Since 1888, the Hong Kong Star Ferry is one of the most unique things to do while traveling in Hong Kong. It is basically a short 10 minute ferry ride that takes you across the Victoria Harbour between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island side.
Yes, there are other faster and more efficient ways to cross the harbour (road tunnel and MTR). But the amazing view and ocean breeze you get from riding the Star Ferry help create a very memorable experience. Every tourist should do it at least once while in Hong Kong.
If you only planning to ride the Star Ferry once, do it from the Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon side to get to Hong Kong Island at night around 8PM. This way you will see the magnificent view of the skyscrapers in Central and Wanchai. Every night at 8PM there is also a light show called “A Symphony of Lights”. It is a show of dancing lights and music coming from buildings and skyscrapers. You will get a close up look of the light show on the Star Ferry plus a unique boating experience at night.
I only suggest you riding the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui because there is not much to see facing the Kowloon side if you begin the trip from Central or Wanchai.
The cost of the Star Ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central is only HKD $2 during weekdays and HKD $3.40 for weekends and holidays, You may use your MTR Octopus card for easy payment. The Star Ferry runs from 7:20 AM to 10:30 PM daily.
To get to the Star Ferry Tsim Sha Tsui Pier, you can simply exit from the MTR L6 exit. You will see a Clock Tower near the harbour on Salisbury Road. Just walk towards it and you will get to the Pier shortly. If you want to ride the Star Ferry after a day of shopping on Canton Road, you can simply walk along Canton Road towards the harbour and you will see the Pier at the end of Canton Road.
Please check out the video below for a Star Ferry ride we did during the day. You will see the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, how it’s like, the amazing view, and the complete trip across the harbour.
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Photo credit: Discover Hong Kong