Hong Kong airport is one of the world's largest and most futuristic airports in the world. It holds sufficient flights in and out of the country. Many trains link Hong Kong to major cities of mainland China. Extra trains are added during major festivals and other peak periods. Steamers and ferries also ply between various Chinese towns and Hong Kong.
Hong Kong offers one of the most efficient air services in the world. 'Cathay Pacific' is the major international airline in Hong Kong. Ground Transportation Centre of the international airport houses the station for the Airport Express trains and an extensive public transport interchange with facilities for taxis, franchised buses, tour coaches, hotel limousines and private cars. Passengers can get baggage trolleys at all passenger drop-off points.
Hong Kong's railway system comprises of Mass Transit Railway (MTR), the Kowloon-Canton Railway (KCR) East Rail, and the Light Rail (LR). The MTR is the pick of all these services. Running along the northern side of Hong Kong Island, it travels beneath the harbor where branches serve Kowloon and Lantau Island.
The MTR operates within inner urban Hong Kong, Tseung Kwan O New Town, North Lantau New Town, Hong Kong Disneyland and the Airport, while the KCR network connects the northeastern and northwestern parts of the New Territories with the urban areas of Hongkong.
The extensive bus system takes one just about anywhere in Hong Kong. Most people use the buses in southern side of Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. Many of the buses are double-deckers. Five franchised bus companies operate the bus services. Final destinations are displayed in English and Chinese languages in front part of the buses. Fares are reasonable and based on the distance covered.
Minibuses, which can carry 16 people, also ply on Hong Kong roads. Green minibuses run on specific routes at fixed prices. Red minibuses ply on routes which are not always fixed. However, do remember that minibuses are more suitable for people who have prior knowledge of Hong Kong routes.
Different colored taxis serve different areas of Hongkong. However, all taxis serve the airport and the Disneyland Resort. Taxi fare is charged in accordance with the meter. Additional charges may also apply, such as road tolls and luggage fees.
Urban taxis, colored red, serve in whole of Hong Kong including the airport and Hong Kong Disneyland, (except Tung Chung Road and roads in south Lantau). New Territories taxis, colored green, operate in the rural New Territories, the airport, Hong Kong Disneyland and some urban areas through specified routes. Lantau taxis, colored blue, serve only on Lantau Island (airport and Hong Kong Disneyland included).
These are gradually disappearing from Hongkong and are now purely a tourist attraction. It is better if you agree the fare in advance. First rickshaw was imported from Japan to Hong Kong in 1874. It was very popular at that time, but now, its popularity has diminished.
Most known car rental companies such as Avis, Hertz etc have their outlets t in Hong Kong.You can choose from a number of self-drive and chauffeur-driven cars. However, car hire is not that popular in Hongkong for, courtesy to excellent public transport and taxi services, there is little need of car hiring. One should also remember that land is very expensive in Hongkong and one would have to shell out money to get parking space in most places.
One should rest assured of excellent quality of Hong Kong roads. All road signs are in English making it very easy for the travellers to follow them.
Several ferry operators provide passenger ferry services connecting Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the Outlying Islands, Macau and Mainland China. Ferry services are supplemented by 'kaitos' which are licensed to serve remote coastal settlements. These ferries are really amazing and worth the experience. Star Ferry service between Kowloon and Hong Kong island is most well known. It can be availed from piers in Tsim Sha Tsui and Hung Hom in Kowloon as well as Central and Wan Chai on the Island.