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How to Get to Tai O: Complete Guide to Local Bus, Cable Car & Ferry

by Ryu_C@Central Lion Rock

Transportation options to Tai O

Tai O, located on Lantau Island, is a scenic spot that attracts many people to choose to visit as long as it is on weekends and holidays. Many people plan to come to experience the food, natural environment, and water culture of Tai O. Look for opportunities to visit cats in Tai O.

However, compared to other suburban attractions in Hong Kong, it is not very easy to get to Tai O from the urban area, especially Tai O is a bit far from the main subway stations in Lantau Island. Even if you start from Tung Chung Station, you need It takes an extra 1 hour to get there by bus.

So today this article will mainly share the transportation options from the urban area to Tai O. In addition, we will compare different transportation plans, which ones are the most recommended ones, and which ones should you avoid? This way you won't spend unnecessary time waiting for different means of transport.

From Tung Chung to Tai O by bus

If you haven’t been to Tai O for a long time and want to go to Tai O in the easiest way, you can consider taking the MTR to Tung Chung MTR Station, and then transfer to Lantau Bus Line 11 to Tung Chung. Compared with other transportation options, this is the option with the least number of transfers and a cheaper fare.

Another advantage of taking the No. 11 bus at Tung Chung MTR Station is that the frequency is very tight. On average, there are 4-5 buses departing from Tung Chung to Tai O every hour. Even when there are a large number of people departing to Tai O during the holidays, there is no need to worry about not being able to get on the bus.

However, one thing to note is that the fare on holidays will be a bit higher, requiring about HKD $22, and the fare on weekdays is only about HKD $13, which can be used to pay the fareOctopus card, or cash. It takes about 1 hour to drive from Tung Chung MTR Station to Tai O, so it is recommended to start earlier, so that you can have more time for sightseeing in Tai O.

Lantau Bus from Tung Chung MTR Station to Tai O. (Click to enlarge the picture)
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Take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car and transfer to the bus to Tai O

If you are going to Tai O for the first time, and you have never satNgong Ping 360 Cable CarIf so, we recommend that you take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car from Tung Chung MTR Station to Ngong Ping Market, spend a little time visiting the Tian Tan Buddha, and then take the bus to Tai O.

Although this kind of itinerary will be a bit rushed, as long as you arrive at Ngong Ping Market a little earlier, you will have absolutely no problem if you want to leave for Tai O before noon. In addition, it is also possible to useNgong Ping 360 Cable Car x Tai O Combo Sightseeing Package, make an appointmentTai O in-depth tour guide group, so that you can save the time of queuing up at the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, and get the opportunity to take a sightseeing boat to appreciate the water shed.

From Ngong Ping Market to Tai O, you can choose to take Lantau Bus Route 21. On average, there will be one bus every hour from Tai O and Ngong Ping. The fare on weekdays is around HK$$10, and on holidays is around HK$$20, which is a relatively reasonable fare, and it is also very suitable for the transportation plan to use Ngong Ping as a transit point to Tai O.

However, if you use this transportation plan to go to Tai O, you must pay attention to the weather of the day and the time you plan to return. First of all, Lantau Bus Line 21 will leave the last bus at 18:30 in the afternoon. If you leave Tai O too late, you may not have the opportunity to take the bus to Ngong Ping Market, and then take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Return to Tung Chung. In addition, the Ngong Ping 360 cable car sometimes stops due to strong winds. If you plan to take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car back to Tung Chung after visiting Tai O, you may need to transfer to other means of transportation.

To put it simply, if you plan to use the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Tai O, it is recommended that you take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car from Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Village, and then take the Lantau Bus Line 21 to Tai O. Finally, take the Lantau Bus Line 11 from Tai O to Tung Chung, so that even if the Ngong Ping 360 cable car needs to be suspended due to strong winds, or if you plan to leave after dinner in Tai O, you don’t have to worry about not having any Transport back to Tung Chung MTR station.

Ngong Ping 360 cable car is another transportation option to Tai O. (Click on the picture to see more)
From Ngong Ping Market, you can take a bus to Tai O. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Take a ferry from Tuen Mun or Tung Chung to Tai O

Another way is to take a ferry from Tuen Mun and Tung Chung to Tai O. Compared with taking the subway to Tung Chung MTR station and then taking a bus to Tai O, the ferry can let you experience the endless scenery when the weather is good. The sea view, and the transportation expenses from Tuen Mun will be a little cheaper than the MTR + Lantau bus. For passengers departing from the New Territories, it is an alternative that can be considered.

However, if you plan to start in Tung Chung and take a ferry to Tai O, it may not be the best transportation option.

First of all, the location of Tung Chung Ferry Terminal is a bit far from Tung Chung MTR Station, basically it takes 15 minutes to walk to Tung Chung Ferry Terminal. In addition, Tung Chung Ferry Terminal is the halfway station of the whole route. If the ferry is fully booked when it departs from Tuen Mun, it is necessary to wait for the next ferry at Tung Chung Ferry Terminal before departing to Tai O.

The most important point is that there are very few ferries connecting Tuen Mun, Tung Chung, and Tai O. There is only one ferry departing from Tung Chung almost every 2 hours. If you encounter a situation where you cannot board the ship because it is full, the entire Tai O one-day tour itinerary will be easily disrupted. It would be simpler and more convenient to take the bus directly from Tung Chung to Tai O.

Tai O Transportation Tung Chung to Tai O by boat
Fuyu Ferry operates Tuen Mun, Tung Chung and Tai O ferry services. (Click to enlarge the picture)

Things to pay attention to when taking different means of transportation

In addition to the above transportation options, you may also think of using other transportation methods such as taxis and UBER to get to Tai O. However, due to the special traffic restrictions in the Lantau Island area, unless there is a special permit, other foreign vehicles departing from the urban area are not allowed to enter Lantau Island. Even red urban taxis are not allowed to pick you up to Tai O.

In other words, if you don’t want to take a bus or ferry to Tai O, you can also consider taking a blue taxi that operates exclusively in the Lantau Island area. You can also depart from Tung Chung to Tai O.

However, it should be noted that the distance between Tung Chung and Tai O is relatively long, and the fare is not cheap. Moreover, many people choose to take taxis during holidays, and it takes a lot of time to wait for the bus. Perhaps if you decide to take the bus or Ngong Ping 360 cable car from the beginning, you can return to Tung Chung MTR station from Tai O earlier, and the fare will be relatively cheap.

More Lantau bus information: New Lantao Bus
More Tuen Mun, Tung Chung, Tai O ferry information: Fortune Ferry


If you are going to Tai O for the first time, you may feel that the traffic plan in Tai O is a bit complicated. However, in fact, you only need to know the bus route from Tung Chung and the operating hours of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. The transportation method to Tai O is actually easier than you think. And Tai O is also a very suitable place to arrange a day trip. For you who don't often go to the suburbs of Hong Kong, Tai O is a very worthwhile place for you to visit.

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