Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is the mostly used transportation in Hong Kong. It is fast and reliable. In occasionally it might encounter system fault but usually it won’t take very long (within minutes) to back to normal.
It is not as complicated as in many other cities hence simple to navigate. Their service hours starts from around 6 am to midnight, and overnight during special occasion (e.g. New Year Eve).
MTR has 10 rail lines as picture below,
MTR is not the cheapest public transportation in Hong Kong but neither expensive. Fare starts from HK$4.5-HK$58 but normally you won’t take a very long ride except for going to disneyland. If you stay at common tourist area like Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, or near Central, your average spending would be under $10. Fare across the harbour is more expensive (i.e from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, vice versa).
Octopus Card is a common electronic payment in Hong Kong and can be used for MTR rides and the cost per ride is cheaper than using single ticket. Since you can get full refund on remaining value we do recommend Octopus Card since you can use it in a lot of places. Find out more about Octopus Card here.
Single Journey Tickets
If you don’t bother to use Octopus Card you can purchase single journey tickets at ticket vending machines. All single journey tickets are now smart ticket where you can simply use your Single Journey Smart Ticket to touch the Octopus Processor when passing through the gate when entering, and insert your Single Journey Smart Ticket into the ticket slot of the exit gate.
Tourist Day Pass
MTR offers a unlimited ride (except for Airport Express, MTR Bus, First Class Carriage and to/from Lo Wu or Lok Ma Chau stations) day pass for tourist who have been in Hong Kong for less than 14 days. Adult cost HK$55 and Child (aged 3-11) cost HK$25. The Pass valid for 1 month meaning you can purchase in advance. The pass will become invalid after 24 hours of your first journey. You can get a 10% discount at Ocean Park and Ngong Ping 360, and HK$50 off for regular-priced ticket to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, however, there are many other ways to get these discount hence it is worthless.
It is valuable only if you are planning to take many rides (e.g. 6+ rides) per day, visit disneyland or planning a very long trip. Check the fair before considering the Tourist Day Pass.
Airport Express is a very convenience way to travel to/from the Airport. The cost is as below
|Station||Adult-One Way||Adult-Return||Child-One Way|
|Airport<->Hong Kong Station||HK$100||HK$180||HK$50|
|Airport<->Tsing Yi Station||HK$60||HK$110||HK$30|
It is fast (22mins to Kowloon station; 24mins to Hong Kong station) with in-train WiFi. Even better there is free shuttle service to major hotels，click here for the list of hotels it stops. Before boarding, simply show proof of eligibility including Airport Express train tickets (Single Journey, Same Day Return, Round Trip, Airport Express Travel Pass), Airline ticket / boarding pass.
If you are taking Airport Express when leaving Hong Kong, you can also Check-In at Hong Kong Station/Kowloon Station for major airlines between 90 mins ahead or within 1 day from your scheduled departure time. You can find the full list of airline providing check-in service at Hong Kong/Kowloon Station here
Another benefit is the usage of Airport Express is not high since locals seldom use. The reason is because it is not cheap and the traveling time from Airport Express stations to home is often longer than simply taking a bus from the Airport, especially when their free shuttle service is not useful to locals. We do think Airport Express is a good option for travelers.
Airport Express Travel Pass
MTR offer this type of ticket to tempt you to take the Airport Express, it’s a Airport single (HK$220)/return(HK$300) ticket plus 3 consecutive days of unlimited travel on MTR.
The price is attractive if you are staying in Hong Kong for 3-5 days and don’t feel like taking bus. If you are staying for more than 5 days or you might want to take bus rides then it would be more convenient for you get an Octopus Card.
You can purchase online but you won’t have to, it’s very easy to buy at MTR stations.
MTR Bus only serve very few residential areas which tourist rarely visit. We will not cover here but if you are interested you may click here to learn more.