Hong Kong Transportation

Getting There

Hong Kong International Airport


Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) 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.

 Beijing - HK Flights
 Shanghai - HK Flights


The Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Railway has connected Hong Kong with many cities in Mainland China including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Guilin, Kunming, Guiyang, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Changsha, and Wuhan.  A few traditional style trains still run between Hong Kong and Beijing/ Shanghia/ Guangzhou, taking much longer time. 

 Developed from a fishing village, this area 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 (HK) Island, one in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, and one in Tuen Mun, New Territories. Daily direct sailings transfer between the city and Shenzhen, Macau as well as cities of Guangdong Provinces, like Zhuhai & Zhongshan.
  HK - Zhuhai & Zhongshan Ship
  HK - Shenzhen Ship
 It has a variety of cross-boundary buses connections with destinations in Guangdong Province and beyond, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Yangshuo, Guilin and more. There are also cross-boundary buses connecting Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport and Hong Kong. Besides, with the construction of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, traveling between Hong Kong and Macau by land has been possible and a long-distance bus ride between takes around 2 hours generally.

 Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport - HK
 Helicopters provide the most expensive yet fastest mode of transport between Hong Kong and Macau.

Getting Around

In the subway, Hong Kong MTR

It 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.

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 in this area. The city's MTR network now run 10 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. 
 Subway Map 

Most buses in the city are double-decker and some are air-conditioned. The buses serve HK 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

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.

 Visitors usually choose to take the Peak Tram to climb to the Victoria Peak to have a full view of the beautiful scenery of the city. It is the earliest transportation means operated since 1888. Taking the tram is regarded as the best way to explore this city; thousands of visitors are delivered everyday.
 Trams has run for more than a century solely in HK Island. Because of the sound trams make, they are called "Ding Ding" by the local. Trams are cheap and move slowly in downtown HK 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 HK 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.
 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.

- Last modified on Jan. 22, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Transportation
Asked by Lawrence Lam from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 22, 2019 15:05Reply
My Flight will be arrived Hong Kong International Airport by 11:00pm
If I missed last bus E21 (11:30pm) to Mei Foo, what bus should I take?
Answers (1)
Answered by Chase from CANADA | Jan. 22, 2019 19:00

You can take bus no.E21 from Airport Ground Transportation Centre, and get off at Mei Foo, Cheung Sha Wan Road. It takes around 70 mins on the way. The ticket fare is 14HKD per person.
Asked by Eric van Rhijn from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 26, 2018 18:10Reply
Can I use the seniors Octopus card on the airport express and how much is the fare for Seniors
I have a bought Seniors Octopus card
Answers (1)
Answered by Hazel from FINLAND | Dec. 28, 2018 00:21

Yes, you can use the seniors Octopus card on the Airport Express. But as I know, there is no discount.
Asked by Cristine Tan from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 15, 2018 22:41Reply
We are checked in at Hong Kong Le Prabelle in Portland.
Where is the nearest stop we can get off, taking the E21 (as it is cheaper) from the airport. We are 3 adults, and luggage is not that heavy (yet).

From our Hotel back to airport, what do you suggest, with shortest walk?
Answers (3)
Answered by Charlie from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 17, 2018 19:55

Upon landing, you can take bus no.E21 from Airport (Ground Transportation Centre) to Mong Kok Police Station, Nathan Road. The whole way takes around 75 mins. The ticket fare is 14HKD per person. After arriving, walk southwest around 100 meters to find your hotel.
Answered by Cristine Tan from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 17, 2018 22:18

Thank you for the quick response. Where do we get off? What bus stop?

Also, from our Hotel back to airport, what do you suggest, with the shortest walk?
Answered by Charlie | Dec. 18, 2018 18:28

The bus stop is named as Mong Kok Police Station, Nathan Road. In addition, the return way is the same.
Asked by Cathe from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 12, 2018 06:27Reply
Hong Kong Harbour plaza hotel 8 degree to ngong pin 360
What is the best ride options and cheaper to go to ngong pin from our hotel?
Answers (1)
Answered by Penelope from ICELAND | Dec. 13, 2018 00:04

Take bus no.E23 from Mok Cheong Street, Ma Tau Chung Road to Tung Chung Fire Station, Shun Tung Road. Then transfer to bus no.23 to Ngong Ping. The whole way takes around 110min with the fare of 35.2HKD per person.
Asked by Margaret from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 05, 2018 00:00Reply
Come from Hong Kong Airport. I will go to Guangzhou Hotel.
How can i get there thru train for me to have cheaper rate?
Answers (1)
Answered by David from USA | Dec. 09, 2018 19:17

You can first take the bus A21 to Hung Hom Ralway Station, costing HKD33. Then take the direct train to Guangzhou East Railway Station, costing HKD190. Then, take the metro line 1 at East Railway Station and get off at Dongshankou. Then transfer to the metro line 6 and get off at Haizhu Square. The metro ride costs CNY4. Then walk about 160 meters to the hotel.
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