Hong Kong Kowloon Ferry and Sun Ferry — two major ferry operators in the SAR that connect Central and the Outlying Islands — will hike prices on five of these routes, starting September 24. Both ferry service providers will also increase fares on two interisland routes on the same day.
Starting next Sunday, adult passengers will have to pay up to 19% more to travel between Lamma Island and Central using Hong Kong Kowloon Ferry services.
The Central-Yung Shue Wan fares will go up to HK$22.1 on weekdays and Saturdays, and will be HK30.8 on Sundays and public holidays. In addition, journeys on the Central-Sok Kwu Wan route will be HK$27.5 from Mondays to Saturdays, and HK$38.7 on Sundays and holidays.
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Fares between Peng Chau and Central will also increase to HK$19.8 from Mondays to Saturdays on the ordinary ferry, and go up to HK$36.9 on the fast ferry on the same days.
On the other hand, Sun Ferry will implement a comparatively modest 4% rise on its trips between Central and Mui Wo and Cheung Chau on its ordinary and deluxe classes, and fast ferries.
An ordinary ticket from Central to Cheung Chau will be HK$14.8, while it will cost HK$29.2 to take the fast ferry on weekdays and Saturdays. Similarly, an ordinary ticket on the ferry from Central to Mui Wo will cost HK$17.2 and a fast ferry seat will be HK$34.1 on the same days. Fares on Sundays and public holidays will be HK$22 (to Cheung Chau) and HK$25.6 (to Mui Wo) in the ordinary class, while fast ferry journeys will cost HK$48.9.
Trips between Peng Chau and Hei Ling Chau, which are managed by Hong Kong Kowloon Ferry, will also be 19% more expensive, with tickets through the week costing HK$18.7, as opposed to the previous HK$15.7. Sun Ferry will put a 4% hike on its Inter-Islands route — which covers Peng Chau, Mui Wo, Chi Ma Wan, and Cheung Chau — to increase fares from HK$14 to HK$14.5.
In April this year, both ferry operators applied for fare increases, with the Hong Kong Kowloon Ferry requesting that the government approve its request to double fares on some routes, and Sun Ferry asking for a 45% increase in ticket prices.
Earlier this month, Fortune Ferry made trips on the Central-Hung Hom and North Point-Kwun Tong-Kai Tak routes more expensive by 18%. This was less pricey than the company’s proposed increases of up to 28.6% on both these routes.
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