Hong Kong probably has one of the most efficient public transportation systems in the world. I mean they have to because there are tons of people to move. It’s very tourist friendly as well. You don’t have to speak the language in order to navigate it.
For convenience, you have to get the Octopus Card which can be used on most public transportation except the Taxis. It costs HKD$150 with 100 initial value and 50 deposit. You can also use it at convenience stores where you can also reload it for a minimum of HKD$50. It’s good for 1000 days so I kept mine for the next time I visit. :) You also have the option to return it so you can get your balance with a minimal fee for the use of the card.
Once you get out of the airport, you have these options to get into the city:
- Taxi which is probably the most expensive option and there are also different colored taxis (red, green and blue) depending on which destination you go. For more information on the Taxi fare, click here.
- Airport Express. I’ve taken this on my first trip and it’s usually spacious and the fastest. They also have shuttles available for some hotels. They have promotional fares from time to time.
- The third one is my favorite because it’s the cheapest – the public buses and they’re double deck! :D
When you’re in the city, there are plenty to choose from such as:
1. Taxi – I rarely took them though.
2. MTR – is just amazing. This is what I use the most often. You can get almost anywhere in the center of the city.
3, Tram – is my favorite. It’s airy, old and romantic. It’s pretty cheap too for HKD$2 per ride anywhere. They only have them on Hong Kong island though, none in Kowloon.
4. Public Buses – these are a little bit tricky. They are easy to spot and get on especially if you have an octopus card but you need to know where to get off. Most drivers don’t speak English so don’t expect them to understand or drop you off somewhere you told them. I noticed that Bus drivers especially the small ones drive with reckless abandon but they must be really good drivers since I don’t think I have seen any kind of road accidents – ever.
5. The Ferry – it ferries you across from Kowloon to Hong Kong island and vice versa for only HKD$2.50 on weekdays and HKD$3 on weekends.