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Hailing a Taxi in Hong Kong

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When visiting suppliers or trade fairs in Hong Kong we usually need a taxi to move from one point to another. Most of the taxis are very comfortable and clean. Hailing a taxi in Hong Kong is quite easy: stand at the curb, lift your arm and a taxi will stop. However there are some basics to know in order everything goes well.

Taxi in Hong Kong refused to take me!

  1. There are places where taxis are forbidden to go or to stop. These places include double-yellow-line street segments. (see picture on the right)
  2. Taxis cannot stop at single-yellow lines between 7am and 7pm
  3. The taxi was occupied (only when the red light is on the taxi is available)

Taxi Stands at Hung Hom border and train station

For travelers on the East Railway Line from Shenzhen or Guangzhou, there are taxi stands at the exit C (1,2,3). Please note that taxi drivers will probably not pick up passengers at other places near the station.

Another convenient mode of transport are buses that run from Exits A and D (same buses).

Some tips for a safe trip in taxi:

  • Always fasten your seat belt
  • Always bring cash! That’s the only payment method usually accepted
  • It’s advisable to bring an address written in traditional Chinese. Most taxi drivers also understand addresses in English though

 And you: do you have any other tip you would like to share with us?


Maximilian Hess

I am in the customer service team, based in China. I also work on marketing projects. I am a technical and precise person. I enjoy writing about my daily life at work, telling about the problems faced and the solutions!

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2 responses to “Hailing a Taxi in Hong Kong”

  1. Mike D says:

    Red taxis can take you just about anywhere, but in the New Territories you will also come across green taxis. They are restricted to the NT, so look out for a red one to take you back to Hong Kong. Similar restrictions apply to the blue ones on Lantau.

    Taxis are not allowed to pick up from the drop-off point at the in-town check-in at Hong Kong Station – only from the Airport Express arrivals floor. Only likely to be a problem if you have just accompanied someone to the airport or suddenly realise you have left your passport at the hotel!

    Some taxi ranks on Hong Kong island are for cross-harbour trips only – the sign at the front of the rank will say. Some taxis don’t like doing short trips, e.g. from outside a hotel on the island to the in-town check-in, and will try to persuade you to ride all the way the airport – not much good if you already have a return Airport Express ticket. I don’t know a good solution to this, other than ask the hotel to hail a cab – they often seem to have more success.

    Sometime after 12:30am the MTR closes, after that taxis are the only way across the harbour. Fortunately they are easy to find and run 24-hours a day.

    Most taxis take 5 passengers – 3 in the back, 2 in the front, plus driver – but there are some with only 4 seats (with bucket front seats instead of a bench). The green bumper sticker (front and back) indicates how many passengers can be carried.

    • mm Claire Piccinno says:

      @Mike D: thank you for your comment and for sharing your experience! Your additional tips are very useful.


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