Off today!

Checking bus schedules to plan ultra-long HK$2 trips when I hit 60…

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13 Responses to Off today!

  1. Ageist says:

    You’re nearer 70 surely.

  2. Mark Bradley says:

    I am going through unexpected Hemlock withdrawal.

  3. Casira says:

    Almost free air-con !

  4. old git says:

    MTR is HKD1.9 anywhere, after the 5% discount, but you can try the No. 9 bus from Shau Kei Wan to Shek O for HKD2.00 or from Sai Kung to Tung Chung for the same price; or else Shau Kei Wan to Kennedy Town by tram for HKD1.20. Young mask-wearing people offer their seats to you, even if you feel as fit as a fiddle.

  5. Des Espoir says:

    Being a person of a certain age, and therefore already qualified, may I recommend the E41 express bus from Tung Chung to Tai O, which, apart from pausing at the Lantau Link, offers $2 worth of 45 mins of express non-stopper. Add in the “priority seating”, which gives one the right to throw a spotty teenager out, (i.e. effectively a guaranteed seat)… it doesn’t get much better than this…

  6. Joe Blow says:

    When will they start this scheme? Asking for a friend who is approaching 60 and who may save something like 4k per annum. My friend can buy a lot of beer for 4K.

  7. max noodle says:

    When does this begin?

  8. Gerald says:

    Another great deal is the ferry to Disco Bay – just $2 for us senior citizens to go there from HK Island, instead of the usual $46 – and, even better, just another $2 to get out of the place back to the Island.

  9. Mary Melville says:

    What is overlooked is that the $2 fare makes people lazy. Thrifty HKers balk at paying $7 or so for short trips so will walk a few stops. However when the trip costs only $2 its a different matter.
    Also if you are paying full fare you wait for the cheaper ride but if government is picking up the difference then what the heck, jump on a via Nathan Road route like 970, Fare $10.60, to go one or a few stops.
    But do not hold your breathe for Transport Dept to review the fare structure to address this issue and cut costs. It is high time that a system be put in place to address the high fares for short hops.

  10. Quick Silver says:

    Sadly, free subway rides in Shenzhen will still begin only at 65.

  11. @Des Espoir – I think you mean Tai Po. There is a particularly spectacular bit of scenery along that route – half way through the Shing Mun Tunnels, the road emerges from one section of tunnel to cross a deep gorge by a bridge above Lower Shing Mun Reservoir before re-entering the tunnel. Best seen in the rainy season when water cascades down the sides of the ravine. And sit upstairs.

  12. Din Gao says:

    Forget buses.
    The MTR is much more fun for geriatrics:
    I delight on every one of my rare trips to The Smoke in:
    treading on and dislodging the shoes of people cutting in front of me
    shoulder charging those who try to block me exiting the carriage
    -ditto those walking on the wrong side of passageways
    -ditto those glued to their mobile phones
    sitting on the laps of said spotty faced teenagers beating me to a seat

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