Hong Kong's rail system is the most convenient and popular method of transportation in Hong Kong, with more than 4,000,000 trips per day. The rail system is run by the MTR (Mass Transit Railway). There are ten metro lines serving 84 stations. There are also 12 light rail lines covering 68 stations in the New Territories. Fares start at $4 and reach upwards of $30 depending on the distance covered. Children, students, and the elderly ride cheaper.
The Octopus Card, initiated in 1997, was the first electronic public transport smart card system in the world. It works like a debit card and is valid on all public transportation in Hong Kong (except taxis), as well as some stores and restaurants. Initial cost for a basic Octopus Card is $150, including a $50 refundable deposit. They can be recharged at machines or customer service booths in MTR stations.
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