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When must children buy their own tickets on public transportation in Hong Kong?

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    When must children buy their own tickets on public transportation in Hong Kong?

    My daughter just turned 3 last week. Does she need to pay on buses and MTR now? I tried to look this up on the bus companies' websites but couldn't find anything.

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    I thought it was three years of age.

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    At MTR there is a height measure. So children above a certain height have to pay.

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    I believe it's 3 years old for MTR and some buses, but most buses I think start at 4 years old. I check on the rules and regulations posted inside the bus.

    I bought an Octopus card for my son when he turned 3, but we haven't used it much, and now he's almost 4. I think I will let him start to use it regularly when he turns 4.

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    we started at 4. bought my son an octopus and he loves it! feels v responsible when he gets to swipe it at the mtr stations, or the buses even.

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    I was told by locals that for Minibus, Star Ferry & MTR 3 years old start paying, the double decker buses - 4 years old. The bummer thing for minibuses, is that there is no discount for kids, however, the others have concession fares of around half price.

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    My daughter is not yet 3, but I was told by the mini bus driver that she needed to pay as she takes one seat.
    Ciao!!!

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    bambina, yes that's true .. if your (under3) child takes a seat, then you must pay. if they're under 3 adn on your lap, then they should not pay. only know this as we had a fight with a minibus driver once who tried to force our maid to pay for our (then 2.5yro) son even tho he was on her knee. Had to phone all kinds of places (Minibus association, transport dept, police) to check. tehy all confirmed for minibus it's 3+ unless the child takes a seat. --of course, never got an appology from bus compayn

    Double deckers / big bus is usually 4yrs. Not sure on train, as once son turned 3 we just bought him his own octopus and he travels with that ... in the grand scheme of things, it's only a few dollars for the kids - - - trust me!! better than getting into a yelling match with an irrate bus driver (i know - i've been there -- and it ain't fun!)

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