Hong Kong Star Ferry is one of the Asia's World City's most popular tourist attractions. Decked in its distinctive green and white livery, the ferry has been plying Victoria Harbour, between Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, since the late 1800’s, making it more than just a mode of transportation but also an icon of the city's history.
For the locals, the ferry is a convenient way to cross Victoria Harbour without taking the busy city streets and rail lines. For tourists, a ferry ride offers an unbeatable way to view the magnificent Hong Kong skyline.
The Hong Kong Star Ferry's 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 and take less than 10 mins. Tokens for a ferry ride can be bought at the Star Ferry terminal. Other Star Ferry routes include Tsim Sha Tsui - Wan Chai, Hung Hom – Wan Chai, and Hung Hom- Central.
If riding the Hong Kong Star Ferry to experience the beautiful views, avoid rush hours as they can be crammed full of commuters. For those who are looking for an evening treat, take the ferry that is sailing just before 8:00pm. It will pause in the middle of the harbour to allow passengers watch the Symphony of Lights show.
An upper deck ticket may be pricier but the views over the harbour and onto the skyline are far better than on the lower deck. To make the most of your ferry ride, pick seats at the front or rear of the boat. These seats can be flipped allowing passengers to relax and enjoy the views even more.