A Classy Evening on the Star Ferry Harbour Cruise
The Star Ferry is one of Hong Kong’s oldest forms of transport, these days serving as more of a tourist experience rather than a method of commuting. The Star Ferry Harbour Cruise is a tribute to Hong Kong’s heritage and history, a must do when visiting the city. In addition to ferry services between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, the Star Ferry also operates a one-hour long Harbour Cruise, taking visitors around Victoria Harbour, and is a spectacular way to view the city’s world-famous skyline.
On board the Star Ferry’s double-decker Shining Star, visitors will be amazed at the exquisite decor and design of the craft, transporting visitors back in 1920s Hong Kong, though built in 1964. The boat has luxurious interior compartments, all air-conditioned, as well as sky windows and an outdoor sundeck.
The Shining Star loops around Victoria Harbour, with stops at Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Wan Chai, and runs several times during the day as well as during the Symphony of Lights every night. Visitors for all sailings will receive a complimentary drink and snack at the on-board cafe, and the cruise has English and Mandarin commentary. Sit back and relax in the cool sea breeze while listening to the sound of the water against the ferry, and soaking up the million dollar views.
An evening on the Star Ferry Harbour Cruise can be easily added into your itinerary because of its convenient pick up points. You could finish exploring the street art and cafes of Sheung Wan and skyscrapers in Central and then head down to the Central Ferry piers, or you could explore the top museums and urban life in Tsim Sha Tsui and shopping in Mongkok and then head down to the Tsim Sha Tsui ferry pier. You could even fit in a Big Bus Tour during the day and then get off at Central pier or Tsim Sha Tsui! Even if you’ve only got 3 days in Hong Kong, this is one of the must-do experiences.
What’s more, all these attractions are covered by the Hong Kong Tourist Pass - a one-stop-shop package for tourists coming to Asia’s world city. The HKTP includes free rides on public transportation, admission to the Harbour Cruise, Big Bus Tour, and the top museums in Hong Kong, just to name a few.
Tsim Sha Tsui - 11.55am, every hour until 8.55pm. Get on the 7.55pm sailing for the Symphony of Lights Cruise.
Central Pier 7 - 12.15pm, every hour until 8.15pm. Get on the 7.15pm sailing for the Symphony of Lights Cruise.
Wan Chai - 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm.
Things to Know Before You Go
Passengers must disembark at the point of boarding.
Get on at Tsim Sha Tsui, where the tour starts. You’ll be able to grab the best seats.
Purchase the Hong Kong Tourist Pass to skip the lines to Hong Kong’s top experiences. Start your day on the Big Bus Tour, and finish up in style on the Aqua Luna. With the HKTP, visitors can skip the queues and get admission into both.
Arrive 15 minutes before sailing.
It takes 10-15 minutes to walk from to the piers, depending on where you’re coming from.
Take the cruise in the late afternoon, sunset, or night time. You will get spectacular, fiery sunsets, and at night you’ll be starstruck by the big city lights.
Getting to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier - Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station, Exit L6. Follow signs to Hong Kong Cultural Center.
Getting to Central Pier - Central MTR Station. Follow signs to the ferry piers.