Getting Around in Hong Kong Island

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Known as the financial district, Hong Kong Island is easy to get around on foot, or if you’d prefer, by bus, tram and car. Check out the following options.

Island Trams

The trams, which run on the northern part of Hong Kong Island, are cheap at just US 25 cents a ride. You can also get a good view of the city and enjoy a bump-free ride. The route travels through the entire northern part of the Island, and makes frequent stops. The tram opens early and runs late every day.


MTR is Hong Kong’s answer to the New York subway system. MTR is rated by locals as the easiest and fastest way to get around. The MTR is located all over the Island, with clearly marked signs so you won’t get lost. You can use debit card and cash to pay for your ticket. One ride is about $1, and will take you all over the island.


At every corner on Hong Kong Island you’ll spot one of the huge double-decker buses that travel through the city. These buses operate frequently, although often make more stops than the MTR and tram. They have A/C in the summer, although no heat in the winter.


You can take a ferry from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon district and other major ports and islands. The ferries operate frequently, and tourists have consistently rated Star Ferry as a favorite.

By Foot

Most of Hong Kong Island is accessible by foot. The street signs are clear and well-marked, and the shops close enough that you can walk from one end of the island to the other in an hour or so. The locals are friendly and proud of the Island, so if you get lost, just ask for directions.

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