Fortune Ferry will increase fares on two of its main routes — the Central-Hung Hom and North Point-Kwun Tong-Kai Tak trips — from September 3. A one-way adult ticket on between Central and Hung Hom will cost HK$10.7, while a single-journey ticket on the North Point-Kwun Tong-Kai Tak route will go up to HK$8.3.
While the fare hikes amount to a roughly 18% increase on both routes, they are lower than the proposed raises that the ferry operator applied for earlier this year. However, monthly passes will decrease by HK$30 for both rides, costing HK$290 from Central-Hung Hom and HK$270 for North Point-Kwun Tong-Kai Tak trips.
Fares for children and senior citizens will also go up for both journeys from September 3. One-way tickets from Central to Hung Hom will be HK$5.3, and those on the North Point-Kwun Tong-Kai Tak route will cost HK$4.1.
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However, the fares on Fortune Ferry’s other route that operates between Tuen Mun, Tung Chung, Sha Lo Wan, and Tai O will not change.
Earlier this year, the Star Ferry also increased its ticket prices on its Central-Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai-Tsim Sha Tsui routes. In addition, senior citizens no longer get to ride the iconic ferry for free and must now pay a concessionary HK$2 fare to cross Victoria Harbour on these routes.
The MTR also hiked fares this year for the first time since 2019, but the rail corporation used a new fare adjustment system to ensure that up to 90% of its passengers have to pay no more than HK$0.4 per trip.
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