Hong Kong has an extensive rail transport network. Airport Express, a railway to Shenzhen, Light Rail, and the MTR are merged into a single network. It has convenient interchange stations and uniform payment system.
MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is the most popular public transport and very convenient way of traveling in Hong Kong. It connects Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and Lantau Island. There are ten lines in the MTR system with over 70 stations: Island Line, Kwun Tong Line, Tsuen Wan Line, Tung Chung Ling, Tseung Kwan O Line, Ma On Shan Line, East Rail Line, West Rail Line, the Airport Express, Disneyland Resort Line. It also comprises Light Rail networks that operate in the North West New Territories. Sign of the MTR is a red circle with a Chinese sign. The trains run every 2-4 minutes from 6:00 am till 1:00 am.
The fare starts from HK$3.2 and is calculated based on a distance traveled (final destination). For example: the fare from Mongkok to Causeway Bay costs HK$9.9, from Mongkok to Tsim Sha Tsui costs HK$4.6. Tourists and locals can pay their trips by cash or Octopus Card. Using of Octopus gives two major benefits. Firstly, there is no need to waste time to buy single journey tickets at the ticket machines. Secondly, the fares using Octopus are sometimes cheaper (5-10%) than single journey tickets. The Octopus Card can be purchased at the Airport or at any MTR station. To use it, simply wave the card at the entrance barrier and one more time at the exit barrier (destination station).
One of the most impressive things of Hong Kong MTR is its navigation. There are interactive maps inside the trains. The information is duplicated in both English and Chinese. So, passengers see where they are now, where the interchange stations, directions, which side of the train exits to the station.
Hong Kong stations are very convenient and located in all needed places. Almost each station has multiple exits. Each output of the station has a lettering (A, B, C and so on), and if output has branching a figure is added. (A1, A2, A3, B1, B2 and so on). Exits from MTR lead to the most meaningful buildings and areas.
Note: This information is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice.
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