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Getting Around in Hong Kong
 
 
 

By Water

Cross-harbour passenger services (shortest route 7 to 10 minutes) are operated by Star Ferries (www.starferry.com.hk) between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (sailing every 6 to 12 minutes). There are frequent passenger and vehicle services on other cross-harbour routes. Ferries and hydrofoils service the outlying islands, Peng Chau, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island and Lantau Island, including Discovery Bay. Ferry services are run by New World First Ferry Services (www.nwff.com.hk), the Hong Kong Kowloon Ferry (www.hkkf.com.hk) and Discovery Bay Transportation Services Ltd (www.hkri.com).

Tours of the harbour and to Aberdeen and Yau Ma Tei typhoon shelters are available by water-tour junks, and visits to outlying islands are possible by public ferry. Weekdays are the best time to go, since ferries tend to be very crowded at weekends. During the typhoon season (May to November), all ferry services may be suspended during bad weather.

By Rail

Mass Transit Railway or MTR (www.mtr.com.hk), has nine lines: Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island, Tung Chung, Tseung Kwan O, East Rail, West Rail, Ma On Shan and Disneyland resort, which provides a cross-harbour line. It is more expensive than the ferry, but quicker, particularly for those travelling further into Kowloon than Tsim Shat Sui or to Lantau Island. Trains run between 6 am-1 am. The Airport Express runs from the airport to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island; journey time 28 minutes.

For visitors staying for a week or more it is worth getting an Octopus Card, an electronic ticket from which the cost of the journey is automatically deducted when it is placed on a sensor. The card may be used on MTR services, the Kowloon-Canton Railway, major bus routes, trams, minibuses and some ferries. The Airport Express Tourist Octopus Card is valid for three days, entitling passengers to two single Airport Express journeys and 3 days of unlimited travel by MTR.

The Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation or KCRC (www.kcrc.com), has 13 stations within Hong Kong. KCRC also runs the Light Rail which connects the northwest new territories Tuen Mun and Yuen Long.

By Road

Unlike mainland China, traffic in Hong Kong drives on the left, a part of its British legacy. The road network is extensive and of high quality but often congested in central areas. Speed limits are 80 kph (50 mph) on highways and 50 kph (31 mph) in urban areas. Traffic rules are enforced seriously and penalty for breaking rules can be severe. Signs are written in both Chinese and English.

Bus

The Octopus Card can be used on buses. Routes run throughout the territory, with cross-harbour routes via the tunnels. Air-conditioned coaches operate along certain Hong Kong and Kowloon routes. Final destinations are marked clearly in Chinese and English. Bus services covering Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories are operated by Kowloon Motor Bus (www.kmb.com.hk), New World First Bus (www.nwfb.com.hk) and Citybus.

Minibus

Minibuses can pick up and stop on request except at regular bus stops and other restricted areas. Octopus Cards are accepted.


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