Taxis are relatively cheap, starting at $22/HKD for 2 km, but you’ll be subject to any horrendous traffic conditions there might be. Don’t recommend traveling in a taxi during rush hour if you can avoid it, public transportation is always a wise choice in HK. There are different color taxis in HK and the fares are cheaper for each one down the list.
- Red taxis – Everywhere in HK. Only color that can service HK Island and Kowloon.
- Green taxis – New Territories and Lantau Island. Probably won’t see green taxis except en-route from airport, or if you’re in the New Territories of course.
- Blue taxies – Lantau Island only. You most likely won’t even see this except at the airport.
Hail a taxi from the street, or via a taxi stand. Note taxis aren’t supposed to stop where there’s a no-stopping yellow line on the road. Taxi drivers don’t speak English well, but they do know hotels, large roads, and famous places in English. Keep a Chinese address handy if you’re going off the beaten path, or try Google mapping it and showing it to your driver. Cash only, don’t try to use a credit or Octopus card in your cab. No tipping, but you can round up to the nearest dollar if there’s cents. Don’t forget to take all of your belongings, thousands of cell phones have been left in HK cabs.
Full Fare Chart for Red Urban Taxis
|First 2 kilometres or any part thereof||$ 22|
|Every piece of baggage (Except light personal hand baggage carried inside passenger compartment)||$ 5|
|Wheelchairs and crutches carried by disabled passengers||Free|
|Every animal or bird||$ 5|
|Every hiring arranged through telephone booking||$ 5|
|Surcharge for Every Hiring Involving the Use of Toll Tunnel, Toll Road or Toll Area|
|Cross-Harbour Tunnel||Amount of toll paid by driver + $ 10* (Return toll)|
|Eastern Harbour Crossing||Amount of toll paid by driver + $ 15* (Return toll)|
|Western Harbour Crossing||Amount of toll paid by driver + $ 15* (Return toll)|
|* The return toll is not payable by passenger if :|
|Lantau Link||$ 30 (per use)|
|Other toll tunnel, toll road or toll area||Amount of toll paid by driver|