Passengers have the option of paying a premium to enjoy the East Rail Line's First Class Service. The First Class Premium is equivalent to the normal Standard Class Fare for the same East Rail Line journey.
To ensure your journey in First Class is authorised, you must always validate your Octopus at a First Class Processor before entering the First Class compartment. First Class Processors are located on the platform of the East Rail Line or beside the gangway door of the First Class compartment itself. Simply swipe your Octopus over the First Class Processor for validation. There will be a green light and "beep" sound once a card has been validated.
When interchanging trains from other lines, don't forget to validate your Octopus at the respective East Rail Line stations if you wish to continue to travel First Class. The specific interchanges where you will need to do this are Hung Hom, Kowloon Tong and Tai Wai stations.
Alternatively, you may choose to travel by Single Journey Tickets. First Class Single Journey Tickets are available from Ticket Issuing Machines in East Rail Line stations, or from the Customer Service Centres in any MTR station.
New Single Journey Smart Tickets are replacing magnetic tickets
Starting from 20 October 2013, new Single Journey Smart Tickets will be progressively introduced to all MTR stations, replacing all magnetic tickets by the first half of 2014. Single Journey Smart Tickets are easy to use with ticket issuing machines and gates labeled in eye-catching blue. You just follow these simple steps: 'Touch & Go' and 'Insert & Exit' to enjoy a hassle-free journey. For more details, please click New Single Journey Smart Tickets.Notes to Passengers
When the West Rail Line extension to Hung Hom opens, East Rail Line train service will end at Hung Hom and East Tsim Sha Tsui will be a station on West Rail Line. First Class will no longer be available between Hung Hom and East Tsim Sha Tsui. As such, the First Class Premium to and from East Tsim Sha Tsui Station will no longer apply. The First Class Premium for all East Rail Line stations remain unchanged.