Definition of budget traveler, “Save Hard and Play Hard!” I have introduced how you can save money by Octopus Card in earlier post, and now I will tell you more about saving your transportation cost in Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, transportation fee is relatively high especially when you are traveling between Hong Kong Island and New Territories area. However, as a tourist like you, you are eligible to enjoy the MTR tourist day pass to save your traveling cost.
Tourist Day Pass
This pass is specially designed for tourist. With this pass in your hand, you can enjoy one day unlimited travel by MTR or Light Rail. It only costs HK$55 (USD$7.1) for adult and valid within one month after purchase. You may buy it from any MTR Customer Services Center inside the MTR station.
For example, if your accommodation is located in Causeway Bay, you have planned a trip to Yuen Long for site-seeing, and then go to Tsim Sha Tsui for dinner before getting back to your hotel. Let’s have a simple calculation.
|From||To||Fare with Octopus||Fare with single journey Ticket||Tourist Day Pass|
|1.||Casueway Bay||Yuen Long||HK$26.50/ USD$3.42||HK$35.50/ USD$4.58||-|
|2.||Yuen Long||Tsim Sha Tsui||HK$20.50/ USD$2.64||HK$22.50/ USD$2.90||-|
|3.||Tsim Sha Tsui||Causeway Bay||HK$11.60/ USD$1.50||HK$13.00/ USD$1.68||-|
|Fare in total:||HK$58.60/ USD$7.56||HK$71.00/ USD$9.16||HK$55/ USD$7.10
(1 day unlimited travel)
As a smart traveler, take the best option for you!
MTR Fare Saver
If you have planned your trip around the city center, the day pass may not suitable for you. Instead, there is another option for your money-saving campaign – the MTR Fare Saver. There are 30 MTR fare saving machines standing around the city, just place your Octopus card over the reader on the machine and enjoy HK$1 or HK$2 discount for your next ride by MTR for designated station.
I have listed out some MTR Fare Saver locations in the heart of the city for your reference, for more details, please refer to the MTR Fare saver page.
|Location of MTR Fare Saver||Designated MTR Station(s)||Saving|
|Causeway Center||Wan Chai||HK$2|
|Central - Mid-Levels Escalators & Walkway System||Central / Hong Kong / Sheung Wan||HK$2|
|Harbour City||Tsim Sha Tsui / Austin||HK$2|
|Peninsula Center||Tsim Sha Tsui / East Tsim Sha Tsui||HK$2|
Keep your eyes on when you are visiting the Mid-levels Escalators and the Harbour city, the Fare Saver are easy to locate, I always enjoy the discount from these machines. Take one more step and save more!