With fabulous views of both sides of Victoria Harbour, the Star Ferry is so much more than just a boat. It's an iconic Hong Kong landmark in its own right, and has been running across the harbor since 1888. Double-bowed, green-and-white vessels connect Central and Wan Chai with Kowloon in less than 10 minutes, daily from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm. The ride costs HK$2.50 on the upper deck on weekdays and HK$3.40 on weekends and public holidays, making it the cheapest scenic harbor tour in town. You can use your Octopus Card or cash to pay the fare.
There are also regular ferry services to outlying islands, such as Lantau, Lamma, and Cheung Chau. Ordinary ferries are cheaper but slower, while fast ferries travel at twice the speed for twice the price. You can look up schedules online or pick up printed copies at the Hong Kong Tourist Board (HKTB) info center at the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Concourse, call the HKTB Visitor Hotline, or simply ask for a schedule at the ferry ticket counters.
Discovery Bay Transportation Services Limited (2238–1188. www.discoverybay.com.hk.)
HKTB Visitor Hotline (2508–1234.)
New World First Ferry (2131–8181. www.nwff.com.hk.)
Star Ferry (2367–7065. www.starferry.com.hk.)