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Bus Transportation in Hong Kong

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  • Caroline Heet
    5 contributions
    In my many years of wisdom & life I have never met such an elegant rolling stock, the ride was filled with passion and love and I will never forget!
    Written May 11, 2022
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom6,324 contributions
    This giant, snaking bridge has impressive scale and statistics. At 55km, it's the longest sea-crossing bridge in the world, it cost almost US$20 billion and consists of 3 cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel and 4 artificial islands. It’s relatively new and has only been opened a few years. Building started in 2009 and finished in 2018.
    We saw the bridge from a few different angles during our recent trip to Tai O. Catching the Fortune Ferry to Tai O, we passed underneath it and later when we hiked to the top of Fu Shan Viewing Point, we saw it stretching out in the other direction also. Private cars need a special permit to use the bridge so most people will cross it by bus or taxi (or go under it like we did).
    Written July 17, 2021
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  • mabeline88
    Singapore, Singapore35 contributions
    Good alternative if you are not pampered. My boyfriend and I took the A21 bus for almost 16 to 17 stops. Very smooth journey with no jam. Lots of places for lugguage to place while we commute. Enough space for almost 30 baggage. Display of stop names in english is available on monitor, makes you feel very safe. 16 to 17 stops took us almost 35 to 40 mins. Payment can be make by octopus pass.. not necessary to get tickets.
    Written July 11, 2019
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  • jctsthk
    Hong Kong, China197 contributions
    Riding the KMB bus is a good and cheap way to see interesting sites in Kowloon as most buses are double deckers. The buses are air-conditioned in summer.

    If you arrive at Tsim Sha Tsui by Star Ferry from Central or Wan Chai, there is a KMB bus terminal next to Star Ferry offering various bus lines to different parts of Kowloon.

    In particular the no. 1, 1A & 6 travel partly along Nathan Road, viz. the longest road in Kowloon passing many tourist interests such as Yau Ma Tei’s Temple Street night market, fruit market, Mong Kok’s Langham Place shopping mall, Sports Shoe streets, Ladies’ Street, Gold Fish market and Prince Edward’s Flower Market etc.

    You can pay bus fare by cash or stored value card (called Octopus Card) available at any MTR (underground station).

    You need to press alighting button first if you want to get off the bus.

    The KMB bus also caters for wheelchaired passengers.

    KMB has a mobile apps with usually accurate live arrival time and route planner.
    Written January 16, 2019
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  • Mark v
    1 contribution
    While traveling in Hong Kong a while back, we realized we would be late for our ride with Rorider, but they went out of their way to wait for us and take us back to the hotel. They were in contact with us and told us they would stay until we got there. It was reassuring to know we had a ride waiting.
    Written April 23, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    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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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    The Airport Express free hotel shuttle service was discontinued in 2020 after the city was effectively locked down and closed to the outside world due to the pandemic.

    While the Airport Express train continues to run between the city and airport, there is now no free hotel shuttle service to the various hotels around the city anymore.

    Further, at this time it is not known if the hotel shuttle service will be restarted in the future. We'll have to wait a few years until Hong Kong is reopened and large numbers of travellers begin to return to the city by way of flights into Hong Kong International Airport.
    Written November 16, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    Long Win Bus (LWB) is a major bus operator in Hong Kong. Their buses and service are similar to the three largest operators (KMB, NWFB and Citybus) and for the most part passengers choose them because of specific routes and most convenient journeys offered compared to the other providers.

    LWB has 38 routes around the city with particular focus on connecting routes between the Airport, North Lantau and New Territories. Airport buses are modern with interior luggage hold areas, onboard wifi service, charging ports next to seats and fairly comfortable seating. Payments are made by way of Octopus Card or exact change which is dropped in the payment slot below the Octopus Card reader.

    Buses have electronic boards calling out upcoming stops, simply press the nearest stop button to your seat to inform driver that you want to disembark the at the next stop. If you are in route to the airport, the bus will drop off just in front of the departure area where it is best to exit instead of going all the way to the Central terminus.

    Bus stop signage at terminuses and roadside are in English and Chinese so it is easy to read and understand. Updated routes, times and fares can be found on Citymapper HK mobile app as well, making it convenient to check upcoming departures as you arrive at HKIA or from the city when preparing for your bus journey to the airport. The website is updated regularly as well, so you can research conveniently there as well.
    Written November 16, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    Cityflyer is a bus service provided by Citybus, which is one of the three largest bus operators in Hong Kong. Cityflyer routes are designated for airport runs, connecting major locations within Hong Kong Island and Kowloon with the Hong Kong International Airport and HK-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Port. Most passengers choose Cityflyer as an alternative to more expensive taxi rides and longer, less convenient MTR journeys that might require multiple line changes.

    Airport buses are modern with interior luggage hold areas, air-conditioning and decent seating comfort. For the most part, the ride experience is similar to using any of the major operators for bus journeys around the city. Payments are made by way of Octopus Card or exact change which is dropped in the payment slot below the Octopus Card reader. Buses have electronic boards calling out upcoming stops, simply press the nearest stop button to your seat to inform driver that you want to disembark the at the next stop. If you are in route to the airport, the bus will drop off just in front of the departure area where it is best to exit instead of going all the way to the main airport bus terminus.

    Bus stop signage is in English and Chinese. Additionally, routes, departure schedules and fare information is updated on Citymapper HK mobile app, making it convenient to check upcoming departures as you arrive at HKIA or when in the city and checking in on planned journey to the airport. Note, while information on the bus website is fine for general research on routes, Citymapper app is much easier to use on the day.
    Written November 16, 2021
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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    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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  • BradJill
    Hong Kong, China146,736 contributions
    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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