The Star Ferry – The Best Way to See Victoria Habor
The Star Ferry is a ferry service running on Victoria Harbor between Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong Island. A ride on the ferry is a classic Hong Kong experience, a brilliant way to see the Hong Kong water front and the cheapest way to cross Victoria Harbor. No visit to Hong Kong is complete without a ride on the Star Ferry.
Back Ground & History
The Star Ferry began back in 1888 when a Parsee cook Naorojee Mithaiwala operated a regular service between Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong Island with his steam boat the Morning Star. He was bought out in 1898 and the new company was called the Star Ferry Company.
The Star Ferry Company now has a fleet of nine ships that operates two routes between Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong Island. One route is from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wanchai next to the enormous Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The other route is from Tsim Sha Tsui to the new Central Pier No.7 in Central.
Despite being over a hundred years old, the Star Ferry is still one of the main ways for commuters to travel between Tsim Sha Tsui and Hong Kong. In 2011 the Star Ferry had 26 million passengers a year which comes down to 70,000 a day.
Wanchai to Tsim Sha Tsui 7:30am to 11:00pm
Tsim Sha Tsui to Wanchai 7:20am to 10:50pm
Central – Tsim Sha Tsui Route
$2.50 Monday to Friday
$3.40 Weekends and Public holidays
Central to Tsim Sha Tsui 6:30am to 11:30pm
Tsim Sha Tsui to Central 6:30am to 11:30pm
Tips for Riding the Star Ferry
Take the Wanchai Ferry – Reclamation has reduced the Central ferry ride to 10 minutes or less so take the Wanchai ferry which will give you more time to enjoy the incredible views. The Wanchai ferry will also give you better views of Tsim Sha Tsui and of Hong Kong Island
Go Just Before 8pm – Hong Kong’s nightly Symphony of Light show with lights, lasers and flashing buildings starts at 8pm so catching the ferry just before 8pm will give you a grandstand view from the harbor.