Getting Around

Hong Kong has one of the best public transport systems in the world and a compact city centre, so getting around is easy enough for even inexperienced travellers. The underground Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is efficient and inexpensive, and air-conditioned double-decker and single-decker buses cover all of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, with final destinations displayed in both English and Chinese. Bus fares are low and distance-based. Small mini-buses are more expensive but also more flexible, as they stop for passengers to board or disembark on request.

Hong Kong's old-fashioned trams are another cheap and convenient mode of transport. On the water, fleets of ferries connect Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the Outlying Islands, and last but not least, there's an abundance of taxis, which are colour-coded according to their area of operation. Taxi fares are low but many drivers don't speak English and visitors are advised to have their destination written down in Chinese characters.

Visitors can opt to purchase a contactless Octopus Card, making it easy to pay for trips on the MTR, buses, minibuses, ferries, trams and a few taxis.