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Hong Kong has a vast array of transportation options that are designed to help residents and visitors travel through the Main Island, New Territories, and outlying islands. Even without a personal vehicle, it is still easy to transverse Hong Kong by relying on public transportation. Due to Hong Kong’s relatively small size, however, there are no domestic flights within the country. The Hong Kong International Airport is the only passenger airport. It serves hundreds of destinations throughout the world and visitors can connect to virtually any location by connecting flights, but domestic travel is limited to buses, trains, trams, ferries, and private vehicles.

The current airport replaces the old Kai Tak Airport on Kowloon Bay. This was Hong Kong’s airport from 1925 to 1998, although it was only officially known as the international airport from 1954-1998. The new airport, Chek Lap Kok, is located 30 km to the west. The older airport was known for its views of mountains, skyscrapers, and the harbor-all of which could be seen from the sky. The program “Most Extreme Airports” counted it as the 6th most dangerous airport in the world, thanks to the high level of technical difficulty it took to land and take off from it.
Hong Kong is connected to Mainland China by ferry, bus, and train service. Some of these stop at the Hong Kong International Airport as part of their journey. In addition, if you are flying into Hong Kong but traveling on to Mainland China by ferry then you do not need to go through Customs when you depart your plane at Hong Kong’s airport.

Hong Kong has a very extensive public transportation system that is considered inexpensive, reliable, and fast. Through the vast network of public transport options, it is possible to reach all of Hong Kong’s areas. The MTR, or underground system, travels more than 170 kilometers throughout Hong Kong and serves millions of passengers every day. Busses are able to transport passengers from the MTR stations to their final destinations in some instances.

The outlying islands and Kowloon can be reached by ferry service. Ferry service transports many people to Hong Kong Island every day for work and leisure purposes. An Octopus Card, which can be purchased as a MTR station, can be used on the ferries. The Octopus Card can also be used on the other forms of public transportation as well.

Taxis are considered to be safe and dependable, although they are more expensive than the public transportation option. Taxis are metered, however, and are often used as an alternative form of transport during important events and when taking public transportation might not be as practical.

Most individuals in Hong Kong do not own private vehicles. Parking and fuel are expensive and Hong Kong’s roadways can be busy and congested. Still, ownership of private vehicles does exist and it is also possible to rent vehicles as well. Popular rental companies such as Avis and Hertz are represented in Hong Kong, along with several local and smaller companies as well.

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