Use Octopus for easier transport etc payments

If you plan on using public transport in Hong Kong, consider getting yourself an Octopus stored value card: it’ll make your life much easier – especially on buses with no change given, and you can even use it in vending machines, convenience stores and other places. You don’t even need an actual card; apps enable many smartphones to have Octopus functionality.

The cards cost HK$150 – you can buy them in MTR stations, as well as Seven-Eleven stores and elsewhere. Of this money, HK$50 is a deposit, the rest is for your travels & purchases in Hong Kong. (As and when you’re done with the card, take it to somewhere selling Octopus cards; you should get your deposit refunded, as well as any money remaining.)

You pay by holding the card near the yellow rectangle on an Octopus device, such as at station turnstiles or on buses – you’ll hear a “dood” if it’s accepted. (No need for the card to be naked here; you can keep it in your wallet or even your bag [if it’s near the outside].)

Keep a look out, too, for various deals, such as monthly passes to use ferries and other transport, and discounts/coupons for various stores.

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