Hong Kong bus route numbering

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A bus route sign at the Repulse Bay stop, with both Citybus and NWFB routes shown

In Hong Kong, public bus, public light bus (also known as green minibus) and residential bus routes bear their own route numbers.

Public buses[edit]

The numbering systems of public buses can be classified into Hong Kong Island routes, Kowloon and New Territories routes, Lantau Island (New Lantao Bus) routes, MTR Feeder Bus routes, Cross harbour bus routes and Airport and North Lantau external bus routes. Their route numbering systems are independent. For example, there are both route 1, and route 2 on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and Lantau Island respectively.

In the past, the air-conditioned bus routes were numbered as 200's (Kowloon and New Territories) and 500's (Hong Kong Island). However, this identification became void after they phased out all the non-aircon buses; and since then bus routes has been playing around with the old numbers.

At one time, there were two "N11" bus routes in Tung Chung, namely, Airport overnight route N11 and Lantau Island overnight route N11. The latter is no longer in service.

The "A" for MTR Buses stands for auxiliary routes, not airport routes.

Public light buses[edit]

The numbering systems of public light bus (green minibuses) are classified into Hong Kong Island public light bus routes, Kowloon public light bus routes and New Territories public light bus routes. There are no public light bus in Airport or on Lantau Island. Their route numbering systems are independent too. However, for cross harbour public light bus routes, the route numbers from Hong Kong Island or New Territories are used instead.

Residential buses[edit]

Residential bus routes are the routes which are requested to operate by the residents or estates community. At the past, the route numbers are with a suffix "R". The first residential bus route was route 88R from City One Shatin to Kowloon Tong (MTR) (it was then renumbered 62R). From c. 2003, the route numbers have been changed as prefix "HR", "KR", and "NR". They stand for Hong Kong Island residential bus routes, Kowloon residential bus routes and New Territories residential bus routes respectively. There is no residential bus services on Lantau Island (except Discovery Bay) and the Airport.

Route numbering system for public buses[edit]

3 digits[edit]

Note that xx represents numbers.

Alphabet prefix[edit]

  • Prefix A: Airport deluxe bus routes[1][2] (except MTR Feeder Bus route A73, which was an auxiliary route, now canceled)
  • Prefix B: Border routes
  • Prefix E: North Lantau external bus routes[3][2]
  • Prefix H: New World First Bus Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus routes
  • Prefix K: MTR Feeder Bus (formerly KCR Feeder Bus) routes
  • Prefix M: Some bus routes that are terminated at an Airport Express station
  • Prefix N: Overnight bus routes
  • Prefix P: North Lantau peak-hour only routes: P12, P21 and P22 (all canceled)
  • Prefix R: North Lantau recreational bus routes (for Hong Kong Disneyland)
  • Prefix S: Airport shuttle bus routes[4][2]
  • Prefix T: Recreational bus routes (T stands for tourists)
  • Prefix X: Express routes for special services

Alphabet suffix[edit]

  • Suffix A, B, C, D, E, F: Conventional routes
  • Suffix K: Mainly connecting to East Rail Line (formerly KCR East Rail) stations of MTR
  • Suffix M: Mainly connecting to the stations of Kwun Tong Line, Island Line, Tsuen Wan Line and Tseung Kwan O Line of MTR
  • Suffix P: Peak-hour only routes (except KMB 8P, 276P, NWFB 8P, 18P, Long Win Bus A41P and New Lantau Bus B2P, which are for whole day service)
  • Suffix R: Recreational bus routes
  • Suffix S: Peak-hour only routes or special services (except NWFB 796S, which is for whole day service)
  • Suffix X: Express services

Brief list[edit]

  • Routes or route ranges marked italic indicates that the route (or all the routes in the range) have been canceled already.
    Public buses Public light buses Residential buses
Hong Kong Island Central and Western District, Wan Chai District, Eastern District 1-29 (except 4, 6, 7, 9, 14), 80-89, 380-389, 720-729, 780-789, N8-N8X 1-69 HR36, HR41-77
Southern District 4, 6, 7, 9, 14, 30-79, 90-99, 260, 314, 347, 590-599, M47, N72, N90
Kowloon Urban Kowloon 1-29, 200-229, 701-702, N216 1-85 KR21, KR22, KR41, KR42
New Territories (or traveling between Kowloon and New Territories) Kwai Chung, Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi 30-49, 230-249, 848, N237, N241 46M, 47M, 80-99, 301-313, 401-410, 481, 482 NR30-49, NR301-332, NR401-412
Tuen Mun 50-69, 250-269, 868, 869, 506, K51-K76, N260-N269 40-49, 140-142 NR70-79, NR700-758
Yuen Long 30-39, 70-79, 601-611, 616 NR90-99, NR901-956
Tai Po 70-79, 270-279, 872, K12, K14, K17, K18, N76-N271 20-26, 28 NR50-59, NR501-528
North District 50-59, 501 NR10-19, NR101-114
Sha Tin, Ma On Shan 80-89, 272A, 272K, 272S, 280-289, 885-891, N281 27, 60-69, 801-811 NR60-69, NR80-89, NR801-833
Sai Kung, Tseung Kwan O 90-99, 290-299, 790-799, 893, N293, N796 1-19, 101-111 NR20-29, NR201-NR214
Cross harbour bus routes Cross-Harbour Tunnel routes 100-199, 301, 305, 336, 802, 811, N11, N118-N182, N368 Using numbers for Hong Kong Island or New Territories Using numbers for Kowloon or New Territories
Eastern Harbour Crossing routes 302, 307, 373, 600-699, N619, N680, N691
Western Harbour Crossing routes 373A, 900-999, X962, N962, N969
Lantau Island and Airport routes South Lantau routes 1, 4, N1 / /
Ngong Ping (Po Lin Monastery) routes 2, 21, 23, 1R / /
North Lantau internal routes 34, 36, 37, 38, N38 / /
Serving between North Lantau / Airport and South Lantau 3M, 11, A35, N35 / /
Airport deluxe bus services A10, A11, A12, A21, A22, A29, A31, A33, A35, A41, A41P, A43 / DB02R
Airport shuttle routes S1, S52, S52P, S56, S56P, S64, S64P / /
North Lantau external routes Prefix E, N11-N42A / /
North Lantau recreational routes R8, R33, R42 / /
AsiaWorld-Expo special services X1, X11, X21, X22, X33, X35, X41, X48 / /
Discovery Bay routes / / DB00R, DB01P, DB01R, DB02R, DB03R

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Route Introduction - Airport". http://www.lwb.hk. Long Win Bus Co. Ltd. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Cityflyer Route". http://www.nwstbus.com.hk. Citybus Limited & New World First Bus Services Limited. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Route Introduction - External". http://www.lwb.hk. Long Win Bus Co. Ltd. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Route Introduction - Shuttle". http://www.lwb.hk. Long Win Bus Co. Ltd. Retrieved 28 August 2014.