Navigate Hong Kong with Ease
For first time travellers, exploring a bustling city like Hong Kong might seem intimidating. Don't let that stop you from exploring it's rich culture, fine cuisine, and more improtantly great shopping finds! Over 60 million people flock there annually. Thankfully the city's transport system is one of the most efficient in the region. Here's your quick guide to getting around the city.
Take the train
Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railway (MTR) is fast, clean, easy to use, and convenient. It covers a total of 150 stations across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Lantau Island, and the Airport Express. The MTR is the most economical means to take to get to tourist attractions, including Hong Kong Disneyland (via the Disneyland Resort Station, of course!), Mong Kok markets (visit Sneaker Street!), and the Ngong Ping Cable Car (to get to the Big Buddha!). The MTR is your best option, just brace yourself during rush hours, though!
Go by bus
If you want another view of the city—whether day or night—take the British-style double-decker buses. They’re good to take you to other places unreachable by the MTR, like up the Shek-O trail station, your starting point in trekking the Dragon’s Back Mountain. It’s also cheaper to take a bus from the airport than the MTR Airport Express.
Short-cruise on the Star Ferry
It’s roughly a seven-minute ferry ride between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. It cruises the Victoria Harbour and treats its passengers to the beautiful skyline of the two islands. Take the Star Ferry to get to the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui on the Hong Kong Island, or to get to the party strip of Lan Kwai Fong on the Kowloon Island.
Get there on foot!
Hong Kong offers many a street food, boutiques, and beautiful nightlights along Nathan Road, the main thoroughfare in Kowloon. You may also take the MTR to Causeway Bay for some serious shopping feat.
Grab an Octopus Card!
The Octopus card is a mode of payment in Hong Kong which serves like a debit card for making purchases and paying for transportation expenses. You can use it to pay at the MTR, the bus, and for your food.