Public Transportation. Here in the Philippines, public transportation can get a bit crazy out of hand. Oftentimes, we hear news about jeepneys crashed, the MRT train derailed or delayed, taxis with tapped meters so you would pay more, bus that drives like a roller coaster and so on. Now this might sound a bit of a rant but it is reality. And sometimes, reality or truth can hurt.
It is no surprise that most Filipinos wage that daily “war” to ride a bus, jeepney or the sardine-like MRT, just to reach their destination. So I was really pleased with Hong Kong’s public transportation and traffic management. The big difference? ORDER. Yes, they had order.
Hong Kong had numerous ways of public transportation too. They have buses, double deck buses, trains, taxis, ferries and cable cars. Today, I’ll be sharing our personal experience with at least three of Hong Kong’s public transportation and what you need to know.
There three Taxis around Hong Kong. And these are the only ones recognized by the Government. The colors are Red, Green and Blue.
The Red cabs are also called urban cabs. They run on all areas of the New Territories, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. These cabs are also the expensive ones. They are allowed run in Lantau, however it is only limited to Disneyland and Tung Chung area. (Source: Wikipedia)
Green cabs are the second most expensive. They run on the areas of New Territories, Airport and Disneyland. (Source: Wikipedia)
Blue taxis are the least expensive of the three. They only serve the area of Lantau, Disneyland and Airport. (Source: Wikipedia)
This was the taxi we rode on our first day.
Bus/Double Deck Bus
There are numerous buses and double deck ones in Hong Kong. But all are numbered according to their destination, which makes it easier for the commuters. There is no need for you to squint your eyes trying to read the small placards in the bus windows on what destination it is going. Simply know what number your bus is and voila! Ride with pleasure. 👍👍👍
For Mui Wo residents going to Tung Chung and vise versa there are two buses you can ride on. Bus 1 or 3M. Imagine how uncomplicated that could be? Simply wait at the bus stop, where the numbers of the bus you need to ride on are displayed, so you know that you aren’t waiting in the wrong place. And if you plan to go the airport, ride the double decker S1 bus at Tung Chung’s bus station.
For tourists who would be staying in for long, it is advised that you buy an Octopus card and use it as payment. The Octopus card could be loaded at train stations or bought at the airport. But since we only stayed for 3 days, we opted to pay in cash. You would have to provide the exact amount. And get this, you would be the one to put in the cash. The driver will not get it from you. For more information: Octopus Card
I once read a meme that said trains in the Philippines make you “Dauntless”. 😁😁😁 That is so true in so many ways. But in Hong Kong? You come out “Flawless”. #waley.
Seriously, their trains provide comfort and speed. No sardine-like situation encountered so far. Not to mention, their stations announce when the train would be coming. Which is a great relief for anxious people like me. Also, inside the train on the upper part of the doors are indicators on what stations will the train be passing through. Which is a big help to tourists like me who knows nothing about Mandarin or Cantonese.
The MTR system in Hong Kong is well organized and provides various routes in different lines. The line we mostly used during our trip was the Tung Chung line. In order to pay for a ticket, you may opt to use the octopus card or pay cash. But you only have to provide bills that are accepted by the machine.
Overall, Hong Kong’s public transportation and traffic management are such a breeze for tourists like me. I hope and pray that someday, my country can also improve in this aspect. Where tourists and commuters would feel safe and comfortable on their ride.
If you come and visit Hong Kong, I suggest that you try out their public transportation.
Merci beaucoup et á bientôt!