Hong Kong Transportation
Hong Kong transportation is fast and efficient, be it by air,
sea, or land. Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) has excellent
service internationally, the subway system is one of the best in the
world, and ferries combine sightseeing with transport.
Hong Kong Airport
Hong Kong is a main gateway to China and much of East Asia.
Therefore the international air service is excellent and competition
keeps the fares relatively low compared to neighboring countries.
Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is a great asset to Hong
Kong as one of the most important hubs for international passenger and
cargo traffic in the region. It has won many prestigious awards due to
excellent service. 90% of passengers wait less than 15 minutes at
check-in areas, and the last bags arrives in the reclaim hall within
Regular flights to about 40 destinations in mainland China mean
HKIA is the airport of choice for many international travelers as a
transfer hub. Examples of major companies based at the airport include
the two Hong Kong carriers Cathay Pacific Airways and Dragonair (Hong
Kong Dragon Airlines Limited).
The passenger terminal offers a wide range of facilities
including rest lounges, both free and paid Internet lounges, and a
children's play area as well as a proliferation of TV screens for news
and entertainment. In addition there is high-speed Wi-Fi Internet
access almost everywhere.
The SkyPlaza is part of the larger development called Sky City
which will also includes the Asia World-Expo Exhibition Center, a
second hotel project, a 9-hole golf course, as well as a permanent
cross-boundary ferry terminal.
How to Get to the Airport
The Shuttle Bus Running between Hong Kong Airport and the
Transport to and from the airport is very convenient.
Airport shuttle buses are very convenient, and take only
24 minutes from the airport to Central District. They operate from
05:50 to 01:15, and run every 12 minutes. Airport shuttle buses link
the airport with the business district in Central District and most
areas in Hong Kong.
The last bus leaves the airport at 12:48 pm.
Hotel shuttle buses are also available between the
airport and some big hotels in Hong Kong. The service counters are C07
and C08 in the Tourist Bus Station, Passenger Terminal Building (
telephone number: 00852 2261 2188).
The SkyPier service enables passengers to and from the
Pearl River Delta to journey to HKIA by high-speed cross-boundary
ferries. Travelers arriving to Sky Pier then proceed to the passenger
terminal by special buses directly for their flights without having to
go through immigration and customs formalities. This has cut travel
times from some PRD ports by half.
In addition to cross-boundary ferry service, some 200 coach
trips are made every day by five bus companies linking HKIA with 40
towns and cities in the PRD. Calling at smaller towns to optimize each
route, the coaches pass through border immigration and customs checks.
Information about Airport Shuttle Buses
Transportation Within the City
Hong Kong is small and crowded, therefore public transport is
the only practical way to get around. Consequently, public transport
is cheap, fast, and generally efficient.
The Buses of Hong Kong
The extensive bus system offers a bewildering number of routes
that take you just about anywhere in Hong Kong. Most visitors use the
buses to explore the south side of Hong Kong Island and the New
Territories. Northern Hong Kong and Kowloon are best explored by the
In Central, the most important bus station is on the ground
floor under the Exchange Square. From here, you can catch buses to
Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, Stanley and other southern destinations.
In Kowloon, the Star Ferry Bus Station is the most useful, with
buses to the MTR stations and eastern and western Kowloon.
The Hong Kong subway (MTR) is clean, fast, safe and easy. It is
one of the world's most modern subway systems. Though it costs a bit
more than other forms of public transport, it is the quickest way to
get to most destinations.
Trains run every 2-4 minutes from 6am to 1am daily on nine
lines and the Airport Express. Fares range from HK$5 to HK$15. If you
plan on doing a lot of traveling, the Octopus Card offers excellent
value on MTR, LRT, KMB, City bus and HKF ferries. Octopus Cards can be
purchased from ticket offices or customer service centers in MRT and
LRT stations, and certain ferry piers of the HKF.
For short trips, the MTR is not the best value. For example, if
you want to cross the harbor from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central, the MTR is
about five times the price of the Star Ferry without the views and is
only slightly faster. However, if your destination is further away,
the MTR is considerably faster than a ferry or a bus and about the
Hong Kong Trams
Hong Kong Island Trams are an integral part of the transport
network and charm of Hong Kong Island.
The Taxies of Hong Kong
Hong Kong taxis are not too expensive compared to other major
modern cities. Taxis are usually easy to flag down, except at bus
stops and restricted areas where the curb is painted yellow, and
during rush hours.
Taxi fares start at around HK$15. If you go through any harbor
tunnels, you must pay the toll twice as the driver's return toll has
to be paid as well.
Many taxis have a card that lists the top 50 destinations in
English, Cantonese and Japanese. This is useful as most drivers don't
speak English. It's a good idea to have your destination written down
in Chinese. If you leave something behind in the taxi or feel a taxi
driver has ripped you off, get the taxi number and call the police
hotline on 2527-7177.
There is no need to drive yourself around Hong Kong, unless you
are planning an excursion to the New Territories. Even then, you may
do better with public transport unless you are going to a very remote
Car rental companies require either an International Driver's
Permit or one from your home country and a credit card deposit of
HK$5,000. Drivers must be at least 25 years of age. Daily rates range
from HK$700 for a small car to HK$3,000 for an up-market vehicle.
Reputable car rental companies are: Ace in Happy Valley (Tel:
2560-8689) and Avis in Causeway Bay (Tel: 2890-6988)
Hong Kong's ferries are almost always faster and cheaper than
the buses, and also provide fantastic photo opportunities. Fares are
reasonable, except on weekends when the prices nearly double.
Hong Kong Local people take the star ferry
The Star Ferry crosses the harbor between Central and Kowloon,
taking just 7 minutes. Ferries operate every 5-10 minutes. Adults over
65 years of age ride free and children under 12 are discounted.
The HKF Company operates a number of ferries and hovercrafts
between Hong Kong, Kowloon, and the New Territories. Hovercrafts are
twice as fast as conventional boats, and more modern and comfortable.
The drawback is that they are not particularly smooth and when the
weather is rough, hovercrafts bounce considerably.
Ferries to the Outlying Islands of Lantau, Lamma, Cheung Chau,
and Peng Chau islands depart from the front of Exchange Square in
Central. The piers are all clearly signposted. On weekends, there are
a few ferries to Lantau and Cheng Chau from the Star Ferry terminal in
Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon.
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