MTR (Mass Transit Railway)

Fastest way to get around Hong Kong

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The fastest way to get around Hong Kong is with its modern, efficient and clean MTR (Mass Transit Railway), which shuttles 4 million passengers a day on routes running from huge satellite towns in the New Territories through Tsim Sha Tsui and under the harbor to Hong Kong Island.

Its 11 train and subway lines are color-coded and easy to use, with the next station displayed above each compartment door and announced in English. MTR also operates a Light Rail network in the New Territories used mainly by commuters but useful also for visiting the Hong Kong Wetland Park, as well as the Airport Express. Best of all, there’s free Wi-Fi in every MTR station, though it’s limited to 15 minutes per session, with a maximum of five sessions per day for each device.

You can purchase an individual ticket for each journey from vending machines; be sure to hang on to it, because you must insert it into the turnstile upon entering and exiting. Or, purchase an Octopus card which will give you multiple rides without having to buy individual tickets each time you board. And while there’s a Tourist Day Pass (HK$65 for adults and HK$30 for children), it’s not useful unless you plan on traveling long distances (like to the New Territories throughout the day.

You might find it useful to download the free MTR Mobile, which gives recommended routing, estimated journey time, and much more. Note that there are no public toilets at MTR stations and that eating and drinking are prohibited on trains.

At A Glance

(852) 2881 8888
Fares start at HK$4.5 for adults and HK$3 for children and seniors and increase with distance
From about 6am to midnight or 1am depending on the line and station

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