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
 Guangzhou - 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.  

 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, Hong Kong to Guangzhou Bus

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


Transportation to Other Cities

 How to Travel from Hong Kong to Guangzhou

 How to Travel between Hong Kong and Dongguan

 Hong Kong - Beijing Train vs. Flight

 Hong Kong - Shanghai Train vs. Flight  


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 Apr. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Hong Kong Transportation
Asked by Tin from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 24, 2019 22:11Reply
Which shuttle bus should I take from Airport Express Kowloon Station to Canada Hotel,
Chung King Mansions, Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui?
Answers (1)
Answered by Selina from CANADA | Jul. 29, 2019 19:17

Take MTR (Tung Chung Line) from Kowloon Station to Hong Kong Station, and transfer to Tsuen Wan Line from Central Station to Tsim Sha Tsui (E Exit). It takes around 35 minutes with HK$4.6.
Asked by Tanya China from CHINA | Jul. 03, 2019 01:36Reply
Im traveling from guangzhou to hongkong then South Africa same day do l need transit visa
Answers (1)
Answered by Gia from USA | Jul. 04, 2019 19:59

If your stopover time is less than 24 hours, then you are eligible for 24-hour visa-free transit. And you don't need a visa.
Asked by LIIY | Jun. 24, 2019 14:19Reply
Border crossing Hong Kong - Guangzhou South
I am wondering if there is enough changing train time between the selected trains below
HK [West Kowloon] to Guangzhou South G6582 08:25-09:28
Answers (1)
Answered by Mason from USA | Jun. 25, 2019 18:18

What do you mean? It is a direct high speed train that you don't need to change train in halfway.
Asked by Quin Real from PHILIPPINES | May. 07, 2019 05:02Reply
hiii!! how do we get to apm mall from rambler garden hotel??
Answers (1)
Answered by Mandy from NEW ZEALAND | May. 08, 2019 20:21

Take 42A (KMB) from Ching Tao House Cheung Ching Estate to Jordan (West Kowloon Station) Bus Terminus and transfer to W2 (KMB) to Kwun Tong Station. It takes about 2 hours to get and costs around HKD12.
Asked by marites from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 18, 2019 02:15Reply
what bus No. I need to take from Hong Kong Internatjional Airport to HZMB?
I will be heading to Macau. thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Paloma from CANADA | Apr. 22, 2019 00:23

Upon landing, take bus no.A29 from airport HZMB Passenger Clearance Building.
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