Checking bus schedules to plan ultra-long HK$2 trips when I hit 60…
You’re nearer 70 surely.
I am going through unexpected Hemlock withdrawal.
Almost free air-con !
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.
Some ideas at https://en.tripadvisor.com.hk/ShowTopic-g294217-i1496-k5866442-Bus_maps_for_city_bus_routes_and_other_city_bus_questions-Hong_Kong.html.
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…
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.
When does this begin?
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.
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.
Sadly, free subway rides in Shenzhen will still begin only at 65.
@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.
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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