An efficient network of double-decker buses covers most of Hong Kong, often with stops at locations not accessible via MTR. Figuring out the routes, however, may be a bit daunting for newcomers. Drivers usually don't speak English, and the routes posted at bus stops can be confusing. Your best bet is to look up your destination on the two major bus companies’ websites to see whether they serve the route and which bus to take. Citybus and New World First Bus share a common website, as do Kowloon Motor Bus and Long Win Bus Company. Both sites use a map-based route search that allows you check nearby stops. Click on a bus number to pull up information on where the route originates.
More intrepid visitors can take a chance on a minibus. These cream-colored vehicles seat 16 people and rattle through the city at breakneck speeds. Routes and prices are prominently displayed in front. While faster than buses, minibuses are risky if you aren’t sure of your destination. There are designated stops, but minibus drivers will also pick up and drop off passengers at other points along the way. To get off, you’ll have to shout out to the driver and hold on tight as he screeches to a halt.
Double-decker bus fares range from HK$2.50 to HK$48; minibus fares from HK$2 to HK$20. The best way to pay is by Octopus Card. Otherwise, you’ll need to have exact change. Some minibuses, particularly the overnight ones, accept only cash, but they do give you change.
Citybus. 2873–0818; www.nwstbus.com.hk.
Kowloon Motor Bus. 2745–4466; www.kmb.com.hk.
Long Win Bus Company. 2745–4466; www.kmb.com.hk.
New World First Bus. 2136–8888; www.nwstbus.com.hk.