The fares are calculated by distance from the station you started from, in 'zones', and generally range between HK$3.00 and 47.50 (approx. 25p to £3.70). For the latest fares from the MTR website, click here.
When holidaying in Hong Kong, it may be worth investing in an Airport Express Travel Pass
, for HK$220 or 300 (≈ £17 or £23): this is valid for 180 days, and allows you one or two trips on the Airport Express (a speedy service which takes you straight from the airport to central Hong Kong), and 3 consecutive days of unlimited travel on the MTR.
Alternatively, if you are staying in Hong Kong for 14 days or fewer, you can buy a Tourist Day Pass
for HK$55 (≈ £4.20), which allows you unlimited travel on the MTR for one day.
Also available is the Octopus
card - similar to London's Oyster card, the Octopus card allows you to 'touch in' and 'touch out' at stations, and automatically charges the fare from your pay-as-you-go account. The Octopus card can be used on almost all public transport throughout Hong Kong, including the Airport Express; it can also be used at many outlets (including McDonald's and Starbucks) to pay for food, drink, parking meters, and so on.