Mass Transit Railway MTR, Hong Kong
MTR is so easy to use, the trains are regular so there's never too long to wait. Announcements are in English as well as Chinese and the exits are well marked to direct you to major tourist destinations.
Look for the MTR logo to find your way to the underground stations.
The Hong Kong Subway, officially known as the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), is my favorite way to travel around the city. There are 49 stations located in every major neighborhood, and over 2.4 million people use the system each day. There are only 4 different subway lines, so it is very simple to use. Costs vary by distance of your journey and prices range from about US$1.50 to US$2.40. The subway is the quickest way to get across the harbor between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.
Most of the tourist sites on Hong Kong Island are located on the Blue Line (Central, Admirality, Wanchai, Causeway Bay). The tourist areas in Kowloon are located primarily on the Red Line (Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei). The Blue Line and Red Line cross on Hong Kong Island at Central Station and Admirality Station.
MTR is the most efficient means of transportation in hong kong. it's not the cheapest way, but it's the most reliable ( except that you encounter one of the very rare accidents ) it operates from dusk till midnight, around 01:00 but depending on which lane you're travelling on.
going from kowloon side to hong kong island or vice versa would cost around $10 or more for adults.
the best thing about it is that it links so many districts in hong kong, and it also links to the airport express and the kcr railway.
From the Tung Chung MTR station take the MTR to the Sunny Bay station where you will need to transfer to the Disneyland Express. The Disneyland Express stops at Disneyland Park where you can then transfer to a FREE shuttle bus that runs from the Disneyland and Hollywood Hotels to the park.
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.
One of your best bets to get around Hong Kong and the surrounding areas is to take Hong Kong's subway, which is called the MTR. You will find stations around most if not all of the popular destinations; it's clean, safe and relatively inexpensive. A typical fare will cost you anywhere from $4HKD up to $26HKD or you can purchase an unlimited all day pass for $50HKD which is great if you’re going to explore. In addition to Hong Kong island the MTR will also get you over to Kowloon and the surrounding areas very quickly. All of the signs and the announcement can be found in both Chinese as well as English so it is very easy to figure out where you’re going. With the traffic in Hong Kong, nothing beats the MTR.
I think Hong Kong has one of the most efficient and nicest metro system in Asia, compatible with the Singapore metro system, MRT. It links to most of the attractions and suburban towns of HK. You will not miss the MTR if you travel independently, it gets you the freedom to explore the city with convenient. I would highlight some of the important stations here for most tourists:
East Rail Line: From New Territories to Kowloon
Lo Wu Station- Gateway to Mainland China, Shenzhen
Lo Ma Chau Station - Gateway to Mainland China, Shenzhen
Fanling Station - Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail
Racecourse Station - Sha Tin Horse Racing Track
Hung Hom Station- HK Museum of History, HK Science Museum, Train Station to Mainland.
Kwun Tong Line: From Nathan Rd to Kowloon East
Wong Tai Sin Station: Wong Tai Sin Temple
Mong Kok Station: Famous for budget hotels and shopping in Nathan Road.
Yau Ma Tei: Shopping in Nathan Road and Kowloon Park.
Tsuen Wan Line: Link between HK Island to Tsim Sha Tsui, then to West Kowloon
Central Station: Many modern shopping malls, Star Ferry Terminal, Link with Electric Trams.
Tsim Sha Tsui Station: Star Ferry Terminal, Victoria Harbour, Avenue of Stars, HK Cultural Centre, and HK Museum of Art, YMCA, The Peninsula, 1881 Heritage, and etc.
ordan Station: Kowloon Park, more shopping on Nathan Rd
Mong Kok Station: Budget hotels, after midnight shopping, Lady Market
Sham Shui Po Station: Great way to see the life of old Kowloon.
Tung Chung Line: Link between HK Island to Disneyland & Cable Car to Lantau Island
Sunny Bay Station: Gateway to Disneyland
Tung Chung Station: Cable car to Lantau Island to see Giant Buddha, Brand Outlet Shopping Mall.
Island Line: Link between East and West of Hong Kong Island.
Central Station: Walk to the Peak Cable Car Station, Shopping, Dinning, and Heritage walk around old streets.
Admiralty Station: Walk to the Peak Cable Car Station, Hong Kong Park, Museum of Tea Ware, Lippo Centre Towers, Bank Of China Tower, etc.
Wan Chai Station: Walk to HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, Centre Promenade, Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui.
Check out its website for more destination.
I would recommend using the Octopus Card. It allows you to use the MTR, Buses, and Ferry in HK. You can also use it to buy things in convenience store. Easy and Great Discount!
The Tourist Passes give you a great value for unlimited use as a Day Pass. It can be used from HK International Airport, Lo Wu, or travel within HK. It will get you some saving if you travel a lot within a day to many places, otherwise it is not worth buying the pass.
Good To Know: If you read Chinese, check out this websiteto get you more saving on Tourist Pass.
When I arrived in Hong Kong airport I bought a special travellers travel pass, you can use it unlimited on the MTR for about three days and you get a return journey to the airport included. When you return to the airport you hand the card in and you get any money back you haven't used and your deposit back. Though not sure what you'd do with the HK$'s seen as you're leaving....
They also have an octupus card which is simalar, but you don't get unlimited travel, you use the pre-paid credit up as you go.
The MTR is the fast, modern and efficient underground railway ystem that serves citizens of HK and tourist. It consists of six MTR lines - the Kwun Tong Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Island Line, Tung Chung line, Tseung Kwan O Line and the last one will be, Disneyland Resort Line. Signs for the system can be easily found near stations at street level. Once you are inside, you can buy your ticket or Octopus Card for the journe at the Ticket Issuing machines or the customer service counters.
After passing through the entry gate, you can take the train by following the signs to the platform for your destination. On arrival, pass through the exit gate and leave the station via the street exit of your own choice.
My top 5 advices for a pleasant ride:
1) Sometimes it is no evident to find the MTR entrance, so look for this red (bordeau) spot to find your way.
2) Choose the right exit (A1, A2,B, C...) according the street where you want to go.
3) Stay on the right side on the escalator or walk on the left. Keep your right in the access pedestrian tunnel to avoid crash or traffic jam during the peak hours.
4) Don't smoke, drink or eat inside the metro area to avoid painful penalties. You could still speak and/or use your mobile phone ;-)
5) My last advice but not the least. Please let people go out the metro carrier before to go/squeeze inside... Un peu de courtoisie...
The easiest way leaving for Hong Kong from Shenzhen is to take train, or MTR. There are two boundry between SZ and HKG. One is old and fully-packed Luo Hu/ Lo Wu station, the other is Huang Gang/ Lo Ma Chau. It costs HKD34 from both boundry checkpoints to downtown East Tsim Sha Tsui. But you can buy a package train ticket that includes one downtown daily pass and round trip train ticket from boundry to D/T. The one day pass is valid for 24 hours while the round trip boundry crossing ticket is valid for one month since the first day of usage.
I found the MTA as easy to use as London and Washington, DC. Very clean, well lit and easy to find your way around town on. Seems like more frequency than other systems, with never more than a 5 minute wait. Best way to pay is with an Octopus Card that can be purchased and reloaded at any station and works just like a credit card. You can even go in the hole up to 35 HKD.
I haven't been since the new airport on Lantau, but friends tell me you can catch an MTA train every 12 minutes from the airport to downtown Kowloon.
You can learn a lot about the mentality of
a nation by seeing the small print in By Laws..
I just took a few examples
MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY BY-LAWS
(Chapter 556 sub.leg.B)
6. Sewage etc. not to be placed on railway premises
No person shall cause, permit or suffer any sewage,
drainage or other offensive matter to flow
onto or enter or be placed on any part of the railway premises.
(1) No person shall enter, leave or travel upon or attempt to enter,
leave or travel upon the
railway otherwise than in accordance with the conditions of issue.
(3) Any person who has paid a surcharge or delivered up his ticket pursuant to the provisions
of this by-law shall be entitled to apply in writing to the Chairman or Managing Director of
the Corporation (or their appointed nominee) for a review of the circumstances in which he
became liable to a surcharge or to deliver up his ticket and the said Chairman or Managing
Director (or appointed nominee) upon the conclusion of such review may at his absolute
discretion reject such application or may authorize repayment of the whole or any part of
the surcharge or the remaining value on the delivered up ticket.
(4) Without prejudice to paragraph (1), any passenger holding a ticket who travels beyond a
station for which his ticket is valid shall be liable to pay the excess fare specified in the
conditions of issue.
20. Exchanges and refunds
(1) A ticket may be refunded or exchanged only at the discretion of the Corporation or its
authorized agents, and the refund or exchange may be subject to the deduction of an
administration charge prescribed in the conditions of issue.
(2) The form of any refund shall be at the discretion of the Corporation.
(3) The Corporation shall not be liable to issue a ticket in replacement of a lost or unused ticket
nor will it be liable to make a refund in respect of any such lost or unused ticket or in respect
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
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is just so easy to use and its quick, efficient, clean, air conditioned and sooooooo very cheap!!! At all Stations, all signs are posted in english and very easy to read and follow, and all stations have signs that tell you which platform to go to, which line to take, which stations are on the line and also .... most importantly .... which exit to take! All MTR stations have MANY exit and you need to know the right one to get to your destination!!! Otherwise you will get very very lost!
The Octopus card is used at all MTR stations and its the easiest way to ride the MTR, just swipe it as you enter a station and then again as you leave, and it will deduct the fare from your card. Prices are so cheap also, less than $1AUD for most trips we took, and we used the MTR each and every day we were in Hong Kong, and some days many times!
The MTR will get you to pretty much any destination you want to get to in Hong Kong, and if it will not get you there directly, it will definitely get you close enough to it, and then get a taxi or a bus.
Most times the MTR is not too crowded, apart from peak hours in the morning and the afternoon, then you will most likely not get a seat and have to stand, but at all other times, you will find a seat on the MTR.
Only 2 warnings about travel on the MTR -
1. Know which exit you need to take, as all stations have many exits and some can come out at road level about 1km away from each other, so you will not get lost if you check the signs at all stations and find out which exit is the best one for your destination.
2. At some stations, there can be a longggggg walk between different platforms or even more so .... to get to a connecting line. I think the walk between Kowloon on the blue line and the orange line was like so long! Also the walk between TST on the red line and East TST on the purple line I think is about 2km long!
Before I left for Hong Kong, I downloaded a MTR Map and wrote on it the different stations for various destinations and the best way to get to places and laminated it - this came in very very handy.