Hong Kong - MTR/Subway (Mass Transit Railway)

Hong Kong MTR
(Mass Transit Rail)

MTR trains (or subway) are fast, convenient, reliable, and a safe mode of transportation in Hong Kong City.

MTR operates nine main commuter lines serving Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.
Among them, the East Rail Line connects to the boundary at Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations for travel between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.

In addition, a Light Rail network serves the local communities in the North West New Territories, while a fleet of buses provides convenient feeder services.

The MTR also operates the Airport Express train, a dedicated express rail link providing the fastest connections to Hong Kong International Airport and AsiaWorld-Expo to the City.
The free Airport express shuttle bus service between Airport Express Kowloon station or Airport Express Hong Kong station and Major Hotels in Hong Kong are also part of MTR network.

The MTR runs 12 lines and the Airport Express trains

Most attractions are along 3 MTR lines:  The Tsuen Wan or Red MTR subway line, The Island line or blue line, The Tung Chung Line or Orange line.

The Tsuen Wan or Red MTR subway line is used to travel around the Kowloon Island side and connects to the Hong Kong Island side at Central and Admiralty Stations. 
It travels between Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Mong Kok, and Tsuen Wan

The Island line or blue line is the main line to use on the Hong Kong Island side. 
It travels between Kennedy Town station through Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay all the way to Chai Wan. 

The South Island Line starts from Admiralty station and goes through Ocean Park station all the way to South Horizons stop. 
Use this line to get to Ocean Park

The Tung Chung Line or Orange line starts at Hong Kong Station, through Kowloon and Sunny Bay Station and ends in Tung Chung station. 
Take this line to The Big Buddha and Ngong Ping 360.  At Sunny Bay Transfer to the Disneyland Resort line or pink line for Disneyland.

Go to the MTR website

How to Ride and Exit MTR

You can recognize the Subway stations entry and exit by the red logo with the spider looking symbol.

All signs and announcements in the MTR station are in English and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)

To use the Octopus Card at MTR stations, tap your Octopus card over the Fare Deducting Reader when you enter and exit any MTR station, or insert your Single Journey Ticket.

Once you find your platform, wait in the cue until the train arrives.  Let passengers off first then go into the train. 
If there are no seats, stand somewhere so that you can see the train’s progress on the route map located at each door.

Please be aware of your things and kids as the train can get very crowded during peak times

Note:  From each station there can be many exits which can be confusing to find the right exit for your destination.  
If you are not sure of the exit, look for the exit signs and neighborhood map indicating which exit to take after you exit the platform area. 

If you need assistance ask at the manned booths located at the MTR entry/exit gates

Hong Kong MTR Fare Info

Fare payment using an Octopus card is easy and accepted on all MTR rides in Hong Kong
 
You can also buy tickets from the ticket vending machine at all MTR stations.

You can purchase your single journey ticket at the vending machines at any mtr station. 
A Single Journey Ticket is for one ride to a pre-selected destination on the day of purchase. The fare is based on the distance travelled. 

An easier, efficient, and faster way to pay for fares is a reloadable Octopus card! 
The Octopus card is a reusable, stored value card for making electronic payments in Hong Kong.
You can buy or reload an Octopus card at any MTR station or convenience stores like 7-11

Octopus cards can be used to pay for many modes of transport like the MTR, Airport Express, Light Rail, buses and ferries and are more convenient and faster for buying tickets
There is also a discount on fares for using Octopus Card over single ticket.

You can buy Octopus cards with a $50 refundable deposit with different amounts of stored value (HKD) in HK$50 increments.
The cost is discounted for Children and Seniors.
Each card costs HK$150 per adult and HK$70 per child.

You can get your deposit back when you depart Hong Kong by returning the card to a MTR customer service counter and get your deposit back minus a HK$9 administration fee if you return it before 90 days at any manned MTR station

For more or specific information about the Octopus card visit their website

If you choose to use Airport Express after arriving at the airport, consider the Travel Pass.  
Go to the MTR customer service counter at the airport and ask for a Airport Express Travel Pass.
This travel pass includes the normal Airport Express fare to Hong Kong Station plus 3 days of unlimited use of the MTR.
After the 3 days, you can add more money to the card and continue using it.