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The area
Neighborhood: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the major tourist and shopping areas of Hong Kong. With a high concentration of hotels, retail shops and commercial offices – it’s a busy and bustling neighborhood that never sleeps. On the surface, Tsim Sha Tsui seems to only feature an abundant number of high-end retail stores selling designer brands and jewelry, owing to its popularity with high-budget shopping tours. However, it also contains a diverse range of attractions for the entire family. Whether taking a walk in Kowloon Park, exploring museums, going shopping or grabbing a bite to eat – Tsim Sha Tsui has something for everyone.
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  • Tsim Sha Tsui • 7 min walk
  • East Tsim Sha Tsui • 8 min walk
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China158,699 contributions
    Quintessential Hong Kong
    The Star Ferry is a historic and iconic form of ferry transportation linking the Kowloon Peninsula and Hong Kong Island across Victoria Harbour. Started in 1888, ferries have been transporting passengers across the harbour for over 130 years. These days, the Star Ferry is a source of pride for residents of Hong Kong, a quintessential part of our city and link to her rich past. Historically, the Star Ferry was the main form of public transportation between Kowloon and HK Island until 1972 when the Cross Harbour Tunnel was opened. Now with the MTR system also connecting the the two, the Star Ferry is no longer an essential method of transportation for commuters. Yet many Hong Kongers continue to use it when we can simply because we love it... and so do millions of visitors to Hong Kong. To ride the Star Ferry, you can purchase an entry token or simply use your Octopus Card. Fees are very cheap (HK$2.2 for adults, HK$1.5 for children lower deck entrance, a bit more for upper deck passage). Ferries arrive and depart regularly, the ride takes 7-8 minutes to cross the harbour. Views of the Hong Kong and Kowloon skylines are great when sky conditions are favourable and during the evenings when the skylines are lit up with lights. You can also consider taking a longer harbour cruise option which lasts 60 minutes, with daytime departures (HK$120 per adult), nighttime departures (HK$200 per adult) and a special Symphony of Lights departure that takes place during the nightly laser show over the harbour (HK$230 per adult). This can be an enjoyable way to spend more time for those who want to spend more time on the waters of Victoria Harbour. Note: You'll find more information related to ferry sailing times, prices and other general facts on the Star Ferry website.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 9, 2020
  • Jish
    Shanghai, China8 contributions
    The Adventures of Jish
    This is a really nice ferry. I utilised the TST to Wan Chai route iirc, as well as the North Point terminal. Very spacious, and well ventilated. I particularly enjoyed the unparalleled view of the quarantined cruise-ship that Star Ferry kindly provided. I love this shortcut across the bay. Wan Chai metro is a bit of a trek from the ferry terminal though, but I managed to stumble upon a machine which gave my Octopus Card a 2HKD discount from my next journey, so that was a really nice surprise.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 16, 2020
  • toekneechung
    Hong Kong, China15 contributions
    The Star Ferry...
    I've been living in HK for over 20 years and I used to take the Star Ferry from TST to Wanchai for work when I first relocated to this dynamic city. I never got tired of waiting for the gate to open and the onrush of commuters jockeying for their favorite bench on the iconic ferry. It wasn't the most pleasant ride when it was rainy and windy but it was still very memorable, nonetheless. I haven't had the need to take the Star Ferry to HKI in recent years but when the weather is nice, I always enjoy going out of my way to take the Star Ferry across the Harbour and back, just for the fun of it. The view of HK's fabulous skyline on both the Island side and Kowloon side are almost always picture perfect even when the weather is not. If you have 40 minutes to spare, I urge you to slow down and think back to the very first time you took the Star Ferry across the Harbour. I promise you, it will put a smile on your face as you appreciate Hong Kong's past and look for what is good in Hong Kong's future.
    Visited September 2020
    Written September 5, 2020
  • lois d
    1 contribution
    How do these magnificent ships keep going?
    Star ferry is a Star of The Hong Kong show not to be missed during a Hong Kong visit. Just get your Octopus card from an MTR station and you are away. Journey time across the bay just under 10 minutes at a cost of 22 p. Simple and a pleasure to use
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written January 21, 2020
  • The Lettuce
    London, United Kingdom86 contributions
    Very cheap and nice view of the city lights at night
    Very cheap to travel on $2 HKD! We were on a 7 hour stop-over at the airport, so decided to go and see the harbour. Caught bus A21 that goes down Nathan Road to Tsim Sha Tsui, then walked to the harbour promenade. Catch the very nice lightshow at 8pm beforehand and then walk 10mins to the ferry terminal. It's not a glamourous entrance to the ferry at all, but for $2 HKD you can't expect much and the ferry itself is great. The ferry takes about 10mins to cross to Central pier on the other side. Then walk another 10mins to the metro station which takes you back to the airport. Note: They only take cash on the ferry, but there is a VISA ATM downstairs, if you need it.
    Visited December 2019
    Written March 6, 2020
  • juniper y
    Toronto, Canada28 contributions
    reminiscence of the past
    Not many people rely on this important vessel of transportation now. It is cheap, and comfortable to ride of the ferry, offers great view of the HK harbour, esp at night. It is a relaxing and enjoyable ride crossing the harbor, brings back many memories. It is a valuable experience if you haven't tried before, not sure how long it will be kept in service. .
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 24, 2020
  • fowler2018
    Minneapolis, Minnesota8 contributions
    Cheap and Cheerful!
    This is the only way to cross over to the island. When you take the train, you do not get to see what you see on the Star Ferry. While I can't recall the exact price of the fair, i do know it didn't even register on in the pcoketbook. These ferries run often and have the on/off borading down to a science.
    Visited January 2020
    Written February 7, 2020
  • Bruce180852
    Cornwall, United Kingdom1,091 contributions
    A Little bit of historical Hong Kong.
    What can you say about the Star ferry, it provides an immensely valuable service between Kowloon and Hong Kong island, every few minutes, of every day, they trundle back and forth across Victoria harbour, for $27HKD... And they’ve been doing it for over a hundred years, why pay for an expensive tour of the skyline from the water, a round trip on this old classic boat with give you all the views you need, for less than a cup of tea. I lived in Hong Kong back in late 70s with the military, 45 years later, it’s the same little boats going back and forth, it was quite nostalgic going on them after all these years. It’s a must do trip, like the Staten Island ferry in NYC.
    Visited February 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 7, 2020
  • DianneKamerling
    143 contributions
    Such good service
    They are old but very efficient & reliable. They run very frequently between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, that you have only a very short time to wait for a ferry to arrive. The Octopus Card is the best way to pay and it's an incredibly reasonable fare
    Visited January 2020
    Written February 16, 2020
  • Katherine170
    Airlie Beach, Australia20 contributions
    A must do in Hong Kong
    Take a cheap ride across the harbour for great water views and a good perspective of this fascinating city. The ferries are history themselves and beautifully kept. As boating enthusiasts, we travelled both the upper and lower deck and loved it.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 26, 2020
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lois d
1 contribution
Jan 2020 • Family
Star ferry is a Star of The Hong Kong show not to be missed during a Hong Kong visit. Just get your Octopus card from an MTR station and you are away. Journey time across the bay just under 10 minutes at a cost of 22 p. Simple and a pleasure to use
Written January 21, 2020
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The Lettuce
London, UK86 contributions
Dec 2019
Very cheap to travel on $2 HKD!

We were on a 7 hour stop-over at the airport, so decided to go and see the harbour. Caught bus A21 that goes down Nathan Road to Tsim Sha Tsui, then walked to the harbour promenade. Catch the very nice lightshow at 8pm beforehand and then walk 10mins to the ferry terminal. It's not a glamourous entrance to the ferry at all, but for $2 HKD you can't expect much and the ferry itself is great.

The ferry takes about 10mins to cross to Central pier on the other side. Then walk another 10mins to the metro station which takes you back to the airport.

Note: They only take cash on the ferry, but there is a VISA ATM downstairs, if you need it.
Written March 6, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

juniper y
Toronto, Canada28 contributions
Jan 2020
Not many people rely on this important vessel of transportation now. It is cheap, and comfortable to ride of the ferry, offers great view of the HK harbour, esp at night. It is a relaxing and enjoyable ride crossing the harbor, brings back many memories. It is a valuable experience if you haven't tried before, not sure how long it will be kept in service. .
Written January 24, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

fowler2018
Minneapolis, MN8 contributions
Jan 2020
This is the only way to cross over to the island. When you take the train, you do not get to see what you see on the Star Ferry. While I can't recall the exact price of the fair, i do know it didn't even register on in the pcoketbook. These ferries run often and have the on/off borading down to a science.
Written February 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bruce180852
Cornwall, UK1,091 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
What can you say about the Star ferry, it provides an immensely valuable service between Kowloon and Hong Kong island, every few minutes, of every day, they trundle back and forth across Victoria harbour, for $27HKD...
And they’ve been doing it for over a hundred years, why pay for an expensive tour of the skyline from the water, a round trip on this old classic boat with give you all the views you need, for less than a cup of tea.
I lived in Hong Kong back in late 70s with the military, 45 years later, it’s the same little boats going back and forth, it was quite nostalgic going on them after all these years.
It’s a must do trip, like the Staten Island ferry in NYC.
Written February 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

DianneKamerling
Cooroy, Australia143 contributions
Jan 2020
They are old but very efficient & reliable. They run very frequently between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, that you have only a very short time to wait for a ferry to arrive. The Octopus Card is the best way to pay and it's an incredibly reasonable fare
Written February 16, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Katherine170
Airlie Beach, Australia20 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Take a cheap ride across the harbour for great water views and a good perspective of this fascinating city. The ferries are history themselves and beautifully kept. As boating enthusiasts, we travelled both the upper and lower deck and loved it.
Written January 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MountaineerLu
Falling Waters, WV1,462 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Riding the Star Ferry to and from Hong Kong Island is a must if you are visiting or even a resident. Much less stressful than taking the MTR for the underwater crossing. Less expensive and probably faster point to point. The crossing costs about US 35 cents and free to Octopus Elder holders. That's right, absolutely free to those 65 or older. There is a bit of a chop in the crossing no chance to get seasick in ten minutes. Don't know if the ferry operates in very windy or stormy conditions. No snack bar or toilets on board but those are available in or near both terminus.
Written April 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ch4muy0
Cronulla, Australia148 contributions
Jan 2020
But, in the end, just a short ferry ride. What makes it attractive is that the double-deck ferries are very old (although quite polluting, given the smell of fuel oil), the trip between the island and Kowloon is very cheap and you catch different views of the city. Nevertheless, I have to say most ferry rides in Sydney are far more attractive than this.
Written February 23, 2020
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MarLoes M
Hong Kong, China47 contributions
Jan 2020
It's quick, easy, cheap and provides some of the best views in the world. What's not to love about this trip across Victory Harbour in Hong Kong. In the 10 minutes it takes to go from one side of the Harbour to the other, you get to witness the beautiful skyline of Hong Kong with some solid photo opportunities. It is still a daily commute to many of the 70,000 people that travel on the star ferry every day, as it has been for the past 122 (!) years. Use your octopus card to pay the HK$2 (HK$3.40 on weekends).
Written March 1, 2020
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