Constant as the sea it glides upon, The Star Ferry Hong Kong has been faithfully shuttling residents between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon in the mainland for close to 130 years. While both sides of Victoria Harbour are now linked by the state-of-the-art Cross Harbour Tunnel, many locals still choose the route well remembered, savouring the 7-minute joyride onboard Hong Kong’s iconic ferry as it glides across the still waters of Victoria Harbour.
Tourists and visitors hungry for postcard views of the world’s most photographed harbour are better served on the Star Ferry Harbour Tour. For their purposes, a custom-built vessel designed to look like the early ferries from the 1920s ply the route between the Wanchai, Tsim Sha Tsui and Central piers.
Standing on the upper deck, wind whistling in your ear, one is rewarded with sweeping vistas of the surrounding bay. Misty mornings shroud the city skyline in a gentle fog, making faraway vessels appear like ghost ships moored invisibly to their anchors. Looking out towards Hong Kong island, one is able to make out a sea of rectangular turrets crowned by the breathtaking outline of Victoria Peak.
Nightfall offers a completely different experience. Boats stop mid-harbour to allow pictures of the dazzling light and laser displays helmed by waterfront buildings on both sides of the harbour.
No trip to Hong Kong is complete without a ride onboard the Star Ferry, be sure to include it in your itinerary!
Runs from Wanchai / Tsim Sha Tsui and Central / Tsim Sha Tsui
Ticketing | The Star Ferry’s Harbour Tour tickets are sold over the Harbour Tour ticket counter at the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier and the Central Pier 7 on the date of departure on a first-come-first-served basis. No online booking and reservation is offered. Purchase tickets in cash of Hong Kong dollars.