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Old Sep 24, 18, 3:44 pm
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MTR/Bus/Tram fare options

I'm aware of the tourist Octopus card with one or two AE tickets plus three days of MTR. However, this doesn't allow use of the bus or trams (ding ding) unless you load cash on it.

Is there such a thing as a day pass that includes buses and trams?
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Old Sep 25, 18, 9:57 pm
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There is the Sold Tourist Octopus card (" The joyful and convenient way to dine, shop and travel in Hong Kong!"), which you can use on buses, minibuses, trams, ferries, and at shops, cinemas, etc. Costs HK$39 for the card and you have to load it with cash. The On Loan Octopus card is HK$150, of which $50 is refundable deposit and $100 to use. The On Loan option might be the better one, if you want your unused money + deposit back and don't need the Tourist one as a souvenir.

HKTramways also has an unlimited 4-day pass (HK$34) just for the trams.

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Old Sep 25, 18, 10:42 pm
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The "Sold Octopus" is not a day pass and there is no reason to get it unless you collect transport tickets, or have no opportunity to refund a regular Octopus when departing HK and won't return for over 3 years (as the new Inactive Octopus fee has come into play).

HK is not like some European cities where making one journey on its own is rather expensive, and costs the same whether you travel 1 stop or across the entire network, while if you pay for 2 single journeys you can also travel free for the rest of the day.

There are, well, 2 main bus companies and some minor ones, and every route has its own fare structure with some long-distance routes priced over 10x the fare of a local route, so there is no reason for bus companies to incentivise unlimited travel. If there were to be unlimited passes there would have to be several versions with geographical restrictions.

Individual fares are cheap enough and there are several discounted fares if you return on the same (group of) route(s), or if you interchange to another route, but these can get complicated.

The tram pass seems to be only available by post and is a good deal if you will definitely take the tram 14 times (17 if posted overseas) but I think you would be unlikely to take it that many times unless your accommodation is somewhere along the route like Quarry Bay or Happy Valley.
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If anyone in your group is 65 or over, don't forget the Senior Octopus Card, which lets you ride almost every bus, minibus, ferry, tram and train in the territory for just HK$2/ride.
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Originally Posted by :D! View Post
The tram pass seems to be only available by post and is a good deal if you will definitely take the tram 14 times
Also keep in mind that the regular cash fare for the tram is $2.60 (which is just US$0.33) for a single journey of any distance - it's not worth putting any effort into trying to save money here.
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doubt if you will actually use the tram as a real means of transport.
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Old Sep 27, 18, 4:39 am
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Originally Posted by fliesdelta View Post
Is there such a thing as a day pass that includes buses and trams?
The short answer is no, as unlike many countries/cities, different operators operate different public transportation.
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