Star Ferry

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by volgap on June 18, 2003

The Star Ferry is a great little boat service that seems to run without a hitch. About every 8 minutes, another ferry turns up and takes you across the water between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, and it only costs pennies.

This service is obviously not as convienient as the MTR (subway) but it is a lot prettier. As soon as you get within a few hundred metres of the Ferry Terminal, you will see signs directing you to it. Ferries go from Kowloon to all places over Hong Kong, but the signs at the ferry port are clear and written in Cantonese and English.

Walking down to the ferry reminded me of a cattle run. Once you have chosen your destination and entered through the correct gate, you can only go one way, so there is no fear of getting lost.

For the Star Ferry trip between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, you must also choose the upper or lower deck before you go through the departure gates, as there are different gates for each deck. The lower deck is cheaper but wet (close to the water) and the upper deck is a few pence more but glass covered and dry.

The trip is over in just a few minutes so don't hang about if you want to take photos. I regret that I didn't take the Star Ferry at night. The view is supposed to be amazing. I guess it gives me an excuse to visit Hong Kong again.

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

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