in Hong Kong, you can basically take the subway or bus directly to the entrance of most attractions. Most of the time, it is not possible to take a minibus. However, if you really want to experience riding a minibus like a local Hong Konger, you can consider taking a minibus from Central to The Peak. It may leave you with more profound memories than taking the Peak Tram.

If you are fluent in Cantonese and can understand the route maps of different minibuses, we will recommend you to take a minibus instead of a bus. Because minibuses travel faster and each passenger must have an independent seat, taking a minibus is more convenient and faster than taking a bus for some longer journeys.

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Minibuses that travel throughout Hong Kong. (Click on image to enlarge)

Which attractions can I go to by taking a ferry from Central?

I wonder how long it has been since you took a ferry? Are you from some inland city?

In fact, it is very simple to take a ferry in Hong Kong. As long as you go to the Central Pier, you can take more than 10 different routes to the Kowloon Peninsula, Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, or other outlying islands.

The ferry routes at the Central Pier are divided into two types, namely the "Inner Harbor Route" and the "Outer Harbor Route". There are some differences in charges and voyage time.

Inner Harbor Line Ferry

"Intra-harbour lines" are those "ferry routes that sail within Victoria Harbor". For example, the Star Ferry is one of the most popular routes.

The biggest feature of taking the "Inner Harbor Line" is that you can enjoy the night view of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Peninsula from Victoria Harbor at the same time. If you want to compare the difference in the scenery of Victoria Harbor during the day and at night, you must arrange to take the Star Ferry once in the morning and then take the Star Ferry once in the evening. In this way, you can take pictures of the scenery of Victoria Harbor during the day and at night.

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You can enjoy the scenery on both sides of Victoria Harbor by taking the Star Ferry. (Click on image to enlarge)

Outer port ferry

"Outside Hong Kong Line" refers to some ferry routes that depart from Victoria Harbor. For example, some ferries depart from Central to Cheung Chau and Lantau Island. These are the outer line ferries that are very popular with Hong Kong people on weekends.

If you can stay in Hong Kong for a few more days, you can also consider arranging a one-day trip to Cheung Chau, Lamma Island, Mui Wo, Discovery Bay and other outlying islands to enjoy a day of beautiful natural scenery.

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Cheung Chau is one of the most popular outlying islands in Hong Kong. (Click on image to enlarge)

Join a guided tour of Victoria Harbor

To appreciate the night view of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor and the natural scenery of the outlying islands, in addition to taking ordinary ferry routes, you can actually book some tour groups that provide guided tours of Victoria Harbor.

The biggest difference between these tour groups and ordinary ferries is that the tour groups use specially designed sailboats, which allow you to spend more time in Victoria Harbor for you to take photos. They will also prepare some snacks for you so that you can enjoy the scenery while , while tasting delicious food. If you have a sufficient travel budget, the experience you get from participating in these guided tours will definitely be one of your most unforgettable itineraries.

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Taking the Star Ferry to enjoy the scenery of Victoria Harbor is an itinerary that everyone who comes to Hong Kong must try once. (Click on image to enlarge)
As long as you join some Victoria Harbor sightseeing tours, you can enjoy snacks while enjoying the night view of Victoria Harbor. (Click on the image to learn more)

Points to be aware of when taking a taxi in Hong Kong

Using taxis to travel to different places in Hong Kong is indeed a very convenient means of transportation. However, if it is your first time to come to Hong Kong, the following points are what you need to pay extra attention to when taking a taxi in Hong Kong, so as not to be delayed by some accidents.

Parking Restrictions

Although taxis are a customized means of transportation, when you ask for parking, you need to understand some parking restrictions for vehicles in Hong Kong. Especially in places where "double yellow lines" are drawn on the ground, drivers are absolutely not allowed to park, nor are they allowed to get you on or off. Therefore, when waiting for a taxi, do not wait at the "double yellow lines", and do not force the taxi driver to let you off at the "double yellow lines" to avoid the taxi driver having to pay traffic violation fines. .

Taxi fare payment methods

Nowadays, when taking a taxi in Hong Kong, it is usually customary to use cash to pay for the fare, so we would recommend that you prepare some cash before taking a taxi in Hong Kong. In particular, it will be more convenient to prepare multiple HKD $100 banknotes to pay the fare.

Of course, you can use HKD $ 500 banknotes and HKD $ 1,000 yuan banknotes. However, not every taxi driver has enough change to change, so we recommend that you check with the taxi driver for the latest change before taking a taxi. Suitable payment method.

Let the taxi driver decide the best route for you

Under normal circumstances, taxi drivers know the traffic conditions at that time better than you do, so they will use their daily experience to arrange the most suitable route and get you to your destination as soon as possible before taking other orders.

Most taxi drivers in Hong Kong can communicate in simple English and Mandarin. If you don’t speak English, Cantonese, or Mandarin, of course you can use Google Maps to provide designated routes to the taxi driver, but you may not. Traffic jams take longer to reach your destination.

Beware of the bad behavior of some drivers

Since most taxi drivers in Hong Kong are independent and self-employed, they are not employed by a specific company like bus drivers. If you encounter unreasonable treatment or some bad behavior, you must call the police.

One of the more common bad behaviors is excessive charging of fares, usually charging about 3 times – 5 times the normal fare. For example, for a short or medium distance trip, such as the distance between Central and Causeway Bay, the normal fare will not exceed HKD $100. However, there was once a passenger who was charged HKD $300 by a bad taxi driver. In the end, it took a lot of time to recover the overcharged difference through the help of hotel staff.

Therefore, if you have doubts about the current taxi fare, you must first consider whether to pay the fare. If you decide to pay the fare, be sure to ask the taxi driver for a fare receipt and then ask the hotel staff for help.

More Hong Kong special transportation options

During your travels in Hong Kong, in addition to different means of transportation that can transport you to different destinations, some public means of transportation are actually attractions worth visiting.

For example, the Peak Tram that goes to the top of Victoria Peak, the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car that departs from Tung Chung to visit the Tian Tan Buddha, etc. are some itineraries that are very suitable for arranging Hong Kong scenery. If you have time to plan a visit to these two places, you must not miss it!

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The Ngong Ping 360 cable car is very suitable for arranging a half-day trip. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Which means of transportation is most suitable for your Hong Kong travel itinerary?

If you focus on visiting some scenic spots in the center of Hong Kong this time, Hong Kong MTR is definitely the most suitable trading tool for you. As long as you make appropriate arrangements to transfer to different bus routes, you can travel from one attraction to another easily and quickly.

Of course, you can choose to take a taxi, but since taxi charges are relatively high, you may need to prepare a larger transportation budget for this trip.

In addition, the Octopus card is a must-have transportation card when traveling in Hong Kong. Whether you are taking various means of transportation or shopping at a convenience store, you can use the Octopus card to pay, which is very convenient.

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Summarize

In Hong Kong, a city that is not very large but very busy, it is not easy to plan a perfect transportation plan for everyone. Mainly because everyone wants to visit different attractions, and everyone wants to have different experiences.

For this reason, we have tried our best to introduce the characteristics of different modes of transportation in this article so that you can choose according to your own needs.Hong Kong itinerary planningTo arrange a most suitable transportation plan.

On the other hand, this website also has some sharing articles about Hong Kong itineraries, attractions, hotels, etc., all of which are placed inHong Kong Travel Information Classification. If you are planning to travel to Hong Kong, I believe you can find more useful information there!

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