With one of the best public transport systems in the world and a
compact city centre, getting around Hong Kong is easy enough for
even inexperienced travellers. The underground Mass Transit Railway
(MTR) is efficient and inexpensive. Double-decker and single-decker
buses cover all of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New
Territories with final destinations displayed in both English and
Chinese. Bus fares are low and distance-based; exact change is
required. Small mini-buses are more expensive but also more
flexible, stopping for passengers to board or disembark on request.
Hong Kong's old-fashioned trams are also a cheap and convenient way
of getting around. On the water, fleets of ferries connect Hong
Kong Island, Kowloon, and the Outlying Islands. Last but not least
there is an abundant supply of taxis, colour-coded according to
their area of operation. Taxi fares are low, but many drivers don't
speak English and visitors are advised to have their destination
written down in Chinese characters.