Getting around Hong Kong can be overwhelming. For help navigating Hong Kong like a pro, here’s a guide to the various methods of public transport…
Getting around Hong Kong
a guide to public transport
Arriving in a new city can be overwhelming. Especially a dense, sprawling metropolis like Hong Kong. Throw in a dash of jet lag and the nightmare is real. Navigating public transport is usually the last thing I want to be doing. Thankfully, Hong Kong’s public transport systems are first class, affordable and easy to use.
~ Octopus Card ~
~ Transferring from Hong Kong Airport ~
Modes of Transport
There are three ways to transfer from the airport, either by taxi, bus or train. Of the three, my personal recommendation would be by train (the Airport Express). Although, I appreciate that those arriving by night and for the first time might prefer to take a taxi, notwithstanding it being more expensive. The bus is the cheapest option. If this is your preference, here’s a link to the bus routes and timetables. I’ve never used the bus, but a friend did without any problems whatsoever. It just takes quite a bit longer with traffic etc.
My experience of the Airport Express is very positive. It is clean, comfortable and quick; whisking passengers from the Airport to Central in 24 minutes. Trains departevery 10 minutes between 05:54 – 23:28 and every 12 minutes from 23:28 – 00:48. A full timetable can be found on the Airport website.
Using the Airport Express
~ Riding the MTR ~
Navigating the lines
Navigating the stations
Another useful tool is Google maps – when zoomed in it highlights the individual subsidiary exits. This is especially useful for working out the most straightforward route to an intended destination, as shown below. For example, if you’re hungry and the Jordan MTR stop is on your route, make sure you use exit C2 and take the short walk to Australia Dairy Company. Why the Australia Dairy Company, you ask? For the best damn scrambled eggs and delicious steamed milk pudding. For more food tips, check out my Tastes of Hong Kong article.
~ The Ding Dings ~
The Ding Dings derive their name because the drivers ring the bell twice when approaching a station. They make up the tram network which runs across Hong Kong Island. The Ding Dings have a long history, having been first commissioned into service in 1905. Because all trams are double deckers, a set on the top deck is a great way to check out the city’s sights. In fact, they are one of my top 10 things to do in Hong Kong.
If that isn’t enough of a reason for you, they are also the most affordable way of travelling around Hong Kong Island. Each journey is a set price (HK$2.70) regardless of how far you travel. Simply tap in and out with your Octopus card. Another benefit of the Ding Dings is that they are zero emission and great for the environment.
~ The Star Ferry ~
The Star Ferry is a Hong Kong institution. These iconic ferries are even older than the Ding Dings and have sailed between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island since 1888. Ferries depart Hong Kong Island from pier 7 (located in Central) and Kowloon from the Tsim Sha Tsui pier. A single trip on the ferry will set you back $HK2.70. The journey offers some splendid views of the Hong Kong Island skyline.
~ Public Light Buses ~
Great for Photos
~ The Peak Tram ~
Best way to ride the Peak Tram
Now you’re all set to get around Hong Kong like a pro. Let me know how you get on…