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Star Ferry – A Nostalgic Way to Enjoy the Victoria Harbour

March 23, 2021

Name(English): Star Ferry
Name(Chinese): 天星小輪
Category: Major Attraction
Phone Number: +852 23677065
Address(English): Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Address(Chinese): 尖沙咀天星碼頭
Address Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/gMFt6gw1kVRnEXkS6
Address longitude and latitude: 22.293771050905743, 114.16874866807181
Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station Exit L6
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/vYHLpa5ftz2Qmqe57
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.294746607222734, 114.17075909395449
How far from the nearest MTR Station: 2 mins from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station Exit L6
Opening hours: 
MON 06:30 – 23:30
TUE 06:30 – 23:30
WED 06:30 – 23:30
THU 06:30 – 23:30
FRI 06:30 – 23:30
SAT 06:30 – 23:30
SUN 06:30 – 23:30
*Intervals of approximately 10 minutes
Recommended Time to Visit: Whole Day or Just before 8pm
Accessibility Note: Easy access – user friendly for wheelchair users
Reminder: Fare: Central/Tsim Sha Tsui Service- $2.2-$3.7 (For adults); Wan Chai/Tsim Sha Tsui Service-$2.7-$3.7 (For adults)

A Star Ferry ride must be on your bucket list when you are visiting HK. If you want to take a few snaps of the Victoria Harbour and travel between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon at the same time, this is just what you need.

The history of the Star Ferry traced back to the 19th Century. As an iconic symbol in Hong Kong, the Victoria Harbour separates Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. In 1898, The Star Ferry Company was founded to connect the two by providing ferry services. After all these years, it is still the cheapest way to travel across the harbour, with fare under HKD$5 per adult.

Vessels were all named along with a “Star”, such as Celestial Star, Solar Star etc. These green and white electric-diesel vessels traverse the harbour every day, providing a cheap and fast way to go across the two shores, which eventually becomes another symbolic and unique scenery, National Geographic even rates the Star Ferry crossing as one of 50 ‘Places of a lifetime’

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Solar Star Vessel.

So what is so special about this 5-minutes journey? It is not just something nostalgic, it is more about the incredible scenery you can enjoy throughout the trip. There are 2 main routes to go across the shores: the Central-Tsim Sha Tsui Route and the Wan Chai-Tsim Sha Tsui route, which the former is more popular. You can also choose to get on either the upper or lower deck, both with row seats for you to enjoy the skyline of Hong Kong. You can feel the sea breeze during this slow-paced trip, at the same time, taking a few snaps of the unique skyscrapers landscape of Hong Kong. You can also sail just before 8pm, when the boats pause in the middle of the harbour, letting passengers to watch the Symphony of Lights show, in which the skyscrapers will be under dancing lights and music.

If you look up their website, the Star Ferry provides a harbour tour for about HKD 200 pax. Our recommendation? Drop that and simply take the regular ferry just like the local! If you still want to spend you money on a nice cruise, you probably want to consider Aqua Luna or DukLing for your harbour cruise option. They did make an effort to restore a fisherman junk boat for your cruise with some drinks for it!

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