Bus Services, Hong Kong
Bus in Hong Kong are mainly provided by four bus companies, Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB), CityBus, The First Bus and The Lantau Island Bus Company. KMB provides services in Kowloon and the New Territories.
KMB provides hundards of routes travelling in Kowloon and the New Territories. It is classified into air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses. The air-conditioned bus provides air conditioning system, several TVs showing a TV programme called Roadshow, more confortable seats and a monitor displaying the name of bus stops. For the non-air-conditioned type, the seats are not as confortable as the previous one, and no TVs are provided. But normally, you will get the air-conditioned bus.
The fare of buses varies with routes. For short distance, it charges HKD$3.00 (Euro 0.3, US$0.38). But for a longer distance, it may charge HKD$15.00 (Euro 1.5, US$1.92). The fare is shown in the bus stop and the display next to the driver. You need to pay the fare once you get the bus. Cash and octopus cards are accepted in all buses.
Buses are normally operated from 5:30am to 1:00am. There are specific routes which are operated at night (after 12:00am) only. Those bus numbers are started with an "N".
Buses are a good transport for travellers as it has a specific route and bus stops. The bus stops name are displayed in the bus through a small monitor. Travellers can easily know where to get off. Sometimes when the MTR does not reach the places, like Sai Kung and Kowloon City, the bus does.
But buses are the slowest transport in Hong Kong, although it is quite confortable and convenient. It is especially slow when you need to pass through Mongkok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway, where they are crowded.
For more details like the routes and fare, you may visit the website below.
Take airport shuttle A21 from Airport to HK at 33HKD per person. It is much more cheaper than airport express and thus of course take longer time to reach.
Buy an octopus card, just tap it on the sensor when you board the bus will do.
Updated: Feb 25, 2006
After my arrival in Hong Kong, if there was one thing that I was most surprised of, it was the excellent bus services, which include the vast network covering all parts of HK as well as the very efficient websites.
The main bus companies operating in HK are:
1. HK Citybus (yellow)
2. New World First Bus (orange-white-green)
3. Kowloon Motor Bus (cream-red)
Apart from the fact that all buses are operated as "icy fridges on wheels", they literally serve every part of Hong Kong, run from early in the morning until usually late after midnight (sometimes even 24 hours!) and provide a detailed plan of stops for each route at each station. And, of course, they are double-deckers!
I especially recommend to take bus no. 15 (departing at Central) to The Peak, where you can experience the skills a driver needs to bring his giant double-decker around those tiny roads winding up the mountain. In addition, the trips to either Stanley or Shek O are also extremely picturesque and exciting. Warning: Not every stomach's favourite!
As mentioned above, each company operates a fantastic and very detailed website, where you can easily check which bus to take, their respective schedules and bus stops:
Routes: These routes are specially for departing and arriving passengers with a few stops at all major hotels: A11, A12, A21, A 22, A31, A35, A41, A43
Operating Hours (1) Buses run from 5:30am—12:00 mid-night at 10 - 20 mins intervals depend on different routes
(2) Night-time buses available for selected routes
Tickets: (1) Purchased at the Customer Service Counter in the Airport Arrival Hall; or drop exact change into the fare box on board
(2) Fares range from HK$20-$45 depend on different routes
There are four bus companies in Hong Kong, each having their own franchised service areas or routes. Buses are double-decker and regular buses, most are air-conditioned. Final destinations of routes are marked in English and Chinese on the front top panel of the bus.
There are four operators: Citybus, New World First Bus Ltd, Kowloon Motor Bus, New Lantao Bus.
Operation Hours: Usually from 6am-12 midnight; over-night buses available for selected routes.
Fares: HK$1.2-HK$45. Air-con buses cost more.
Bus fares are inexpensive but exact change is required to be put into the coin box when boarding the bus or use Octopus card.
Any bus number ending with 'K' (69K, 2K etc) means that routes connects to the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Bus numbers ending with 'M' (69M, 2M etc) they go MTR stations and the buses ending with 'R' (69R, 2R etc) are recreational buses and normally run on Sunday, public holidays or for special events.
The cheapest way to get from Hong Kong's international airport to downtown Kowloon is to catch the A21 Cityflyer bus.
This is what I did when I visited the city in January 2006. For just 33 HKD, I took the bus to Nathan Road in Kowloon and was able to get off right in front of my hotel.
Upon arriving at the airport, follow the signs for "Buses". This will lead you to a bus terminal from where you can purchase a ticket from the small kiosk. The bus departs just a short distance from the ticket kiosk. All the bus stops are clearly marked so you'll have no trouble seeing where the A21 departs from.
On boarding the bus, put your ticket into the payment slot - the driver will show you what to do if you're confused.
The buses contain large luggage storage racks.
A digital display on board the bus constantly tells you what the next stop will be. The stop is also announced over a tannoy when it is close. If you know where you need to get off the bus, there is no excuse for you missing your stop! There are numerous stops along Nathan Road and other areas of Mong Kok, Kowloon and Tsim Sha Tsui.
Full details of timetables, routes and fares can be found HERE
The journey from the airport to Kowloon took about 50 minutes on the evening when I arrived, but this was about 7pm and the traffic was particularly heavy on Nathan Road.
The buses are double deckers and are spotlessly clean inside.
Most people don't really know about it, others are afraid of taking a bus from the airport into Hong Kong. A real shame since the ride on one of HK's double-decker airport buses (Cityflyer) is firstly really exciting and secondly a nice way of getting an orientation-city-tour at the same time.
There are two kinds of buses providing services into main HK:
The "A"-buses provide luggage storage facilities and cost around 40HK$ (depending on your desination), while "E"-buses do not allow luggage (i.e. suitcases) and cost around 20HK$.
The Airport Express is definitely a good alternative as it's fast, clean and easy to use (you can board directly from the Airport Arrival Hall) but it's firstly much more expensive and personally, I always preferred the bus-ride as it is cheaper and (for me) far more interesting.
However, it mainly depends on your final destination as the buses are not serving every single hotel or, if they do, they do not necessarily stop right in front of them and you need to walk the remaining distance. Hence, especially if you are visiting HK for the first time, it might be a little tricky to get off at the right stop.
The bus terminus is just outside the airport Arrival Hall. Follow the signboards and keep right. You can't miss them! Detailed routing schedules with timetable are provided inside and outside the Arrival Hall but it's worth checking your destination via the below link up-front.
For an impression of the Cityflyer bus ride into HK, check out my Travelogue - Cityflyer
From airport, there are several buses whether you can reach all parts of the city, be it Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. You can be assured that when u r in the upper deck of the bus, there is a small CCTV where you can see your languages placed in the lower deck. What a peace of mind.
Where the subway doesn't take you, there is surely a bus that does!
Travelling by bus is easy, especially with an Octopus card. The bus routes are indicated at every bus stop, so it is fairly easy to find out if your nearest bus stop has a bus going whereever you want to go.
The buses themselves are fairly new and offer a high level of comfort. Most of them are double decker air-conditioned buses with colourful plush seats. Ring the bell before the bus arrives at your stop.
If you want to take a bus from the airport, the bus stops are located outside the arrival hall on the right side. So, turn right after you get out of the arrival hall.
Taking bus is the cheapest way to travel and you can enjoy the scenery along the way.
It costs $33 from airport to Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. You can check the information board to know which bus to take.
Remember, you must pay with the "exact" amount of money because the bus driver cannot give you a change. If you stay in Hong Kong for a few days, you can buy the octopus card for paying the transportation.
As you may know, Hong Kong was rented by the British, and since the British have double-decker buses, so does Hong Kong! Dbl-decker buses are very common, and it is very rare that you will see a single-floor bus. Most buses are enclosed on the top floor.
The bus fare is charged depending on which level you are at, and if you stand or sit.
If you cross the bay, you can get a tour of the area from a bus that has an uncovered 2nd floor.
This open-topped double decker bus provided free transfers to and from the city centre and the base station for the Peak Train. That was in 1994... it might cost now!
Another great way to travel around HK in 1994 was the double decker tram. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of this. If you get the front seats on the top deck, it's a wonderful view.
Man dont take the MTR it can be a nightmare the best way to cruise round HK is to take Mini Buses.
You can't miss them unless your Blind and if you look they can take you to just about anywhere on the Island your on.
The Drivers are the greatest Drivers in the world.
Just dont stand when its moving.
And Scream BASHI CHAM MGOU When you want to get off.
(i apoligize to native cantonese speakers this is a dreadfull translation but i Think gwei will be able to say it like this)
Have fun and dont freeze up like i did and get stuck miles from where you wanted to be.
Man that was a long walk.
From the star Ferry Piers in Central (Central MTR exit K), take bus 15, minibus 1 up the twisting roads to The Peak. Or take bus 15C form the Star Ferry Piers in Central, or walk form Central MTR exit J2, to the Lower Peak Tram Station at Garden Rd. and take the Peak Tram. This funicular railway whisks passengers up about 373 metres.
Getting around Hong Kong, is made easy by using as an alternative to the MTR, the Public Light Bus.
They offer an extensive network all over the city, and are very cheap to use.
As there are many of these buses around, please make sure you have the correct bus number before embarking on your journey to ensure you go in the right direction.