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Hong Kong - Getting Around

Hong Kong is a busy place. You’ll soon discover that, in the city’s tightly packed core, your best mode of transport is your feet. So ensure you bring some comfortable shoes, or buy some here! Recalling the territory’s British-ruled past, Hong Kong’s street signs are conveniently marked out in English, so navigating around the city shouldn’t be a problem.

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Subway

Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is safe, cheap and fast. The network has nine lines, connecting all parts of the city, with an additional airport express route. Plus they’re building even more lines! Routes are clearly marked in all stations. The Hong Kong Island line (dark blue on subway maps) runs the length of the north of the island, where all the shopping, tourism and hotel zones are situated.

For Disneyland Resort (on Lantau Island) you can take the Tung Chung line from Hong Kong Station.

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Bus

Buses are another convenient way to get around Hong Kong. Most are British-style double-deckers serving Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and some parts of Lantau. Grab a route map at the tourist information offices or your hotel.

Public Light Buses are a Hong Kong institution - straddling the gap between taxis and ‘official’ buses, these mini buses are nimbler and are able to get into corners of the city that the larger fleet of double-deckers simply can’t reach.

The red-roofed buses don’t have fixed routes and are free to stop anywhere. They don’t accept Octopus Cards* - and are mostly used by locals who hop on and off wherever they please. Use these only if you’re familiar with your route. Otherwise hop on a Green bus, which have regular routes, standard fares and a more reliable service (to many great shopping streets, restaurants and tourist sites), but ensure you’ve got a map and know where you’re going, as most drivers don’t speak English.

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Trams and Escalator

Trams are a beloved part of Hong Kong transportation. The ‘ding dings’ rumble through downtown Hong Kong island from 6am to midnight, and offer a scenic, if slow, route through all the major sights. There’s a stop every 250 metres or so.

The Escalator takes tourists to Victoria Peak for the postcard-panoramic view of the city at night.

*If you’re planning on using a lot of public transport, invest in an Octopus Card, which offers a discounted bundle of tickets you can use on rail, ferry, bus and tram.