5 Best Hong Kong Subway Map App For iPhone

Hong Kong, like many metro areas worldwide, is a busy place. Traffic is insanely difficult to navigate through, whether you’re a tourist or a commuter trying to get to and from work. That’s especially true if you’re trying to visit some of the outlying metro areas for work, such as in Kowloon. That’s why Hong Kong’s rapid transit system is so useful — get from Point A to Point B a whole lot quicker than by car!

Unfortunately, if you’re new to the area, such as visiting as a tourist, getting information on Hong Kong’s subway system — such as nearby stations and arrival times — can prove to be difficult, especially if you aren’t one to be an expert in Chinese. Luckily, an app can quickly put you in touch with need to know information. That said, here are some of our top picks for seeing and locating Hong Kong’s subway stations and their routes.

Hong Kong MTR Map

If you’re new to the Hong Kong area, the Hong Kong MTR Map is an essential to have on your smartphone. This one is an offline map of Hong Kong’s subway and rail system, showing you it in Chinese and English. It takes the confusion out of navigating Hong Kong’s subway lines and bus system. You can plan your route with this application, and it will give you estimated arrival times as well as the cost that you’re route is going to take. This map is always up to date, so you can be certain you’re getting accurate information as well.

Download it now: iTunes

Explore Hong Kong

And in fourth place on our countdown is Explore Hong Kong. If you’re looking for a fully featured app, Explore Hong Kong will help you with your entire trip. It’ll show you live bus and train times within the app. The internal map is interactive, allowing you to pinch and zoom across it for an idea of where you want to go. There’s a built in route planner, which provides estimated arrival times and even pricing info. It’ll show you all of your stops as well so you don’t miss where you need to get off. Naturally, GPS locating is supported, which means you can easily find nearby subway and bus stations by your phone’s proximity. There are street and exit maps inside as well.

Download it now: iTunes

Metro Hong Kong Subway

And in third place on our list, we have Metro Hong Kong Subway. This is a simple app that will help you navigate the busyness of the Hong Kong rail system. This one doesn’t require an Internet connection; however, it does have an updated map of Hong Kong and it’s surrounding metro areas, showing you all the info on Hong Kong’s subway and rail lines. You should get instant loading of maps, and there is even offline navigation here. You can search for specific stations with the search bar as well.¬† There’s an easy to use route planner for planning your subway trip around Hong Kong, too.

Download it now: iTunes

Citymapper

And in second place on our countdown, we have Citymapper. This is the tool that will help you navigate the hectic rapid transit system that is Hong Kong’s metro area, as well as any other supported metro areas. Citymapper has all the usual transit features like bus, subway and train routes and real time departure and arrival times as well. With Citymapper, in supported cities, you can see real time data for service outages and notifications. You can even use GPS to find nearby subway stations and bus lines.

Citymapper comes with plenty of international support — offering transit information for most major EU, South American, and United States major cities as well.

Download it now: iTunes

Transit

You certainly don’t want a Subway Map app on your phone for each city you visit worldwide. That just unnecessarily takes up space on your iPhone! space that could be used for photos and other things. That’s why, with Transit, you can just adjust your Transit location, and it’ll show you all of the necessary transit and subway information for that new city, whether you’re in Hong Kong, Seattle, or Los Angeles. Transit’s highlight really is its versatility — Transit supports many more cities across the world, such as in the Asian regions, which few apps support.

Download it now: iTunes

Verdict

There are plenty of Subway Map apps out there for navigating Hong Kong’s rapid transit system — the system actually serves all of the ubranised areas around Hong Kong, as well as Kowloon and the New Territories. With any of these applications, even a newcomer to the city will be able to easily find their way around Hong Kong and the surrounding metro areas via Hong Kong’s subway and bus lines. However, if you travel a lot, you might want to consider something a little more versatile, like Transit or Citymapper, which can be used in most major cities across the world.

Do you have a favorite transit application for iPhone? Let us know what it is in the comments section below!