Hong Kong: Local Travel Info
The Pearl of the Orient
To and From – Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), the world's largest covered space is found on the island of Chep Lap Kok and serves all flights to and from Hong Kong, including the ones from mainland China. The airport serves many destinations worldwide including New York, London and Tokyo and is serviced by several airlines. There are several shuttle buses linking the airport with Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, the New Territories as well as Macau and China. The airport express is the quickest link, bringing guests to Hong Kong to Kowloon or Central in about 20 minutes. Trains run from 5:50 am to 1:15 am daily. Return prices are approximately 180 HK. Travellers can also purchase an Octopus Card which can be used on local transportation or a Hong Kong Transport Pass which lasts for three days. Free shuttle buses run every half hour (6:12 am to 11pm) from Kowloon and Central to the major hotels, Hung Hom KCR station and China Ferry Terminal. Citybus also runs an express service to various Hong Kong destinations. The ride to Kowloon is only 35 minutes and costs €3-4 single, whereas the ride to Hong Kong Island takes over 90 minutes. Fares can be purchased in the Arrivals Hall of the airport or on board with exact change. Passengers can catch a ferry by taking the S56 or S64P to Tung Chung MTR station and Tung Chung New Development Ferry Pier. A fast ferry runs from the pier to Tuen Mun in the New Territories. You can also catch a ferry from the airport to Macau, Shenzen and other mainland destinations with Turbojet or Cross Boundary Ferry Transfer Service.
Taxis from Hong Kong International Airport
Taxis to Hong Kong cost between €30 and 40. Red taxis serve Hong Kong Island,and Kowloon, while green taxis, the New Territories. Blue taxis serve Lantau.
Hong Kong By Bus and Streetcar
Public transport is both an efficient and cost effective method for getting around Hong Kong. Buses run regularly and frequently although be aware of major traffic and road construction delays. Journeys typically cost between €0.20-1.50. All buses are air conditioned. In conjunction with the buses the trams in Hong Kong offer a great way for getting around. City trams run along the north of Hong Kong Island. You enter at the rear and exit at the front. The Victoria Peak Tram is a tourist attraction taking travelers to the heights of Victoria Peak. For extensive use of the public transport buy an Octopus Card. Buses operate 24 hours and trams from 7 am to midnight daily.
Hong Kong By Subway
The Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is a fast, comfortable and convenient way of getting around most of the areas. There are 5 lines: the blue line runs along the harbour on Hong Kong Island; the red line runs from Central, Hong Kong Island to the New Territories. The Green line goes from Kowloon in a loop; the purple line starts at North Point and crosses the harbour to the New Territories. The yellow line operates between Central, Hong Kong Island and Lantau and finally the pink line runs to Disneyland.
Hong Kong By Car
Though roads in Hong Kong are in a good condition and so are road signs it is not recommended to rent a car, basically because it is just not necessary. It will cost at least 50-60 US dollar for the smallest car and with public transport so cheap and extensive around all of Hong Kong, there is little point in driving. If you must most international companies offer cars at the international airport and several places downtown. Traffic drives on the left, seatbelts are required and a national or international driving permit is required. The only way to arrive in Hong Kong by car is from mainland China.
Hitchhiking in Hong Kong
In Hong Kong it is not permitted to hitchhike.
Cycling in Hong Kong
Biking in Hong Kong is not popular but is best done in the New Territories or on one of the flatter islands or islands where traffic is less crowded. There are many places to rent bikes, such as in Tai Wai in the New Territories, and on Cheung Chau and Lantau islands as well as including major transport hubs, some hotels and downtown spaces. Rates are an unbelievably low €3– 5 and deposits are required. Biking in the city itself is best avoided and not that enjoyable.
Hong Kong By Train
There are trains to many destinations in China such as Shanghai or Beijing, from Hong Kong (arriving and departing at Hung Hom station in Kowloon). Hong Kong also operates the KCR or Kowloon-Canton Railway. The north-south East Rail runs from Tsim Sha Tsui to Lo Wu in mainland China. Trains run frequently from 5:30 am – 12:30 am. The Ma On Shan Rail follows a similar route but veers northeast to Wu Kai Sha. The West Rail links the New Territories and the Light Rail connects the New Territories with the towns of Tuen Mun and Yuen Long.
Hong Kong by Ferry
Ferries sail between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, and to the Outlying Islands, Macau and mainland China. The Star Ferry is a landmark of its own in Hong Kong. It's cheap and a great way to view both Hong Kong Island as well as Kowloon from the water of the Hong Kong Harbor. There are numerous other ferries travelling between almost all surrounding islands. Ferries to Lamma and Lantau are the most popular and convenient. New World First Ferries has many daily connections directly between Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui) and Macau. There are also regular connections to and from China. Tickets for the ferries can be purchased at the terminals.