Bus fares to go up on Apr. 4
Commutes will become more expensive starting Apr. 4 as four franchised bus operators in Hong Kong are scheduled to increase fares.
The government said in a statement on Mar. 16 that about 90% of passengers will pay no more than HK$1 extra per trip with the fare hike on Sunday.
Fares for Citybus and New World First Bus, with most of its buses plying routes in Hong Kong Island, will increase by 8.5% on average. These will go up by another 3.2% on Jan. 2, 2022.
Kowloon Motor Bus Company, which operates buses mainly in the Kowloon side of Hong Kong, will increase fares by 5.8% on average. The adjustment was set to hit 8.5% but was offset by the Franchise Bus Toll Exemption Fund.
Trips onboard New Lantao Buses will cost 9.8% more on average.
Long Win Bus Company Ltd., whose bus routes connect Hong Kong International Airport and North Lantau to the New Territories, will not increase fares after the Executive Council rejected its application.
The bus operators have applied for fare increases in 2018 and 2019, but the assessment of their applications has been put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Executive Council approved the fare hikes on Mar. 16.
Links to the bus fares adjustments are available below:
- Citybus and New World First Bus: http://www.bravobus.com.hk/en/uploadedPressRelease/18307_26032021_newfare_eng.pdf
- New Lantao Bus: http://www.nlb.com.hk/assets/uploads/articles/NLB_New_Fare_Table.pdf
- Kowloon Motor Bus Company: https://app.kmb.hk/app1933/myApp/myNewFare/PHP/myFare.php?lang=TC