Green Mini Bus

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Green Mini Bus
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China139,284 contributions
Much easier to use these days with the citymapper HK app
Nov 2021
Amongst the many forms of local transportation found in Hong Kong are the light minibuses that help connect hundreds of locations near and far throughout the territory. What we have are red and green light buses, which are basically 16 or 19-seater vans that transport around 1.25 million people around the territory on a daily basis.

Note that Red light buses are free to operate when and where they want without control over routes and fares. However, Green light buses operate on fixed routes, times and prices just like our normal larger buses. You pay for rides with your Octopus Card or by depositing exact change into the till as you enter. According to our local transportation department, there are around 550 various routes and 3.3K green mini buses operating throughout HK.

Locals are familiar with routes that help them get between home, work and regularly visited places. Unfortunately, they are not easy to understand for non-Cantonese speakers and those who don't read Chinese. In fact quite a few of the bus stop signs have no English and bus drivers often only speak Cantonese. You can always try asking locals on the bus for help. In the city, this usually works just fine, further in the New Territories, it is a hit or miss and English language abilities dwindle quickly.

However, these days, the Citymapper Hong Kong app that many use on their mobile devises, makes using the green buses much easier. The app is updated and does a good job revealing useful routes and expected arrival times. Stops are shown in English and Chinese which helps riders better understand when and where to make their correct exits. This can make things much, much easier if you want to try and use light green mini-buses during your time in Hong Kong, especially when trying to get to places off the beaten track, further away from the city and beyond the coverage of the larger public buses.
Written November 13, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stethyph
Hong Kong, China26 contributions
Dangerous, often see them crashed
Apr 2019 • Couples
These things are a death trap. We no longer travel with them, it’s simply not worth it. Drivers fly around the streets at insane speeds. What’s that, a red light ahead? Let’s drive at high speed towards it and then veeeeow slam on the brakes at the last minute. Is that a corner ahead? No problem, let’s go round it on two wheels. Who cares about passenger comfort? Or safety? Have seen these things crashed on a number of occasions, for example twice in recent times I have seen a minibus on its side near Shek Mun having been in a crash of some sort. Can’t say I’m surprised. Hong Kong has had a few bad accidents due to crazy bus drivers but no one seems to learn the lesson: slow down and be responsible.

Any form of transport is safer in Hong Kong than the dreaded minibuses. These are only for people who feel that life is not worth living.
Written July 16, 2019
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bluetillew70
Hong Kong, China19 contributions
Forget using the bus stop - they mean nothing!
Sep 2018 • Solo
If you're using minibuses you're better off not bothering about the bus stops because somebody could just stand in front of you, without bothering to queue, just a little down the road and the bus will stop provided it's not double yellow. This effectively means the bus stop and any queuing system is redundant and it just turns into a free for all like cabs.
Written September 19, 2018
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jennygirl57
Vineland, NJ1,035 contributions
Good Way to Travel
Jun 2018 • Couples
While in HK, we used a variety of public transportation modes. For our trip to Stanley Market, our local friend advised us to take the mini bus from Hysan Place. The stop and bus number were clearly marked, so there were no problems locating the correct bus. Octopus card paid the fare.
The bus only seats a small number of riders (I think 16?) and no standing allowed. Also, charmingly, a sign posted states that bus cannot go over a set speed limit, with the counter there if you wish to see the speed. Bus is basic, no plush seats, but comfortable for a short ride.
The road to Stanley Market was curvy, and the mini bus handled it better than a larger bus would have.
Our bus had a push button to signal if you wished to stop, but there are also set stops on the way.
Just another way to get around HK.
Written June 20, 2018
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ozgal26
Hong Kong, China2 contributions
An everyday routine
Apr 2018 • Solo
I use the green Mini Bus every work day and I find it an awesome experience, I hop on at Sai Kung Bus Terminal Mini bus 101 jump off at Hang Hau MTR where I have a small walk to catch my train to Central. 40 mins Octopus friendly and during peak times they leave every minute or so however if you are at a stop away from the bus terminals it is often hard to hail one with empty seats.
Written April 22, 2018
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Quack H
HONG KONG2,810 contributions
I don't not recommend minibus to tourists
Sep 2017 • Solo
Not recommended to tourists unless you know where you are going and where to get off and when to yell out 'Stop please' in Cantonese.
Written March 4, 2018
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David T
Christchurch, New Zealand2,263 contributions
The best
Oct 2017 • Friends
So good to jump on and off exactly where you want to go and pay peanuts for.

Just be sure to have small change as mine is given. $3 to $7 is the common price range.
Written October 20, 2017
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Dominic L
13 contributions
Nice way to get around.
Aug 2017 • Family
I wouldn't really recommend the Green Mini bus, i think that taking the buses are a lot nicer and not much money either, less then 1 American Dollar!
Written September 6, 2017
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C O
Munich, Germany16 contributions
Hold on tight!
Apr 2017 • Friends
We took the green bus on separate occasions from Causeway Bay area to Stanley, The Peak and then to our friends flat in North Point. Google maps helped, telling us which bus to catch and where.
We used our Octopus cards.
The stops are clearly signed so you can work out/follow on a map where you are.
The ride up to The Peak is far cheaper and probably a lot more interesting than going up on the Tram. Just hold on up the windy roads to the top!
Written June 15, 2017
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cpcog
Wellington, New Zealand1,280 contributions
better know the route well
Mar 2017 • Family
Unless you know the route well, you shouldn't take green mini bus. Tourists might not know where they would be easily.
Minibus is faster than bus normally as they only have 16 seats.
You can use octopus card or coins to take them. Children or students won't have discount.
Written March 27, 2017
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