With travel halted temporarily, it’s prime time we discover the beauty of our backyard of Hong Kong. The lush green mountains, expansive oceans, and striking skylines cover our grounds – so if you’ve got the travel bug, why not take to the top deck of a bus and view our city under a new light. Little Steps has put together a list of the Top 10 Scenic Bus Rides in Hong Kong for you. Grab the kids, pick a top seat, sit back, and drive your travel-bug away.
If you’re missing the waters of Bali or Phuket, then head on this water-friendly sightseeing route for views of Cafeteria and Golden Beach. Once halfway through the trip, catch the seaside views along Tuen Mun Road perfect for sunrise or sunset trips. Other noteworthy sights on this route include the captivating Tsing Ma Bridge and Ting Kau Bridge. This one-way route is a little over 80 minutes, giving you plenty of time to unwind, relax and soak in the views.
Tsuen Wan To Yuen Long, KMB Bus 53
Sai Kung has been quick in gaining popularity with its gorgeous beaches, relaxed-vibe restaurants, and its many hiking routes. Enjoy all Sai Kung has to offer with an added bonus of a scenic bus ride from the Diamond Hill MTR station to the Sai Kung Town Center in about 45 minutes. Slowly the city sights disappear while mountains and greenery begin to surround you. Disembark to all the family-fun Sai Kung has to offer!
Diamond Hill To Sai Kung, KMB Bus 92
Winding roads and skyscrapers are often synonymous with Hong Kong. Experience a bird’s eye view of this famed sight by hopping on to bus 15 from the Exchange Square Bus Terminus in Central. View iconic, historical sites such as the Legislative Council Complex as well as the war memorial, the Cenotaph. Then, get ready to excite the thrill-seekers in your family when you begin your ascent up the narrow, winding roads while catching the celebrated skylines of Hong Kong. Alight at the Peak for more spectacular views, family-friendly dining, and outdoor fun.
Central To The Peak, NWFB Bus 15
Sai Kung Country Park highlights the vast natural beauty of Hong Kong. Untouched and protected, you’ll be surrounded by scenic bays, remote islands, and lush parks. Should the views be too tempting, you can alight at some popular areas such as Wong Chuk Wan, Tai Mong Tsai, or Pak Tam Chung to further explore the parks by foot.
Sai Kung To Wong Shek Pier, KMB Bus 94
Aboard the bus 6 at Exchange Square in Central then get ready for spectacular views as the bus begins its incline offering impressive sights of the Happy Valley race track. Once you’re in about a third of the journey, you’ll begin the ascent up Wong Nai Chung Road and finally reach Wong Nai Chung Gap – the highest point of the journey. Bring out the cameras as you’ll be surrounded by serene and remarkable bird's-eye views of scenic Deepwater Bay and Repulse Bay. Alight at the Stanley Village Bus Terminus and enjoy the plaza, beaches, shops and restaurants in the area.
Central To Stanley, CTB Bus 6
Witness one of the architectural wonders of Hong Kong by hopping on to bus 268X from the West Kowloon Station. Admire the city views of Jordan and Temple Street before making your way towards the more scenic part of your tour on Tsuen Wan and Tuen Mun Road. Grab a seat on the left to admire the impressive Ting Kau Bridge – the world’s first major 4-span cable-stayed bridge. At Yuen Long, the views take a 180 degree turn, as greenery and quietude surround you giving you a bit of everything.
West Kowloon To Hung Shui Kiu Estate, KMB Bus 268X
Classic views of the Victoria Harbor can be enjoyed from Bus 788. Departing from the Macau Ferry in Central, you’ll soon travel parallel to the seaside and appreciate the skylines of Kowloon island and the Victoria Harbor. This is also perfect for kids, as it is only 13 stops away and takes a short 35 minutes. A perfect ride for a mini break in the day.
Central (Macau Ferry) To Siu Sai Wan, CTB Bus 788
Impress your thrill-seeking kids with a ride that reaches extreme heights at the top of Ngong Ping – where the whole family can also enjoy visiting the famed attraction of the Big Buddha. Start your journey from Tung Chung Tat Tung Road Bus Terminus and from there relax with the 95 minutes of serene, scenic views of Lantau Island. You could also visit the nearby Po Lin Monastery after dismounting at Ngong Ping.
Tung Chung To Ngong Ping, NLB Bus 23
Revel in nature at its best while traveling from Shau Kei Wan to Shek O. As you drive through the winding roads overlooking majestic mountains and the sparkling Tai Tam Bay, you’ll feel like you’ve left Hong Kong without the hassles of packing and passports. If you feel like exploring a bit on this 50-minute ride, you can hop on and off at popular spots such as Cape D’ Aguilar, Big Wave Bay, or Shek O Beach for some hiking or beach fun with the kids!
Shau Kei Wan To Shek O, NWFB Bus 9
Ride from one coastal end of Hong Kong to another in approximately 110 minutes. Starting near the family-friendly area of Tseung Kwan O to the quirky neighborhood of Tseun Wan. You’ll come cross hilly roads overlooking panoramic sights of the sparkling Kowloon peninsula. Sit on the left side for the best views and vice versa if beginning from Tsuen Wan.
Tiu Keng Wan To Tsuen Wan, KMB Bus 290A