Hong Kong is a wonderfully connected city that has a wide array of transport services to get around the city, with many being attractions in their own right, along with a modern airport, and services to other cities in mainland China. Here, I will give an intro to all of those available services.
Getting around Hong Kong
MTR (aka Metro or Subway)
is the most popular and convenient transportation option in Hong Kong. If you are familiar with this and Airport Express, then you can get to any part of the city quickly and cheaply.
have over 100 years of history in Hong Kong operating on the island side. Not only are they a convenient way to navigate Hong Kong Island they are also a great way to experience this part of the city.
Learn more about the Trams and route map
Taxis services are clean and friendly.
More about Hong Kong Taxis
Public buses are clean, modern and efficient. They are run by several companies depending on the district.
Learn more about public buses and routes.
Ferries run between the various islands of Hong Kong with the most popular route being the Star Ferry across the beautiful Victoria Harbor.
The best way to get to the Victoria Peak is to take the Peak Tram. You can enjoy the views over Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Victoria Harbour during the journey. It’s one of Hong Kongs Classic experiences.
Learn more about Peak Tram and Victoria Peak
Getting to Hong Kong
Flying into Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is a modern world-class airport. It features a complete range of services and amenities, restaurants, transport services and even shopping. The airport is located at Chep Lap Kok which is about 30-40 km from Kowloon or Central.
Click here to see the arrival process. You can choose the airport express, public buses and taxi to leave the airport and reach the urban center. Click here to see the departures process and here to know more about the transmit process.
Getting to/from the Airport
The Airport Express: Hong Kong Airport Express is one of the world’s leading airport railway systems. It will cost you around 100 HKD and about 25 minutes to Central. The whole journey is quick and comfortable.
Learn more about HK Airport Express and the various ticket options.
Bus: Hong Kong International Airport is well served by public bus routes, taking passengers to and from most parts of city. Public bus service in Hong Kong is comfortable and relatively inexpensive.
See a full list of bus routes to/from the airport
Taxi: Arriving tourists can pick up a taxi at the Taxi Station, which can be reached by the left-hand ramp outside the Arrivals Hall. It will take you about 300 HKD to reach Tsim Sha Tsui or Central.
Alternative airports: Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Macao International Airport all of which have convenient transport connections to Hong Kong by ferry, rail, or coach.
Ferry to Hong Kong
For visitors coming from Macau or China, they will be landing at the following ports in Hong Kong:
- China Ferry Terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui
- Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal at Sheung Wan
- Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal at Tuen Mun.
Learn more about ferry routes to and from Hong Kong and schedules.
Visitors coming by cruise vessels will be arriving at Ocean Terminal which is the sole cruise terminal.
Train to Hong Kong
Intercity Through Train
You can take cross-border trains from various mainland cities which arrive and depart from Hung Hom Station in Kowloon, routes include:
- Guangzhou-Hong Kong Through Train
- Dongguan-Hong Kong Through Train
- Foshan-Hong Kong Through Train
- Beijing/Shanghai – Hong Kong Through Train
Guangzhou Shenzhen Hong Kong XRL
A new service will offer high speed trains from the new West Kowloon Station through to Shenzhen, Humen (Dongguan), and Guangzhou. It will also offer destinations in mainland China.
Learn more about the new XRL line, routes, and fares.
East Rail Line
You can cross the border from the mainland (Shenzhen) and enter at Lok Ma Chau or Lo Wu and take the East Rail Line into Kowloon.
See here for more info crossing the border to and from Shenzhen.
The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge
The new bridge is set to open and while permits have sold out you will be able to take a bus from Zhuhai to Hong Kong via the bridges shuttle service (HZMB Bus) and cross-border coach.
HZMB Bus – Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge Shuttle
The bus will depart from either side after you have cleared customs. The journey across the bridge takes 40 minutes and cost 80 HKD. There is no need to pre-book tickets as buses will depart every five minutes in peak hours, every 10 to 15 minutes in non-peak hours, and every 15 to 30 minutes at night.
Cross-Border Coach via Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macao Bridge
One Bus Hong Kong Macau – Coach services will run from Kwun Tong and Hung Hom in Kowloon, Hong Kong to casinos in Macau. Tickets begin at 170 HKD with the journey taking 105 minutes.
There will be taxis that can operate cross-border and it will simply be a matter of paying the fare plus 150 RMB toll.
Cross Border Coaches
There are cross border coaches operated by several companies that have boarding and departure points across many locations in Hong Kong including Hong Kong Airport. They travel to/from cities including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Zhuhai, Macau, Jiangmen and more. Companies include
- Eternal East Cross-Border Coach
- Sinoway (HK-China) Express
- Trans-Island Limousine (Go Go Bus)
- Trans Island
- CTS Travel