Getting Around

Hong Kong is geographically compact and boasts one of the world's most efficient, safe, affordable and frequent public transport systems. Complementing the underground Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system and numerous bus routes is a network of railways - Kowloon Canton Railway (KCR) and Light Rail (LR), trams and ferries. Taxis are also plentiful and getting around town is generally quick and easy. As in all major cities, however, it is best to avoid rush hours (8:00am-10:00am and 5:00pm-7:00pm).

Buses
All double-decker and coach buses have their final destinations marked in English and Chinese on the front top panel. Fares are low, usually ranging from HK$1.20 to HK$45. Exact change is required.

Minibuses and Maxicabs

Minibuses and maxicabs are small passenger vans that differ by colour. A minibus has a red stripe. Routes are not always fixed and passengers may get on and off anywhere. Pay as you alight. Exact fare is not required and small change can be given. Green-striped maxicabs travel specific routes at fixed prices. Exact payment is required when getting on. Fares for minibuses and maxicabs are a little higher than buses, but usually in the HK$2 to HK$22.50 range.

Taxi
Often the best choice for short distances, taxis are ubiquitous in major areas and fares are comparatively low. Flag fall is HK$15 in Kowloon and on Hong Kong Island, lower in the New Territories and Lantau Island. Many drivers speak some English, but it is wise to have your destination written in Chinese characters. Only Hong Kong dollars are accepted.

Taxis come in different colours to indicate their area of service :

  • Red taxis operate in most of Hong Kong, except for Tung Chung Road and the south side of Lantau Island;

  • Green taxis serve the rural areas of the New Territories; and

  • Blue taxis operate on Lantau Island.

All taxis can go to and from the Hong Kong International Airport. Taxis are easily hailed in the street, although they cannot pick up or drop off passengers in areas marked with yellow lines. At peak periods, you might opt for a hotel taxi-queue. All taxis are regulated and drivers are required to display their Taxi Driver Identity sign on the dashboard. Taxi fare information is listed on the inside of the taxi. Always ask for a receipt.
 

 

 Taxi Fares (in HK$)
 Meter charges Red taxis Green taxis
(New Territories)
Blue taxis
(Lantau Island)
 Flag fall (first 2-km) $15 $12.5 $12
 Every additional 200 metres /Every one minute of 
 waiting time
$1.40 $1.20 $1.20
 Additional Charges Red taxis Green taxis (New Territories) Blue taxis
(Lantau Island)
 Each piece of baggage $5 $4 $5
 per animal $5 $4 $5
 telephone booking $5 $4 $5
 wheelchairs, crutches Free Free Free

 

 Tunnel and Bridge Taxi Tolls (in HK$)**

 Passengers are required to pay :
 a) Tolls charged for the Lantau Link bridges and tunnels; and
 b) Return toll for trips using the Lantau Link or cross-harbour tunnels, except when:
 - The hiring begins from a cross-harbour taxi stand; or
 - The final destination is not on the opposite side of the harbour.
 Cross Harbour Tunnel, incl. return toll  $20
 Eastern Harbour Crossing, incl. return toll  $30
 Western Harbour Crossing, incl. return toll  $50
 Lantau Link  $30
 Shing Mun Tunnels  $5
 Lion Rock Tunnel  $8
 Aberdeen Tunnel  $5
 Tseung Kwan O Tunnel  $3
 Tai Lam Tunnel  $22
 Tate's Tunnel  $10
 **As of December 2002

 

 Approximate Fares from the Airport (includes toll charges)
 Hong Kong Island and Kowloon
 Central  $340
 Causeway Bay  $340
 Aberdeen  $380
 Mong Kok  $280
 Wan Chai  $330
 Quarry Bay  $360
 Tsim Sha Tsui  $270
 Yau Ma Tei  $270
 Western  $310
 North Point  $350
 Tsim Sha Tsui East  $270
 Kwun Tong  $320

If you are going from the airport to the New Territories or to Lantau Island, the trip is cheaper if you take a green or blue taxi.

 New Territories Urban taxis (red) NT taxis (green)
 Tsuen Wan $240 $200
 Tsing Yi $200 $170
 Tuen Mun $280 $250
 Tai Po $370 $320
 Yuen Long $300 $270
 Tin Shui Wai $330 $290
 Sheung Shui $380 $320
 Sha Tin $300 n/a
 Lantau Island Urban taxis (red) Lantau taxis (blue)
 Tung Chung $40   $30
 Chek Lap Kok n/a   $15
 Mui Wo n/a $130
 Tai O n/a $160

 

 Useful Taxi-related Telephone Numbers
 Transport Complaints Unit hotline +852 2889 9999
 Transport Department enquiries hotline +852 2804 2600
 HKTB multilingual visitor hotline (open 8am-6pm daily) +852 2508 1234
 Airport Authority Hong Kong +852 2181 8888
 Road Co-op Lost and Found 24-hour, free hotline for property lost in taxis

+852 1872 920

 Hong Kong Police Force hotline +852 2527 7177

 

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  Information provided by Hong Kong Tourism Board.

 

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