Transportation Hong Kong


Hong Kong is a place with many personalities and influences. The Cantonese and Chinese heritages blend with the British influence to create a major travel destination. Hong Kong is an important travel hub in East Asia and the afflux of travelers from mainland China to Hong Kong has risen as well.

The majority of travelers arrive in Hong Kong by plane, but frequent ferry connections are available to/from Macau and mainland China.

Arriving and departing Hong Kong

Arriving and departing by plane

Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) is the main entry point for those arriving here by air. The modern airport open in 1998 and has been named “World’s Best Airport” five times since opening. The airport is hub for the following airlines: Air Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways, Dragonair, Evergreen International Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Hong Kong Express Airways and UPS Airlines. It handles flights to/from major cities in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Middle East.

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Arriving and departing by ferry

Hong Kong is located an hour by hydrofoil from Macau. There are also good connections with mainland China.

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Arriving and departing by land

Crossing the border by land to China puts you in Shenzhen , a city which has different visa regulations than Hong Kong. You can travel by land between mainland China and Hong Kong by car, bus or train.

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Getting around Hong Kong

If you need to travel between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, the most popular way is by ferry (operated by Star Ferry). There are other ferry companies which operate different routes between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island.

The fastest way to get around Hong Kong is the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), which operates both the underground and the suburban rail. There are five underground lines and three suburban rail lines.

You can also choose to travel by the narrow double-decker city trams. They are bumpier and small and don’t have AC , but they are also the cheapest option for getting around.

The large double-decker buses cover the entire territory. They charge different fares depending on the distance you travel.

Renting a car in Hong Kong

In the densely populated Hong Kong and thanks to its very well organized public transportation system, renting a car is practically unheard of. Should you need to travel in more remote areas which aren’t covered by the public network with a high frequency of buses, for example, then you can consider renting a car (which you can drive if you hold an International Driving Permit or if your driving license is written in English).

Photo credits : Hong Kong Airport ; Hong Kong ferry