Getting about by ferry in Hong Kong |

Getting about by ferry in Hong Kong

Getting from Kowloon to Hong Kong mainland is simple with a short ferry ride by skipping the busy traffic & seeing sights by water

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10 February 2014

Last updated on 28 June 2017
Getting about by ferry in Hong Kong

Hong Kong mainland is surrounded by Islands, which are connected by highways, but sometimes it is just easier to hop onto a ferry and travel from the mainland to Kowloon or one of the other islands that surround the city.

Driving ferry


Starting from 1 April 1999, most of the ferry services are provided by licensed ferry operators. There are now 12 ferry operators providing 20 regular licensed passenger ferry services to outlying islands and across the Harbour as at 1 July 2011. Still, there remains two franchised ferry services operated by "Star" Ferry plying between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui as well as between Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui.

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Ferries operating from the Central ferry piers on Hong Kong Island provide services to the main Outlying Islands of Peng Chau, Cheung Chau, Lamma Island and Lantau Island, including Discovery Bay. Two types of ferries operate along most routes: standard ferries and the slightly more expensive fast ferries.

The licensed and franchised ferry services are supplemented by "kaitos" which are licensed to serve remote coastal settlements.

Click here for details of Franchised and Licensed Ferry Services in Hong Kong>>

Ferry Companies in Hong Kong

Star Ferry
The Star Ferry's ferry crossings at Victoria Harbour are acclaimed as an important part of the commuter system between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, and essential journeys for visitors. The National Geographic Traveler named the ferry crossing as one of 50 places of a lifetime.  The ferry ride is also well known as one of the world’s best value-for-money sightseeing trips.
For more tour information from Star Ferry click here>>

New World First Ferry Services Ltd
Services: Cheng Chau, Lantau Island and Peng Chau
Tel: +852 2131 8181

The Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Ltd
Services: Lamma Island and Peng Chau
Tel: +852 2815 6063

Discovery Bay Transportation Services Ltd
Services: Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
Tel: +852 3651 2345

Park Island Transport Company Limited
Services: Ma Wan Island
Tel: +852 2946 8888