Hong Kong Star Ferry

Hong Kong Star Ferry

The charming Star Ferry boats have been faithfully carrying passengers from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon and back since 1888. While the two sides of Victoria Harbour are now connected by a world-class infrastructure system of road and rail tunnels, tens of millions of people still climb aboard the humble Star Ferry vessels each year.

The company operates two routes across the harbour, carrying over 70,000 passengers per day. Even though the harbour is crossed by railway and road tunnels, the Star Ferry continues to provide an inexpensive mode of harbour crossing. The company’s main route runs between Central and Tsim Tsa Tsui.

Many visitors take the ride for an up-close look at one of the world’s most photographed harbours, while locals have kept their affection for it because, even after a century, it’s still a highly reliable and efficient form of transport. National Geographic rates the Star Ferry crossing as one of 50 ‘places of a lifetime’.

There are few tips for riding :

  • Try to avoid the ferry during rush hours when it can be crammed full of commuters. Alternately, wait for the sailing just before 8:00 pm when the boats pause in the middle of the harbor to allow passengers to watch the symphony of lights show.
  • Do pay slightly more for an upper deck ticket as the views over the harbor and onto the skyline are far better than on the lower deck.
  • The seatbacks at the front and rear of the boat can be flipped, allowing you to sit facing the direction you’re traveling in and make the most of the view


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