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Hong Kong

Hong Kong S.A.R.

Date of opening1 Oct 1979
Network length197.4 km (122.68 mi)
Stations113 (92*)
Lines11        Line history
Stations per line10.27
Avg. station distance1,935 m (1.20 mi)
Avg. line length17.95 km (11.15 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 1 Jan 2017
System typeMetro, known as MTR
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)3.96 million (as of 2012)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)20,000 (12,500)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.91 EUR (as of 2009); access/exit gates, smartcard ('Octopus')
TrackLeft, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyOverhead wire, 1500 V (MTR), 25000 V (KCR)
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trainsSI, WI lines, planned
Driverless linesDisneyland Resort Line (since 2005)
Platform screen doorsAll underground stations
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2011

To-scale map

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Latest Openings

 2015 – Kwun Tong Line extension from Yau Ma Tei to Whampoa. 3 km, 2 stations.
 2015 – South Island Line from Admiralty to South Horizons. New line, 7 km, 5 stations.
Dec 2014 – Island Line western extension to Kennedy Town. 3.2 km, 3 stations.

Upcoming Openings

 2018 – Ma On Shan Line extension from Tai Wai and Hung Hom to be merged with the West Rail Line, to form the new East-West Line. 11 km, 6 stations.

Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:

Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Hong Kong

Metro art is not too obvious in Hong Kong, but MTR's Art in Stations initiative brings works of art into the stations since 1998. There's an Open Gallery project on the Island Line and in many of Hong Kong's metro stations, live performances and art exhibitions take place [].

Photo: Upper platform level of Tsing Yi station with 'Birds of a Feather' installation by Neil Dawson.

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

The short Disneyland Resort Line has fancy trains with Mickey Mouse-shaped windows.

Metro Museum

commuter rail museum Hong Kong Railway Museum. A branch of the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, the Hong Kong Railway Museum is an open-air museum occupying some 6,500 square meters converted from the old Tai Po Market Railway Station. It focuses on the history of the KCR, which is now part of the MTR network, and also includes exhibits on the future MTR development. Since 1986. Location: A 10-minute walk from Exit A2 of Tai Po Market Station to Tai Po Complex, follow the signs.
Address: 13 Shung Tak Street, Tai Po Market, Tai Po, Hong Kong. Tel. (852) 2653 3455. At Tai Po Market, Tai Wo metro station.
Hours (check before visiting): Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 10 am to 6 pm. Admission: free.
Reference: (official website).

Metro City Hopping

Hong Kong is part of the Pearl River Delta cluster of metro/subway cities with the following urban rail connections:

  Guangzhou    Guangshen Railway (commuter metro)    Dongguan      51 km
  Guangzhou    Planned: Guangzhou’s line 5 + Dongguan’s R1 (metro)    Dongguan      51 km
  Guangzhou    Guangzhou Line 1 + Guangfo Line (metro)    Foshan      16 km
  Hong Kong    East Rail + Longhua or Luobao Line via SAR border (metro)    Shenzhen      30 km
  Macau    Planned: Macau LRT + Zhuhai tramway (LRT)    Zhuhai      9 km
  Shenzhen    Planned: Shenzhen’s line 11 + Dongguan’s R3 (metro)    Dongguan      65 km
  Shenzhen    Guangshen Railway (commuter metro)    Dongguan      65 km
  Shenzhen    Planned: Shenzhen's line 14 + Huizhou’s line 6 (metro)    Huizhou      72 km

Relationships with Other Metros

Spanish CAF family
Members: Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Washington,
Characteristics: Similar trains from the same manufacturer.
Chinese family
Members: Beijing, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Wuhan,
Characteristics: Unadorned, clean and solid station design, often using coloured plates. Western-style trains. Hong Kong acted as consultant for most Chinese metro cities.

Express Services

Airport Express Line skips some stops of the Tung Chung Line.

Metro Fonts

Typefaces designed exclusively for this metro:

Font NameDesignerYearSampleAvailabilityReference
Casey (based on Tahoma and Frutiger) Dalton (registration required)

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Pre-recorded messages in Cantonese, Mandarin and English inside the train: "Tsing2 Mat6 Kau3 Gaun6 Tsae1 Mun4 – Qing3 Bu2yao4 Kao4jing3 Che1men2 – Please stand back from the doors [do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do]" (numbers denote tunes of syllable) before the doors close (rm from "Ha Yat Jaam: Tai Jee. Sing Hak Hoh Yee Juen Sing Tsuen Wan Seen Wong Tsuen Wan Yuen Tou Gok Jaam" (Cantonese). "Xia Yi Zhan: Tai Zi. Cheng Ke Ke Yi Huan Cheng Quan Wan Xian Qian Wang Quan Wan Yuan Tu Ge Zhan" (Mandarin). "Next station: Prince Edward. Interchange station for the Tsuen Wan Line towards Tsuen Wan" (English). ( Departure announcements outside the trains are different: "Tsing2 mat6 kau3 gaun6 yuet6 toi4 mok6 mun4 – ching bu yao kao jin yue tai mu men – Please stand back from the platform screen doors".

MTR train departing from Tung Chung station ("Please stand back from the platform screen doors").

Duration: 0:38 

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  Hong Kong photo gallery.

Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1994: Chungking Express

Handpicked Resources Official website

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Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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