Hong Kong Journals

Getting around in Hong Kong

An October 2009 trip to Hong Kong by jae_em

Wrapped double decker tram Photo, Hong Kong, China More Photos
Quote: Hong Kong offers a plethora of transportation options.

Star Ferry

Attraction | "Star Ferry: cheap mode of transportation"

Star Ferry Photo, Hong Kong, China
Riding the Star Ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island was a great and affordable way to view the famous HK skyline.

Fares vary depending on which deck you ride on and the day of the week. Compared to the MTR, you can save a minimum of 6.5% on travel between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui. This definitely adds up if you are often traveling between both islands.

Because the engine is located in the lower deck, the smell can be a little bit overwhelming.

The only drawback with the Star Ferry was the location of the Central pier. Walking through the maze at Central can be long and exhausting.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 17, 2010

Star Ferry
Victoria Harbour
Hong Kong and Kowloon
+852 2367 7065

Peak Tram

Attraction | "Peak Tram is a must on your HK checklist"

Peak Tram Photo, Hong Kong, China
I'm not going to repeat what's been written already, but the Peak Tram (along with Victoria Peak) should definitely be on your list of things to do in Hong Kong. When you arrive at the Lower Peak Terminus, you'll probably see a long line tourists waiting in line to buy tickets to ride the tram. You also have the option of purchasing passes to the Sky Terrace and/or to Mme. Tussauds. However, if you decide not to do either of the latter AND if you have an Octopus card handy, make sure to go straight ahead towards the electronic "turnstiles" and swipe to enter. Trams only admit 120 passengers at a time, and if there happens to be a surge of tourists, you may have to wait for the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2010

Peak Tram
Garden Road
Hong Kong
+852 2849 7654

Tram stop  Photo, Hong Kong, China
While double decker trams are an icon of Hong Kong, we rode the trams out of sheer necessity and affordability to travel between our hotel and the Sheung Wan MTR station. Fares are 2 HKD each way; the trams accept the MTR Octopus card or coins (riding the tram is one great way to get rid of the heavy change in your wallet). Trams only service Hong Kong Island. There are various routes along with several stops. You will know where the tram is going by the signs with the final destination located at the front and the back of the tram. You enter the tram at the back, in which you must go through a turnstile. You have the option of staying at the lower deck, or going up the narrow ...Read More

Hong Kong Taxis


Hong Kong taxi Photo, Hong Kong, China
Each time that I've been in Hong Kong, I heavily rely on public transit since they're reliable and quick. However, if you've had a long day in Hong Kong, it is not a bad idea to take a taxi.Taxis in Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are red. You can easily hail one that has its taxi sign lit. There is no need to open the doors as the doors are automatically opened for you. There's a charge for each piece of luggage that goes in the trunk. Also, you will also pay extra if you travel through any of the harbor tunnels (going from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island or vice versa). The taxi drivers that I've had generally knew English (Mandarin might be tough for them to understand). It helps i...Read More
Ngong Ping cable car  Photo, Hong Kong, China
Ngong Ping cable cars offer a quick and convenient means of transportation to Lantau Island. Your travel time is cut in half, when compared to the bus services that are offered. The cable car terminal is located a very short walk away from the Tung Chung MTR station. Make sure to take Exit B, and you won't miss the signs for Ngong Ping Cable Cars.At the terminal, you are met with several options: you can ride in the Crystal Cabin (a glass bottomed car) as well as riding privately. Obviously, either of these options require more money. My friends and I opted to ride in a regular cabin. While it was a bit nerve-racking to gradually rise above the hills and the waters...Read More