A ride on the Star Ferry between Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon Peninsula) and Central Pier (Hong Kong Island) is one of the top ten tourist attractions in Hong Kong. The ferry service was originally just a means of cheap transport for locals. But because of the stunning views of the skyline around the Victoria Harbour, the ferry became a tourist attraction too. Even though the crossing between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui can be done through the MTR rail, the ferry offers a kind of an adventure and some excellent photo ops. The service operates from 6.30am to 11.30pm and the frequency ranges from 6 minutes to 12 minutes depending on the time of the day. During weekdays, peak time is from 7.15am to 9.55am during which a ferry leaves every six minutes. Before 7.15am and after 8.30pm, the ferry operates every 10/12 minutes. During weekends and public holidays, the frequency of service from 7.15am to 10.30pm is every 6/8 minutes and it is 10/12 minutes before 7.15am and after 10.30pm. The trip last approximately nine minutes each way and costs 2.00 HKD for an adult during weekdays and 2.80 HKD during weekends and public holidays. These are lower deck fares. For a journey on the upper deck, the cost is 2.50 HKD and 3.40 HKD respectively. Child (between 3 and 12 years old) tickets are cheaper with the fares starting at 1.40 HKD and going up to 2.10 HKD depending on the day of the week and the choice of lower / upper deck. A 4-days both ways unlimited ride tourist ticket costs 25 HKD per person which can be purchased from the Star Ferry's Harbour Tour Ticket counter at Tsim Sha Tsui Pier. Octopus Card can be used to pay for the Ferry or one can use coins to buy tokens from the self service machine at the entrance. Keep reading for the Harbour Tour and Cruise information:
|Morning Star Ferry Hong Kong Harbour|
How to get to Star Ferry Terminals
Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier
|Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier|
Take exit L6 from the Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and walk towards the Clock Tower along Salisbury Road.
Central Star Ferry Pier
Take Exit A of Central MTR Station or Exit A2 of Hong Kong MTR Station and walk towards the
Ferry Pier along Man Yiu Street.
Ferry Service Between Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui
|Star Ferry Hong Kong Lower Deck|
A similar ferry service operates between Wan Chai Star Ferry Pier and Tsim Sha Tsui from 7.20am to 10.50pm on week days and from 7.30am to 10.50pm on weekends and public holidays. Frequency of service is between 8 and 20 minutes depending on the time of the day. Adult fare for a one-way ride is 2.50 HKD on weekdays and 3.40 HKD on weekends and holidays. Child fares cost 1.50 and 2.10 HKD respectively. 4-day Tourist Ticket for this route also costs 25 HKD.
How to get to Wan Chai Star Ferry Pier
Take Exit A1 from Wan Chai MTR Station and take the skybridge to Hong Kong Convention Center, get down to Convention Avenue at Harbour Road.
Star Ferry Harbour Tour & Harbour Cruise
|View from Star Ferry Hong Kong Harbour|
Star Ferry Harbour Tour is a circular one hour tour around Victoria Harbour during which one gets to see the Harbour Side attractions of Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. Tour Tickets can be purchased at the Tsim Sha Tsui Pier Harbour Tour Counter on a first come first served basis. No advance booking is possible and payment is to be made in cash (HKD) only. Day-time tours depart at 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 2.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm each costing 85 HKD per person. Night-time tours operate at 6.15pm, 7.15pm, and 8.15pm. The 6.15pm and 8.15pm tours cost 150 HKD per person whereas the 7.15pm tour costs 170 HKD per person because the Symphony of Lights Show is performed during that hour and the same can be seen from aboard the ferry. In my personal opinion, the Symphony of Lights Show (Music and Lasers fired from buildings on both sides of the harbour) is not really much of a show and can be missed. Sale of tickets for each tour is stopped 10 minutes before the departure time.
Star Ferry Harbour Night Cruise
|Hong Kong Tourism Board Office at Tsim Sha Tsui|
|Kong Kong Harbour Cruise Boat and Star Ferry|
The night cruise is a 90-minute round trip in a Chinese Style Tour Boat which goes past the Western District, Kowloon Promenade, Hong Kong Island East Waterfront and Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter. A refreshment and unlimited complimentary drinks are offered on this cruise which costs 310 HKD for an adult and 220 HKD for a child. The cruise can be booked at the Tourism Board Visitor Center at Star Ferry Concourse at Tsim Sha Tsui (Inquire about the Hong Kong Tourist Sim Card here). Some hotels also book this cruise. Pick-up points for this cruise are Central Ferry Pier 9 and Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier 3.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|