The Star Ferry

The Star Ferry (天星小輪, tiān xīng xiǎo lún) is one of Hong Kong's most iconic (in terms of heritage) and important ferry services taking passengers across the Victoria Harbour. It also has won quite a few awards in the past half-century including 1st place in the World’s Top 10 Most Exciting Ferry Rides.

It was founded by an Indian businessman, Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala, way back in 1888 and to this very day it carries 65,000 daily. A fleet of 8 diesel-electric ferries (as of December 2007, one retired) which date way back to 1956 currently serve 4 routes in the heart of the Hong Kong's tourist and business districts; Tsim Sha Tsui/Hung Hom, Central and Wan Chai. To this very day, it remains an quick, popular and economical mode of crossing the harbour.

Each journey takes around 10 minutes from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island and a normal boat has a capacity of 576 passengers. Ferries run every 5-10 minutes varying on demand. From the ferry, the Hong's famous Kong skyline can be seen which is a truely memorable experience (especially during A Symphony of Lights).

Fares (Octopus Card also accepted, corr. as of March 2009):

Seniors (65+) ride free upon production of Hong Kong I.D. Card or Senior Citizen Card.