HONG KONG TRANSPORT
Getting to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a major international destination and there are regular flights to and from Hong Kong from all the main continents. The Chek Lap Kok Hong Kong International Airport was opened in 1998 on Lantau Island and is considered to be one of the best airports in the world. The Hong Kong international airport has frequent short haul flights to China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines & South Korea.
In addition, there are also a high number of long haul flights to Australasia, Europe and North America. Hong Kong can also be reached by Hydrofoil, ferries and trains (via Kowloon Canton Railways) from the Chinese mainland.
Getting Around Hong Kong
Hong Kong has one of the most well organized and efficient transport systems and most areas of Hong Kong can easily be reached by tram, mass transit railway, Kowloon Canton Railways, ferries, taxis or by bus.
The backbone of the Hong Kong transport system is the Octopus Card. The Octopus card is a smart card similar to London`s Oyster card. The Octopus card has been in operation since 1997 and allows travellers to receive discount rates on the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), the Kowloon Canton Railways (KCR), some trams and certain bus routes. The card can also be used in a variety of different ways such as buying goods at some convenience stores, shops and food outlets. The Octopus card can be bought in various denominations such as $100 or $150 and a refundable $50 is also required. Each time the card is used, the amount available on the card is reduced and the remaining balance appears at the exit gates. Octopus cards can be topped up at numerous outlets including MTR, KCR and various shops and food outlets.
The Star Ferry is one of the highlights for anyone visiting Hong Kong and has been in service since 1898. The Star Ferry links Tsim Sha Tsui with Central District and also Wan Chai. Fares are extremely low, for such spectacular views, ranging from HK $2.20 for the upper deck and HK $1.70 for the lower deck. From the Central ferry piers, ferries can also be taken to some of the outer islands including Cheung Chau, Lantau, Peng Chau & Lamma.