Hong Kong MTR

 Brief Intro

Hong Kong Subway Map
Hong Kong Subway Map
MTR, or Mass Transit Railway, is the rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong. The railway network consists of nine urban lines, one Airport Express line which connects the Airport and downtown, one light rail system with 12 routes serving the northwest New Territories, and one tourist cable car system Ngong Ping 360. In addition, it includes MTR feeder bus service, intercity passenger transfer. There are 84 railway stations and 68 light rail stops connecting Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and many new districts. Due to its efficiency and affordability, the MTR system is a common mode of public transport in Hong Kong, with over 4 million trips made in an average weekday.

 Nine Urban Subway Lines
East Rail Line: between Lo Wu/Lok Ma Chau and Hung Hom
Kwun Tong Line: between Yau Ma Tei and Tiu Keng Leng
Tsuen Wan Line: between Tsuen Wan and Central
Island Line: between Sheung Wan and Chai Wan
Tung Chung Line: between Tung Chung and Hong Kong
Tseung Kwan O Line: between North Point and Po Lam/LOHAS Park
Disneyland Resort Line: between Sunny Bay and Disneyland Resort
West Rail Line: between Tuen Mun and Hung Hom.
Ma On Shan Line: between Tai Wai and Wu Kai Sha

Tickets & Fares
Hong Kong's subway utilizes a stage fare system. Single-ticket, one-way fares range from HK$3.5 to HK$55, depending on the distance. If using Octopus Card, you can enjoy a discounted fare. Credit card-size plastic train tickets are inserted into slots at entry turnstiles, retrieved, and inserted again at exits.

 Service Hours
Unlike most other forms of public transport in that city, the MTR is very rarely affected by traffic jam and bad weather. The trains run from early morning till late night, seven days a week, all 365 days of the year. High frequency schedules ensure tourists will never have to wait more than a few minutes for another train during rush hours, 08:30 to 09:00 and 18:00 to 19:00.
Tsim Sha Tsui Station
Tsim Sha Tsui Station
Single Journey Ticket Issuing Machine
Single Journey Ticket Issuing Machine
 Trains and Stations
All of the trains and most of the subway stations are air-conditioned to create a relaxed, hassle-free environment. Visitors will find the journey a pleasant one especial during the hot, humid summer months. Almost all of the subway stations are equipped with multiple, clearly identified exits for travelers' convenience. Platforms at all MTR stations are linked to the stations' main concourses by escalators. While on the concourses themselves, passengers can discover minibanks and kiosks selling daily necessities plus other auxiliary services items such as sale of books, magazines, cakes and cosmetics. Moreover, many trains broadcast news coverage. When riding on the East Rail, West Rail and Ma On Shan lines, passengers can even catch regularly undated audio-visual news bulletins from Newline Express.

 Customer Service Center / Information Center
The Customer Service Centers at the stations along the Kwun Tong, Tsuen Wan, Island, Tung Chung and Tseung Wan O Lines provide many services such as sale and value-adding of Octopus Cards and replacement of malfunctioning tickets. Moreover, the Customer Service Centers collect excess fares and provide change for passengers purchasing tickets from vending machines. The Ticket Centers/Customer Service Centers at the stations along the East Rail Line, West Rail Line and Ma On Shan Line provide information and ticketing services such as sale and value-adding of Octopus Card and replacement of malfunctioning tickets. These Ticketing Centers also provide change for passengers purchasing tickets from vending machines. Those needing to pay excess fares or obtain assistance with malfunctioning tickets may also visit the Customer Service Centers at these stations.
Passengers can call the MTR Hotline (852) 2881 8888 which is manned between 08:30 to 18:00 on weekdays and between 08:30 and 13:00 on Saturdays (Except public holidays) for assistance. After office hours, general MTR service information via the Interactive Voice Recognition System is obtainable.
Queuing for subways
Queuing for subways
In the subway
In the subway
 Future Expansions
Hong Kong MTR has got plans for new lines. Provisions are made to upgrade the existing infrastructure. New subway links to the stations are also being made for better access.
Expected Date of Operation Routes Termini Estimated Length
Year 2014 West Island Line Sheung Wan - Kennday Town 3km
Year 2015 Guangzhou - Hong Kong Express Rail Link (Hong Kong Section) West Kowloon - Shenzhen & Hong Kong border 26km
Year 2015 South Island Line (East Section) Admiralty - South Horizons 7km
Year 2015 Shatin - Central (Tai Wai to Hung Hom Section) Tai Wai - Hung Hom 11km
Year 2015 Kwun Tong Line Extension Yau Ma Tie - Whampoa 3km
Year 2019 Shatin - Central (trans-sea Section) Hung Hom - Admiralty 6km

Related Link: Hong Kong Transportation Map