Hong Kong Travel Dictionary: Bus

Hong Kong Travel Dictionary - handy tips for visitors [Updated in 2019]


Buses have been supporting Hong Kong over the past 80 plus years. Although it is still a relatively budget way to travel around Hong Kong, buses are slowly being taken over by Hong Kong's railway system / subway / underground train system - MTR Mass Transit Railway. Having said that, these double-decker monsters can easily be found throughout Hong Kong. Vast majority of public buses in Hong Kong are air-conditioned, pumping cool air during both summer and winter.

Hong Kong Bus

Bus Companies
Buses in Hong Kong are operated by two companies, with the exception that bus service on Lantau Island is run by New Lantau Bus. Bus schedules were once difficult to predict. With the help of GPS and mobile APPs, nowadays one can easily gain to-the-minute bus schedules on the mobile phone or on the display screens at certain bus stations.

The Kowloon Bus Company "KMB" operates most of the bus routes on the North of Victoria Harbour - Kowloon and New Territories. City Bus and New World First Bus “New World Bus” operates most of the bus routes on the South of Victoria Harbour - Hong Kong Island. Of course there are cross-habour routes and certain routes are shared.

Route Search
Both KMB and New World Bus have developed route search functions and mobile APPs for travellers. You can find their official APPs on iTunes and Google Play. Of course, standard bus schedules are also available on Google Maps.

Even if you travel without Google Maps or the official APPs, all bus stations and the buses themselves should offer enough information about the route and stations. For some routes, the wait can be up to 20 to 30 minutes. Having said that, buses take you to plenty of districts and locations in Hong Kong that railways do not cover.

Hop On and Hop Off
Simply wait at the bus station and indicate to the driver by lifting your arm. While waiting, check out the schedule, fare and route information at bus stations (and on the APP of course). As you aboard, simply insert full fare in coins or notes  (exact amount required, no change will be given) into the deposit box or pay with an Octopus Card. Hong Kong locals do not have a culture of speaking to the bus driver and no tickets will be issued. "Pay and walk" in the norm.

Route and bus-stop information will either be on display on the bus or announced (again, on the APP of course). As the bus approach your stop, press one of the many bells / stop buttons on the bus to indicate to the drive. Depart the bus at the back door.

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