1 Person 1 Card Policy | Kids ages 3 and above need to avail the Octopus for Children (70HKD minimum)
Where to buy in the airport – Customer Service Counter in the Arrivals Hall near Burger King / Cafe de Coral. PAYABLE BY CASH (HKD) ONLY.
Can be used for following transportations: MTR, All Buses, HK Island Tram, Star Ferry
The Octopus card is a rechargeable contactless stored value smart card used to transfer electronic payments in online or offline systems in Hong Kong. Launched in September 1997 to collect fares for the city’s mass transit system, the Octopus card system has since grown into a widely used payment system for virtually all public transport in Hong Kong except the Taxi. You can also use it in Wellcome, 7-Eleven, Mcdonalds, and a whole lot more places.
There is a 50HKD deposit for the card upon purchasing it. The card is refundable if you opt to surrender it upon leaving HK. You may return your Octopus Card at the Customer Service in the airport or at any Octopus Card Service Center in HK. Your 50HKD can be refunded once you return the card plus the money left inside your octopus card.
Remember, when you buy an Octopus Card, you will have to pay 50hkd for the deposit and 100hkd to load it. Your octopus Card will start at 100hkd when you swipe it. Once you already used up the 100hkd and you can’t find a place to load your card you may use up to 35hkd of your deposit. So, it’s okay to see a negative sign in your Octopus Card. However, you can only go as high as negative 35hkd (-35hkd).
Don’t panic when you wave your card and see a negative amount flashing on the screen. Ok lang yan. You still paid for the fare even it’s showing negative. But again, you can only goes as high as negative 35 (-35hkd).
If your card is already -35hkd, it’s still okay to refund the remaining amount of your deposit. However, if your card is less than 3 months old, you will be charged a 7hkd. So that means you will recieve a total amount of 8hkd na lang..hahaha..naku, i souvenier mo na lang yan…hehehe.
Typical Initial Load = 150 to 250HKD. Octopus Cards for Kids (3-11) are cheaper (around 70HKD).
You can buy the Octopus Card in the Airport or in any MTR station. Minimum Reload is 50HKD, you can reload it in any 7-Eleven store or MTR station.
If you have not added value to your Octopus for 1,000 days or above, your Octopus will be deactivated. You can go to any Customer Service Centre at MTR stations to have it reactivated.
More Information here:
By the way, this is how you wave your card
How to use:
For MTR: Tap once to enter, tap once to exit (on destination station)
For Bus: Tap once upon entering on the front door
For Trams: Tap once upon exiting on the front door. Enter at the back.
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