Hong Kong transportation system is very efficient. It’s already my second time here in Hong Kong, but their transportation system still amazes me.
This post will be divided into three parts, so it will be easy to understand and remember. First would be from the airport to the city. Second would be around the city and lastly, from the city going to the airport.
But before anything else, please don’t forget to buy an Octopus Card upon your arrival in Hong Kong. Octopus Card is a must when visiting Hong Kong. You can use it for any mode of transportation or as a payment method in 7-Eleven or McDo, to name a few.
FROM AIRPORT TO THE CITY (BUS, MTR (AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN), TAXI)
From the airport, there are three kinds of transportation you can use from the airport to the city: train, bus, and taxi.
Taxi is the easiest way to go to the city but the most expensive one. During my first visit and now, my second visit in this city, I never used a taxi. Aside from the fact that taking the taxi is expensive, I do not find it practical as a budget traveler since Hong Kong transportation is very efficient. But if your budget is big enough and you prefer taking a taxi from a long flight, it might be worth trying the Hong Kong legendary red taxi at least once.
Apart from taxi, public transportation (bus and train) is the most common choice. However, if you want to travel by public transportation, the first thing you have to do is purchasing an Octopus Card.
Octopus card costs HK$150.00 (HK$50.00 – deposit and refundable when you return the card; HK$100.00 – the amount that you can use). Note that when you use Octopus Card, the money remained in this card will only appear as HK$100.00 but you can spend more than that (as long as it’s less than HK$50.00 that you deposited).
Where to buy an Octopus Card? As far as I know, if you are at the airport, the only place you can get an Octopus Card is at the counter named Train Tickets to the City. Yes, its name is “Train ticket” but it sells Octopus Card where you can use to any kind of transportation. No worries, I also got confused when I was there at the first time. I thought that they only sell train tickets. After you get your card, you can go straight from that counter to get your fast train or go to the bus terminus to take a bus.
If your hotel is around Mong Kok or Tsim Sha Tsui, you can take bus A21. You can also check this link to see A21 bus stops from the airport.
You can also take Hong Kong Airport Express Train from the Airport to Tsing Yi, Kowloon, and Hong Kong stations. You have the option to buy single trip or round trip tickets. For a huge discount, you can buy Airport Express tickets through KLOOK here.
IN THE CITY
KOWLOON ISLAND (BUS, MTR, TAXI)
You can use bus, MTR and taxi to travel in Kowloon Island but the cheapest and easiest transportation to use is MTR. Each stop will cost about HK$5.00 but it will be flexible depends on how far and how many stops you go.
HONG KONG ISLAND (BUS, MTR, TAXI, DING DING TRAM)
Transportation in Hong Kong Island is almost the same in Kowloon Island. However, Hong Kong Island has a special kind of transportation: Tram or Ding Ding Tram. Ding Ding Tram is an antique transportation from the time when England still dominated Hong Kong and it still remains until now as a means of transportation for old people and tourists. The perks of using tram are that no matter how long you go, it will only cost you $HK2.5 per ride. It is quite cheap compared to other transportations in Hong Kong. However, there will be no air conditioner in any trams and the speed is extremely slow. Also, you can use Octopus Card for the fare.
If you come to Hong Kong, you must try this unique and special transportation at least once.
FROM KOWLOON ISLAND TO HONG KONG ISLAND AND VICE VERSA (FERRY, MTR)
Taking the ferry is the most popular transportation for tourists when they want to travel between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. Although it’s quite slow, it still has numerous advantages which can overweight that disadvantage.
Imagining you are on a boat watching the sunset with wind whistling and the sparkling city fading behind. And all the money you have to pay for that scene is only HK$2.00 – HK$3.00. How stunning and CHEAP that picture is!
However, please note that you can only take the ferry from 10 am every day. Therefore, if you don’t have much time or you want to travel before 10 am, you should use MTR instead.
MTR is much easier to use. You just need to change MTR Lines from Red (Tsim Sha Tsui) to Blue (Central).
TO VICTORIA PEAK (PEAK TRAM, BUS, TAXI)
Peak Tram is the famous and unique way to get to Victoria Peak. You can have the chance to experience 27-degree slope with the amazing view of Hong Kong’s building from two sides. Nevertheless, you should notice that there are always countless people queuing for hours to take a tram. I booked my Peak Tram ticket through KLOOK, which helped me avoid waiting for hours at the ticket counter. However, this fast track ticket is not available for the return round so you can choose to queue or come back by bus. If you are lazy and impatient like me, taking the bus is a perfect choice. It’s not bad trying new things and watching the city from a different vehicle. Believe me, the view when you coming down from Victoria Peak might even more wonderful and breathtaking than in the Sky Terrance (which costs HK$90.00)
If you want to avoid queuing for hours, you can buy the Peak Tram ticket through KLOOK here.
Aside from taking the peak tram, you can also take Bus 15 from Exchange Square bus terminus (it is near MTR Hong Kong Station, exit D) or minibus 1 from the public transport interchange at MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit E. And lastly, the easiest but the most expensive option is to hire a taxi.
FROM THE CITY TO THE AIRPORT (BUS, MTR (AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN), TAXI)
I highly recommend to use the bus to go to the airport. You can ask your hotel’s receptionists about the bus stop’s information and don’t forget to check it again when you get there.
You can also use Airport Express Train going to the airport and you also have the option to check in your luggage at the station. You can buy a discounted Airport Express Ticket here.
Lastly, the easiest but the most expensive option to get to the airport is by taking a taxi.
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Did you already travel to Hong Kong? What is/are the mode of transportation you used?
I would love to hear your experiences! Leave your tips, suggestions, insights, violent reactions on the comment box below!
This post might be helpful when you go to Hong Kong and want to use the public transportation aside from taxi.
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