About Hong KongTransportation

MTR (Mass Transit Railway)

Service Areas:
Island Line: Hong Kong Island North
Tsuen Wan Line and Kwun Tong Line: Kowloon
Tseung Kwan O Line: Tseung Kwan O
Tung Chung Line and Airport Express: Lantau Island Airport, Tung Chung and Tsing Yi

Operating Hours: Different for each line, mainly 06:00 to next morning 01:00 daily

In service since 1979, carrying about 2.3 million passengers daily (HK population: 6.8 million), the MTR is the most popular form of public transport in Hong Kong.

The MTR has an accuracy of 99.9%. Also, the urban lines have trains running every two to three minutes, while the Tung Chung lines have trains running every four to five minutes during peak hours.

The MTR has around 50 stations located at all major entertainment, shopping, eating, commercial and residential areas of Hong Kong. Therefore catching the MTR is the first choice for public transportation in Hong Kong!

Website: MTR

KCR (Kowloon-Canton Railway)

Service Areas:

East Rail: Lo Wo (Border to China), northern New Territories, Sha Tin and Kowloon (Hung Hom Station)
Ma On Shan Rail: Sha Tin Wai, New Territories (Ma On Shan)
West Rail: Western New Territories, Kowloon (Sham Shui Po)
Light Rail: North-west New Territories (Between Tuen Mun and Yuen Long)
Guangdong Line: Guangdong, China to Kowloon (Hung Hom Station)
Shanghai Line: Shanghai, China to Kowloon (Hung Hom Station)
Beijing Line: Beijing, China to Kowloon (Hung Hom Station)

Operating Hours: Different for each line, mainly 05:30 to 00:30 daily for East and West Rail

KCR is the main railway servicing the New Territories, and between China and Hong Kong.

Website: KCR


Service Areas: All of Hong Kong except outlying islands

Operating Hours: Major routes provide 24 hour services

Most areas of Hong Kong are covered by a bus route. Buses are also the major public transportation for travelling to the south side of Hong Kong island, e.g. Ocean Park, Repulse Bay and Stanley.

Major Bus Companies:

KMB: Kowloon, New Territories, Cross Harbour*
CityBus: HK Island, Cross Harbour*, and between Airport and Urban Areas
New World First Bus: HK Island, Cross Harbour*, and Tseung Kwan O
New Lantau Bus: Lantau Island

* Cross Harbour means crossing Victoria Harbour; i.e. from HK Island to Kowloon or New Territories, or vice versa)

Airbus is cheaper than the Airport Express trains. The A11 to Hong Kong Island's Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay or North Point on Hong Kong Island only costs HK$40; the A21 to Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom station in Kowloon only costs HK$33.

The frequency of buses is very high, and all Hong Kong Island and Cross Harbour buses are air conditioned; for Kowloon and New Territories over 75% of buses are air conditioned. If you are familiar with Hong Kong's geographical areas, catching a bus is a very convenient way of travelling through Hong Kong! (Well, except in traffic jams!)

Website: KMB
Website: CityBus
Website: New World First Bus
Website: New Lantao Bus


Service Areas: All of Hong Kong, except Lantau Island and Outlying Islands

Operating Hours: Major routes provide 24 hour services

There are two types of minibuses, the green and the red. The green minibuses are more organised, and they are operated by big companies and run on fixed routes. The red minibuses are mostly operated by individuals and can pick their own routes.

Passengers are required to pay when boarding the green minibuses, while they are required to pay when leaving the red minibuses.

The minibuses are famous for their speed and frequency, therefore you can save lots of time when travelling on them.


Service Areas:
Red taxis: Mostly the urban areas
Green taxis: Within the New Territories
Blue taxis: On Lantau Island

Operating Hours: 24 hours

Playing one of the key roles in Hong Kong public transport, taxis provide a convenient personalized point-to-point transport service. At present there are 18,138 taxis in Hong Kong, of which 15,250 are urban taxis, 2,838 are NT taxis and 50 are Lantau taxis. The average daily taxi patronage is about one million.

Urban taxis operate throughout Hong Kong including the airport and Hong Kong Disneyland, (except Tung Chung Road and roads in south Lantau). NT taxis are fundamentally confined to rural areas in the New Territories, the airport, and Hong Kong Disneyland and are permitted to go to several certain locations in the urban area through specified routes. Lantau taxis operate only on Lantau Island (including the airport and Hong Kong Disneyland).


Servicing Areas: Northern parts of Hong Kong Island

Operating Hours: Around 06:00 to midnight

Trams run on tracks and operate only on the northern part of Hong Kong Island. Taking a tram is a leisurely and inexpensive way to see Hong Kong Island. The route is pretty much a line along the curves of the island with just one extra loop to go into the Happy Valley area. The tram fare for adults is HK$2 (~US 25 cents). Half price for children and the elderly.

Website: HongKong Tramways


Servicing Areas: Central to Victoria Peak, Hong Kong island

Operating Hours: Around 07:00 to midnight

The Peak Tram is the best mode of transport to reach the Peak, providing a relaxing way of experiencing the spectacular Hong Kong scenery.

Website: The Peak Tram


Servicing Areas:
1. Between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
2. Between Hong Kong Island and outlying islands

Operating Hours: Different for each route, mainly daytime

Ferries can take you across the harbour. There are also ferries which run between the main parts of Hong Kong (i.e. Hong Kong Island/Kowloon) to the outlying islands (e.g. Lantau Island, Cheung Chau, Peng Chau, Lamma Island). The piers to the outlying islands are concentrated in Central on Hong Kong Island near Hong Kong Station, and west of the Central Post Office, a short walk from IFC 2. Since November 2006, the Star Ferry pier in Central has also been located there.

No reservations are necessary for ferries. For times, check the transportation section of the ferry website.

Website: New World First Ferry
Website: Star Ferry
Website: Discovery Bay Transportation Services
Website: Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry

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