Hong Kong in One Day for Budget Travelers

avenue of starsAvenue of Stars

Here is a route to see some of Hong Kong's best attractions around Victoria Harbor at minimal cost and do some bargain shopping. You can spend as little as 10 USD. Shop, hike, sight see or relax at the places highlighted below.


Morning — Star Ferry and Victoria Harbour

symphony of lightNight views of the Victoria Harbour.

Whether you are coming from the border (70 minutes) or the airport (1/2 hour), you can go to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) via the MTR.

Walk to the ferry from any TST exit (about 15 minutes). You'll see little tourist shops and restaurants on your way. Shopping in the tourist shops isn't recommended.


Try a cheap Hong Kong of bowl of noodles at the Cafe de Corals in Chungking Mansions on the way to the pier. It is probably the best and cleanest choice. Rice or noodles and a drink cost about 20 HKD (2.50 USD), and it is air-conditioned. Go up the escalator in the entrance to the left of the main entrance.

In Hong Kong McDonalds offers the best food at the lowest prices (26 HKD per meal). You’ll see a McDonalds at the ferry pier. You could get a takeaway for lunch.

The Tourist Information Office

At Star Ferry pier Tourist Information Office stock up on English maps, attraction guides and coupons, just to the right of the Central Ferry entrance. They speak English, and you can ask a lot of tourist information questions for free.

Window Shop and Relax

At Harbour City Mall free coffee and drinks (all you can drink) are available at the Customer Care Center in the second floor wing parallel to the docks on the left.

Ferry Ride

Take the ferry to Central for about 3 HKD (7 minutes). The boat ride itself has been listed as one of Hong Kong's best attractions.

The harbor is surrounded by some of the world's tallest buildings. Check out the IFC Tower in Central, the Bank of China Tower in Admiralty, and the ICC Tower in West Kowloon.

Afternoon — Central and Victoria Peak

The IFC Mall

Take the pedestrian overpasses into the IFC Mall. It is free to enter and walk through it. You can window shop in one of Hong Kong's poshest malls.

A) Victoria Peak by Bus

Go to Exchange Square Station just next to the IFC Tower on the mountain facing side, and take bus 15 to the top (45 minutes, 10 HKD, 1.30 UD).

B) Victoria Peak by Tram

Most tourists prefer taking the tram (15 minutes, 40 HKD, 5 USD). Get off bus 15C at the Peak Tram (山頂纜車).

C) Walking up Victoria Peak

The Old Peak Road starts at Mid-Levels near the end of the Mid-Level Escalator. From the IFC Tower, follow the pedestrian walkway out of the second floor of the building and pass the Heng Seng bank. Go through the old market building until you reach the escalator.

Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak is a wonderful place to relax in the evening. The peak is usually breezy, and you can see the beautiful surrounding seas in the evening light.

Our Victoria Peak guide explains more about transportation and facilities. See also Hong Kong Island Hiking.

Evening — Tsim Sha Tsui

Get to the Star Ferry at TST by 8 pm to see the Avenue of Stars

A) Bus and Ferry to TST

Take bus 15 back to Exchange Square and take a Star Ferry back to TST.

B) Bus and MTR to TST

Take bus 15 to the IFC Tower and use the MTR station in the basement to travel to TST (11 minutes; about 9 HKD).

Temple Street

From the Tsim Sha Tsui pier, you can walk to Kowloon Park in 15 minutes. Temple Street is on the other side of the park in Jordan (35 minutes from the pier).

Temple Street is known for its outdoor eateries and pedestrian shopping stalls. A street restaurant is probably the best place for a decent cheaper Chinese dinner.

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Questions and Answers About Hong Kong in One Day for Budget Travelers

Natalie 2014-02-26
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Correction on bus to the peak tram. 15C takes you to the tram. 15 takes you to the peak.
Dear Natalie, thanks for your correction. We will look into it. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-27
Anin Tapel 2014-02-16
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What budget hotel will you recommend near the disneyland? Thanks
Hi Anin, I recommend the Disneyland Hotel to you. Whitney Liao replied on 2014-02-17
james 2014-01-25
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need a decent hotel either close to airport or an area where ewe can reach by transportation for maybe 40 us roundtrip about 50-60us a night,any suggestions
Hi James, sorry, we didn't find such a hotel with this price. The hotel rate in Hong Kong changes very frequently. Maybe you can have a try via here: http://www.chinahighlights.com/hotel/search-hotel.asp Whitney Liao replied on 2014-01-27
Zarfrizal nazar 2013-10-14
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hi ,i will come to Hongkong in January 17 where is the can i find the budget hotel.It''s the wheather ok at that time .we are from Indonesia.

Will you consider some Youth hostels? You may check the rate through following web site.


January is the coldest month in Hong Kong, but it is usually dry and mild. It sometimes gets cloudy, with some rain, which is rarely heavy. The average low and high temperatures are 14 °C (57 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F). Light winter clothing should be sufficient for the days, but something heavier might be needed for the evenings.

Carol Wang replied on 2013-10-15
mae angelie o. razo 2013-04-28
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hi,im planning to go in hongkong this coming august,and its our first time,what is the weather?and can u advice what clothes to wear during that time?thank u..august 18-21 is our schedule. were from philippines

Hi Mae, it is hot in HK, almost as hot as in Philipines. Summer clothes like T-shirts, skirts, shorts will do.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-04-29
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