|The colony is served by more than 30 airlines, plus another
dozen charter and cargo airlines. The new Chek
Lap Cok Airport is located on Lantau island. It
is connected to Kowloon and Hong Kong island by
MTR and bus links.
|1. The Kowloon-Canton
modern electrified commuter train, There are 10
stops on this 32 mile segment train through
Kowloon and the New Territories. Single,
ordinary, one way fares for the full run begin at
HK$ 6.50. The main railway station is in Hung
Hom, Kowloon, and there is a passenger ferry
service near the main station from the Star Ferry
in Central District. Call 2606-9606 for more
|2. Light Rail
runs between Tuen Muen and Yuen Long in the New
Territories. Fares ranges from HK$2.70 to HK$
3.90 for adults and HK$1.40 to HK$2.00 for
children. Called 2468-7788 for more details.
|3. The Star Ferry
most famous mode of transportation for residents
of Hong Kong. Tourists are agog at the
magnificent site of the worlds third
busiest harbour and one of the best natural
habours in the world, as the double-bowed, green
and white, two-decker ferries weave their way
through the 0.8 nautical mile course between Hong
Kong and Tsimshatsui (Kowloon). Upper deck, 1st
class seats cost HK$1.50 and the view of the
harbour from there will delight any shutterbug. A
more exciting ride (closer to the water-racing
past) is in second class seats on the lower deck,
which cost HK1.20 only. There is also a
Kowloon-Wanchai service for HK$1.50 and HK$1.20,
and a central Hung Hom (in Kowloon) service at
HK$1.80 upper deck, HK$1.50 lower deck.
|4. Walla - Wallas
the MTR closes at 1 am and the Star Ferry at
11.30 pm, you can still ride across the harbour
in a small motorboat called a walla - walla,
besides taking a bus or taxi. Walla - wallas is
faster and cheaper than the taxis and buses. On
Hong Kong Island, walla - wallas are located at
the Queens Pier to th east of the Star
Ferry concourse. In Kowloon, they are located at
Kowloon Public Pier.
Kong has numerous scheduled buses and bus routes
to just about every corner of the colony. China
Motor Buses are blue while Kowloon Motor Buses
are red. Bus fares range from HK$ 1.40 to HK$15.
(Exact change only)
|6. " JETCAT"
Service to SEZ
Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Zuhai is an oil
exporation port near Macau. There is a three time
"JETCAT" service leaving from
Kowloons China Hong Kong City. Its only a
30 minutes rides from Zuhai to Macau. Call
2523-2136 for details.
|7. Minibuses and
16 seater vans with a red stripe called
minibuses, ply all the main routes and make
unschedules stops and charge variable fares.
There is a sign in the front indicating their
destinations and fare charges. Yellow 16 seater
vans with a green stripe called maxicabs run on
fixed routes at fixed prices. The maxibus
terminal in Central is on the eastern side of the
Star Ferry carpark.
Hong Kong Island, there are trams running along
the north shore from west to east and vice versa,
which pass through the main tourist areas of
Central , Wanchai, Causeway bay and Taikoo Shing
Quarry Bay. The cost is HK$1.20 (exact change).
Call 2801-7427 for details.
|9. Mass Transit
MTR is a 43.2 km system with three lines and 38
stations, stretching from industrial Kwun Tong
(Kowloon) and Tsuen Wan (New Territories) through
some of Kowloons most populated areas,
underneath Nathan road to the Tsimshatsui tourist
and entertainment district, and under the harbour
to Central, the governmental and financial centre
of the colony and along the north shore of Hong
Kong Island. The longest trip takes less than 60
minutes and fares range from HK$3 to HK$9. The
cross harbour trip is HK$6 to HK$9. Tourists can
used the MTR for shopping and sightseeing trips.
The MTR opens from 6 am to 1 am daily.
taxis are available. The taxi flagfall costs is
HK$ 15 for the first 2 km and thereafter HK$7 for
every 1km. The green and white New Territories
taxis have a HK$10 flagfall with a subsequent
rate of HK$0.90 for each 250 meters, while blue
Lantau island taxis have a HK$9 flagfall. Urban
taxis are allowed to charge a HK$20 surcharge for
passage through the cross-harbour tunnel, plus
HK$5 for each piece of luggage or large package.
There is a HK$5 surcharge for the Aberdeen
|11. Private Transport
cars with or without drivers are available. Avis
and Hertz and a couple of dozen local car rental
firms are available. Those under 18 cannot hire
any motor vehicles (including cycles and
scooters). All visitors must have a valid
overseas driving licence.