The MTR’s high-speed Airport Express takes approximately 24 minutes to reach Hong Kong Island and is the fastest way to get between the city and the airport. Airport Express passengers are able to take a free shuttle bus from Kowloon and Hong Kong stations to major hotels. Visitors can purchase a HKD 220 or HKD 300 Airport Express Travel pass (both includes a refundable deposit of HKD 50) to enjoy one or two single journeys on the Airport. Express, as well as three consecutive days of unlimited travel on the MTR, the Light Rail and MTR Bus. The ticket is valid for 180 days from the day of issue.
The MTR consists of ten rail lines, including Island, Tsuen Wan, Kwun Tong, Tseung Kwan O, Tung Chung, West Rail, East Rail, Ma On Shan, Disneyland Resort and the Airport Express. The MTR also operates a light rail system that runs between Yuen Long and Tuen Mun in the New Territories. Visitors can purchase a $55 Tourist Day Pass or $25 Child Tourist Day Pass1 to enjoy any one day of unlimited travel on the MTR to experience Hong Kong. The ticket is valid for one month from the date of issue.
Buses in Hong Kong are plentiful and comfortable, and most are air-conditioned. Especially the popular and the double-deckers that offer great views of the surrounding city from the top deck. Fares are based on distance travelled and exact change is required if paying by cash. Octopus cards are accepted on all buses in Hong Kong.
Minibus normally carries 16 people. Green minibuses operate along specific routes at fixed price. Exact change is required if paying by cash and they all accept Octopus Cards. Red Minibuses operate along routes that are not always fixed and passenger can get on and off anywhere along the route. Visitors pay alight when travelling on a red minibus and the drive usually provides change for small notes.
As a coastal city, Hong Kong regularly operates ferry routes that connect Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the Outlying Islands. Ferries operating from the Central ferry piers on Hong Kong Island provide services to the main Outlying Islands of Peng Chau, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island and Lantau Island, including Discovery Bay.
Take a step back in time and explore the bustling north corridor of Hong Kong Island aboard one of the city's historic trams. These double-decker streetcars have been travelling through Hong Kong's busiest thoroughfares since 1904 and continue to be an affordable, inexpensive and fun way to get around. Each tram ride costs a flat fare of $2.30 and exact change is required if you are paying by cash. All trams accept Octopus cards.