Hong kong transport

hong kong transportGetting around Hong Kong is really easy, there are so many transports available, and the whole of the HK SAR is cover by them. hong kong transport

hong kong transport

For those who have money, a car is great.

hong kong transport

For those who don’t have a car or don’t want to have one, taxis are terrific, and considering HK taxis are really cheap compare to anywhere else in  the world, it makes sense . I use them when it’s late, or I’m being lazy or if I really need to get somewhere fast and I know there won’t be much traffic.

hong kong transport

For those who want to avoid cars or taxis, there is the public transport. With the octopus card it is  really simple. No need for lots of coins!

My favorite HK public transport is the tram with the green minibuses next up.

hong kong transport

Tram – for HK$2.3 you can go anywhere on North HK and for short distance I even find it it’s the fastest door to door. You walk to the tram get on it and get off it, no need to walk a long time underground.

http://www.hktramways.com/en/index.html

 

Green minibuses GMB – these go all around HK and Kowloon, but you do need to know where they go. I like to note the route number of the ones I see going past work, home, or other places I  go to often, and then check out the details online. I find that most of the time they go nearly as fast as taxis.

http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/minibuses/green/gmb_online_guide/index.html

 

MTR – I use it for long distances mostly. It is quick and clean, and goes to most of the places I need. I just prefer to avoid the walking underground forever in some station, and the rush hour with its crowds. And even with the AC it’s still too warm.

http://www.mtr.com.hk/eng/homepage/cust_index.html

 

Big buses –   These are good for short distances like trams, I take whichever comes first, or sometimes for longer distance where the bus route is direct. Timewise it is more or less  the same  as the tram in  normal traffic; with lots of traffic it’s  slower and with no traffic  can be faster. Obviously express bus routes would be faster than the tram.

http://www.kmb.hk/en/

http://www.nwstbus.com.hk/home/default.aspx

 

Red mini Bus – does not accept octopus, one of the rare places you can’t pay with it  and you really need to know their routes, I only use them very rarely. One I do use runs  between Shau Kei Wan and Big Wave Bay – that’s one of the only if not the only public transport available between the two places. – for more info on the routes sorry but I don’t have.

http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/minibuses/red/index.html

 

All the ferries to get to all of the outlying islands.

 

The ultimate tool to help you get around anywhere in the world is Google maps, more or less efficient depending on cities, It is pretty simple, start with the start location, destination and enter (for more details keep reading). Tada! it’ll give you all the ways and time, you just pick and go! I learned about google directions a couple of years ago and now used it for all the new places I want to go to.

 

steps below:

https://www.google.com/maps

at the end of the search button there is a direction button, click on it

Input start location

Input destination location

Press enter

 

on the top you have options:

driving – public transport – walking – other

 

you can choose your leaving time and date should you be looking for a journey in the future.

 

and there is also an option button

driving – route with tolls, highways…

public transport – bus, tram… fewer transfers….

walking – avoid ferries …