Get an actopus card!
If you're going to be in Hong Kong for more than a day or two, take the time & put a deposit down for an octopus card. It's basically a checking card for HK transportation, and includes the busses, trains, subway, some taxis, some vending machines, etc. It's incredibly efficient, and keeps things moving well. And you can recharge it whenever you need to at just about any station.
Hong Kong MTR
Hong Kong has one of the world's best transport systems and it needs to be the best, what with a population of 7 million and being one of the most densely populated areas in the world. The MTR (Mass Transit Railway) relieves some of Hong Kong's transportation woes by means of an underground metro system, overland light rail and regional rail systems plus feeder buses.
The metro is fast, efficient and convenient and links all the main areas of Hong Kong except those on the southern side of Hong Kong Island. It has 8 lines plus an Airport Express line that connects the International Airport with Kowloon and Hong Kong Island and the Disneyworld line on Lantau Island. Fares vary depending on where and how far you want to travel and tickets are available by vending machines and can be purchased with cash. A useful alternative, (if planning multiple trips), is a rechargeable smart card called an Octopus Card which can be topped-up at any vending machine and which offer cheaper fares.
The KCR (Kowloon-Canton Railway) West & East Rail lines are now operated under the MTR flag and link the New Territories with Kowloon. The East Rail Line follows the path first laid down in 1910. It connects the Hong Kong/China border to Hung Hom in Kowloon whilst the West Rail Line opened in 2003.
The Airport Express MTR Line links Hong Kong International Airport with Kowloon and Hong Kong stations and is the best way to get from the airport to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. Trains leave every 12 minutes and fares cost HK$90 to/from Kowloon and HK$100 to/from Hong Kong station.
Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Ltd
Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Ltd operate the following routes
Central back and forth Lamma Island Yung Shue Wan
Central back and forth Lamma Island Sok Kwu Wan
Central back and forth Lamma Island Pak Kok Tsuen
Aberdeen back and forth Lamma Island Yung Shue Wan(via Lamma Island Pak Kok Tsuen)
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During our three-day stay in Kowloon, we walked everywhere. Most of the attractions are all near Tsim Sha Tsui, where most of the shopping places and restaurants are located.
Otherwise, the MTR stations are located on all major streets.
Efficient, fast, and cheap - THE MTR of HK
MTR, or Mass Transit Railway, is the rapid transit railway system in Hong Kong.
Excellent links all around the islands and districts of Hong Kong, including the airport,
Due to its efficiency and affordability, the MTR system is a common mode of public transport in Hong Kong, with over 4 million trips made in an average weekday.
This exceptional piece of modern engineering has only been in service around 29 years, below are the fares breakdown.
(TAKEN FROM MTR WEB)
*Only children below the age of 12, senior citizens 65 years or older are eligible for the concessionary rate on all lines.
*Full-time Hong Kong students between the ages of 12 and 25 qualify for the concessionary rate on the Tsuen Wan Line, Kwun Tong Line, Island Line, Tseung Kwan O Line, Tung Chung Line and Disneyland Resort Line
*The fare to all stations in a "zone" is the same and increases with distance, especially if the journey involves a harbour crossing. Adult fares range from HK$3.00 to $47.50. Concessionary fares are usually half the adult fare, and range from HK$2.20 to $23.80
*Two types of tourist passes are available: one allows unlimited rides on the urban lines for a single day (at HK$50), one allows unlimited rides on the East Rail Line, West Rail Line, Feeder Buses and Light Rail ($30), while the other allows three days of unlimited rides on the urban lines, with a stored value of HK$20, refundable deposit of HK$50 and choice of either a single (HK$220) or return (HK$300) trip on the Airport Express.*
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kowloon to disneyland/oceanpark
which part of kowloon will u be staying? we stayed in tsim sha tsui when we were there and took the bus from airport and back, though u can also take the MTR and it's the fastest way. First thing u should do from the airport is get the Octopus Card, u'l be able to use that for MTR or bus. No conductor is there to collect the fare or give u the tickets, it is NOT like Manila or any in the Phils. where u can pay to the driver or conductor. ;)
From nathan road, u can take the MTR to admiralty station and take the bus from there to Ocean park. Going to Disneyland, take the MTR to Sunny Bay Station, and from there, take another MTR to Disneyland. And oh, pls be prepared for too much walking and it's best that u should wear sneakers while roaming around Hongkong. (i ended up having sore feet/legs since i used flats)... Have a nice Trip!
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As much as possible, the best and fastest way to go around Hong Kong is via MTR, even from the airport! (But only if you only have very little luggage with you). Cost far less than most transport system.
An Octupus card surely ease your transport around HK (for almost all transport forms), but token and single-trip cards will also be ok. It depends on how much travel will you be doing.
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Cheap Airport to downtown
Airport Express is a dedicated airport railway providing fast and reliable service to the passengers. The operating hours are 0550 to 0115 daily
Great bus service, cool drivers and cheapest form, without the main of changing Lanes on the MTR,
Straight to the hotel,
To Airport from Adult
(Valid for 1 month)
Hong Kong Station 100 180
Kowloon Station 90 160
Tsing Yi Station 60 110
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AVOID HK TAXIS IF YOU CAN!
If you have to go around Kowloon, taxis are not recommended as the drivers are very tricky. When you flag them and tell them where you're going, they say they know it and will take you. Once you're there and been travelling for a while and they are stuck in traffic, they will say, no English, get off because the place is just nearby already (which is often the opposite!)
Trust me, I have spoken to quite a few people who've been to HK, they have the same experience. IO have visited HK three times due to work, and the lasrt time was just because I took my family with me to Manila and I wanted the boys to see Ocean Park. Disneyland wasn't there yet in HK!
So take a bus tour, whatever, just avoid taxis there if you can help it!Take the train instead and walk or find accommodation near the sights/restaurants. Anyway, most hotels are near everything!
Here's an example of the tax (courtesy of google)i- they have red, blue, green taxis, look the the HK tourism website- discoverhongkong.com for more info
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You can practically get around anywhere in the city and it's very easy to navigate. You just go to an automated kiosk, punch in your destination and the system tells you how much to pay. You pay and a ticket is issued. Voile! When on the MTR, there is an annoucment of the next stop as well a map of the subway route showing where you are in the route. It's especially convenient when going to the airport. The MTR will take you to the enrtrance of the airport and advise which way you need to exit depending on your airline. There's also plenty of space for your luggage.
Star Ferry Pier
As Hong Kong is a collection of peninsulas and islands, ferries are a very important means of getting from one point to another. The subway helps to connect Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, Lantau Island and the airport, but there are still many parts of the territory that are not serviced by the metro. Ferries help to overcome this hurdle, and also allow you to see some of the spectacular scenery of the Delta and the rocky islands that dot the waterscape. The Star Ferry Pier, located on the tip of Tsim Sha Tsui, just south of the Harbour City shopping complex, provides ferry service to Hong Kong Island from Kowloon. There are no international ferries that depart from here (i.e. to Macau or China). The tourist office just outside the ferry terminal helps to provide foreigners with great tips on which ferries to take to get to different parts of the territory, and is a great source for finding out how to navigate the waterways.
Getting around using the Octopus Card
The best way of getting around is by a combination of MTR rail service, buses, trams (on Kowloon & Hong Kong island) and ferries. You can purchase an Octopus Card (see photo) which enable you to use almost all types of transport, including the tram to Victoria Peak ! Very convenient indeed !
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MRT in Hongkong, cheap way around for tourist!
MTR is a good way around hong kong especially forn us tourist since most public bus drivers in hong kong don't speak english of which I find Ironic since hong kong WAS A BRITISH COLONY for 150 YEARS! Taxi's charge exorbitant rates.
Rates for MTR are cheap and you can get an OCTOPUS CARD (a rechargeable contactless smart card used in an electronic payment system in Hong Kong for use on both the MTR and the KCR and is the most widely used electronic cash system for transactions in Hong Kong. The Octopus card uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology so that users need only hold the card in front of the reader. Physical contact is not required, and the card need not even be taken out because the reader can penetrate through materia) which you can add monetary credits for not only paying in the MTR but also at selected stores, pubs, bars in hongkong. MTR fares are slightly lower when using an Octopus card compared to using single journey tickets. For example, the cost of the 3-minute journey from Admiralty to Tsim Sha Tsui across the Victoria Harbour is (as of 2005) HK$7.9 using the Octopus card, compared with HK$9.0 for a single-journey ticketthere are two different fare classes on the MTR: Adult and concessionary.
Two types of tourist passes are available: one allows unlimited rides for a single day (at HK$50), while the other allows three days of unlimited rides on the MTR, with a stored value of HK$20, refundable deposit of HK$50 and choice of either a single (HK$220) or return (HK$300) trip on the Airport Express.
Similar to some other metro systems in the world, the fare payable by a passenger depends on the approximate distance travelled. The fare to all stations in a "zone" is the same and increases with distance, especially if the journey involves a harbour crossing. Adult fares range from HK$3.80 to $26.00. Concessionary fares are usually half the adult fare, and range from HK$2.40 to $13.00. Fares for the Airport Express Line are significantly higher.
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Chep Lap Kok, World's Largest Airport!
Chek Lap Kok Airport is the New International airport of Hongkong. It Replaced the Old Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon Peninsula in 1998. It is named Chep Lap kok since it is on the site of the island of Chep Lap Kok, which was demolished and remodeled for use as an international airport.
It opened for commercial operations in 1998, and is an important regional trans-shipment centre, passenger hub and gateway for destinations in China, East Asia and Southeast Asia. Despite its relatively short history, the airport has won several notable international "Best Airport" awards, although it lost out to Singapore Changi Airport in the Skytrax "Best airport" award in 2006, having won it from 2001-2005. It is currently given a rating of five stars by Skytrax's airport grading exercise along with two other airports.
The airport operates around-the-clock and is capable of handling 45 million passengers and three million tonnes of cargo a year. It is the primary hub for Cathay Pacific and Dragonair, along with several other smaller airlines, including Hong Kong Express Airways, Hong Kong Airlines, Oasis Hong Kong Airlines and Air Hong Kong.The airport was the third busiest airport for passenger traffic in Asia in 2005, and the world's second busiest airport for cargo traffic in 2005. In terms of international traffic, the airport is the third busiest for passenger traffic and the busiest for cargo since its operation in 1998. There are 85 international airlines providing about 760 scheduled passenger and all-cargo flights each day between Hong Kong and some 150 destinations worldwide
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Fast Ferry Kowloon-Macau
One of the attractions of staying in Kowloon is that you can hop over to Macau for a quick sightseeing trip and still come back in time for dinner. There are numerous ferry services that link Kowloon or Hong Kong with the former Portuguese territory, but as I was staying in Kowloon I opted for the Fast Ferry connnection. It leaves from the China Ferry Terminal, just north of Harbour City on Canton Road. The roundtrip ticket is all of HKD230, or about USD30, and it allows you to go and come on the same day. In all, the trip is about 70 or 75 minutes, with some great views of the rocky outcroppings that dot the Pearl River Delta. The water can be a bit rough at times, but the ferry is still pretty good and not at all uncomfortable. If I was able to survive it while pretty badly hungover, then most people should be able to withstand the rocking. Drinks and snacks are available on board, but in true HK fashion most people just bring them along. As HKSAR and MSAR are two distinct entities, you need to go through passport control when exiting and entering, so don't forget your passport!