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An efficient network of double-decker buses covers most of Hong Kong. Figuring them out, however, is a tricky business. Drivers don't usually speak English, and routes listed at bus stops are complicated. There are also several companies, and no central Web site or pocket bus map with every company's service exist (although at least now companies share Web sites).
In general, bus numbers starting with the letter "M" connect to an MTR station; "A" buses go to the airport; "N" lines run the night service; and buses ending with the letter "X" are express.
Rattling along Hong Kong's roads at breakneck speed are numerous minibuses, which seat 16 people. They're cream-color, with green or red roofs, and prominently display the route number and the price. They usually stop at designated spots, but often need to be flagged down; if you want to get off, you'll need to shout out to the driver and hold on tight as he screeches to a halt. Slightly more expensive than buses, minibuses are faster because of their small size, but also have a reputation for dangerous speeding.
Citybus runs Hong Kong Island, cross-harbor, and airport routes. Kowloon Motor Bus mainly serves Kowloon and the New Territories, while Long Win Bus Company serves north Lantau, including Tung Chung. New World First Bus has services on Hong Kong Island and in New Kowloon (the southern section of the New Territories).
Double-decker bus fares range from HK$2.50 to HK$48; minibus fares from HK$2 to HK$20. Only some minibus drivers give change when you pay in cash, but it's best pay with exact change on all buses, or better yet, use an Octopus card.
Citybus (2873-0818. www.nwstbus.com.hk.)
Kowloon Motor Bus (2745-4466. www.kmb.com.hk.)
Long Win Bus Company (2745-4466. www.kmb.com.hk.)
New World First Bus (2136-8888. www.nwstbus.com.hk.)
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