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Buses and Trams

Hong Kong - Buses and Trams

Buses travel all throughout Hong Kong and the Octopus Card can be used for admittance on them. There are several different kinds of buses available, including trams, mini buses, and large double-decker styles.

The major bus companies in Hong Kong are the New World First Bus which serves Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Motor Bus Company which serves the New Territories and Kowloon, and the Citybus. The Citybus has routes in Kowloon, Hong Kong, and the New Territories. Lantau Island also has two bus companies of its own.

Buses accept exact change or the Octopus Card. The fares range from around HK$2.40-40. They vary depending on the distance traveled. Buses are only permitted to stop at their designated locations. Most of the buses are double-decker and have electronic signs that let passengers know of upcoming stops.

For more information on the different buses, their routes, and their times, visit:

Citybus: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/buses/citybus/service_details/index.html
New World: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/buses/new_world_first_bus/service_details/index.html
Kowloon Motor Bus: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/buses/kowloon_motor_bus/service_details/index.html
Long Win: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/buses/long_win_bus/service_details/index.html
New Lantao: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/buses/new_lantao_bus/service_details/index.html

There are a few tram routes in Hong Kong. The antique tramway is a popular route with both locals and tourists. It opened in 1904 and travels along the northern shoreline. Although it is inexpensive, it is also un-air-conditioned. Still, it offers a good view of the city and remains a good value for those looking for an interesting excursion. Riders should board the tram from the rear and exit from the front of the tram. Payment is expected upon departure from the tram.

Another tram is the Peak Tram. This tram runs from Garden Road to the Peak Tower. It was in place before there was road access and used to be the only form of transportation between the two. Now, however, it is generally utilized by tourists and visitors to Hong Kong who are interested in the views. Monthly commuter passes are available. The trams from 6:00 am until midnight, seven days a week.

In Northern Hong Kong, a double-decker, open air tram runs from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan. There is also a line that services Happy Valley. Six tram routes travel about 16 kilometers in all. These are normally slower than the buses and underground forms of transport.

Light buses, or mini-buses, operate throughout Hong Kong and are able to travel down routes and streets that some of the larger buses are unable to. It is estimated that there are more than 4,000 of these buses. It is generally not advised for those who have walking difficulties or are in wheel chairs to ride the light buses due to their stairs. They are not currently handicap accessible for this reason.

The green mini-buses are privately operated. They carry around 24 passengers and are on fixed routes. Although the routes are scheduled, riders can still request stops along the way as well as flag down the mini-bus and board it. Fares must be paid as you board. You see the green mini-bus routes here: http://www.td.gov.hk/en/transport_in_hong_kong/public_transport/minibuses/green/gmb_online_guide/hong_kong_island_gmb_routes/index.html

The red mini-buses are not scheduled and travel on different routes. These may operate anywhere. Riders can board and disembark where they wish. Fares depend on the distance that is traveled. Drivers will make change and you must pay as you exit.

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