Getting around in Hong Kong is so simple and easy with well-run public and private transport options. Tourists can choose themselves the most suitable way to explore at a reasonable price but also the option to actually sightsee while travelling.
Fares for a single journey range from about HK$4 to HK$25, depending on the distance travelled. Although it is more expensive than the bus or ferry, the MTR is quick, clean, convenient and offers comprehensive coverage. Beware of rush hours (08:00 – 09:30 and 17:30 – 19:00), when trains are crammed to the hilt with passengers and you may find it difficult to get on and off.
The Kowloon – Canton Railway Company (KCR) is Kowloon peninsula’s version of the MTR. Key MTR and the KCR lines intersect at several main stations. Fares are slightly cheaper than those of the MTR.
The Star Ferry is a popular public transport vehicle and a tourist attraction as well as being a symbol of Hong Kong. The Star Ferry Company came into existence around 1898 and since then its ferries have been shuttling busily between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. There are 12 double-deck ferries and each ferry has a cabin on the upper deck that is equipped with air conditioning, but many prefer the lower deck for better views.
There are three, colour-coded taxi zones in Hong Kong: Hong Kong Island (red taxis), New Territories (green), and Lantau Island (blue). All taxis are air-conditioned and metered, and most are licensed to carry a maximum of five passengers.
Although some drivers understand English, it is advisable to get someone to write down your intended destination in Chinese, and/or ask someone to tell the driver in Cantonese before you go. Taxis are hard to come by at rush hours (08:00 – 09:30 and 17:30 – 19:00) and around 16:00, when the shifts change.
Have a good look around at the top before enjoying a snack or a meal there. There’s a good path to walk down for those feeling energetic.
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