Hong Kong Transport: Octopus Card
The Octopus Card can also be used at shops, convenience stores, photocopiers, pay phones, parking meters, vending machines and even school and university campuses. The Octopus Card is also valid for use at a number of vendors in both Macau and Shenzhen.
The integration of the Octopus Card in 1997 allows passengers to transfer easily between most forms of public transport in Hong Kong. The fare for using an Octopus Card on the MTR is less than the price of a single-journey ticket.
Businesses and retailers in Hong Kong that accept Octopus Cards include 7-Eleven, Circle K, Fotomax, Jusco, McDonald's, ParknShop, Starbucks, Telecom Digital, Watsons and Wellcome. Many retailers offer rewards for frequent usage of the card at participating stores.
Payment is made by swiping the card over an Octopus Card reader from a few centimeters away. The card reader confirms payment by emitting a beep, and both the amount deducted and the remaining balance of the card are shown on the reader.
Value can be added to the cards at MTR stations and at participating stores, such as the 7-Eleven and Circle K convenience stores, which are everywhere in Hong Kong. Alternatively electronic fund tranfers can be made from various ATMs or direct debit from a credit card.
Octopus Cards also come in the form of special watches and mobile phone covers and the company also issues special souvenir cards to celebrate special occasions. The cards themselves come in a variety of colors for child (ages 3-11), personalized, adults and seniors.
The adult "On Loan" Octopus Card is sold for HK$150 (includes a HK$50 deposit) with an initial stored value of HK$100.
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