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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.
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. The UK-style three-pin plugs are standard.
The unit of currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD), which is divided into 100 cents. Major banks are open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 12.30pm on Saturday. Banks and money changers charge commission, as do hotels that provide exchange services. All major credit cards are accepted and ATMs are widely distributed.
The international access code for Hong Kong is +852. The outgoing code depends on what network is used. City codes within Hong Kong are not required. Prepaid Discover Hong Kong SIM cards are available at any 1010 centres, convenience stores and at Hong Kong International Arrival Hall. Internet cafes are widely available, and free wifi access is available at most coffee shops, shopping malls and hotels in town.
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The Airport Express Line is a dedicated airport railway providing a fast and reliable service to downtown Hong Kong. Trains depart every 12 minutes or less around the clock, and the journey takes around 25 minutes. Scheduled hotel shuttle buses leave the airport regularly taking passengers to major hotels plus key transport interchanges, and there are a number of public bus (Airbus) routes from the airport.
Public transport in Hong Kong is excellent so car rental is not advised.
Taxis are available from the taxi pick-up area in front of the arrivals hall. Red taxis drive to central Hong Kong, green taxis service the New Territories, and blue taxis drive to Lantau Island.
There are people movers to transport passengers between terminals.
Airport facilities include banks, ATMs, currency exchange offices, a post office, beauty salon, a children's play area, showers, restaurants, shops (including duty-free), disabled facilities, cinemas, a golf course, conference and business services and tourist information desks.
The airport has both undercover and open-air car parks. Long-term parking is located at Car Park 2. Hourly rates range between HK$20 and HK$24, and daily rates are between HK$160 and HK$196.
There are free wifi hotspots in both terminals.