Hong Kong Transportation: How to Get around Hong Kong

How to travel in Hong Kong after your arrival there? Convenient and handy Hong Kong public transport can take you to any place there. Follow us to know how to get from airport to Hong Kong city downtown, from city center to nearby islands, etc. by including MTR system, ferries, public buses, trams, taxis, and so forth.

Hong Kong Airport to City

Hong Kong International Airport is about 34 kilometers from Hong Kong downtown. After your landing, MTR Airport Express Line, Airport Express buses, and taxis can be easily found.

By Airport Express (MTR)

MTR Airport Express Line takes you directly from Airport stop to reach Hong Kong Station at Central area for only about 50 minutes, which usually costs HKD115 by single ticket and HKD110 by Octopus Card. Besides, it stops at Kowloon Station in the middle way and needs about 40 minutes from the airport, and costs HKD100 by Octopus Card and HKD105 by single ticket. Usually, the train arrives every 10-12 minutes.

By Airport Express (Bus)

There are some airport buses running between Hong Kong Airport and Hong Kong city area. Among all the bus, H1, H2, H3 and H4 serve for passengers to and from Hong Kong Island, including Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, etc. And K1, K2, K3, K4 and K5 shuttle to Kowloon area, so you can get on to arrive at Hung Hom, Jordan, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Yau Ma Tei, etc. those buses usually depart every 15-20 minutes during around 06:15-23:00.

By Taxi

Of course you can transfer by local taxis. It usually takes about 40-50 minutes and costs HKD200-300 accordingly.

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Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong Airport Bus

Hong Kong Airport Bus

Hong Kong MTR

MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is a fast, clean, efficient, modern and cheap network of underground. At present, there are 11 underground lines (Airport Express, Island Line, Kwun Tong Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Tung Chung Line, Tseung Kwan O Line, Disneyland Resort Line, East Railway Line, West Railway Line, Ma On Shan Line and South Island Line), and those lines can take you to various places at Kowloon area, New Territory and Hong Kong Island. MTR is very popular among locals and tourists. With a lot of clear signs in both Chinese and English and voice broadcast in Cantonese, Mandarin and English, it is very easy to take MTR during your trip in Hong Kong. Furthermore, MTR is relatively a cost-efficient way for traveling, and it usually takes about HKD4.5-50 for a single take according to your journey length. Using the Octopus Card or a tourist day pass, you will save a big amount of budget on transportation.

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Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong Light Rail

Light Rail is a part of Hong Kong MTR System, however, they mainly serve in New Territories, within Tuen Mun and Yuen Long districts. So far in 2019, there are 12 light rail lines, and West Rail Line run from Tuen Mun to Hung Hom, also reaches East Tsim Sha Tsui, Austin, Tin Sui Wai, etc. Also, this line is well connected for transfer to MTR East Rail Line, Tsuen Wan Line and Tung Chung Line.

Hong Kong Ferry

Once to be a fishing village, Hong Kong enjoys many waters and piers. So taking a ferry to visit Hong Kong would be a good idea. The Star Ferry is a top recommendation by Lonely Planet, on which you can appreciate the fascinating Victoria Harbor and modern buildings on both banks. Besides, it is a cheap and fast way to transfer between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. The ferries depart nearly every 6-15 minutes during different period of day from early morning till late night, and the riding usually needs only about 8-9 minutes. There are two main routes going between Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island, in bothway, namely Central - Tsim Sha Tsui, and Wan Chai - Tsim Sha Tsui. Please check detailed ticket price and operating hours at below.

RouteTickets (HKD)Operating Hours
Mon. to Fri.
(except public holidays)
Sat. Sun. & public holidaysMon. to Sun.
Central - Tsim Sha Tsui2.2 for Lower Deck; 2.7 for Upper Deck3.1 for Lower Deck; 3.7 for Upper DeckAbout 06:30-23:30
Wan Chai - Tsim Sha Tsui3.7About 07:30-23:00

Note: the above info of ticket prices and operating hours of Star Ferry is only for your reference. Please contact us to know the latest information for ferry experience.

Ferry Boarding Location

Central: Central Pier No.7, Central, Hong Kong; 10 minutes’ walking from Central MTR Station.

Wan Chai: Wan Chai Ferry Pier (Convention Avenue)

Tsim Sha Tsui: Kowloon Point Ferry Piers (Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong); 10 minutes’ walking from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station.

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Hong Kong Ferry

Hong Kong Star Ferry

Hong Kong Ferry Pier

Central Pier at Hong Kong Island

Hong Kong Bus & Minibus

Hong Kong buses are handy available everywhere in Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and New Territories in Hong Kong. Nearly all buses in city area are double-deck, and well provide air conditioner. English, Cantonese and Mandarin are used for voice broadcast, and English and Chinese are displayed for next stop. Besides, final terminus of the route is displayed in front of the bus.


Furthermore, there are many minibuses operating in Hong Kong. At present, there are minibuses in red and those in green. The green ones have fixed routes, schedules and fares, however, those red ones are not and can stop anywhere in different districts in Hong Kong, except the special forbidden area. Those buses are small and occupy no more than 19 passengers once. If there are no seats available, the driver won’t stop on the middle way unless there are passengers getting off the bus. They run very fast and stops are not very far. You won’t wait long if you missed one. Just tap your Octopus Card to get on the minibus. Cash is available for most minibus. However, some minibus drivers do not speak English but only Cantonese. Please pay attention to the voice broadcast in English, Mandarin and Cantonese for getting off at your destination.

Hong Kong Bus

Bus in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Minibus

Hong Kong Minibus

Hong Kong Tram

The narrow double-decker city trams (in Cantonese called “ding ding”) trundling along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island are a Hong Kong icon. Operating since 1904, the tramways are well preserved to seek the old Hong Kong and also offer you a relaxing way to discover the historical streets on the island. Trams are slower and bumpier than other any modern transport and they are not air-conditioned. But the 6 routes spreading along Hong Kong Island’s center cover many places visitors would want to see. Those routes are Sheung Wan (Western Market) - Shau Kei Wan, Happy Valley - Shau Kei Wan, Shek Tung Tsui - North Point, Shek Tung Tsui - Causeway Bay, Kennedy Town - Happy Valley, and Kennedy Town - Shau Kei Wan, and all of them run both from west to east and vice versa. Trams run from 06:00-07:00 to 23:00-24:00 every day according to different routes. The tram fare costs only HKD2.6 per adult, HKD1.3 per child no more than 12 years old, and HKD1.2 per elder no less than 65 years old. Like most other buses, just tape your Octopus to get on.

Peak Tram

Opened in 1888, the peak tram is Hong Kong’s first mechanized mode of transport. It once served as the transportation for the wealthy and foreigners living on the mountain. The 1.7 km track up from Central to Victoria Peak is worth at least one trip, not only for your longing panorama of Hong Kong from the 428m high observation deck. The journey takes only seven minutes and is a visual experience to remember, as skyscrapers glide past at what appear to be impossible angles while the tram makes its ascent. The peak trams run 07:00 to midnight daily and take HKD52 for return trip and HKD37 for single trip each person. Check the detailed ticket prices at below.

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Hong Kong Tram

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Peak Tram

Peak Tram

Ticket TypeReturn Trip (HKD)Single Trip (HKD)
Peak Tram52/adult;
23/child (aged 3-11);
23/senior (aged 65 and above)
14/child (aged 3-11);
14/senior (aged 65 and above)
Peak Tram Sky Pass (Peak Tram + Sky Terrace 428)99/adult;
47/child (aged 3-11);
47/senior (aged 65 and above)
38/child (aged 3-11);
38/senior (aged 65 and above)

Hong Kong Taxi

Taxis in Hong Kong are plentiful, clean and efficient, so you can take one to your destination conveniently and fast. There are three types of taxis in Hong Kong: red, green and blue. The Urban taxis (red) can travel anywhere within Hong Kong and also the most expensive. The meter starts at HK $24.00 for the first 2 kilometers, and a further HK $1.70 for every 200m and every 1 minutes waiting time thereafter. Lantau taxis (blue) operate only on Lantau Island (including the airport and Disneyland). It charges HK$19 for the first 2 kilometers and HK $1.5 for other every 200m and every 1 minutes waiting time. New Territories taxis (green) are confined to New Territories, the airport, Hong Kong Disneyland. For this kind of taxi, HK $20.5 is charged for the first 2 kilometers, and HK $1.5 is charged for extra 200 meters and every 1 minutes waiting time. It is very easy to hail a taxi along the street, besides some restricted zones. Despite the relatively higher costs, taking a taxi is really a good choice to get to anywhere you want in Hong Kong.

Taxi in Hong Kong

Taxi in Hong Kong

Discover by Walking

Hong Kong boasts a wide range of good places to visit and interesting historical and cultural sites, and also, many famous interesting buildings and places are not far. Walking is also a very good way to discover this city. Meanwhile, a lot of accommodation, restaurants, shops, stores, etc. are well linked with Hong Kong MTR, you can get so many fun and convenience just by walking.

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Octopus Card

Octopus card is an extremely versatile stored-value electronic card that can be used for most public transport, as well as purchases in convenience stores, fast food shops, department stores, supermarkets, cake shops, vending machines and more. Traveling Hong Kong with an Octopus Card, you will save lots of money and time both. Tourists can buy an Octopus card in most of the shops. There are several kinds of Octopus Card, and for tourists in Hong Kong, there are standard type for child, adult and Sold Tourist Octopus. Please see the prices and more info at below

TypesDeposit (HKD)Value (HKD)Return or Keep?
Child (aged 3-11)5020Better return it at any MTR stations to get your deposit
Sold Tourist Octopus (for adult)39100 (some have no initial stored value)Can keep as a souvenir

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Hong Kong Octopus

Hong Kong Octopus Card

Hong Kong to Outlying Islands

Facing the South China Sea, Hong Kong houses more than 230 islands where fabulous sea view, fresh sea food, pleasant fishing village view, and leisure life style is good to have a sip. Lautau, Lamma, Tai O, Cheung Chau, etc. are also very popular for both local residents and travelers. So how to get to those favored outlying islands from Hong Kong city center?

To Lantau Island

Lautau is the largest island in Hong Kong. There you can find the traditional fishing village appearance, holy look of the giant Buddha, dreaming Disneyland, etc. Visiting there, you can driver directly from Hong Kong Island, Kowloon Peninsula, and New Territories.

By MTR to Disneyland

There are three lines linking Lantau with Kowloon. But those famous sandy attractions cannot directly reached by the underground, besides Disneyland Resort. From Central, you can take Tung Chung Line to Sunny Bay Station and transfer on Disneyland Resort Line to get off the train, which takes about 50 minutes in total.

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By Car

Usually, it will need about 1 hour to Ngong Ping Plaza where you can enjoy the Buddha Statue, Nong Ping Market, Nong Ping 360 Cable Car; about 1-1.5 hours to Tai O Fishing Village to see the offshore landscape and village scenes; about 40-60 minutes to enjoy diverse kinds of delicacies at Discovery Bay; about 1 hour to Mui Wo.

By Ferry

Besides, you can also take a ferry to different coastal areas on Lantau Island from the downtown

FromToOperating HoursDurationTickets (HKD)
Central (Pier No.6)Mui Wo00:30;03:00; departs nearly every 20-40 minutes during 06:10-23:3050-55 minutes for ordinary ferry; 35-40 minutes for fast ferry15.9/23.5 for ordinary seat; 26.2/38.4 for luxury seat
Tuen MunTai ONearly on 07:00; 08:00; 09:00; 11:00; 15:00; 17:00; 19:0053 minutes25/30
Central (Pier No.3)Discovery BayDeparts nearly every 20-30 minutes during 06:30-01:00 and every 1-1.5 hours during 02:00-05:0025 minutes46 during day time; 65.5 during night

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Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

Tian Tan Giant Buddha

Tian Tan Giant Buddha at Lantau Island

To Lamma Island

Lamma Island is attractive with its Chinese and Western charming. Sok Kwu Wan and Yung Shue Wan are two mainly popular sites for touring and have daily ferries from Central Pier.

FromToOperating HoursDurationTickets (HKD)
Central (Pier No.4)Yung Shue Wan00:30; 02:30; departs nearly every 20-40 minutes during 06:30-23:3027 minutes17.8 during Mon. to Fri.; 24.7 during Sat., Sun. and public holidays
Sok Kwu WanDeparts nearly every 1.5-2 hours during 07:20-23:3030-40 minutes22 for single trip during Mon. to Sat.; 31 for single trip during Sun. and public holidays; 44 for round trip
AberdeenYung Shue WanDeparts nearly 1-1.5 hours during 06:00-22:0035 minutes19/21
Sok Kwu WanDeparts nearly every 1.5-2 hours during 06:40-19:2535 minutes12/18
Lamma Island

Lamma Island Sok Kwu Wan

To Cheung Chau Island

You can only take a ferry to Cheung Chau Island from Central, Lantau Island or Aberdeen. For most travelers from Hong Kong downtown, Central is an advantageous pier to get on the ferry to Cheung Chau.

Departure PierRouteOperating HoursDurationTickets (HKD)
Central (Pier No.5)Central - Cheung Chau01:30; 04:15; departs nearly every 20-40 minutes during 06:10-00:3055-65 minutes for ordinary ferries; 35-40 minutes for fast ferries13.6/21.3 for ordinary ferries; 26.8 for fast ferries
Lantau (Mui Wo)Inter IslandsDeparts nearly every 2 hours during 06:00-23:59About 0.5 hour13.4
AberdeenAberdeen - Cheung ChauDeparts nearly every 2 hours during Around 07:00-22:45 from Mon. to Fri. and every 1 hour durong around 07:30-22:4555-65 minutes30 for single trip during Mon. to Fri.; 32 for single trip during Sat., Sun. and public holidays; 50 for round trip

Note: the above info of ticket prices, operating hours, duration, etc. of ferries, car driving, MTR to Hong Kong outlying islands is only for your reference. Please contact us to know the latest information.

Cheung Chau Island

Cheung Chau Island Sea Landscape

Hong Kong to Macau

A great number of travelers visit Macau with Hong Kong in one go. So far you can go by taking a ferry from downtown, getting on a coach across the new big Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge, flying by a helicopter, or hiring a private car.

By Ferry

Ferries operate very frequently from morning till night hours, and some even serve all night long. The whole journey takes only about 1 hour. There are four ferry terminals used for ferries to and from Hong Kong, and Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal and Hong Kong SkyPier are more frequently chosen for travelers.

DepartureArrivalDurationOperation HourTicket (HKD)
Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal
Macau Outer Harbor
55 minutesDepart every 0.5-1.5 hours during 00:30-06:00 and 15-30 minutes during 07:00-23:59171-391
Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal
1 hour07:30; 09:00; 10:30; 14:00; 15:30; 17:00; 18:30
Hong Kong SkyPier
70 minutes11:00; 18:00270-425
Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal
1 hourDepart nearly every 30 minutes during 07:00-23:59171-536
Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal
1 hour08:15; 09:15; 09:30; 11:15; 11:30; 12:15; 12:30171-391
Hong Kong SkyPier
65 minutes14:15; 16:15270-438

Note: the above info of ticket prices, operating hours, duration, etc. of ferries from Hong Kong to Macau is only for your reference. Please contact us to know the latest information.

Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal

Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal is at Sheung Wan at Hong Kong Island. Located at No.168-200 Connaught Rd Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong (香港上环干诺道中200号信德中心); 4 minutes walking to Sheung Wan MTR Station, Exit D.

Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal

Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal is on Kowloon Peninsula side. It is situated on Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong (香港九龙尖沙咀广东道33号中港城); 10 minutes walking distance to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, Exit A1.

Hong Kong SkyPier

The SkyPier is within Hong Kong International Airport. several ferries between Hong Kong and Macau depart and dock there. The address is: Sky City Road East, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau, Hong Kong (香港赤鱲角航天城东路 SkyPier, 4楼). You can get there for 8 minutes by Bus B4.

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By Coach

Shuttle buses are newly under service for passengers between Hong Kong and Macau. The route goes the magnificent Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge, so it presents you the terrify experience to witness this great world project and admire the marvelous seascape along your way to Macau. The shuttle buses are serving 24 hours a day, and depart every 5 minutes during peak period, 10-15 minutes during non-peak period, and 15-30 minutes overnight. It takes only about and costs 65 during day and 70 during night. The whole journey will need about 2 hours. You can take one at Hong Kong Port near the Airport. Besides, there are some cross-boundary coaches in downtown Hong Kong, such as Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, Kowloon Station, etc. to Macau.

By Helicopter

Sky Shuttle offers frequent daily helicopter between Hong Kong and Macau. It usually takes off every 0.5-1 hour during 10:30-22:59. The whole flight needs only 15 minutes and costs about HKD4300 for each person. If you are not considering about the expense, the terrific panorama of Hong Kong, Macau and South China Sea and also short time are really big advantages.

By Car

Of course, you can hire a car to get to Macau, and it usually needs about 1.5 hours. Also, you can choose the private car service from China Discovery. We will arrange comfortable private car to escort you from your hotel in anywhere in Hong Kong to Macau with speed and safety.

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Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge

Hong Kong Zhuhai Macau Bridge

How to Plan Your Hong Kong Tour

Hong Kong is a super appealing tourist city. Apart from its famous reputation of “Shopping Paradise”, there are a lot to discover during your stay! Usually, many travelers spend 1-2 days to visit the iconic Victoria Peak to catch her panorama and skyline, Lantau Island to see the holy Giant Buddha, Stanley Market to find some interesting articles, Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery to see peaceful land in bustling urban core, Aberdeen Fishing Village to hide from the urban, and also to taste the delicious Cantonese cuisines and seafood, etc. If you have 1-2 days more, you can discover Hong Kong deeper to Hong Kong Museum of History, Disneyland, and one of the popular outlying islands, such as Lamma, Cheung Chau, Tai O, etc., or spend time in Macau to seek the historical relics and nice food and snacks.

Furthermore, it is highly recommended to spend 4-6 days or more in total to discover more destinations in the Pearl River Delta, such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, etc.

Moreover, many visitors enjoy a China tour from Hong Kong, so you can also take that popular way to begin there and explore more highlight destinations in the vast country, such as Guilin, Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, etc.!

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Travel with China Discovery

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