As in other cities, taxis in Hong Kong are very convenient and inexpensive way of point-to-point traval throughout the city. There are three types of taxis: Red taxis operate in urban areas. For those who prefer a taxi instead of the MTR, most of rides will be on red taxis. They are available throughout Hong Kong (except the southern side of Lantau Island and Tung Chung Road). Green taxis operate in the New Territories (Tuen Mun, Tai Po, Yuen Long, North District, north of Sha Tin and Tsuen Wan). Blue taxis operate only on Lantau Island (except Discovery Bay). All taxis provide services to/from the Hong Kong International Airport.
Currently, the taxi park counts more than 18,000 vehicles, 15250 of which are red taxis, 50 blue taxis and others are green taxis. Almost all drivers are able to understand or speak a little in English, and know all popular hotels and tourist attractions in the city. But if you need to get to a specific place in the city, it's better to have a paper with a destination name and address in both English and Chinese.
The taxi fare depends on a distance traveled plus additional fees if any. Also, the fares vary depending on the type of taxi.
The fare for red taxis starts from HK$20 and covers the first two kilometers. Each 200 meters thereafter or each 1 minute of waiting costs HK$1.5. When the amount reaches HK$72.5, each subsequent 200 meters or 1 minute will cost HK$1.
The fare for green taxis starts from HK$16.5 and covers the first two kilometers. Each 200 meters thereafter or each 1 minute of waiting costs HK$1.3. When the amount reaches HK$55.5, each subsequent 200 meters or 1 minute will cost HK$1.
The fare for blue taxis starts from HK$15 and covers the first two kilometers. Each 200 meters thereafter or each 1 minute of waiting costs HK$1.3. When the amount reaches HK$132, each subsequent 200 meters or 1 minute will cost HK$1.2.
|Fare Table (HK$)||First 2 km||Every 200 m||Every 1 min
|New Territories Taxi||HK$16.5||HK$1.3||HK$1.3|
|Lantau Island Taxi||HK$15||HK$1.3||HK$1.3|
Every luggage (except light luggage carried inside passenger compartment) - HK$5 (HK$4 for green taxis).
Hire a taxi via telephone booking - HK$5 (HK$4 for green taxis).
Also additional payment is taken if the ride pass through a harbour tunnel. Usually, toll fee + return toll.
1. Road Co-op Lost & Found 24-Hour Free Hotline For Lost Property on Taxi: +852 1872 920
2. Transport Complaints Unit Hotline: +852 2889 9999
3. Carry small money. Taxi drivers are not obliged to give change from HK$500 and HK$1000 bank notes.
Note: This information is for reference only and is subject to change without prior notice. Please, visit official website or contact directly with the company to confirm all rates and details before planning your trip.
For more information, visit www.td.gov.hk