This is by far the cheapest method of travel in Hong Kong and is a sightseeing attraction in its own right. The ferry gives you amazing views across Victoria Harbour to the skyscrapers and mountains as a backdrop.
The ferry runs two routes, Tsim Sha Tsui – Central and Tsim Sha Tsui – Wan Chai. The Central is the most popular route and is probably the prettiest, particularly at night. It’s a nice way to cool down too!
They run every 6-12 minutes between 6.30am and 11.30pm and adult fare’s vary between $2.50-$3.40.
Ding Ding Trams
These tall and narrow streetcars are a slow but really enjoyable way of experiencing the city. Make sure that you sit at the front of the top deck to get the best views.
You’ll be charged a flat fare of $2.30 (you can use your Octopus card) regardless of how long your journey is. You can go the whole 16km journey if you like although your back might be aching at the end of it.
They operate from 6am until midnight and arrive every couple of minutes. We found them super cheap and convenient.
I wish I could tell you about the taxis, but I didn’t manage to hail one. Seriously, in a whole week. I’ve never dealt with such rude people who went out of their way not to help you. Uber is available, well-priced and a much nicer alternative however.
The MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is the rail network that connects the whole of Hong Kong, consisting of overground and underground elements. The carriages are impeccable as there is no smoking, eating or drinking permitted on them! Make sure you don’t break the rules, otherwise you could face a fine of $5,000
Trains run every 2 to 14 minutes, from 6am until midnight. Pick up an Octopus Card which is a ‘rechargeable’ smart card which saves you about 5% on normal fares. You can buy and recharge at MTR stations, they can also be used in convenience stores in each of the stations. You can buy a card for $150 which includes a $50 refundable deposit and $100 worth of travel.
Above all else, we felt safe at all times. The transport around Hong Kong was easy. I was amazed that public transport was easier than taxis!
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