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Big Bus Hop On Hop Off Hong Kong – Best Way To Experience The Pearl of the Orient

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Hong Kong is a bustling metropolis with a striking skyline that is juxtaposed against the verdant greenery and the beautiful harbours. One of the best way to explore this amazing Asian city is from the heights and comfort of the Hong Kong Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour. Unless you have your own vehicle, getting around this city involves a series of public transport hopping which consequently eats into your precious time around. While there are many Hop On Hop Off operators in Hong Kong, Big Bus remains a favourite. Read on to know why.

The Hong Kong territory covers over 200 islands but the main city is spread across Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island and the mainland territory of Kowloon. The Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off tour in Hong Kong strategically covers these main areas of the city with its three routes that cover – Hong Kong Island, Aberdeen & Stanley region, and Kowloon. For this very reason and many more, the Big Bus tour that started in Hong Kong in 2008 and has become the go-to favorite of tourists visiting Hong Kong. It is even the recommended bus tour by the Hong Kong Tourism Board.

Big Bus Hop On Hop Off Hong Kong

Hong Kong Hop On Hop Off

The Big Bus Hong Kong Tours are a part of the Big Bus Tours Company that runs Hop-on Hop-off bus tours across 20 cities in three continents. The iconic brown and yellow double-decker buses with open decks have become synonymous with bus tours. Tourist reviews vouch for the top-notch maintenance of the buses and the high savings they enjoy on transport and unique experiences offered as a part of the tickets.

The Big Bus Hop-on Hop-off tour in Hong Kong covers over 20 stops that cover landmarks like Man Mo temple, Central District, Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay, Stanley, and Aberdeen. The bus routes are drawn in such a way that you will cover all the major attractions in Hong Kong. The buses run at a frequency of 30 minutes and offer great connectivity to the rest of transportation system too.

In a nutshell

Multiple Day Available RoutesFrequencyPrice
Yes - 24 & 48 hour passes 3 routes20-30 minutes Starting from
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10 Reasons To Use The Big Bus Hop On Hop Off In Hong Kong

Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with 360° panoramic views of Hong Kong's main landmarks

The Hong Kong Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour comes in two variants – 1 day and 2 days. The best feature of the passes is that you can get on and get off the buses an unlimited number of times! Plus, a ride along all the three routes will give you a sense of Hong Kong’s geography and culture as it covers all the important landmarks.

3 different routes, with more than 20 stops across the city

The Hong Kong Big Bus Tour runs on 3 different routes which cover all the major landmarks in the city. The Hong Kong Island Tour (Red Route) goes through Man Mo Temple, Lan Kwai Fong and Soho. The Kowloon Tour (Blue Route) goes through Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and Sky100, while the Aberdeen & Stanley Tour (Green Route) goes through Repulse Bay and Ocean Park.

Engaging Commentary and learning

The pre-recorded commentary on the Hong Kong HOHO Bus will narrate the city’s history and culture as it weaves through the landmarks where it all took place. You will get complimentary headphones on which you can hear the commentary in 10 languages – Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Korean, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Japanese.

Create your own itinerary to explore the city

The Hong Kong HOHO Bus Tour has over 20 stops that cover all the major tourist attractions in the city. Depending on the pass you choose you can organize your itinerary based on the geographical location. An ideal way to explore would be to take the 48 hr pass and check off all the spots on the three routes.

Double Decker View

Travelers across the world love the Big Bus Tour bus design that includes comfortable seats, big windows on the lower deck and an open-air upper deck for unhindered views. In Hong Kong, the upper deck offers amazing views of the surrounding skyscrapers and the mountains in the distance. No taxi or metro is going to afford these views!

Free Onboard Wifi

You don’t have to spend your money on expensive cellular internet phone services or international roaming services while sightseeing. The Hong Kong Big Bus tour buses are equipped with WiFi that you can use for free. Now, you can upload and share photographs of your holiday with your friends and family across the world on the go!

Complimentary return journey on the Star Ferry

The Star Ferry is an iconic attraction in Hong Kong. The 10 minute ferry ride connects Kowloon and Hong Kong Island and offers fantastic views of the Victoria Harbour. You can take the complimentary return journey while moving to and fro between the Hong Kong HOHO Kowloon and Hong Kong Island bus routes.

Free Sky100 Observation Deck entry

An exciting benefit of choosing a Hong Kong HOHO Bus Tour is the free access to the Sky100 Observation Deck. Situated atop the 100th floor of the ICC, tallest building in Hong Kong, it offers 360-degree views of the city and Victoria Harbour. The tickets itself cost HK$188 if purchased separately, making it a sweet deal!

Traditional Sampan boat ride

A sampan is to Hong Kong what a gondola is to Venice! An iconic symbol of Hong Kong, a sampan ride in the Aberdeen Harbour is a must to experience the city’s culture. The ride will take you through the floating villages and fishing boats, and offers fantastic photo opportunities.

Free Walking Tour of Hong Kong

The Central and Sheung Wan are the main business districts of Hong Kong and one of the oldest areas. A free 2.5 hours walking tour with an English-speaking guide will take you through the bustling streets where you also get to stop and enjoy street food. The tour is available twice a day at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.

Which Hong Kong Hop On Hop Off Ticket Suits Me Best?

The Big Bus Hong Kong HOHO Tours have different ticket variants that suit the budget of every type of traveler and come with a variety of benefits. All the tour tickets are valid for six months from date of purchase and can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

Big Bus Hong Kong Hop On Hop Off Routes

Big Bus Hong Kong Hop On Hop off has 3 routes and 1 night route. Below is a quick summary of the routes for your reference.

Click here to view the detailed Big Bus Hop-on-hop-off bus route map.

Hong Kong Island Tour Route - Red Route

Kowloon Tour - Blue Route 

Aberdeen & Stanley Tour - Green Route

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Big Bus Hong Kong Hop On Hop Off Hours

Hong Kong Island Tour – Red Route
  • First tour from Stop #1 (Central Ferry Pier 7) – 9:30 AM
  • Last tour from Stop #1 (Central Ferry Pier 7) – 6:00 PM
Kowloon Tour – Blue Route
  • First tour from Stop #10 (Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade - coach bay on Salisbury Road) – 10:00 AM
  • Last tour from Stop #10 (Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade - coach bay on Salisbury Road) – 6:00 PM
Aberdeen and Stanley Route – Green Route
  • First tour from Stop #17 (Central Ferry Pier 7) – 9:45 AM
  • Last tour from Stop #17 (Central Ferry Pier 7) – 4:45 PM

Hop On Hop Off Bus Hong Kong Reviews

We had a two day ticket which allowed us to use all 3 routes and get on and off at the places we wished to visit, and the commentary through the earphones is quite informative. Red route covers the City, Blue route the Kowloon side, and Green route goes to Repulse Bay (lovely), Stanley for the market and a more laid-back atmosphere for lunch by the sea, then Aberdeen Harbour where a 15 minute sampan ride was included. We also had included a Peak Tram ticket with fast-track past the huge queues (though the Tram closed for maintenance the day after we did it, so that was well timed!). There were also included Star Ferry tickets to get over to Kowloon and back to Pier 7. We bought our tickets the day before we wanted to begin using them, at Pier 7, and when we told the member of Big Bus staff that we were actually staying in Kowloon she gave us extra Ferry tickets. Though using the Ferry only costs pennies, we appreciated the gesture - Thanks!

Pob-Bob, Tripadvisor 2019

Other people recommended taking a hop on/hop off big bus tour to get an overview of the city. We had 3 days in Hong Kong and on our 2nd day we got a 48 hour Big Bus tour package that included all three bus routes (blue/green/red lines), several tickets for the star ferry and a choice of the peak tram or the tower 100 observation deck. We had rainy weather so even though the tour provides ponchos we opted to stay on the first floor of the bus. I think we would have enjoyed the open top deck better, but the lines were long and the top deck was the most popular so it was hard to get seats up there. It may be easier to find a seat up top at one of the alternate stops. Since we'd already spent a day traveling around Hong Kong by MTR underground it was nice to see distances and the above ground sights.

989dianned, Tripadvisor 2019

Quick Tips For Your Hop On Hop Off Experience

  • The Big Bus HOHO Tour App is an excellent source of information of Hong Kong City and the routes. You can download it to have all the information about the bus tours and will help you plan your itinerary accordingly. You can download it both on the App Store and Google Play store.
  • There have been many complaints about customers not being able to see the bus stop signs. Using the Big Bus Hong Kong Hop on Hop off app should help solve this issue.
  • One of the top tips from reviews is to book the Big Bus tour tickets online prior to travel. The online booking is cheaper and tickets on Headout are cheaper by 12%.
  • The Premium and Deluxe tickets include a Sky100 observation deck ticket. You should ideally use the ticket at the end of your bus tour as the observation deck is open till 9:00 PM (Sunday to Thursday) and 10:30 PM (Friday and Saturday). Also, the night time views of the harbor are breathtaking! You can view the city from Victoria Peak during the day and the observation deck during the night. To know more about visiting the Sky100 Observation Deck head here.
  • There is a lot to do on The Peak including Madame Tussauds, Sky Terrace, Peak Tower and Nature walks, which means you will spend at least 2-3 hours. An ideal way to maximise your time on the Big Bus is to ensure the peak is your last stop. The peak itself is open till 11 PM.
  • Ensure you pick up your free voucher booklet from the guide at the start of your bus tour. The booklet includes recommendations of places to visit in Hong Kong as well as discount vouchers for restaurants, tours and other experiences in the city.
  • May to October is summer in Hong Kong when the average temperatures circle around 30° C. Ensure you are carrying a sunscreen and cap, especially if you plan to sit in the upper deck. In case of rains, you will be given a poncho free of cost by the bus management.

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