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Hong Kong's main rail systems include the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) East Rail, and the Light Rail (LR).

The MTR is, by far, the most efficient, fastest, cleanest, and smoothest rail transport. Running along Hong Kong Island's north side, it travels beneath the harbor where branches serve Kowloon and Lantau Island. Trains run from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, with the maximum fare of up to HK$13 for a single adult journey. For inquiries, call 2881 8888.

KCR is a commuter railway that stretches from Hung Hom in Kowloon to the boundary with mainland China at Lo Wu. All, but the express trains to Guangzhou, end at Lo Wu. A visa and special ticket is required to travel to Lo Wu station and into Shenzhen. The KCR runs every 3 to 10 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 12:20 a.m., and the maximum fare is HK$33. For KCR inquiries, call 2602 7799.

The LR runs daily from 5:40 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. between the New Territories towns of Tuen Mun and Yuen Long. Fares range from HK$4 to HK$5.80. For inquiries, call 2468 7788.


Buses are ample in Hong Kong. The final destinations of both double-decker and regular buses are marked in English and Chinese on the front top panel. Operation times are from 6 a.m. to midnight, and fares are considerably low from HK$1.20 to HK$45. It is advisable to prepare the exact fare to make it easier for bus attendants, as well as not to hold the queue when boarding the bus. Bus drivers are typically not fluent in English, and it is better to find your routes from hotel staff or someone who speaks your language before attempting to take the bus.

Hong Kong's bus companies are as follows: New World First Bus (2136 8888), and Citybus (2873 0818) on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories, and Kowloon Motor Bus (KMB) in Kowloon (2745 4466). Visitors can get bus route maps from HKTA Information and Gift Centres.

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