Star Ferry

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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.
How to get there
  • Tsim Sha Tsui • 7 min walk
  • East Tsim Sha Tsui • 8 min walk
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Jish
Shanghai, China8 contributions
Feb 2020
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.
Written February 16, 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China146,700 contributions
Feb 2020
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.
Written February 10, 2020
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toekneechung
Hong Kong, China12 contributions
Sep 2020
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.
Written September 5, 2020
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The Lettuce
London, UK72 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
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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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hagen1cj
Dubai, United Arab Emirates26 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
The Star Ferry remains the cheapest tourist attraction in Hong Kong. The price seems to have remained constant for generations and at only a few dollars is worth it. The boat is old and seats uncomfortable, but that adds to the charm. The views of the skyline are spectacular. For the best experience go from Hong Kong island to Kowloon at night as this provides the greatest photo opportunities.
Written May 7, 2022
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juniper y
Toronto, Canada27 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
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Dutchtraveller007
Amsterdam, The Netherlands238 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
If you are new to the city this ferry is a MUST try. For me I take it when going between Kowloon and the Island. It is soothing, calming and not really expensive.

You can take in the boats around and enjoy the skyline or city view in a calm way.

This part of town is an absolute must and don’t miss out if you come to visit. Only sets you back 3.4 HK dollar. Great!!!
Written January 27, 2021
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fowler2018
Minneapolis, MN7 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
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柯蝶芬
Hong Kong, China4 contributions
Nov 2021
The Star Ferry is a constant companion in Hong Kong. For a true experience, always choose the lower deck (if you do not mind the diesel fumes). At Pier 8 in Central on Hong Kong island side, view an explore the public exhibition display on Star Ferry names and history.
Written January 1, 2022
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