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Friday, March 4, 2011

Star Ferry Pier @ Tsim Sha Tsui

The Star Ferry carries passengers across the world famous Victoria Harbour between the Kowloon peninsula and Hong Kong Island. It offers an unique cross-harbour experience at a reasonable price. There are four Star Ferry piers. The Tsim Sha Tsui and Central piers offer the most frequent ferry services.

Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier for Star Ferry on a clear day

The Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier for Star Ferry is adjacent to the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower and the Harbour City Shopping arcade. Together with the bus terminus, it is an iconic local transportation hub as well as a popular tourist location.

Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier for Star Ferry on a typical day in Hong Kong

The ferry journey itself offers tourists a chance to see the various corners of the Victoria Harbour from different angles. It is also an economic means of transport for locals who have time to spare (ie. compare to the MTR underground railway, the ferry is rather slow).

A Star Ferry

The sailors and crew who operates the ferry are mostly men in their 50s. The Star Ferry business itself is not profit generating. This iconic service might disappear in the next decade if things remain status quot.

Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier (photo taken from a Star Ferry)

Services and Fares:

  • The Tsim Sha Tsui Pier offers routes between Tsim Sha Tsui and Central, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui.
  • A single journey from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central costs HKD $2 for lower deck, HKD $2.5 for upper deck on Monday to Fridays. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the fares are $2.4 and $3 respectively.
  • The Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai route offers upper deck only. A single journey costs HK$2.5 on Mondays to Fridays; $3.0 on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
  • The fare for the return trip are the same.
  • Star Ferry offers a tourist cruise named Habour Tour that circulates between the Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Wan Chai, and Hung Hom piers. The fare ranges from $60 to $190 (one day passes). Please note the significant price difference for travelling on a slightly more comfortable boat.

Travel Tips:

  • Once aboard, passengers cannot go from the lower deck (with more engine noise) to the upper deck (with slightly better seating). Passengers must choose before entering the gates at the pier.
  • Taking photographs on the ferry are welcomed. Please look out for the "no entry" and "no passing" signs. Please kindly obey the instructions of the crew who speaks very little English.
  • The Tsim Sha Tsui pier is a popular tourist spot and hence a location full of opportunities. Foreigners who live in Hong Kong would ignore any "friendly" strangers when being approached.