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When visiting HK in the near future we plan to use a Octopus card

Question: can we get one to share between us both elders

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12. Re: octopus cards

Exact cash fare is always accepted. Not to worry if you don't have an Octopus card.

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The reason why each person needs their own Octopus Card when travelling together is that Octopus is a contactless card which only needs to be "waved" over the card reader at platform entry barriers at MTR Stations, and at entry points or barriers on other public transport. In order to protect against accidental multiple charging for the same transaction, it cannot be used more than once at the same entry point within a certain period of time, which varies between transport operator. On the MTR, it cannot be used more than once within ten minutes at the same entry barriers, on buses I believe it is a much shorter time. The standard On-loan Adult, Child and Elder Octopus Cards are "anonymous" cards which contain no personal data and no record of purchasers is kept but its not a practical option for more than one person to share the card for the same journeys.

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Simple: One card per person. That's all you need to know. Forget about all the other explanations about why and how. They just confuses the answer.

If you are over 65, you qualify for the senior Octopus card. Just ask for it. They may ask you to show id if you are youthful looking. Often they don't bother asking.

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Officeboy - Please note that it is neither mandatory nor compulsory to get one Octopus card per person. It will be a lot more convenient if each has a card.

If you're uncomfortable in using this type of "electronic money", costs, or whatever reasons, exact cash payment is always accepted.

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Not only will it be much more convenient, your travel will be much cheaper. With the Elder Octopus Card the maximum fare you will pay for nearly all MTR and bus journeys is capped at HK$2. The alternative is buying concessionary single-journey tickets for each MTR journey you make or paying concessionary fare in cash on buses but the concessionary fare is not capped at HK$2. For example, an MTR ride from Causeway Bay to Disneyland Resort costs HK$13 with a concessionary single-journey ticket but just HK$2 with Elder Octopus Card.

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Get a card for each person. You lose nothing by having your own cards except the $9 handling fee upon returning the card to MTR at the end of your trip. This $9 fee is easily offset by the MTR savings for Octopus users vs single ticket users.

Basically, there is no reason to share a card whatsoever.

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The best thing is to purchase an Octopus card as soon as you arrive in Hong Kong.

I found the best place was the "Airport Train" information desk.

An adult Octopus card is $HK150 with $50 being a deposit. There is also a seniors' version for those over 65 and it seems you don't have to be a local resident to use it.

Use it as often as you like on all forms of transport (and other places too) then go back to the "Airport Train" information desk at the airport, hand in the card and get a refund (less $HK9) administration fee.

When you are adding value to your ticket at the window it must be im multiples of $HK50.

Make sure you don't lose your card. If you do, there is no refund; it's like cash.

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