Transport options to get you around Hong Kong and its surrounding islands so you won’t have to miss out on any must-see attractions
Hong Kong has an excellent public transit system that can get you virtually anywhere on the main and surrounding islands. Taxis are plentiful and affordable with ferries that are efficient.
With so much to see and so many options for transport we’ve laid out all of the options for you. From the cheapest to the fastest, you can choose which mode of transportation suits you and your holiday’s budget.
Hong Kong public transport
Types of transport:
The Mass Transit Railway (MRT) serves Hong Kong and mainland China and is the quickest way to get around Hong Kong. Its network is extensive and can get you to just about anywhere from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and from the airport to Hong Kong Disney.
Several bus lines cover set areas in Hong Kong, which can help to reach destinations beyond the metro lines.
Two of Hong Kong’s most iconic transport systems are the Star Ferry, which shuttles passengers across Victoria Harbour between Tsim Sha Sui in Kowloon and Central on Hong Kong island. Although it’s not as quick, it’s cheaper and much more scenic than taking the MTR.
If you're looking to go to Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha and other island attractions you can take the MRT and then take the scenic Ngong Ping 360 cable car or a more cost-efficient bus.
One of the most iconic things to do is take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak. It's not part of Hong Kong's transport system, and the lines can often be long, but the view can be well worth it. It's HK$90 for a return tram ticket.
Paying for transport
The electronic Octopus travel card costs HKD$150 which includes $100 for travel. $50 is refundable when the card is given back. Fares are 5% cheaper when using the card which can be bought and recharged at any MRT station. The Octopus card can be used on the MRT, most buses, ferries, trams, some taxis and even retail shops.
Best apps for getting around
The HKe Transport app provides pre-trip planning tools covering most of Hong Kong’s public transportation routes. This app includes prices for each trip by method of transportation.
Taxis and Uber
- Taxi: Taxis can be hailed from the street except in restricted areas, called for a pick-up or found at taxi stands. Airport transfers can be pre-booked.
- Uber: Uber is available across the city and from the airport. Rides from the airport to Victoria Harbour range from HKD$202–$258.
Hong Kong car hire rental companies
Renting a car in Hong Kong is uncommon as it’s rather small and traffic tends to be heavy on the city’s streets. Other transportation options are quicker and more affordable. There are no car rental desks at the Hong Kong International Airport so cars must be picked up in the city. Avis, Hertz and Hawk Rent a Car offer services.
Hong Kong car hire deals
Hong Kong airport transfers
Hong Kong Private Transfer: Cruise Terminals to Hong Kong International Airport from ViatorView details
Hong Kong Shared Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel from ViatorView details
Hong Kong to Macau ferry
TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet offer ferry transfers between Hong Kong and Macau. The journey takes approximately 55 minutes and departs every 15 minutes during regular hours and every 5 minutes during peak hours.
Ferries depart and arrive from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, which is connected to the MRT and is accessible by bus or taxi. In Macau, arrivals and departures are at the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, which is easily accessed by bus and tax. Ferry routes are also available to Macau from the Hong Kong International Airport.