Save time, hazzle and money by purchasing an Octous Card upon your arrival in Hong Kong.
If arriving by air, Octopus Cards can be purchased at the Airport Express Counter in the arrival hall at Chek Lap Kok Airport. If arriving by train, get your card at Lo Wu or Hung Hom KCR stations.
The OCTOPUS CARD is a rechargeable contactless stored value smart card used for electronic payment in online or offline systems in Hong Kong.
Originally launched in September 1997 as a fare collection system for the city's mass transit systems, the Octopus Card system has grown into a widely used electronic cash system used not only for virtually all public transport in Hong Kong, but also for making payment at convenience stores, supermarkets, fast-food restaurants, on-street parking meters, car parks and many other point-of-sale applications (eg. service stations and vending machines).
In addition the system is used for access control to offices, schools and apartments.
Using a card involves simply holding the card in close proximity above, or on, an Octopus Reader, and cards can be recharged with cash at add-value machines or over the counter in shops (notably the 7-Eleven and Circle K convenience stores), or directly through credit cards and bank accounts.
Octopus has become one of the world's most successful electronic cash systems, with over 13 million Octopus Cards in circulation (nearly twice that of Hong Kong's population) and over 9 million transactions per day, with nearly 370 service vendors.