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  • Dan
    Gothenburg, Sweden19 contributions
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    My flight landed at terminal 1, Hong Kong airport. After immigration etc (took 10 minutes for me) turn right to the end of the hall, then turn left, follow the crowd, take the elevator down to level 3, now you are at the bus terminal. Turn right and you will see a sign B4. If you are not sure about the way, just ask some officials, I had no problem to get adequate answers about the way.

    Have a 10 HKD bill with you for the B4 bus ticket, no exchange. After 15 minutes you are at the Hong Kong port, then immigration out of Hong Kong (took 3 minutes for me). Then you buy bus ticket to Macau, HKD 65, or 33 if you are 65+. They dont accept VISA card so bring cash, they will give you change if you have larger bills. Bus to Macau over the bridge took 45 minutes.

    After Macau immigration (took 10 minutes for me), you go straight out to the bus terminal. I arrived after 7.30pm, so no free shuttle to the outer ferry terminal. But no problems. I did bord bus 102x, ticket price 6 HKD or MOP. I had a 5 hkd and a 2 hkd coin, paid with them, no exchange is given. This bus will stop outside Wynn casino, close to Starworld and close to many hotels in the central of Macau. You will not miss it, the speaker in the bus will tell you when the bus approach Wynn. I walked then to Holiday Inn Express, took 7 minutes.

    So instead for paying ridic money for going direct from Hong Kong airport to Macau over the bridge, just pay about HKD 80 , 3 buses, and you are there. I also doubt it is faster. I saw many travellers with big bags, so not a problem.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • 422iana
    Dunedin, New Zealand3,610 contributions
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    It was to guide yourself around the station, and once you were out, you were central to everything on the south side of the Harbor. It is so easy to walk down to the ferry, going over the walkway and no roads.
    Written July 9, 2024
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  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark5,482 contributions
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    We are traveling around Asia and have already tried bullet trains in Japan and South Korea, where comfort and service are both excellent (especially in Japan).

    In China, we've taken six long bullet train rides. It's efficient, very fast (faster than in Japan and South Korea), and compared to airport waiting times, high-speed trains are a much better alternative.

    On AliPay (which is essential in China), you can book and pay for tickets 14 days before departure. It's a great system. The only issue is that you might not get seats next to your travel partner - you often have to swap with other passengers.

    You can buy tickets for 3 classes (second class, business, and first class), and it's not cheap. We traveled in second class and were quite satisfied: there's more space and freedom to move around compared to a plane.

    Much of the communication - both at the stations and on the trains - is in both Mandarin and English, so don't worry about figuring out where to get on and off the train. It's actually quite easy.

    On particularly popular routes, the trains are quite full, so you need to be quick to secure space for your luggage in the very small compartments. If you can't, you'll have to keep your suitcase or backpack between your legs during the trip. Therefore: Arrive at the station early and make sure to get to the front of the queue.

    You can buy food and drinks on the trains, but it's expensive and not very good. We got used to bringing our own supplies, which can be bought at the stations. It's a good idea to buy fruit before you get to the station.

    The toilets are decent; there are both Western-style and squat toilets.
    Written June 25, 2024
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  • dubliner2018
    County Dublin, Ireland60 contributions
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    This is a truly excellent service which, depending the timetable and stops, takes 50- 65 mins fro Kowloon West to Guangzhou South. I pre-book via Trip.com for which I pay a booking fee and then another moderate fee when picking-up my ticket at Kowloon West station. It is important for a first time user to be careful to allow sufficient time for ticket collection, HK and PRC immigration processes. Security is a lot less stressful than for travelling by air. This is in my opinion the best way to go from HK to GZ. Two metro lines operate from Guangzhou South so the notoriously troublesome GZ road traffic may be eliminated or reduced depending on a travellers hinal destination address.
    Written December 9, 2019
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
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    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
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
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    New Lantao Bus Company started operating in 1973 providing important bus routes around Lantau Island. You can learn about specific routes on the New Lantao Bus website and more user friendly lantauonline website.

    Buses are in fair condition but are showing their age compared to the more modern fleets of KMB, Long Wing and CityBus companies that service more city wide routes. Bus fare is reasonable and can be paid with exact coin payment amount or by using your Octopus Card. Service frequency is sufficient and destination coverage around Lantau Island just fine.

    Important routes with New Lantao Bus Company include Route 1 (Mui Wo to/from Tai O), Route 2 (Mui Wo to/from Ngong Ping), Route 3 Mui Wo to/from Tung Chung, Route 11 (Tung Chung to/from Tai O) and Route 21 (Tung Chung to/from Ngong Ping).
    Written March 9, 2020
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  • Brad
    Hong Kong, China173,724 contributions
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    There are three major bus operators in Hong Kong including New World First Bus (NWFB) which provides over 100 routes throughout the city. As such, they play an important role in providing much needed transportation for over a million people each day.

    For the most part, Hongkongers and visitors first focus on needed bus routes, not so much on which bus company is providing the route service. This is primarily because the experience is fairly similar between the major bus operators. Rates are reasonable, fixed and similar. Payments are made by tapping your Octopus Card (or dropping exact change in the till), schedules are published and kep updated online. They are also frequent, regular and predictable.

    Unfortunately, buses can be very crowded throughout Hong Kong. This is due to them being affordable and providing generally good transportation service. The crowded conditions are particularly the case with popular routes, where there will often be long queues of awaiting passengers. Seats are designed for local people, not tall Western men, which means somewhat uncomfortable journeys if you are a very tall passenger with long legs.

    Almost all buses have electronic boards onboard informing of upcoming stops. Similarly, terminus and roadside bus stops have English and Chinese language, making it easy use. Importantly, routes and stops are well updated on mobile apps like Citymapper HK, so it is simple to use the major buses while out and about in the city these days.

    Note: NWFB was taken over by Templewater Bravo in August 2020. They also own and operate CityBus one of the other three largest bus operators as well.
    Written November 18, 2021
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