Doubledecker Tram, Hong Kong
An icon of Hong Kong are the old street trams running along a 8-mile main line on North Hong Kong Island with a branch line to Happy Valley.
Established about 100 years ago, the trams provide an old-fashioned travel experience and are the only double-decker tram fleet operating in the world.
Fares: adults HK2.00 12 and under HK1.00
Opens: 6am to 12am
I remember frequently taking buses and trams with my mother and brothers around Kowloon and HK not my favourite thing to do back then as they were ALWAYS completely crammed with hundreds of people, and I was terrified of losing my mother in the crush and back then the seats were made from bamboo strips which pinched the backs of bare little legs when you sat down :(
Yes I know most will argue the Star Ferry as the best transport value in the city. But for $2HKD you could ride this tram to the end. Then pay again and ride to the other end. There were enough different lines to try that I spent a full afternoon taking in the city from my perch on the back of the upper deck.
I believe these are the only double deck trams still operating in the world.
Riding the tram is one of my favorite experiences in Hong Kong. I had little time back then and took a tram from Admiralty up to the Happy Valley. I chose an upper deck seat and from there saw the colorful streets of HK. It is reliable, covers a good distance, relaxing and best of all...cheap! It costs only HK$2 for adults and HK1 for children. You must pay exact fare upon leaving.
Hong Kong's famous double-decker tram, solely running on Hong Kong Island, runs along Hong Kong Island's Northern shore all the way from Kennedy Town in the West to Shau Kei Wan in the East. It's the cheapest (a flat 2HK$ per ride!), most unique but also slowest and most likely toughest mode of transportation you can possibly imagine.
Just get in at one of the many stops along the road and take a ride.
Make sure to enter at the back and exit in front (you pay when leaving the tram). Use of the Octopus-card is possible!
it's one of the oldest, cheapest but slowest transportation in Hong Kong. it appeared on the streets of Hong Kong in 1904. it runs along the oldest and most busy roads and streets in Hong Kong Island (no tram in Kowloon and New Territories). but if you are in hurry, it's not recommended to be a fast and effective tool.
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Child, Senior Citizen: HK$1.0/US$0.15
now matter how far you go
The tram is the cheapest way to travel on Hong Kong Island, travelling from Sheung Wan all the way to E. Hong Kong Island. It only costs $2, & is a very good experience.
Note: When it rains, the windows are NOT CLOSED, so be prepared to be a little soaked. Also, many locals use the trams, so it can get really SQUISHY sometimes. The train during rainy days also move very slow, so you could be stuck in the tram for hours! Also, unlike the MTR, the trams are very dirty, so I would wear something more casual in the tram.
Please use Octopus cards to pay for the fare, or bring EXACT CHANGE & have it ready. The perilous wait for others to get on board does sometimes cause problems. : (
Honk-Kong transportations are very efficient, make your choice between:
- MTR airport express (quick and comfortable trip from/to international airport (in 23 minutes from/to Hong-Kong)
- MTR network (clean and efficient)
- Bus (don't take the wrong number)
- Boats (Star Ferry, TurboJet, First Cruise)
- Trams (don't miss your stop)
- Taxis (cheap and write down your destination to avoid confusion with the driver)
I recommend you the good value Airport Express Tourist Octopus "3-Day Hong Kong Transport Pass" for HK$ 300 included:
- 2 airport express single journeys
- 3 days of unlimited MTR rides (except on the Airport Express Line) will start on the day of your first MTR journey.
- credit of HK$ 20 usable value on main transport modes
- and don't forget to give back your card when leaving to get the refund = remaining usable value + HK$50 deposit.
Unlike a bus, you have to get on a tram from the rear gate through the 'rotating bars' as shown in the photo. Furthermore, you don't have to pay when you get on but please remember to pay when you get off. You can either pay cash (HK$2 for adult/HK$1 for kids, no change) or pay by Octopus card.
The tram has been serving the Hong Kong for almost 100 years. It's the cheapest and best way to view the city life. The tram runs on the north side of Hong Kong Island and costs only HK$2.3 per trip, and it is not based on distance. It accepts the Octopus card as well.
The tram passes many of the tallest skyscrapers in Hong Kong, the financial center, street markets, Hong Kong Park, busy shopping districts, and housing estates. You can pretty much see it all if you go end-to-end!
Get a window seat on the upper deck and avoid the tram during rushing hours as it gets very crowded.
Tram run on the roads of the north side of Hongkong Island. Only 2HKD for all the way. Get on from the ass of one and get off from the nose of it. They stop on every 200-300 meters so you don't have to call the driver to stop.
All you have to do is just to ride on it and keep watching the sight out of the window, then drop off of it when you find your destination. Very convenient.
But remember, they stop every tram stops so they don't run very fast. If you are in a hurry, take a taxi, instead.
And beware, the vehicle is very tiny and easily get crowded. It is a bit hard to get off. Move to forward a.s.a.p.
The tram is already a century old way of transport around HK island.
A ride on the train costs 2 HKD, independantly of the distance. All you need to do is hop on at the back door and pay when you get off in the front. Be sure to have a seat on the higher decker.
It's the cheapest way to travel around the city and the slowest at the same time. I like to ride on the tram at night, when there is less people (tram can be really packed during the day). I think that it's a good way to visit the city, being transported a such a slow rythm, it gives you the time to admire the city. Trams are non air-conditioned.
You can also rent a tram and have a party on it. Must be great to do that at night !
Only one of 3 tramways in the world that have regular operations of double-decker trams, are the trams in Hong Kong.
Not only are they a form of transport, they have also become a major tourist attraction, being very popular amongst visitors.
The tram line is 13kg long mostly street running along the northern coast of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town town to Shau Kei Wan.
The tram is a very inexpensive way to get around, with a journey costing only about HK$2 for a journey of up to 13km!
On Hong Kong Island trams are a mode of transport and although I always like to try things, these trams always seemed packed, by that I mean like sardines (not for me)
Thanks to my wife as she had to wait for awhile and the trams to come around and around again to get as many in the photo and no other traffic, hopefully I achieved that.
The trams run along what used to be the waterfront of Hong Kong Island - bear that in mind when you see the amount of reclaimed land there is...
They are cheap and can be crowded.
They are slow but what better way to see the sights? For HK$2.20 it's excellent value as this covers the whole length of the tram route.