The Star Ferry in Hong Kong

'Star Ferry' in Victoria Harbour,Hong Kong
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The Hong Kong Star Ferry is one of the city’s iconic tourist attractions and has been traversing Victoria Harbour, between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, since the late 1800s. Decked out in their distinctive green and white livery, the Star Ferry is an integral part of the city’s history and remains beloved by locals and visitors alike. Despite the warren of tunnels and rail lines that now criss-cross Victoria Harbour, the ferry remains a popular and convenient way to cross Victoria Harbour, and for tourists, it’s an unbeatable way to catch a glimpse of the magnificent Hong Kong skyline.

Where to Catch the Ferry

The Star Ferry runs along a number of routes. However, the original and most popular route is between Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon and Central on Hong Kong Island. Ferries on this route run as frequently as every 8 minutes, cost HK$2.50–HK$3.00 and take less than 10 mins. The first ferry is at around 6:30 am and the final ferry at 11:30 pm.

Check out where to catch the ferry with the Star Ferry route map. Tokens for a ferry ride can be bought at the Star ferry terminal. There are also Star Ferry routes between Tsim Sha Tsui–​Wan Chai, Hung Hom–Wan Chai, and Hung Hom–Central.

Tips for Riding

  • Try to avoid the ferry during rush hours when it can be crammed full of commuters. Alternately, wait for the sailing just before 8:00 pm when the boats pause in the middle of the harbor to allow passengers to watch the Symphony of Lights show.
  • Do pay slightly more for an upper deck ticket as the views over the harbor and onto the skyline are far better than on the lower deck.
  • The seat backs at the front and rear of the boat can be flipped, allowing you to sit facing the direction you’re traveling in and make the most of the view.