[Move] Hong Kong- MTR/Train Transportation Guide (Update:2018)

Heading to Hong Kong for a short holiday and was wondering what are the necessary transportation card that is needed to purchase or a good to have? In this post, I have made a list of transportation guide on the train services, passes, and airport express services that are available in Hong Kong, and hope that this would be a good reference list for all.

Octopus Card

The Octopus card that is commonly used by the locals and has the same function as Singapore’s Ezlink card.


How much a card cost?

Child (HKD)Adult (HKD) Elder (HKD)
Initial stored value$20$100$20
Handling charge---
Fare concession eligibilityAge 3-11No concessionCheck with transport companies

Where to get?

MTR Customer Service Centres:

All stations (except Racecourse station)

Light Rail Customer Service Centres:

Ferry Pier Terminus, Leung King, Town Centre, Yuen Long Terminus and Tin Yat stations

First Ferry Customer and Octopus Service Centres:

Cheung Chau Pier, Mui Wo Pier, Central Pier 5 & Central Pier 6

KMB Lok Ma Chau Ticketing Office

To Note: 

– You can return and obtain a refund for a normally functioning Octopus at any Customer Service Centre.

– For a refund, the card must be in good condition and has a remaining value below HK$500.

– To return the card, a refund of the deposit and balance of the disposable value plus a handling fee of HKD$9 (within 90days used)

– Sold Octopus can be canceled and disable. Customer service counter will refund any remaining value stored on your Sold Octopus, but not the cost of the Sold Octopus.

Sold Tourist Octopus

Sold Tourist Octopus is another alternative to get around Hong Kong, as it has the same function as a normal adult octopus card.

How much a card cost?



*It is sold outright without any deposit or disposable value. You would need to charge/add value to your card before use.*

Where to purchase?

– Convenience stores (7-Eleven, Circle K and VanGO )

– **China Travel Service (HK) Limited and Ctrip (Online)

** the selling price of Sold Tourist Octopus distributed by China Travel Service (HK) Limited is HK$39 plus an initial stored value of HK$10, the total selling price is HK$49.


The octopus card is for the frequent traveler to Hong Kong if you wish to go to lots of places and planning for more than 4 days stays in Hong Kong.  Another option is to get the Sold Tourist Octopus, which has the same function as normal octopus card and does not need any deposit and can be used every time you return to Hong Kong.

For more information, click here.

One Day Pass

Tourist Day Pass

(Taken from MTR official website)




Child (Age 3-11)


Available at?

All Customer Service Centres of MTR stations (except Lo Wu, Lok Ma Chau, and Racecourse stations)

Online Purchase

2 Cents opinion:

For the tourist who has lots of places to visit for one day. At least you would need to hop on and off 4 times or more. And to go far with a transfer, eg. From Hong Kong Island to New territories.

Airport Express Services

The fastest and most convenient airport line that brings you to the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) and Hong Kong’s vibrant Central business hub in less than 30minutes. With the 5 airport line station (AsiaWorld-Expo, Airport, Tsing Yi, Kowloon, Hong Kong) that are equipped with the in-town check-in counter, airport shuttle bus service that brings travelling in Hong Kong smooth and pleasant.

Cost? (Cost from Kowloon station)

Travel in Groups of 2,3,4 

$170HKD (2 Pax, One way)

For more information.

Single Traveler 

$90HKD (One-way)

Where to buy?

Buying from Klook is even cheaper than getting the group ticket. Using QR Code to have direct entry to get on HKIA.
Now they are having a discount fare, one way from Kowloon Station is $66 HKD
Click here to purchase online and save time.
Airport Express Customer Service Centre
For a solo traveler (Without Octopus card), you can purchase the ticket at the ticket machine:

Service Available at Hong Kong Station

 Check in Luggage:
To note:
In-town Check-in service is provided for any passenger with baggage where the total size does not exceed 145cm (length) x 100cm (width) x 85cm (height) and weight not exceeding 90kg.
Get the group ticket is worth the price and provided you are traveling in groups. However, if you are traveling alone and holding onto an octopus card, you need not purchase the ticket just enter the gantry using the Octopus card will do.
For the in-town check-in counter that is available at the station, I will only suggest using the service firstly, when you do not wish to put anything in your luggage later on. Other purchase items at the airport are to be hand carry. Secondly, not all airlines are available for in-town check-in, kindly check with your respective airline.

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