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Hong Kong Taxi & Public Light Bus

 

Taxi

Hong Kong Taxi
Hong Kong Taxi

There are more than 18,000 taxies serving the public in Hong Kong. They are in three colors and serve designated areas: red cabs (urban cabs) cover most destinations within the city except Tung Chung Road and roads in south Lantau Island; green ones (New Territories cabs) operate in the north-eastern part (i.e. north of Sha Tin) and north-western part (i.e. north of Tsuen Wan) of the New Territories; blue ones (Lantau cabs) serve on Lantau Island and Chek Lap Kok. All cabs can reach HKIA and Disneyland Resort.

Note: For journeys passing the following toll tunnel, toll road or toll area, extra fee is required to pay by passengers: HK$30 for Lantau Link, HK$10 for Cross-harbour Tunnel, HK$15 for Eastern Harbour Crossing, and HK$15 for Western Harbour Crossing. For other toll tunnels, roads, and areas, the fee is the drivers' responsibility.

 Taxi Fare:

Price Red Taxi Green Taxi Blue Taxi
Flag-down rate (for the prior 2km(1.2mi)) HK$22 HK$18.5 HK$17
Unit rate for every subsequent 0.2km (0.12mi) or every minute's waiting below a specific amount (HK$78 for red cars, HK$60.5 for green cars, and HK$143 for blue cars) HK$1.6 HK$1.4 HK$1.4
Unit rate for every minute’s waiting above a specific amount (see above) HK$1 HK$1.2 HK$1.2
Each piece of luggage (excluding portable luggage) HK$5 HK$5 HK$5
Wheelchairs and crutches carried by the disabled Free Free Free
One pet (an animal or a bird) HK$5 HK$5 HK$5


To avoid problems, always have your destination written in Chinese on a card. Be sure to bring loose change instead of HK$500 and HK$1,000 notes. Taxi drivers are not obliged to make change. Get on and off cars on the left side of the street.

Roads with painted double yellow lines are forbidden zones for picking up passengers; you cannot take a taxi here. During rush hours, cabs may stop in front of some hotels. Always ask for the receipt before leaving the car because the car plate number is on it. If you are not satisfied with the service, you can make a complaint by dialing (852)28899999. If you leave anything on a cab, dial the 24-hour hotline for help: (852) 187 2920.

 Fare for some popular journeys for your reference:

Starting Point Tsim Sha Tsui Central Ocean Park Ngong Ping 360 HKIA Disneyland Resort
The Ocean Teminal HK$22 HK$105 HK$120 HK$225 HK$245 HK$185
Kai Tak Cruise Terminal HK$85 HK$125 HK$150 HK$265 HK$275 HK$220
Disneyland Resort HK$190 HK$245 HK$265 HK$230 HK$120 ---
Lok Ma Chau Check Point HK$240 HK$300 HK$290 --- HK$300 HK$240
HKIA HK$240 HK$295 --- HK$195 --- HK$120
Peak Galleria (Victoria Peak) HK$140 HK$75 HK$95 --- HK$350 HK$265

 

Public Light Bus

 
A Green-roofed Light Bus
A Green-roofed Light Bus
In Hong Kong, there is a kind of minibus called the public light bus and known locally as 'Van 仔' (Van Zai). This name is a combination of Chinese and English. In Cantonese, '仔' means 'small' or 'young'. The natives also speak Cantonese; hence, they like to use this character.

The public light bus plays a very important role within Hong Kong's urban traffic system. It reaches the areas that subway trains and regular buses cannot go so many locals travel upon them. If you want to experience the life of ordinary people whilst there, you might want to have a go.

A public light bus has 16 seats. They are red and green-roofed and their bodies' color is light yellow. The red-roofed ones, also known as 'red vans' do not have regular routes, scheduled departure times, or fixed fares so red vans are not suitable for visitors unfamiliar with their routes. Most red vans provide a 24-hour service and usually, passengers pay for their journey in cash when they are ready to get off. As a rule red vans do not accept the Octopus Card With the exception of the forbidden zones indicated with a yellow line, they are free to stop anywhere.

Differing from the red vans, the green-roofed ones have regular routes, schedules and standard fixed fares and as such, provide a better service. In line with the Hong Kong Government's policy to convert red vans to green, more scheduled routes are being introduced.

Tip: Most of the public light bus drivers are only able to speak Cantonese. They cannot speak English, or even Putonghua (Mandarin Chinese). Therefore, as a visitor, if taking the public light bus, you should be familiar with their routes or know some Cantonese.