OTHER LOCAL FERRIES
Apart from the main outlying island ferry services and the Star Ferry Hong Kong has many other ferry services operating both within the confines of Victoria Harbour and outside the harbour to and between various islands and points in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories. Some of these may be useful to visitors either as a convenient route to other parts of the territory or simply for pleasure;
TAI O (LANTAU) TO TUEN MUN (NEW TERRITORIES) VIA SHA LO WAN AND TUNG CHUNG
Operated by Fortune Ferry Company Limited, a member of Chu Kong Shipping Group (CKS), this scenic kaido ferry journey is useful for visitors wanting to use an alternative to the bus for travelling between Tai O and Tung Chung. The ferry departs from the new promenade near the bus terminus at Tai O (not the pier at the entrance to Tai O harbour). From Tai O the ferry travels round the north Lantau headland and along the North Lantau coastline before sailing through the narrow channel between the airport at Chek Lap Kok where it calls at Sha Lo Wan Pier. From Sha Lo Wan the ferry continues across Tung Chung Bay and under the Ngong Ping 360 cable car route to Tung Chung New Development Pier (about 5 minutes walk from Tung Chung Town Centre) and then to Tuen Mun on the Southwest New Territories coast. Journey times from Tai O are 20 mins to Sha Lo Wan, 30 mins to Tung Chung and 50 mins to Tuen Mun. The service is normally operated by "fast ferry" (see picture below). However at peak times, particularly Sundays and public holidays an additional "ordinary ferry" may operate to meet demand. There is a flat fare of HK$25 for adults for the "fast ferry" or HK$20 for the "ordinary ferry" (HK$30 and HK$25 respectively on Sundays and public holidays) except for passengers on the section between Tuen Mun and Tung Chung only where reduced fares of HK$18 for the "fast ferry" and HK$15 for the "ordinary ferry" apply at all times. Most sailings are by Fast Ferry and the "Ordinary Ferry" only operates on special occasions. On Mondays to Saturdays payment can be made on board the ferry in cash or by Octopus Card. On Sundays and public holidays Octopus Card and cash payment on board is not accepted and same day advance tickets for sailings from Tai O must be purchased from the Fortune Ferry ticket kiosk on Tai O Waterfront Promenade. Same-day advance tickets for sailings from Tuen Mun can be purchased from 7-30am at Tuen Mun Ferry Pier. Additional sailings are sometimes available on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays to meet demand.
Fortune Ferry ticket kiosk on Tai O waterfront promenade
Between 2009 and 2012 the average daily patronage of this service increased from 461 to 698.
Current timetable can be viewed here and additional sailings may be made at peak times according to demand (see also timetable amendments detailed below which may not be reflected in the current timetable on the operator's website);
NOTE- THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS, EFFECTIVE FROM 24th SEPTEMBER 2016, WHICH MAY NOT BE REFLECTED IN THE CURRENT TIMETABLE SHOWN ON THE OPERTORS'S WEBSITE;
(1) an additional regular sailing will be provided at 3-45 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Tai O to Tuen Mun via Sha Lo Wan and Tung Chung
(2) subject to actual situation and passenger demand, four special sailings at 3-00 pm, 4-30 pm, 6-10 pm and 6-30 pm will be provided on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Tai O to Tung Chung via Sha Lo Wan and / or Tai O to Tuen Mun via
Sha Lo Wan and Tung Chung
(3) subject to actual situation and passenger demand, two special sailings at 9-10 am and 11-10 am will be provided on Saturdays from Tuen Mun to Tai O via Tung Chung and Sha Lo Wan
(4) subject to actual situation and passenger demand, three special sailings at 8-40 am, 10-40 am and 12-40 pm will be provided on Sundays and public holidays from Tuen Mun to Tai O via Tung Chung and Sha Lo Wan.
To tie in with the above ferry service level improvement, New Lantao Bus Company Ltd. will, subject to passenger demand, correspondingly provide special departures of NLB route no. 37, named as NLB route no. 37S between 3-00 pm and
6-30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from Tung Chung Development Pier to MTR Tung Chung Station
NOTE - THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THE FOLLOWING TIMETABLE AMENDMENTS, EFFECTIVE FROM 6th JUNE 2016, WHICH MAY NOT BE REFLECTED IN THE CURRENT TIMETABLE PUBLISHED ON THE OPERATOR'S WEBSITE;
(1) the sailing at 4-00 pm on Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays) from Tuen Mun to Tung Chung will be advanced to 3-00 pm from Tuen Mun, which will be operated to Tai O via Tung Chung and Sha Lo Wan.
(2) the special sailing at 4-30 pm. on Mondays to Fridays (except public holidays) from Tung Chung to Tuen Mun will be replaced by a sailing at 4-00 pm from Tai O to Tuen Mun via Sha Lo Wan and Tung Chung.
Fortune Ferry's Tai O - Tung Chung - Tuen Mun ferry berthed at Tai O Promenade
Scenic views from top deck of Tai O - Tuen Mun (via Tung Chung and Sha Lo Wan) ferry
NORTH POINT FERRY PIER (HK ISLAND) TO HUNG HOM (KOWLOON)
Operated by New World First Ferry (NWFF) the 8 minute sailing connects North Point on the north eastern side of Hong Kong with Hung Hom Ferry Pier from where there is a bus connection to Hung Hom Station. The service operates at 15/30 minute intervals from 7-23am to 7-35pm daily. Fare is HK$6.5 (HK$3.3 concessions). Octopus Card accepted. Timetable can be viewed here;
First Ferry North Point - Hung Hom Ferry at North Point Ferry Pier
NORTH POINT FERRY PIER (HK ISLAND) TO KOWLOON CITY
Operated by New World First Ferry the 15 minute sailing connects North Point with Kowloon City Ferry Pier at Ma Tau Kok, adjacent to the old Kai Tak Airport runway in Kowloon Bay. There is a bus terminus at the Kowloon City Ferry Pier with services various parts of Kowloon. The ferry operates at 15/30 minute intervals from 7-17am to 7-35pm. Fare is HK$6.5 (HK$3.3concessions). Octopus Card accepted. Timetable can be viewed here;
First Ferry North Point - Kowloon City ferry, seen at Kowloon City Ferry PIer, Ma Tau Kok
NORTH POINT FERRY PIER (HK ISLAND) TO KWUN TONG PIER (KOWLOON)
Operated by Fortune Ferry Co Ltd, this is a cross-harbour ferry service connecting North Point on the northeastern side of Hong Kong Island with Kwun Tong in the East Kowloon area. The ferry pier at North Point is located adjacent to North Point Ferry Bus Terminus and the pier at Kwun Tong is located below the Kwun Tong Bypass adjacent to Kwun Tong Ferry Bus Terminus. The journey takes about 12 minutes and the service operates at half-hourly intervals from 7am to 7-30pm. Fare is HK$5 with half-price concessions for child, seniors and persons with disabilties. Octopus Card accepted. Timetable can be viewed here;
Fortune Ferry's North Point - Kwun Tong ferry seen departing Kwun Tong Pier
SAI WAN HO (HK ISLAND) TO SAM KA TSUEN (KOWLOON)
Operated by Coral Sea Ferry Service Company Limited this is a cross-harbour ferry service connecting Sai Wan Ho on eastern Hong Kong Island with Sam Ka Tsuen in Kowloon near the eastern entrance to Victoria Harbour. The ferry pier at Sai Wan Ho is located about 10 minutes walk from Sai Wan Ho MTR Station and the pier at Sam Ka Tsuen is located within short walking distance of a popular tourist destination, Lei Yue Mun with its many seafood restaurants and Tin Hau Temple. The journey takes about ten minutes and the service operates at about 30-minute intervals from 6-15am until 11-45pm. Fare is HK$5.5. Octopus Card accepted. Timetable can be viewed here;
Sai Wan Ho - Sam Ka Tsuen ferry, seen here departing from Sai Wan Ho, is popular with visitors to Lei Yue Mun's seafood restaurants
ABERDEEN/STANLEY TO PO TOI ISLAND
Operated by Tsui Wah Ferry Service (HK) Limited this service from Aberdeen Promenade (some sailings also call at Blake Pier, Stanley) allows visitors to reach the quiet, scenic and sparsely populated Po Toi Island located about 6km off the Stanley Peninsula. This is a popular spot for seafood restaurants and for hiking, particularly at weekends. The service operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays (one service each way), Saturdays (three services each way), Sundays and public holidays (five services each way) and the journey from Aberdeen takes about one hour. Same-day return fare (for non-Po Toi Island residents) is HK$40 and the journey takes about one hour. Octopus Card accepted. Timetable can be viewed here;
Po Toi Island Ferry at Aberdeen Promenade
KWUN TONG (KOWLOON) TO KAI TAK (KOWLOON)
New Service effective from 9th April 2016. Operates between Kwun Tong Public Pier, Kei Yip Street, Kwun Tong and Kai Tak Runway Park Pier on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays only, every 30 minutes from 09-30 to 18-00 from Kwun Tong and every 30 minutes from 09-45 to 18-15 from Kai Tak. The service may operate at other times, subject to demand. The single journey fare is HK$7 and travel is free for children under the age of 5. The service is operated by Blue Sea Ferry Co Ltd;
Kwun Tong - Kai Tak kaito approaching Kai Tak Runway Park Pier
PENG CHAU - TRAPPIST HAVEN MONASTERY (LANTAU ISLAND) - DISCOVERY BAY (LANTAU ISLAND)
Operated by Peng Chau Kaito the service links Discovery Bay on Lantau and the island of Peng Chau with some sailings serving the Trappist Haven Monastery (Our Lady of Joy Abbey) on Lantau Island. Sailings operate at about 30/60 minute intervals from approx 6-30am until 10am with the Trappist Haven Monastery being served by some ferries between 8-10am and 5-10pm. Both Peng Chau and Discovery Bay are also served by scheduled ferry services from Central Piers on Hong Kong Island. Direct services between Peng Chau and Discovery Bay take about 10 minutes and services which travel via the Trappist Haven Monastery Pier take about 20 minutes. It should be noted that the ferry pier at Discovery Bay for the kaito service to Peng Chau is located at Nim Shue Wan on the south side of Discovery Bay, which is a different pier to the main ferry pier for services to Central. The adult fare is HK$5.5. Cash only. Octopus Card not accepted. Timetable can be viewed here;
Kaito ferry arriving at Trappist Haven Monastery ferry pier. Peng Chau can be seen in the background
In July 2015 tenders were invited by the Transport Department for future operation of the Peng Chau - Trappist Monastery - Discovery Bay kaito ferry service with a deadline of 7th August 2015 for applicants.
DISCOVERY BAY (LANTAU ISLAND) – MUI WO (LANTAU ISLAND)
Operated by Peng Chau Kaito, the weekday service has been reduced to a school day only service with one service in each direction leaving Mui Wo at 7-20am and Discovery Bay at 3-10pm and calling at Peng Chau in both directions. The journey takes about 25 minutes. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays there are up to eight each-way journeys, all direct between Mui Wo and Discovery Bay (service does not call at Peng Chau) with a journey time of about 20 minutes. Fare HK$12 Monday to Saturday, HK$15 Sundays and public holidays, child under one free. A sectional fare of HK$5.5 applies for the school day service between Peng Chau and Discovery Bay. Timetable;
Following the introduction of new marine safety rules and crew number requirements it had been announced that this service would cease to operate completely from February 2014. However after negotiations with the Marine Department interim safety requirements were agreed and the current operator has renewed its licence for two years until February 2016.
PENG CHAU – HEI LING CHAU
Service operated by Hong Kong & Kowloon Ferry Holdings (who also operate the Central – Peng Chau ferry service), from 16th August 2013. Service previously operated by Coral Sea Ferry Company using kaito ferry. There are nine daily each-way sailings between Peng Chau and the neighbouring island of Hei Ling Chau on Mondays to Saturdays and eleven each-way sailings on Sundays and public holidays. Services operate from about 9-45am to 1am on Mondays to Saturdays and 7-30am to midnight on Sundays and public holidays. The journey takes about 5-minutes each way. Adult fare HK$15, child and senior HK$7.5. For journeys from Hei Ling Chau to Central, passengers must disembark at Peng Chau Ferry Pier and re-enter the pier gate for second onward journey from Peng Chau to Central. Timetable;
Some of HKKF's Central - Peng Chau services (seen here at Peng Chau Ferry Pier) continue to the tiny neighbouring island of He Ling Chau