As a rule I travel on the MTR to mostly everywhere I want to go in Hong Kong, but buses, particularly on routes up to the Peak, along Nathan Road or out to Stanley are a good alternative.
The best thing about travelling by bus is that you get to look at the streetscape on the trip. This is best seen from the front seats on the upper level but everyone has the same idea so unless you get on at the bus terminus (1st stop) its unlikely you will get those seats. But pop upstairs and have a look anyway. I've noticed that the modern double deckers (like London) have a safety bar right in my line of sight so I have to peer over that. Depending on the route buses can get quite crowded. You can stand downstairs but not on the upper level. On a recent trip through Wan Chai the bus actually pulled into a bus stop and the driver waited until standing passengers on the upper level had gone back downstairs, so be aware of this.
Most buses are airconditioned, modern and comfortable. Fares can be deducted from your Octopus card which is great as you dont need to find exact change in your wallet. Just swipe your card at the reader located at the front of the bus close to the driver. A flat fare is deducted regardless of the number of stops travelled.
Bus routes cover pretty much all of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and into the New Territories. There are five privately owned "public" bus companies each serving a different part of the city. New World First Bus, Citybus and Kowloon Motor Bus are the ones tourists will most likely use. If travelling by bus on Lantau Island it will be either a New Lantao bus or a Long Win bus. Bus numbers are displayed on the front of the bus.
Here are some popular tourist bus routes and corresponding Bus numbers:
- Between Central Pier and the Galleria Shopping Centre Terminus at the Peak - Bus 15
- Between Central Ferry Pier and the Garden Road Lower Peak Tram Terminus - Bus 15C
- Between Exchange Square Bus Terminal (Central) and Aberdeen - Bus 70
- Between Central (exchange Square) and Stanley - Bus 6 6A 6X and 260
- Between Central and Ocean Park - all 629 Buses (S & A are Express)
- Between Mui Wo Pier and Ngong Ping Village - Bus 2
- Between Tung Chung and Big Buddha - Bus 23
If you dont wish to queue for the Peak Tram or are looking at a different way to travel up to the Peak consider taking a bus. Its an interesting and fairly long journey depending on traffic but gives you a different perspective of the Mid Levels as you wind your way to the Peak Galleria Bus terminus.
Route No. 15 - First Bus
Central Ferry Pier to The Peak
Daily: 6:15 am - 00:15 am (from Central)
Mondays to Saturdays: 6:30 am - 1:00 am
(from The Peak)
Sundays & Public Holidays: 6:15 am - 00:15 am (from The Peak)
Frequency: (Mondays - Saturdays) 11-30 minutes
(Sundays and Public Holidays) 13-30 minutes
Route No. 15B - First Bus
Tin Hau to The Peak
Sundays & Public Holidays: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm (from Tin Hau)
Sundays & Public Holidays: 12:40 pm - 7:40 pm (from The Peak)
Frequency: 10-20 minutes
Remarks: Serve on Sundays & Public Holidays ONLY
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By far the easiest and cheapest way to get to Stanley for a day trip is to take the MTR to Central and then the 620 Bus from Central to Stanley, the bus trip will take about half an hour or more, and a pleasant trip with lots to see along the way.
Take the MTR to Central station and take Exit A Connaught Road and then follow signs to Exchange Central and find signs for Bus 620.
I had been told the best/cheapest way to get to Ocean Park from Kowloon was to take the MTR to Central and then take Bus 629 from Exchange Central to Ocean Park and this did indeed seem like the best way, and it worked for us!! And definitely the cheapest way too, using public transport all the way. Once you get to Central MTR Station take Exit A Connaught Road and then follow signs to Exchange Central and then find signs for Bus 629.
The trip doesnt take very long - maybe 20 minutes from Central to Ocean Park and doesnt cost very much either. You will pass by some very amazing buildings on Hong Kong Island too!
We actually came across this Bus Route by accident! Had got on it, thinking it would take us to the Peak Tram to go up to Victoria Peak, but in fact it is a direct bus service from Exchange Central on Hong Kong Island to the top of Victoria Peak. It is indeed the best way I think to go to the Peak, being much much cheaper than the Peak Tram.
Easy enough to find (but maybe not the first time haha!) Best way is to take the MTR to Central station, find signs to Connaught Road which is Exit A and then follow signs to Exchange Central, which is a HUGE Bus depot. Once you find Exchange Central, then just look for the signs for Bus 15C. You can also get to Exchange Central from the Ferry Port, but it is quite a long walk, so if you are wanting to get to the Bus Depot, you are much better off taking the MTR. Once you have found Exchange Central the first time, its very easy to find after that.
Price for the Bus to the Peak is only $9.80HK which is just over $1AUD so its very good value. The bus ride up will stop at many bus stops and take about 45 minutes, but it is a very enjoyable trip up with lots to see out the window, and Id much prefer to take the bus than the tram.
The Cityflyer is the cheapest way to travel to the downtown area of Hong Kong. It is almost 3 times cheaper than the Airport Express (the fast train operated by MTR). There are 5 routes offered by the bus company (Citybus), 3 to Hong Kong Island and 2 to Kowloon. Make sure you take the "A" routes, as they are the fastest. The "E" routes stop more frequently and can be quite slow, and the "N" routes operate at late night hours.
Once you board the bus, there is a designated area close to the exit door where you can put your large luggage. Like most Hong Kong buses, there is a digital display in the front (see photo) informing the riders of the next stop - in both Chinese and English. There is also a broadcasting system doing the same. No need to rush to the door immediately, the driver understands that people have large luggage and need extra time.
Free wifi is also available on the bus.
It takes about 30mins from HK airport to Kowloon by A21. It's quite fast and comfort.
The fare is just HK$33 much cheaper than airport express and taxi.
Besides, it provides free WiFi internet access for browsing internet through mobile phone/ notebook.
Consider taking Airbus Services from the Airport to anywhere else in Hong Kong. It costs around HK$33, as compared to HK$90 for the Airport Express. The bus may be slightly slower but it saves a lot of money You can take 3 of such buses for one train ride.
If you stay in Kowloon or Tsim Sha Tsui area, take bus A21. The bus interchange at the airport is situated at the ground level, just follow the signboards.
Do remember to purchase the Octopus card as the Airport Express counter near the Arrival Hall have LED display which tell you the no. of the bus stop it is approaching. There will be luggage spaces in the buses to store your bags while you sit comfortably to enjoy your bus ride.
Once you get to the airport follow the bus signs. The buses go to or near most of the bigger more popular hotels and hostels. Quick transportation and much cheaper than the airport express. Tickets anywhere from $10-$45HK.
There is a bus service called Airport Express that goes into the city centre or straight to your hotel. You should purchase a ticket inside the airport at the Airport Express ticket counter. The cost differs depending on where you are planning to get off. On the return trip you can purchase your ticket on the bus but make sure you have the correct change as the driver doesn't have any.
HK Island has an extraordinary number of buses running round the island. So many it can actually be confusing as they are run by different companies. Prices to and from specific destinations vary, but the only common theme - no change is given. So if you've found your cheapest option, make sure that you have the right money! (Prices are emblazened on the front and/or sides of most of the buses or on the timetables at the bus stops themselves).
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I stayed at Ibis North Point last week. I used the A11 bus. The bus terminal is right outside the hotel. It costs HK$40. Get an Octopus Card inside the Airport terminal and use it for the bus, MTR etc. I also used the A11 to return to the airport. It departs every 20 minutes.
You actually have to experience to believe the excellent bus service in Hongkong. After landing at the airport first thing I did was to buy an octopus card from the small kiosk & then proceeded to the bus stop for A21 cityflyer which was just 5 minutes walk & was well connected to the airport itself. The schedule for the bus including its timings are mentioned on all the bus stops & believe me the bus comes on exact time written at its bus stop. On the arrival of the bus the driver opens the gate, touch your octopus card on the meter, board your luggage comfortably as there is ample of space to keep your luggage & be near your luggage for your own safety. With in 45 minutes bus dropped me at Middle Road, Nathan road & again it was just 5 minutes walk from my hotel YMCA. This was my experience for day one but day two was little more than what I could have expected.
Early in the morning we took the subway from YMCA & proceeded to Central by Star Ferry which was beautiful. At Central we again took bus no 629 to go to Ocean Park & dropped us there in 20 minutes. This 629 was the second bus of that day which has started from its origin. The moment we got down out of the bus my son shouted " papa our bag", oh! no we forgot our bag in that bus. Then what we went in the office of Ocean park & narrated our story, he immediately took the action & told us that first bus of that day has reached its desitnation & has been checked with no bag & I knew it was correct as we boarded the second bus of that day. He told us to go inside ocean park & enjoy & call after 15minutes. We went inside & called him after 10minutes only due to anxiety & unbelievingly he had the bag in his hands. All four of us were thrilled & thanked them for their excellent well connected organised system of buses.
I travelled to Victoria peak by bus no 15, it was scary & thrilling too, narrow roads up the hill & traffic both sides & you wondering that even the tallest building is left behind & you are over n above all the buildings & hassle bassle of the place.
Also I went to Stanley Market by bus no 6X which was again an experience like peak & enjoyed at the beaches there, although bus no 260 (express bus) also goes to these places for your information. Hope it helps people as their tips helped me in making my trip wonderful & rememberable.