The MTR will increase its train frequencies during the upcoming long holiday weekend from September 29-October 2 for Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. The railway corporation will add overnight services on September 29, and begin evening peak service schedules at 3pm that day. 

Passengers can also get free rides on October 1. Children aged 3-11 can ride the MTR for free, while all passengers will get complimentary trips on the Light Rail and MTR buses that day. There will also be nearly 900 extra train trips added to the MTR train schedule during the long weekend.

When do the overnight services begin?

Overnight trains on all MTR rail lines will begin at 12.30am on September 30 and end at 6am. However, these timings do not apply to the Airport Express, Disneyland Resort Line, and journeys to or from Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau stations on the East Rail Line. In addition, seven Light Rail routes will operate from 1am to 5.30am.

While the MTR buses will not provide overnight services, they will run later than usual, from 11.15pm on September 29 to 1.50am on September 30.

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How do the free trips work?

Passengers aged 3-11 who have Child Octopus cards can ride all MTR lines for free on October 1, except for the Airport Express, High Speed Rail, East Rail Line First Class and MTR Feeder Bus running in the Tai Po District.

All passengers can take the Light Rail and MTR buses for free on October 1, except for the MTR Feeder Bus running in Tai Po District. On this day, passengers cannot claim the interchange discount for the Light Rail and MTR bus services.

The extra train trips during this time will give Hongkongers and visitors to the city the opportunity to check out the various activities organised by the government and private enterprises for the Night Vibes Hong Kong campaign, which aims to revitalise the territory’s after-sunset economy.

For more details about the MTR’s enhanced services from September 29-October 2, check the schedule here.

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