How to Reach Tai O: By MTR, Bus, and Cable Car

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Tai O is located almost on the western end of Lantau Island, so it is quite far from central Hong Kong. Fortunately, getting to the village is relatively easy. Keep reading for the more detailed guide. How to go to Tai O from Central & Kowloon Going to Tai O from Central or Kowloon requires…

New Lantao Bus Route 11 to Tai O
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Tai O is located almost on the western end of Lantau Island, so it is quite far from central Hong Kong. Fortunately, getting to the village is relatively easy. Keep reading for the more detailed guide.

How to go to Tai O from Central & Kowloon

Going to Tai O from Central or Kowloon requires you to go to Tung Chung Town Centre/Station first. Once there, you can either ride the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car or ride Bus No. 11 to Tai O.

For first-time visitors, the cable car experience is highly recommended, while the bus ride is the most cost-effective option. Here’s a detailed guide:

1. Go to Tung Chung Station

If you live in Central, hop on the MTR at Hong Kong Station and ride all the way to Tung Chung MTR Station. Don’t take the Airport Express Line, as it won’t stop in Tung Chung.

For those based in Kowloon, any MTR station along the Tung Chung (orange) MTR line will get you to Tung Chung. If you don’t live near the orange line, make your way to Nam Cheong or Lai King MTR station and switch to the Tung Chung line.

The travel time is around 33 minutes and fares range from HK$15-23 one way with an Octopus Card, depending on your starting point.

2. Ride Cable Car to Ngong Ping Village or Bus No. 11

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to Tai O
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Upon reaching Tung Chung MTR Station, take Exit B and walk west towards Citygate Outlet Mall until you find the Ngong Ping 360 ticketing office and platform entry.

A round-trip adult ticket ranges from HK$235 to HK$275 depending on the cable car cabin you opt for, while a single trip ranges from HK$160 to HK$200.

The cable car ride is approximately 25 minutes one-way to Ngong Ping Cable Car Station.

Alternatively, you can take New Lantao Bus No. 11 that offers a direct route from Tung Chung Bus Terminus to Tai O. The journey should take around 60-80 minutes.

One-way fares are approximately HK$14 on weekdays and HK$23 on weekends. For the latest schedule and fare details of Bus No.11, check the New Lantao Bus website.

3. Ride Bus No. 21 from Ngong Ping to Tai O

Once you’ve reached Ngong Ping Cable Car Station, make your way to Ngong Village. Look for a gate leading to the bus terminus, where you can board New Lantao Bus No. 21 to Tai O.

The bus journey should take around 25 minutes with a one-way fare of around HK$8 on weekdays and HK$18 on weekends.

Plan your schedule accordingly as there’s only one bus departing every hour with the last one around 18:30. The latest schedules and fares for Bus No. 21 can be found on the New Lantao Bus website.

3 Ways to go to Tai O from Tung Chung

Living in Tung Chung is a great time-saving way to fully explore not only Tai O, but also other top attractions in Lantau Island like Big Buddha and Ngong Ping Village.

Begin by heading to Tung Chung Station. You can take Bus S1 if you’re staying near the airport, or Bus 37M or even walk if you’re at Sheraton or Novotel.

Once at the station, you have two options to go to the fishing village.

Option 1: By Bus No. 11

The most economical way to go to Tai O is to take New Lantao Bus No. 11 from Tung Chung Bus Terminus. With about 40+ stops, the ride should last 60-80 minutes.

One-way fares are roughly HK$14 on weekdays and HK$23 on weekends. For updated schedules and fares of Bus No.11, refer to the New Lantao Bus website.

Option 2: By Ngong Ping Cable Car and Bus No. 21

While this option is pricier than the bus, the breathtaking aerial views of Lantau Island from the cable car are not to be missed, especially if this is your first time visiting Hong Kong.

To board the cable car, locate the Ngong Ping 360 ticketing office and platform entry outside of Citygate Outlet Mall. Tickets can be bought onsite or in advance. The cable car ride lasts around 25 minutes to Ngong Ping Village.

Once you arrive at Ngong Ping village, head to the bus terminus and board Bus No. 21 to Tai O, which takes an additional 25 minutes.

The total journey is around 50 minutes (excluding waiting time) and about 30 minutes faster than taking Bus No. 11.

Option 3: By Blue Taxi

Hong Kong Blue Bus in Lantau Island
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If you travel in groups of 3 – 4 and want to reach Tai O as fast as possible, the blue taxi could be  a good option.

The journey typically takes 30-45 minutes and costs around HK$200 – HK$250.

How to go to Tai O from Mui Wo

Mui Wo to Tai O
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If you’re staying around Silvermine Bay Beach in Mui Wo, head to Mui Wo Ferry Pier to ride Bus No. 1.

The bus will take you directly to Tai O in around 1 hour. One way fare is around HK$13 on weekdays and HK$21 on weekends. Check Bus No.1’s latest schedule and fare in New Lantao Bus website.