Three of Hong Kong’s ferry operators — Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry Limited (HKKF), Sun Ferry, and Fortune Ferry —have requested for fares increases on 10 of their routes. The Transport Department revealed that the rides between Central and Lamma Island, as well as from Central to Peng Chau, could go up by 100%, the details of which are in a LegCo document.

Currently, tickets for adults on Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry Limited-run Central-Yung Shue Wan ferries are priced at HK$25.90 on Sundays and public holidays, and HK$18.60 on Mondays to Sundays. The operator’s fast ferry rides between Central and Peng Chau cost HK$31 on Mondays to Saturdays, and HK$45.6 on Sundays and public holidays.

OPERATORROUTEPROPOSED INCREASE
HKKFCentral-Yung Shue Wan100%
HKKFCentral-Sok Kwu Wan100%
HKKFCentral-Peng Chau100%
Sun FerryCentral-Cheung Chau45%
Sun FerryCentral-Mui Wo45%
Sun FerryInter-Islands45%
Sun FerryNorth Point-Hung Hom45%
Sun FerryNorth Point-Kowloon City45%
Fortune FerryNorth Point-Kwun Tong-Kai Tak28.6%
Fortune FerryCentral-Hung Hom22.2%
Ferry increases requested by Hong Kong operators (© GovHK)

Fares for Sun Ferry-run routes such as Central Mui-Wo, North Point-Hung Hom, North Point-Kowloon City and the Inter-Islands ferry that covers Peng Chau, Mui Wo, Chi Ma Wan, and Cheung Chau could go up by 45%. The operator’s most expensive tickets are for the fast ferries between Central to Mui Wo: HK$32.8 on Mondays to Saturdays, and HK$47.1 on Sundays and public holidays.

Fortune Ferry’s proposed that its Water Taxi services between North Point, Kwun Tong and Kai Tak should increase by 28.6%, and its Central-Hung Hom trip by 22.2%.

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The news of these proposed fare hikes comes after the prices of Star Ferry tickets went up by over 55%, from April 3. Adult tickets for the upper deck on both routes now cost HK$5 from Mondays to Fridays and HK$6.5 on weekends and public holidays, while lower-deck tickets are HK$4 on weekdays and HK$5.6 on weekends and public holiday trips.

Last month, fares on the Park Island Transport Company Ltd’s Ma Wan-Central ride went up to a maximum of 33.3%. Singe-journey adult tickets for registered users now cost HK$24.1, while those for non-registered users are HK$36 on all days of the week.

Header image credits: The HK HUB

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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