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The area
Neighbourhood: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is one of the major tourist and shopping areas of Hong Kong. With a high concentration of hotels, retail shops and commercial offices – it’s a busy and bustling neighbourhood that never sleeps. On the surface, Tsim Sha Tsui seems to only feature an abundant number of high-end retail stores selling designer brands and jewelry, owing to its popularity with high-budget shopping tours. However, it also contains a diverse range of attractions for the entire family. Whether taking a walk in Kowloon Park, exploring museums, going shopping or grabbing a bite to eat – Tsim Sha Tsui has something for everyone.
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  • Tsim Sha Tsui • 7 min walk
  • East Tsim Sha Tsui • 8 min walk
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  • Joshua C
    3 contributions
    Amazing services, Great Services
    Hong Kong Star Ferry is an old-style ferry that helps people to move around; on a warm and sunny day, you can enjoy your time with family and friends. Unfortunately, the cost of the star ferry isn't cheap. The prices now for both the upper deck are ($3.2), and the lower deck is ($2.6). On the weekend, the prices are higher, but on the weekdays, it is a little cheaper. Occasionally, there is a tour around Hong Kong only at night time.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 26 February 2023
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia810 contributions
    Hong Kong icon still running
    Considered an icon of Hong Kong, the Star Ferries travel across Victoria Harbour multiple times a day. They are very cheap, easy to use and also take the MTR Octopus tickets. I used it first from near the Exhibition Centre at Victoria Harbour over to Tsim Sha Tsui and then to the Central Ferry Pier no. 8 near the Hong Kong Exhibition Wheel on a Thursday around 5:30 pm and then, after using the MTR to get to Lantau on Sunday, from Tsim Sha Tsui to Victoria Harbour in the late afternoon. Very cheap, very easy and quite a quick 10 minute trip. There are upper deck and lower deck options but I really didn't really notice much difference. Effectively the Star Ferries are very basic standard ferry services in Hong Kong (not touristy at all) much like the ferries in Sydney, Australia. However, like in Sydney, they are a great way to experience the harbour. I didn't take the one hour sightseeing Harbour cruise which might be the more touristy option. I was told by a local that Star Ferries had closed down and was surprised that I'd been able to travel on it. They were still running though patronage looks down which makes them uncrowded (nowadays many people are using the MTR instead) and financially there is some doubt. However, it was a quick and cheap option to travel across Victoria Harbour and is part of Hong Kong's history.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 26 February 2023
  • Untung T
    Manila, Philippines153 contributions
    Short and cheap way to cross the Victoria Harbour
    We were travelling with our 2 year old and crossed over from from central star ferry pier to tsim sha tsui star ferry pier on the kowloon side. It was a bit of a walk from the central mtr station, about 10 minutes. Arriving at the pier ther is the observation wheel as well some shops you can buy food and souvenirs. We didn't needed to buy tickets as the Octopus cards are being accepted for the ferry. You can choose between upper deck or lower deck to sit on the ferry. We opted for the lower deck as we brought along a stroller and I wanted to see the engine room, as it is being opened for observation nowadays. The crossing took about 5 minutes and it was a very scenic and wonderful view from the ferry, seeing both sides of the harbour. I used to travel to Hong Kong annually since childhood, and this particular experience, I wouldn't miss on any visit. On the kowloon side there is long promenade you can walk along the harbour and watch the evening light show, something not to be missed.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 April 2023
  • Mindkandy
    126 contributions
    Simply a Must!
    Peaceful, beautiful views, and cheap. A Star Ferry ride is a must on any visit to HK. It's also a savior during rush hour when you need to cross the harbor and want to avoid the mad crush of the MTR (subway) system.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 April 2023
  • andy p
    23 contributions
    Hong Kong’s best loved icon
    What a wonderful experience, definitely one of the city’s best experiences. So cheap too. The day Hong Kong loses the star ferry will be the day it loses its unique identity and becomes just another drab Chinese city.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia14,029 contributions
    Star Ferry is a bargain
    The Star Ferry offers a service spanning Hong Kong Harbor. It is very inexpensive and you can traverse the harbor for a few cents. The old boats ply the route from Kowloon Point in Tsim Sha Tsui to Hong Kong Island. In the old days Hongkongers used the Star Ferry as a matter of necessity; a price rise of a cent in the tickets could cause riots. These days, the Star Ferry still attracts travelers, most Honhkongers take the MTR, which can take the trip under the harbor in a few minutes. For those who are careful with their pennies, the Star Ferry offers a welcome service.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Coco L
    Hong Kong, China37 contributions
    An affordable way to see HK’s skyline
    Its a commute means for locals and an attraction for tourists. For that reason, maybe it’s a good idea to avoid rush hours as the ferry can be packed with commuters. I think it’s best to take ferry at night as you can really see Hong Kong’s beautiful skyline then.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 May 2023
  • C H
    36 contributions
    Great view
    The Star Ferry is an icon in HK. It is an inexpensive way to enjoy the great shoreline and buildings on both shores. The ride was short but the view was extremely pleasant. You can choose the upper or lower decks.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Au J
    2 contributions
    Must try in HK
    I stayed in Renaissance and their staff recommend us to try the experience of star ferry. Just a few minutes walk from hotel, the design of star ferry pier is nice and the fare was really cheap. The view from the star ferry was really excellent and I took many photo. Highly recommended to friend and family who will travel in HK.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 May 2023
  • cyng7614
    Hong Kong, China6 contributions
    Colorful Harbour.
    The better time to take the ferry around 7 to 8 pm as the both side building is full of different colour lights. Suggest start from Hong Kong side. Arrival Tsim Sha Tsui ferry then stay near the sea side and look back Hong Kong. The whole island's iconic building and the lights make a colorful picture fill up your eyes to make you an unforgettable memory. Don't forget your cell phone or camera to take a memorable pictures. At 8 pm, lazer lights shows on Hong Kong island.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 June 2023
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Iain Dougan
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
For those of you old enough to remember Bruce Lee films it is a throwback to them and the 70s as it crosses the bay.
Quick, cheap and frequent with guys at barriers very quick to help with any questions you have about getting somewhere when get off at other side
Written 19 February 2024
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The Sundowner
Brighton, UK174 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Star ferry became a regular trip across to Hong Kong - cheap and quick for locals and tourists alike - a good flavour of Hong Kong life
Written 19 February 2024
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Zitatravel
London, UK829 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Very efficient loading people off and on. Catch a ferry to cross the harbour and enjoy the skyline after dark. Equally good during the day. Use your Octopus card for all public transport in Hong Kong.
Written 13 February 2024
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Sharon M
Honolulu, HI9 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
A must-do for any visit to HK. However, there is no free ride for seniors 65+. It cost 3.6 HKD in Kowloon and 3.7 HKD on the Hong Kong side on a Saturday.
Written 4 February 2024
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yumyum29
Manchester, UK137 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
A must if you’re visiting. For the 10 minutes that you’re on the star ferry (I’d recommend going twice, one during the day and the other by night) the photos you can get are truly stunning and capture the personality and beauty of this magnificent city!

Pay using tokens or even easier use your octopus card, it costs very little and you can choose upper or lower deck!
Written 30 January 2024
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momma225
Geneseo, NY243 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
A great way to see Hong Kong and Kowloon for a small price. The boat gets awfully crowded but you still can see the skyline and the water and other boats.
Written 24 January 2024
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fajaradiartha
Jakarta, Indonesia4,534 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
The iconic ferry crossing between Kowloon and Central, a must try for tourist for the great Hong Kong bay experience. The trip was quick, convenient, and enjoyable. The ferry will get people fooled by their vintage look, but they are all maintained to be running well for minimum noise. Having an Octopus card is also the most convenient to get on going.
Written 18 January 2024
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Nigpat
Christchurch, New Zealand528 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We used the Star Ferry several times while vacationing in Hong Kong. We were staying in Tsim Sha Tsui so used the ferry to cross to Central. The service was easy and cheap to use. The token system is simple but once we had our Octopus cards it was even easier. The trip isn't long and it sails regularly so you don't feel pressured for time. The staff were efficient and helpful if you need assistance.
Written 8 January 2024
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Lyon-Zelda
Melbourne, Australia11 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Such a great way to get across the harbour. Cheap ($5 or $6.50 HKD) and quick (approx 8 minutes). Be at pier 10 minutes at least before ferry leaves and line up as ferry leaves early if full. Great way to experience Hong Kong harbour.
Written 4 January 2024
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F13LEX
206 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
The service is frequent, and the staff were polite and professional. There were lots of life vests and safety signs on board
Written 2 January 2024
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