The entire island is connected by Bus. Cheap, safe and with AC comfort it is a perfect opportunity to explore the beautiful and lesser known parts of Hong Kong Island.
Recommended bus routes in Hong Kong Island:
These are some of the recommended bus routes which take you through hilly and seaside roads:
1) 14 – Sai Wan Ho to Stanley via Tai Tam Reservoir and Countryside Park.
Tai Tam is abosolutely beautiful when the sun is out, and the most exciting part is being on a double-decker bus on the narrowest two-way bridge imaginable, cutting through the reservoir.
2) 15 – Central Pier to The Peak.
The only bus route in Hong Kong which requires a bit of reverse driving. The views of the harbour and Happy Valley Racetrack are outstanding. You must sit on the upper-deck, and prepare to switch between the left and right-hand sides of the bus as it climbs uphill.
3) 23 – North Point to Pokfield Road via Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Admiralty and Mid-levels.
This route goes along the tram line for most of its route, before swinging uphill at the Bank Of China via the American Embassy, Hong Kong Park and the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s official residence.
4) 41A – North Point Ferry to Wah Fu Estate via Lai Tak Estate, Tai Hang and Wong Chuk Hang.
The sister route to 42, which also goes from North Point Ferry to Wah Fu Estate. The 42, however, goes through Aberdeen Tunnel, whilst 41A doesn’t and spends almost its entire journey on the hills and some of the most beautiful apartments overlooking Victoria Harbour.
5) M47 – Wah Fu Estate to Hong Kong Station via Kennedy Town
Much like the 41A, this bus route avoids tunnels and trunk routes, and uses a lesser-travelled route to get to Central and Hong Kong Station.
6) 73 – Cyberport to Stanley via Aberdeen/Wah Fu Estate via Ocean Park, Repulse Bay and Deep Water Bay.
Make sure you sit on the right-hand side if you are going eastbound, and left-hand side for the westbound journey in order to see the sea.
These routes take the less conventional roads to get to their destinations, which is what makes them interesting. Of all the routes, 14, 15 and 41A are amongst the most scenic in the Hong Kong as they wind through mountains and hills and some very expensive houses, whilst M47, 23 and 73 take you along the coast along the east, south and west of the island; in other words, around the hills which populate the middle of Hong Kong Island.