Railways: Train, Tram and MTR Travel in Hong Kong

Route maps and booking information for the national rail service, regional trains and the urban train network: to help you find your way around Hong Kong...

Octopus Cards

An Octopus Card is an electronic ticketing system used for all Hong Kong railways. The card has a built-in microchip containing fare information. Octopus Cards are sold at various locations including MTR and KCR stations. They are divided into four types of fares: for adults, elderly, students and children.

To use an Octopus card: hold the card over the electronic reader at the station barriers before departure and again on arrival. The amount will then be deducted from the card. On Light Rail services touch the Octopus card over the entry/exit reader on the platform as required.

Octopus Cards work like cash cards and are accepted at certain stores, car parks, recreational facilities, on-street parking meters, public pay phones and vending machines.

Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) System

MTR trains connect Kowloon with the New Territories to the borders of Mainland China. MTR operates routes throughout Hong Kong, Kowloon, Lantau Island and the New Territories and also provides services to several cities in China. The MTR website has information on its railway and bus services including maps of routes and stations, train schedules, fares, and a section with a list of attractions along its routes. Children under three travel for free and under 12s travel half-price.

  • MTR
    Tel: 2881 8888
  • More information about MTR train services including a journey planner is available on their website

Signs are marked in both English and Chinese characters.

Intercity Passenger Services

MTR provides intercity services between Hong Kong and the Mainland with three through-train routes, the Beijing line, the Shanghai line and the Guangdong line.

The MTR East Rail begins at Hung Hom in Kowloon and ends at Lo Wu on the Hong Kong/Chinese border.

Note: Before travel to China, check if a visa is required. Some nationalities may be eligible for a five day visa, as Shenzhen is a special economic zone. These are available at the border itself, but are only valid in the Shenzhen area.

Light Rail

The Light Rail system provides service in and between Tuen Mun and Yuen Long in the New Territories. Tickets can be bought from machines at each station, or passngers can use their Octopus card.

Trams

Double decker trams run from early morning until midnight through the city districts. The main tram routes are from Western along Des Voeux Road in Central, Hennessy Road in Wanchai and Causeway Bay and King's Road in North Point to Shau Kei Wan. Passengers get on at the back of the tram and exit from the front where they pay their fares.

Peak Tram

Peak Tram is the funicular railway that connects Garden Road in Central to the Peak. Tickets are sold at Central and the Peak stations. The tram runs from 07:00 until midnight. There are four stops along the way and the journey takes approximately 15 minutes.

Passengers with Disabilities

MTR stations and trains are equipped with facilities for disabled passengers including tactile guide paths, audible devices, Braille station layout maps, Braille plates, flashing system maps and bi-directional wide gates at stations. Passengers with special needs can call the Passenger Services Hotline to make arrangements for assistance.

Tickets

MTR tickets are available as single journey tickets, one day passes, or Octopus cards. They are sold at machines and ticket booths at the MTR stations; prices vary depending on the distance and stations. MTR tickets are required to both enter and exit the subway.

There are a number of ticket options for infrequent users of public transport and tourists:

The MTR has promotional programmes and discounts for frequent travellers.

Discount travel

MTR passengers are eligible for the Interchange Discount when using an Octopus Card and free feeder service on the MTR Feeder Buses. The Interchange Discount reduces train fares on routes that require connections.

Airport Express

Airport Express is the airport railway operating from 05:50- 01:15. The train runs every 10 minutes and the journey from the airport to Central is 24 minutes. Tickets are sold at machines in the arrivals hall.

Station Services

Facilities available at MTR stations include ATM terminals, free Wi-Fi in every station, post boxes, public payphones, lost property, location maps and bill payment services.

Park & Ride

MTR has a Park & Ride scheme where regular passengers can get discounted prices on parking in certain car parks.

Lost property

There are three lost property offices - at Admiralty Station, Tai Wai Station and Siu Hong Station.

Pets and Animals

No animals - except guide dogs - are allowed on public transport.

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