Taxi still remains one of the most popular and safest mode of transport in Hong Kong. Easily hailed on the street, ordered over the phone with one of the taxi hotlines, or found in queues in taxi ranks or stands; taxicabs are perfect for quick trips, especially if you are carrying baggage. Covering the majority of Hong Kong, with a few exceptions in certain zones and time frames, Taxis in Hong Kong are the perfect flexible way to quickly see the city!
Similar to the New York yellow cab, or London black cabs; Hong Kong goes one better with red, green and blue taxis! Generally different territories indicate a different colour taxi, green indicates New Territories Taxi, blue for Lantau Island and finally red, the most common colour, covering urban Hong Kong (including the airport and Disneyland). more…
All fairs are charged by the taximeter and customers are required to pay the exact fair shown. With prices starting from around HK$20 for the most popular ‘red taxi’ areas and HK$1.50 for every 200 meters after, they are highly affordable. It is worth noting though that drivers aren’t obliged to give changed from 500 and 1,000 dollar notes, so keeping smaller change is essential. If you are unsure of how much your taxi will be in advance, there are numerous website calculating estimates for you. Also the customer is responsible for any toll charges too!
Due to the fact there is only one taxi firm in the whole of Hong Kong (which is run very tightly by the government), you’ll notice all the taxis are the same make of Toyota! This means all of which have the luxury of air conditioning and are kept safe and clean by the same regulations. Drivers are also required to display their identity card on the dashboard too which also reduces your chances of overcharging. This also means they can keep very strict regulations on their drivers.