For visitors travelling within Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories, the quickest and most efficient way to get around is by train, more affectionately known to locals as the MTR.
Located conveniently within most major areas, the pristine MTR trains may be slightly pricier than buses and trams, but are still a clear choice when there isn’t time to burn. The MTR consists of 5 underground lines (Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island, Tung Chung and Tseung Kwan O), 3 suburban rail lines (West, East and Ma On Shan lines), and the Airport Express.
While service times vary from line to line, the majority of them begin operations daily at 06:00am and run all the way to 01:00am the next morning.
Purchase a prepaid card (the uniquely monikered Octopus Card), that can be used to pay for most modes of public transport. You’ll also enjoy a discounted fare on the MTR when using the Octopus Card. These can be purchased and refunded at Customer Service Centers at all MTR stations.
Taxis are a dime a dozen, and flagging one down in Hong Kong isn’t quite as financially terrorising as in other major cities. With a significantly lower price point, it’s no wonder taxis are an oft-used mode of transport.
However, be alert when hailing one - some cars only drive within specific territories. There are 3 types of cars - green, blue and red. Opt for the red vehicles, which, while the priciest, have drivers that wouldn’t bat an eyelid about bringing you anywhere within the island.
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The ferry reigns as one of the locals’ main modes of transport. Ferries provide a cheap alternative to traversing the various islands, as well as offering great scenic views of the city skyline.
Responsible for shuttling thousands of people in and out of the main Hong Kong Island every day, it is sacrilegious not to experience at least one of these rides when visiting.
The iconic Star Ferry offers many routes, the most popular being the journey between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. The entire trip takes approximately 11 minutes and is a great way to break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
For a romantic amble through town, hop on board the double-decker trams, famous for peppering the roads with their colourful facades and rustic, dawdling sounds.
Affectionately known as to locals as ‘Ding Ding’, the trams have been running Hong Kong’s roads for more than 110 years. This charming mode of transport moves only in two directions - east and west, making it extremely easy for visitors to plan their route. And with its pocket-friendly flat-fare of HK$2.30, you can indulge in some very affordable sightseeing.
Be warned though, trams can get very packed during peak hours and it may be tricky to both to jump on, or alight