Bus Services, Hong Kong
Another option to get around the city. In Hk they have three types of bus available operated by a multitude of companies.
While generally easy to use (especially with Octopus), signage in English can be sparse and finding your bus stop can get difficult. Timetable information for buses are heavily unreliable, especially those running in Kowloon and New Territories, buses rarely come as the timetable scheduled and you have to wait them for a long period.
Buses are pretty much your only option for travelling around the south side of the island and Lantau.
The large double-decker buses cover practically all of the territory, stop frequently and charge varying fares depending on the distance. The first seats of the upper deck offer great views.
Route and fare information can be found on the companies web sites. Fares will depend more on where you board rather than where you get-off which means it is more expensive to board at the earlier stops rather than the later stops.
Hence, bus rides which cross the harbour between Kowloon and the Island exceed $9 prior to the crossing. The fare is displayed on a digital display above the farebox exact change, Octopus Card or a ticket purchased from a bus travel centre (found at major transit hubs such as Star Ferry or Central Bus Terminus) must be used.
Unlike mainland China, there are announcements in Cantonese, Mandarin and English except for most buses on New World First Bus and New Lantao Bus.
Buses will only stop when requested(except you are at the terminus) - when your bus approaches, raise your arm to hail the bus (like you would hail a taxi), and when alighting, press the buzzer (located by the exit doors and on the grab-rails) to signal to the driver that you want to alight.
Always board at the front and alight from the centre door - unless the bus only has one door, in which case keep to the left.
numerous around Hong Kong Area and if you are a budget traveller who frowns on Packaged Tours, then besides the subway MTR, Public Buses are your cheapest means of going around Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Other Areas.
There are two kinds of Public Buses, the large double decker public buses for major areas and the smaller public minibuses and the best deal here is that you can your the all around Octopus Card to Pay for your bus fares. Buses in Hong Kong are self-service ticketing and change is not given. Generally, ticket fare is displayed on information boards at the bus stops. Passengers should ensure they are carrying the correct change before boarding or using an Octopus Card to pay the ticket fare. When you are approaching your destination stop, press the electronic buttons fixed in the bus, to advise the driver that you want to get off. Otherwise, the driver may not stop.
Most Public Buses start from 6:00 am to 12:00 am on most routes.
They are various ground transport options going to and from the Airport like the Airport Express Train that goes to and from Central in Hong Kong Island in 24 minutes at HKD 100 per person or the Regular Public Buses that take you to different bus stops around Hong Kong and is way cheaper but longer, but the BEST option will be taking the Hotel Coaches which takes you directly to your Hotel. (they have different sectors and you would ride the Airport Hotel Bus Coaches Color Coded to the Sector where your hotel is located) and travel time will be at least 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes (depending if your hotel is the first, middle or last one they drop off the passengers).
You can Purchase the Hotel Coaches Bus Tickets at Counter C15 at the Arrival Area of Terminal 2 and then wait for your designated Color Coded Bus, which comes and goes every 15 to 30 minutes at HKD 80 per person single trip and 160 HKD for a round trip.
The Bus Ticket Counter C15 is open from 5:30 am to 12:30 am everyday
Reservation/Enquiry +852 2738 9500
Service Counter +852 2186 6883
Location: Counter C15, Coach Station, Terminal 2
Boarding Point Coach Station, Terminal 2
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
How to get to mainland China from directly from Hong Kong International Airport?
The Hong Kong International Airport is a multi-modal transport centre, offering extensive land and sea connections to major cities in the Pearl River Delta region (PRD). While cross-boundary ferries provide speedy sea transport to and from eight ports, coach service covers 115 PRD cities and towns. Passengers looking for point-to-point transport can hire a limousine to enjoy more privacy and comfort.
eg. If you arrives HK airport at 21:00 and want to get to attend Canto Fair the next morning, and want to save one night hotel. There is no night bus at such time from HK airport to Guangzhou. The earliest will be 07:00 departing HK ariprot to Guangzhou via Shenzhen Bay. Bus Fare HK$250. It takes about 3 hours.
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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).