Hong Kong’s action doesn’t stop after midnight – and neither does the city’s transportation.
When daytime bus routes stop at midnight, night owls can use 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 – the latter being ideal for travelers flying in on red-eye flights.
What You Need to Know About Hong Kong’s Night Buses
Hong Kong’s night buses – with route numbers beginning in “N” – cover most of the main routes, and either terminate at an MTR Station or a major transport hub.
Riders need not worry: these buses are safe, well lit and clean. Travelers need to use an Octopus Card or the exact change to pay, as drivers don't give change.
The night buses’ 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 minutes) and run along longer routes than their daytime equivalents.
Where to Catch Hong Kong’s Night Bus
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.
Other Ways 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.
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.
Trams and daytime buses stop at around midnight. Renting a car in Hong Kong gives you the option of driving anywhere at any time – albeit at the highest cost per mile.