Ferries Between Hong Kong and the Nearby Cities

Hong Kong's ferries are almost always faster and cheaper than the buses and provide fantastic photo opportunities. The Star Ferry crosses the harbour between Central and Kowloon, taking just 7 minutes. Ferries operate every 5-10 minutes. Adults over 65 years of age ride free and there are discounts for children under 12.

The HKF Company operates a number of useful ferries and hovercraft between Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories. Hovercraft are twice as fast as conventional boats, more modern and more comfortable. The drawback is that they are not particularly smooth and when the weather is rough, hovercraft bounce considerably.

HKF also operates ferries to the Outlaying Islands of Lantau, Lamma, Cheung Chau and Peng Chau islands. These ferries depart from in front of Exchange Square in Central. The piers are all clearly signposted. On weekends, there are a few ferries to Lantau and Cheng Chau from the Star Ferry terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Fares are reasonable, except on weekends when the prices nearly double.

Daily ferries operate between Hong Kong and Zhuhai, which are frequent and fast. A single trip will take about 70 minutes.

Departure PortDestination PortDeparture Time
Jiuzhou Port, ZhuhaiChina Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong08:00, 10:00, 11:45, 14:00 16:00, 17:00
Jiuzhou Port, ZhuhaiHK-Macau Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00 18:00, 19:30, 20:30, 21:30
China Ferry Terminal, Hong KongJiuzhou Port, Zhuhai07:30, 08:30, 09:30, 11:30 13:30, 15:30, 17:45
HK-Macau Ferry Terminal, Hong KongJiuzhou Port, Zhuhai08:40, 10:30, 12:30, 14:30 16:30, 19:30, 21:30

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There are ships from Hong Kong to Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Zhongshan and Xiamen. There are also ferries salling within the island, and are almost always faster and cheaper than the buses and provide fantastic photo opportunities. Read more on ferries sailling in the island.

Hong Kong Cruise Schedule

Departure PortDestination PortDaily DepartureSailing TimeTicket Price / Person
China Ferry TerminalZhongshan07:30
One and half hoursTourist Class: HK$196;
First Class: HK$ 226;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 246
China Ferry TerminalGuangzhou Panyu lutas port07:50
One hour and fifty minutesTourist Class: HK$175;
First Class: HK$ 220;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 270
China Ferry TerminalDoumen Dock08:30One hour and fifty minutesHK$ 178
China Ferry TerminalJiangmen08:30
Two hours and thirty minutesTourist Class: HK$ 206;
First Class: HK$ 226;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 246
China Ferry TerminalJiuzhou Port, Zhuhai07:30
One hour and ten minutesTourist Class: HK$ 190;
First Class: HK$270;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 305
China Ferry TerminalShunde07:30
One hour and fifty-five minutesTourist Class: HK$ 228;
First Class: HK$ 258;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 283
China Ferry TerminalGaoming08:20Three HoursTourist Class: HK$ 220;
First Class: HK$ 250;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 260
China Ferry TerminalHeshan08:20Two and a half hoursTourist Class: HK$ 220;
First Class: HK$ 250;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 260

Ticket Offices

Tiket OfficeTelephoneBusiness Hours
Sheung Wan2549956008:30-17:00;
08:30-16:00 on weekends:
Closed on holidays
The Central2857662506:00-22:00
China Ferry Terminal2736261206:30-20:00
Jordan2730078927304774Monday to Friday:08:30-18:00;
Saturday:08:30 - 17:00
Closed on Sunday

Travelers may book the tickets throuh local travel agencies.

Also read Chartering a Boat in Hong Kong.

Questions and Answers About Ferries Between Hong Kong and the Nearby Cities

Rachel 2014-04-12
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Can I take my bicycle on the ferry from Hong Kong to Heshan?
Dear Rachel, I am sorry I am not sure about the question you mentioned, I suggest you ask the ticket office when you buy the tickets. Lussie Lu replied on 2014-04-14
Carol 2014-03-09
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Is there a ferry or bus that travels from Hong Kong to Jiangmen
Hi Carol, there is ferry from Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal to Jiangmen. It departs at 08:30, takes 150mins. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-03-10
And b n 2014-03-01
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What is the difference between taking ferry from china ferry terminal and hk-Macau ferry terminal to zhuhai? Which is a faster way?

Hi And, the difference is: the China Ferry Terminal is in the Tsim Sha Tsui, and HK-Macau Ferry Terminal is in Sheung Wan.  HK-Macau Ferry Terminal is connecting with the metro, it is very convenient for transfer. The China Ferry Terminal is much further to the metro.

Whitney Liao replied on 2014-03-04
Dimitrios Tsarpalis 2014-02-17
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I would like to go by Ferry on early Tuesday morning (07:00-08:00 hours) Tue March 12th, from Hong Kong to Shunde district at Foshan city and return to Hong Kong the same day in the afternoon on/about 14:00-15:00 hours. Please advise if possible and how to proceed with ticketing. Thank you
Hi Dimitrios, sorry, there is no direct ferry from Hong Kong to Shunde. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-20
Joan 2013-12-04
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I want to go from HK airport to Jiangmen. Does ferry service exist from the airport, or should I go to China Ferrry Terminal? In case there is not ferry service, does bus service exist? Thank you very much

Ferry transfer is not workable from HK airport to Jiangmen. It only available for following 8 ports. Zhongshan is the nearer port to Jiangmen and you may arrive there first and then connect express bus or taxi to Jiangmen.

  • Dongguan Humen
  • Guangzhou Nansha
  • Macao (Maritime Ferry Terminal)
  • Macao (Taipa)
  • Shenzhen Fuyong
  • Shenzhen Shekou
  • Zhongshan
  • Zhuhai Jiuzhou

For details information, you can check from HK airport web site: http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/index.html

Carol Wang replied on 2013-12-08
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