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Hong Kong Transportation

Getting to Hong Kong

Hong Kong International Airport
International Airport

Hong Kong International Airport is one of the major transport hubs in Asia. As the fourth busiest international passenger airport in the world, it has some 750 aircraft movements every day and it operates 90 airlines to around 150 destinations around the world, including some 40 cities in Chinese Mainland. No matter where you travel from, overseas or Chinese Mainland cities, you can get there by plane.
 Hong Kong Flights:
Beijing - Hong Kong Flights
Shanghai - Hong Kong Flights

 Hong Kong International Airport


If travelers start from Beijing, Shanghai or some cities of Guangdong Province to Hong Kong, through train services are available. Tickets can be bought at Hung Hom or any Kowloon-Canton East Rail station, or through travel agents. As the intercity passenger services are cheaper than air services, it is the choice of lots of intercity passengers.
 Hung Hom Railway Station
 Hong Kong – Beijing
 Hong Kong - Shanghai
 Hong Kong – Guangzhou

Developed from a fishing village, Hong Kong has a lot of waters and piers. There are all together 4 cross-boundary ferry piers, one near the International Airport, one in Hong Kong Island, one in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, and one in Tuen Mun, New Territory. Daily direct sailings transfer between the city and Shenzhen, Macau as well as cities of Guangdong Provinces, like Zhuhai & Zhongshan.
  Hong Kong – Zhuhai & Zhongshan
 Hong Kong – Shenzhen

 Long-Distance Bus
Hong Kong has a variety of cross-boundary bus connections with destinations around Guangdong Province and beyond, including Xiamen, and Guangxi's Yangshuo and Guilin. With cross-boundary bus service, transit passengers at Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport have an easy and direct access to Hong Kong.
 Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport – Hong Kong   

 Hong Kong – Macau Helicopter
Helicopters provide the most expensive yet fastest mode of transport between Hong Kong and Macau.

Getting Around Hong Kong

In the subway, Hong Kong MTR
In the subway
Hong Kong is compact and easy to navigate, with street, bus and subway signs clearly marked in English. Travelers can ride on subway trains, light rail, bus, minibus, ferry, tram and taxi to transport them, yet they all have their own fare system and require a new ticket each time you transfer from one to another. However, if you are going to stay there for several days, think of buying the Octopus Card, with which you can hop on and off trains, trams and most buses and ferries, not worrying about purchasing tickets each time.

 Hong Kong MTR
The city's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is modern, fast and easy-to-use. It is safe to say that railroads are the backbone of the whole transportation network of Hong Kong. The city's MTR network now run 9 subway lines, 1 airport express line, 1 light rail system with 12 routes and 1 tourist cable car system Ngong Ping 360. By 2016, it will have 12 subway lines, stations of which will be a stone's throw from most residential areas.
 MTR Tickets & Fares      MTR Feeder Bus
 Disney Resort Line    East Rail Line    Island Line    Kwun Tong Line    Ma On Shan Line    Tseung Kwan O Line    Tusen Wan Line    Tung Chung Line    West Rail Line
 By Light Rail
 Hong Kong Subway Map

Most buses in the city are double-decker and some are air-conditioned. The buses serve Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territory and some parts of Lantau with a cheap fare. However, it is advised to get to know the route map first if visitors have no idea of their streets. One big offer for bus passengers is the great scenery outside the window.

Double-decker Buses in Hong Kong
Double-decker Buses
Taxi in Hong Kong
Taxi of the city

It is easy to flag down a taxi, especially at taxi stands or before hotels. To tell whether a taxi is with people in it or not, just see the light box on top of it or the mile indicator. Phone calls are made for taxi service if there is the need. It is worth to note that some of the tunnels are passed with tunnel fees.

 Public Light Bus
Two kinds of public light bus run around the city, one for set routes and the other for unfixed routes. The set route bus is yellow-green coated with fixed pick-up and get-off points. Ticket fare is paid before passengers hop on. Whereas, the unfixed route bus is red-yellow with destinations and fare written on a board on the front of the bus. The pick-up and get-off points can be wherever passengers want, so passengers tell driver the destination minutes before they hop off and pay.

 Tram & Escalator
Trams has run for more than a century solely in Hong Kong Island. Because of the sound trams make, they are called "Ding Ding" by the local. Trams are cheap and move slowly in downtown Hong Kong Island and thus a chance to enjoy the pictures around. Escalator is what visitors take to Victoria Peak for a panoramic Hong Kong. Nevertheless, the century-old escalator itself gives tourists a unique experience.

Tram in Hong Kong Island
Tram in Hong Kong Island
Hong Kong Ferry

Except for the trams, Star Ferry has also served the city for a century, running between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui and between Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom. It is really a great joy to take star ferry for the glittery and glamorous high-rises between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, especially during Christmas and New Year time. There are also other ferry services and it seems to be the only choice for those who head for outlying islands.