Experience the Iconic Star Ferry
With the Hong Kong Tourist Pass, you can avail unlimited rides on the Star Ferry, one of Hong Kong’s most charming attractions. The Star Ferry is the boat service that connects Hong Kong Island to Kowloon Island, and is a short 7-10 minute journey via the Victoria Harbour, offering magnificent views of the skyscrapers flanking both sides of the harbour. All the ferries are double-decker, so get to the upper deck to avoid the smell of diesel, and gaze at the panoramic views.
The ride is a great way to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city – even if it is just for a few minutes. Sit back and enjoy the sea breeze and listen to the sounds of the sea against the sides of the ferry.
The Star Ferry is 130 years old, and with all its historic and cultural charm, it’s no wonder that taking this trip is one of the must-do experiences in Hong Kong. With the panoramic views of the Hong Kong Island skyline, stretching from the Eastern side of Quarry Bay to the Western side of Sheung Wan, you’ll have no shortage of stunning photo opportunities.
Currently, the Star Ferry offers 3 routes: between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui, and the hour-long Harbour Tour that takes passengers around Tsim Sha Tsui, and Hong Kong Island. Don’t worry about not having enough time or missing a ferry - the Star Ferry is a very quick journey and ferries depart frequently, from 6.30am to 11.30pm.
Hong Kong Island
Get to the Star Ferry Pier by taking the MTR to Central Station Exit A. This will lead you to the IFC Mall. Follow the directions to Pier No. 7. On the way, there will be a long over-road bridge to pass, and is a popular photo spot to capture the skyscrapers on Hong Kong Island as well as the famous Hong Kong Observation Wheel.
If you are coming from Wan Chai, take the MTR to Wan Chai Station Exit A1, then take the skybridge to the HKCEC (Convention and Exhibition Center).
Tsim Sha Tsui
Take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui Station Exit L6, and then follow the directions to the Promenade or Clock Tower, on Salisbury Road.
From the Tsim Sha Tsui side, be sure to enjoy a night walk on the promenade, where you can find your own space among the crowds to snap photos of the proud, colourfully-lit skyscrapers that can be seen from the Hong Kong Island side of the harbour. The Hong Kong Cultural Center, Hong Kong Space Museum, and Hong Kong Museum of Art are very close to the pier, and so is the popular shopping mall Harbour City. The Clock Tower is another must-see landmark of Hong Kong. If you’re lucky and come in the evening or night, you might be able to catch various, talented street performers of all types - acoustic bands, dancers, fire-dancers, artists, fortune tellers, just to name a few.
Go a bit before 8pm and you’ll arrive just in time to witness the nightly Symphony of Lights Show that uses lasers from 44 skyscrapers, choreographed to music.
Go at night to ensure the best views of the city.
Remember to choose which deck you want to sit in before you enter the gates - once you’re on the ferry, you can’t go between decks.