Hong Kong’s public transportation system is world renowned. Car ownership - viewed as more of a luxury expense - isn’t mandatory here, as the cost and efficiency of local public transport makes it affordable and easy to get around.

Modes of Transportation

Hong Kong public transportation system consists of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR), trams, buses, minibuses, taxis and ferries.

Private Car

Although the costs of owning and operating a car in Hong Kong are very high, the number of private cars keeps increasing. An annual license fee is charged based on engine size, and whether it is gasoline- or diesel-powered. For gasoline-operated private cars this fee also includes a Traffic Accident Victims Assistance Scheme (TAVAS) tariff.

Car-hire Apps

Various car and vehicle-hire apps facilitating the transport of passengers and goods provide even more options for Hong Kong commuters.


Hong Kong seems like an unlikely place to get around on two wheels, but avid bikers enjoy the benefits of environmental friendliness while staying fit and healthy.

Road and Cross- Harbor Tunnels

There are user fees for various road and cross-harbor tunnels in Hong Kong; amounts vary depending on vehicle type. Some fees are flat, but most vary depending on the time of day.

Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge

Formal construction of the Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macau Bridge began in December 2009, and construction of the Hong Kong section began in December 2011.


Modes of payment for public transportation in Hong Kong


It is a criminal offense to drive under the influence of alcohol in Hong Kong. The Police have the authority to ask drivers to take a screening breath test if he or she is involved in an accident, has committed a moving-traffic offense or is suspected to be drunk-driving. 

Idling Vehicle Engines

Regulation in Hong Kong regarding idling vehicle engines.