How to Catch a Night Bus in Hong Kong

Night bus in Hong Kong
••• Bailey Cheng

Getting around Hong Kong at night is pretty simple. When daytime bus routes stop at midnight, there is a night bus service available throughout the city, including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and Lantau Island. There are also routes to the Macau ferry port and Hong Kong Airport.

How to Get Around Hong Kong After Midnight

The MTR runs from around 6 AM to between 12:30 and 1:00 AM, depending on the station.

Trams and daytime buses stop at around midnight.

If you need to get around after that then it's worth considering a taxi. While there is nothing wrong with the night bus service, taxis are cheap in Hong Kong and you will find plenty around after dark. It's worth noting that most taxis won't cross the harbour. 

What You Need to Know About Night Buses

Hong Kong is well covered by night buses. They are safe, well lit and clean. You will need to use an Octopus Card or the exact change to pay, as drivers don't give change. Route information is displayed in English at bus stops and the destination is displayed on the front of the bus. There will be automated announcements about stops in English. The driver is unlikely to speak English.

Like most cities night buses run less frequently than during the day (usually every 30 mins) and run along longer routes than their daytime equivalents.

Where to Catch the Night Bus

Most night bus routes start and terminate at a major MTR station, and you may need to combine two buses to get to where you want to go.

There are a couple of key points for catching the bus. The bus terminus in Central is the busiest in Hong Kong and is found below the IFC Mall. Further along Hong Kong Island, the bus station at Admiralty is also a major stop for night buses and can be found attached to the metro station of the same name.

This is close to Wan Chai.

Across the water, most buses start and finish at the station in front of the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry but also stop in Mongkok. Further out, Diamond Hill is another popular terminus and Sha Tin is the centre for services in the New Territories.

Important Night Bus Routes

The N11 serves most key areas; running along Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay before crossing the bay to Hung Hom, Tsim Sha Tsui and Jordan and then heading for the airport. Because this is an airport bus the fare is slightly higher. If you are heading to the airport, the airport express train starts early and finishes late - it's far quicker than taking the bus. 

The N8 runs across the north shoreline of Hong Kong Island, from Wan Chai, through Causeway Bay and into Quarry Bay as far as Heng Fa Chuen.

The N21 runs from the Macau ferry terminal in Sheung Wan through Central and Wan Chai before crossing the harbour into Tsim Sha Tsui.

The N118 runs from Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island through Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, into Tsim Sha Tsui before carrying on through Kowloon and terminating in Sha Tin.