A ride on the Star Ferry is an integral part of most Hong Kong sightseeing tours, which provide a stress-free introduction to the sometimes-intimidating island metropolis. Visitors can choose to combine the Star Ferry with a visit to Lantau Island and Victoria Peak (Tai Ping Shan), or create a personalized itinerary on a private tour. For an extra-special experience, opt for a helicopter ride over the harbor—it’ll be a journey you never forget.
Things to Know Before You Go
Riding the Star Ferry is an inexpensive way to get the best views of Victoria Harbour.
A ferry ride is a must-do for families and first-time visitors.
The Star Ferry is wheelchair-accessible.
How to Get There
If you’re taking public transport, take the MTR to Hong Kong Station (exit A2) or Central Station (exit A) to reach Central Pier 7; Wan Chai Station (exit A1) to reach the Wan Chai Ferry Pier; or Tsim Sha Tsui Station (exit L6) to reach the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier. From here, you can walk to the pier along Man Yiu Street. Many first-time visitors opt to skip the hassle of public transport on a tour that transports you between attractions in air-conditioned comfort.
When to Get There
From the Star Ferry Pier in Central, boats depart from 12pm until 8pm, when the last ferry makes a round-trip. If you’re on a budget, note that tickets for a daytime ferry ride are almost half the price of an evening ride.
A Symphony of Lights
Every evening at 8pm, Victoria Harbour experiences A Symphony of Lights. The spectacle, which has occurred every night since 2004, features searchlights, lasers, and LED screens and can be enjoyed from either the HK Island or Kowloon side of the harbor. If you want to take the Star Ferry during the show, ensure you book in advance as tickets sell out fast.
- Hong Kong Skyline
- Hong Kong Ocean Terminal
- Chungking Mansions
- Avenue of Stars
- Kowloon Park
- Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
- Victoria Harbour
- Hong Kong Observation Wheel
- Hong Kong Convention and Exhibit Centre (HKCEC)
- Clock Tower
- Two International Finance Centre (Two IFC)
- Hong Kong Science Museum
- Hong Kong Central
- Hong Kong Museum of History
- International Commerce Centre