Here’s how to get to Lamma Island from the city center of Hong Kong.

Lamma Island is where Hong Kong’s hustle meets island time. Very popular with daytrippers, this natural oasis and hippie haven is just a ferry ride away from the chaos of the CBD. From fresh seafood to a homegrown craft beer brand, hit pause and head to Lamma.

Pro Tip: Read our recommended Lamma Island itinerary for some travel inspiration.

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How to get to Lamma Island

While Yung Shue Wan is perfect for café and bar-hopping, Sok Kwu Wan offers a slower pace. | Photo by CHUNYIP WONG/iStock via Getty Images

Ferries from Central to Lamma Island are frequent, departing roughly every half hour. The ride itself is short as well, taking about 30 minutes give or take.

There are two different piers: Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. While the Yung Shue Wan side of Lamma is more densely populated and filled with cafés and bars, Sok Kwu Wan is less built up, offering a wilder vibe for those who seek it.

Below, we have a quick comparison of the ferry options at hand:

Central Pier 4 to Yung Shue WanFrom HK$22.50~30 minutesSee the timetable here
Central Pier 4 to Sok Kwu WanFrom HK$27.50~35 minutesSee the timetable here

Getting to Lamma Island from the city center

Panoramic view of Sok Kwu Wan, Lamma Island. | Photo by gionixxx/iStock via Getty Images
  • First, make your way to Central Station
  • Then, exit the station and head to the Central Ferry Piers (you can walk through IFC Mall)
  • Locate Central Ferry Pier 4
  • Check the schedule for the next departing ferry
  • Tap your Octopus, go through the turnstiles, and board the ferry

Pro Tip: With Lamma Island only 30 minutes away from the CBD by ferry, this island escape does get rather crowded on weekends and public holidays. If you’re keen to get away from the crowds, opt for the Sok Kwu Wan side.

How do I get to other attractions in Hong Kong?

For directions on how to get from the Hong Kong International Airport to specific areas in the territory, make sure to check out our handy guides:

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Frequently asked questions

What is there to see and do on Lamma Island?

From picturesque beaches to adventurous hikes, you could spend a weekend on Lamma and not run out of things to do. However, you could also opt for a do-nothing daytrip and simply relax by the ocean with a cold beer and some salt-and-pepper fried squid rings. Make sure to read our suggested itinerary and area guide.

Are attractions on the island free to visit?


What’s the best way to get to the island?

Take one of two ferries from Central Pier 4, departing every half hour.

While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in April 2024.

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