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How does one get around Hong Kong?

It's easy to get around using Hong Kong's comprehensive public transportation system of trains, trams, buses and ferries.  The subway, or MTR, is very frequent and reliable for traveling to and from the heart of both Hong Kong and Kowloon.  The MTR also provides an Airport Express service, which is the fastest and most efficient way to reach the airport.  Public bus services are also quite frequent and extensive.  Buses come as double-deckers, standard-sized buses and mini-buses and can range widely in their levels of comfort.  Please be aware that buses generally require being flagged down from marked bus stops.

The Central / Mid-Levels Escalator is free and very useful if you wish to travel to and from the hills of Hong Kong and Central.  Driving is not recommended, as traffic congestion is exceedingly common.  If you want to travel in the comfort of a private car, you can always flag down a taxi.  Taxis available to pick up passengers display a small lighted sign on the roof of the cab.  Metered fares are quite inexpensive as compared with Europe and North America.  All forms of public transportation other than taxis accept the Octopus card, which acts as a smart debit card and can occasionally be used to purchase things at convenience stores as well.  Vending machines for the cards are available in every subway station.

For sightseeing, the Star Ferries, running between Hong Kong and Kowloon, offer a cheap way to view the skyline along the harbor.  Trams which run along much of northern Hong Kong island are another economical way to both sightsee and travel.  The Peak Tram is a memorable way to reach Victoria Peak and an evening ride offers spectacular views of the city lights.  Please be aware, however, that extensive pollution often limits visibility from the peak.


last updated 2009.01.06
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