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Transport in Hong Kong

Getting There
Hong Kong’s geographic location has resulted in it becoming a major gateway to China and East Asia and since the opening of the new International airport at Chek Lap Kok in 1998, visitors now fly into one of the most luxurious and futuristic terminals in the world. It is situated on a small island about 34kms from the centre but is serviced by the Airport Express train, MTR, Airbus and regular city buses and taxis. If you do enter the country by train you will arrive in the main station on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.

Getting Around
Trains - Hong Kong is served by the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) which is a fast and efficient underground system which runs not only along the north side of Hong Kong Island, but also from Central across the harbour to divide into east and west branches in Kowloon. Stations are located by an ‘X’ symbol. Fares range from $4 to $11 but you can also purchase stored value tickets which range in price from $70-200.

The Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a high-speed surface system linking the New Territories towns of Tuen Mun Yuen Long. This service operates between 5.30am to 12.30am daily and fares range from $3.20 to $4.70.

The suburban train service which serves Hong Kong is the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) ad it runs from Hung Hom in Kowloon up to the border with China. Trains run every 10 minutes in each direction, and offer a good way to visit some of the New Territories' towns and villages.

Buses - The bus service in Hong Kong runs from 6.00am until 3.00am and covers most of the territory. Fares range from $1 to $30 and you will need exact change. Furthermore, it is usual for the driver not to speak any English. Another service which groups of travellers avail of quite often is the minibus service. These are small passenger vans which are yellow with a red stripe. They pick up passengers and can let them off anywhere except at designated bus stops. Fares generally range from $2 to $7 and you pay as you leave the bus.

Taxis - The taxi service in Hong Kong is excellent and coupled with this is the fact that fares are extremely low compared with other leading world cities. Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are served by red taxis, the New Territories by green and Lantau Island has blue taxis. Many drivers do speak some English but you should always have your destination written somewhere in Chinese too. There are some surplus charges such as journeys through any of the tunnels will cost extra or $5 for each piece of luggage. To tip you should round your fare up to the nearest dollar. It is also illegal to pick up or drop off passengers in restricted streets or for taxis from the New Territories to drop you outside that region so don’t panic if you are being taken to a street beside the one that you wanted to get to.

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