The MTR is Hong Kong's fastest and most comfortable means of transport and covers many of the territory's attractions.
It is inexpensive, with single journey fares ranging from as low as HK$ 3.80 for a short trip and up to HK$ 26 for a long trip (for example: From Central to Disneyland Resort). Each of the stations has few entries that provide convenient link to nearby streets and public buildings.
The MTR operates six lines, apart from the Airport Express:
- The Island line (indicated with the colour blue on the MTR map) : runs along Hong Kong island's North shore, from Sheung Wan in the West to Chai Wan in the East and passes through most of the well known commercial, entertainment and tourism centers. Connection to the northbound line (traveling to Kowloon) is available at the MTR stations of Admiralty and Central.
- Tsuen Wan line (indicated with the colour Red on the MTR map) : crosses the Kowloon peninsula, South to North. The line starts from MTR Central on Hong Kong island, crosses Victoria Harbor under the sea and continues along Nathan Rd. until Tsuen Wan station in the New Territories.
- Tung Chung line (indicated with the colour Orange on the MTR map) : runs parallel to the Airport express line and connects Hong Kong and Kowloon Airport Express stations with Tung Chung, on Lantau Island. Sunny Bay Station (one before the last) provides connection to Hong Kong Disneyland, and the line's last station, Tung Chung, provides connection to the Ngong Ping skyrail, with which you can visit Ngong Ping Village, Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan (big) Buddha.
- Disneyland Resort line (indicated with the colour Pink on the MTR map) is the MTR's shortest line. It connects Sunny Bay Station, on the Tung Chung line, with Hong Kong Disneyland.
- Kwun Tong line (indicated with the colour Green on the MTR map) : connects residential and commercial areas on the Eastern side of the Kowloon Peninsula. Generally speaking, it is of little interest to the average visitor, although there are some significant places of interest along it. Kowloon Tong Station is where you can connect to the KCR and also visit the Festival Walk shopping center.
- Tseung Kwan O line (indicated with the colour Purple on the MTR map): runs from North Point station on Hong Kong Island to the new town of Tseung Kwan O. There are no significant tourist attractions along this line.
It is important to remember that the MTR lines are not circular and, therefore, in each station there are two platforms for each of the lines, one for each direction: It is advisable to check (when you enter an MTR station) that you are heading towards the right platform... Changing trains (if needed) is done within the station and there is no need to leave the building.
Most lines run daily, from 6am to 1 am
Click here to download the MTR network map.
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