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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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  • Joshua C
    3 contributions
    Amazing services, Great Services
    Hong Kong Star Ferry is an old-style ferry that helps people to move around; on a warm and sunny day, you can enjoy your time with family and friends. Unfortunately, the cost of the star ferry isn't cheap. The prices now for both the upper deck are ($3.2), and the lower deck is ($2.6). On the weekend, the prices are higher, but on the weekdays, it is a little cheaper. Occasionally, there is a tour around Hong Kong only at night time.
    Visited February 2023
    Written February 26, 2023
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia810 contributions
    Hong Kong icon still running
    Considered an icon of Hong Kong, the Star Ferries travel across Victoria Harbour multiple times a day. They are very cheap, easy to use and also take the MTR Octopus tickets. I used it first from near the Exhibition Centre at Victoria Harbour over to Tsim Sha Tsui and then to the Central Ferry Pier no. 8 near the Hong Kong Exhibition Wheel on a Thursday around 5:30 pm and then, after using the MTR to get to Lantau on Sunday, from Tsim Sha Tsui to Victoria Harbour in the late afternoon. Very cheap, very easy and quite a quick 10 minute trip. There are upper deck and lower deck options but I really didn't really notice much difference. Effectively the Star Ferries are very basic standard ferry services in Hong Kong (not touristy at all) much like the ferries in Sydney, Australia. However, like in Sydney, they are a great way to experience the harbour. I didn't take the one hour sightseeing Harbour cruise which might be the more touristy option. I was told by a local that Star Ferries had closed down and was surprised that I'd been able to travel on it. They were still running though patronage looks down which makes them uncrowded (nowadays many people are using the MTR instead) and financially there is some doubt. However, it was a quick and cheap option to travel across Victoria Harbour and is part of Hong Kong's history.
    Visited January 2023
    Written February 26, 2023
  • Untung T
    Manila, Philippines153 contributions
    Short and cheap way to cross the Victoria Harbour
    We were travelling with our 2 year old and crossed over from from central star ferry pier to tsim sha tsui star ferry pier on the kowloon side. It was a bit of a walk from the central mtr station, about 10 minutes. Arriving at the pier ther is the observation wheel as well some shops you can buy food and souvenirs. We didn't needed to buy tickets as the Octopus cards are being accepted for the ferry. You can choose between upper deck or lower deck to sit on the ferry. We opted for the lower deck as we brought along a stroller and I wanted to see the engine room, as it is being opened for observation nowadays. The crossing took about 5 minutes and it was a very scenic and wonderful view from the ferry, seeing both sides of the harbour. I used to travel to Hong Kong annually since childhood, and this particular experience, I wouldn't miss on any visit. On the kowloon side there is long promenade you can walk along the harbour and watch the evening light show, something not to be missed.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Mindkandy
    126 contributions
    Simply a Must!
    Peaceful, beautiful views, and cheap. A Star Ferry ride is a must on any visit to HK. It's also a savior during rush hour when you need to cross the harbor and want to avoid the mad crush of the MTR (subway) system.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 8, 2023
  • andy p
    23 contributions
    Hong Kong’s best loved icon
    What a wonderful experience, definitely one of the city’s best experiences. So cheap too. The day Hong Kong loses the star ferry will be the day it loses its unique identity and becomes just another drab Chinese city.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 8, 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,022 contributions
    Star Ferry is a bargain
    The Star Ferry offers a service spanning Hong Kong Harbor. It is very inexpensive and you can traverse the harbor for a few cents. The old boats ply the route from Kowloon Point in Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Island. In the old days Hongkongers used the Star Ferry as a matter of necessity; a price rise of a cent in the tickets could cause riots. These days, the Star Ferry still attracts travelers, most Honhkongers take the MTR, which can take the trip under the harbor in a few minutes. For those who are careful with their pennies, the Star Ferry offers a welcome service.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 25, 2023
  • Coco L
    Hong Kong, China37 contributions
    An affordable way to see HK’s skyline
    Its a commute means for locals and an attraction for tourists. For that reason, maybe it’s a good idea to avoid rush hours as the ferry can be packed with commuters. I think it’s best to take ferry at night as you can really see Hong Kong’s beautiful skyline then.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written May 7, 2023
  • C H
    36 contributions
    Great view
    The Star Ferry is an icon in HK. It is an inexpensive way to enjoy the great shoreline and buildings on both shores. The ride was short but the view was extremely pleasant. You can choose the upper or lower decks.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Au J
    2 contributions
    Must try in HK
    I stayed in Renaissance and their staff recommend us to try the experience of star ferry. Just a few minutes walk from hotel, the design of star ferry pier is nice and the fare was really cheap. The view from the star ferry was really excellent and I took many photo. Highly recommended to friend and family who will travel in HK.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 28, 2023
  • cyng7614
    Hong Kong, China6 contributions
    Colorful Harbour.
    The better time to take the ferry around 7 to 8 pm as the both side building is full of different colour lights. Suggest start from Hong Kong side. Arrival Tsim Sha Tsui ferry then stay near the sea side and look back Hong Kong. The whole island's iconic building and the lights make a colorful picture fill up your eyes to make you an unforgettable memory. Don't forget your cell phone or camera to take a memorable pictures. At 8 pm, lazer lights shows on Hong Kong island.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 8, 2023
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,625 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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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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toekneechung
Hong Kong, China15 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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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
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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
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fowler2018
Minneapolis, MN10 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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Bruce180852
Cornwall, UK1,098 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
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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
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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
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