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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
08:30
10:00
13:00
15:00
16:00
18:00
20:00
One and half hoursTourist Class: HK$196;
First Class: HK$ 226;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 246
China Ferry TerminalGuangzhou Panyu lutas port07:50
09:00
14:00
18:20
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
15:00
18:00
Two hours and thirty minutesTourist Class: HK$ 206;
First Class: HK$ 226;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 246
China Ferry TerminalJiuzhou Port, Zhuhai07:30
08:30
09:30
11:30
13:30
15:30
17:45
One hour and ten minutesTourist Class: HK$ 190;
First Class: HK$270;
VIP Cabin: HK$ 305
China Ferry TerminalShunde07:30
08:30
11:00
13:30
15:20
18:00
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.