Peak Tram, Hong Kong
If you can support the long line to get a ticket, the experience of climbing to the peak is short and nice.
The hill is rather steep, and though securely seated, you feel like bouncing backwards as you go up.
Will it be for that reason that they put everybody facing the hill, neglecting the eventual good sights in the way up and down?
Riding the Peak Tram is one of the most famous things to do for tourists visiting Hong Kong. It gets you up to the Peak Tower to have the magnificent views of the Hong Kong City Skyscrapers. I have done these few times. I often ask myself why I visit the Peak every time I visit Hong Kong. I think it is not all about the views but the experience to take the tram up to the Peak and enjoy the relax and cozy atmosphere of the Peak Garden like walking around the nature walks and having tea or coffee at the Peak Tower. During the tram ride, you can enjoy the nature views by looking out of the windows and the tranperant roofs.
It is not cheap to take the tram and visit the Peak Tower. So, a good plan to visit the Peak will save you money and time. It has different ticket packages, for example you can buy return tram tickets and the Sky Terrance 428 that cost you HK$75 instead of buying separate tickets that combine will cost you HK$80. Check out the coupon or local travel agencies that get you some discount on the tickets. If you enjoy hiking, you can walk on a nature trail to the Peak Garden and Tower.
During holiday season, plan to visit the Peak in the early morning before the big crowd gets you into a long hour wait to the Peak Tram.
Check out the Peak website to learn more.
One of Hong Kong's highest points is aptly named Victoria Peak. It seats on a mountain top overlooking Victoria Harbor. While it can be reached via bus or cab, the best way to go up is taking the Peak Tram.
It is a wooden tram that dates back to the late 1800's yet still operational to date. The terminal is located near Hongkong Park and travels close to 1.5kms uphill to Victoria Peak.
Everyone raves about the Peak Tram up to Victoria Peak, but to be honest I would not bother with it. First time we ventured on up to the Peak, we could not even find the actual entrance for the tram! We got on a bus, thinking it would take us to the Tram, but in fact it took us right to the top of Victoria Peak, and it was by far, the best way to get up and back, being much much cheaper and a lovely scenic ride. We did take the Tram down from the Peak on our first time up there, but did not really enjoy it, especially considering the price!!! I cannot exactly remember the price, but it was like 5 or more times dearer than the bus, which is Bus 15C by the way. Bus 15C is only $9.80HK one way to the Peak, which is about just a bit more than $1AUD and fantastic value.
Peak Tram is about $25HK one way or $40HK return so it is much dearer than the 15C Bus.
The most popular way for tourists to reach Victoria Peak on Hongkong Island is the Peak Tram, a cable car, that climbs 373 metres, pulled by steel cables. The tram's path goes between the highrise buildings up along the mountain and gives you interesting views into the gardens and backyards.
It starts at 7am and goes until midnight. The drive is 1352 m long. The tram started operating in 1888.
There I was with my family on 30th May 2008 and the Peak Tram service is 120 years old.
What a great opportunity to visit the Peak Tram and be part of the celebration.
Took bus service 15 (to the peak) instead of the intended service 15C (to peak tram station) and ended up at the peak itself.
Queued and got the 30 cents ticket/pax for the return trip only. All payments (whatever amount one wishes to pay goes towards charities that day).
The place was swamped with news crews interviewing commuters.
The ride takes us down to the peak tram station. As we exited from the station, we were shocked with the thousands and thousands of people standing in line to buy the ticket and take the ride.
On normal days, payment for the ride can be made via the Octopus Card. To take bus 15C, make your way to the bus stop in front of Star Ferry Terminal Pier No. 6. It's the same bus stop at bus service 15 but without the sign for bus 15C. One can easily tell the difference in that bus 15C is a tourist type bus with an open top at the upper deck.
If you are going for the ride and is taking the MTR to get to it, take the MTR to Central Station and exit via Exit J and follow the map or road sign to the Peak Tram Station. Long walk to the Peak Tram Station, might want to consider a taxi from the station.
Most visitors would be asking on whether to take the peak tram up or down or both ways. For me, it is best to experience making your way up by tram and down by bus 15 (the double decker bus).
The Lower Peak Tram terminus is about 7-8 minutes from Central MTR or you can take 15C from Central Ferry Pier.
The Peak Tram fare is HK$22 one way. Don't buy the Sky Pass HK$37 which allows you to go to the Sky Terrace which claims to have the best view. You can still have that view free from another spot at the Peak.
If you intend to visit the Madame Tussaud, get the 2-in-1 Combo Package costing HK$150. It is better as the counter for the combo package is not the same as that of the Tram counter. So you actually avoid the long queue.
When boarding the tram, try ot get a seat beside the right window as it offers the best view to the city as the tram goes up. You can stand in the tram but it can be very steep.
One thing I don't like is that there seems to be no order of boarding the tram even though there is a tram personnel. You may be first in line but ended up with no seats as people would just rush when the tram door opens. Good luck.
The Peak Tram has been running since 1888 and is the safest mode of transportation in the world which has been operating continuously daily for over a century without any accident. The funicular will take you on a vertical climb up 400 meters above sea level where you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful Hong Kong city below. The funicular runs every 15 minutes from 7:00 AM to midnight every day of the year.
As you make your way to the Peak, embark on your right and look out for that beautiful skyline.
Prices are as follows:
Adults: HK$22 (Single) HK$33 (Return)
Children and Senior Citizens: HK$8 (Single) HK$15 (Return)
For more information check out their website.
This is the nicest way to get to Victoria Peak. It's a steep ride to the top, but you will have beautiful views along the way. The peak tram has been running for around 100 years.
The peak tram departs from Garden Road. It runs every 10 minutes from 7 am to midnight. The prices are $20Hk for one way, $30 for a return trip.
Hong Kong's only transportation that is mainly used by tourists: The funicular Peak Tram.
Since 1888 it transports passengers from Central to the Peak and vice versa. Without doubt, it's one of the main tourist attractions and worth a visit to experience the steep 8-minute-climb up the mountain, slowly revealing the unique view across Hong Kong.
However, I recommend to purchase a one-way (single journey) ticket and use either the Minibus or normal Citybus for going back. The bus ride is an experience for itself!
How to find the Peak Tram Terminus?
You can reach The Peak Tram Lower Terminus by foot from MTR Central station (approx. 10 minutes from exit J2) or by taking the shuttle bus no. 15C from Central Star Ferry.
The Peak Tram, established in 1888, offers a spectacular ride to the top of Victoria Peak. Today, over 3.5 million people take the tram to the top of the Peak. That is more than the number of people who ride Hong Kong's subway each year!!!
The tram runs from 0700 until midnight, and costs HK$20 one or HK$30 round trip. It departs about every ten minutes from the terminus at the bottom of the mountain, located near Central Subway Station and Hong Kong Park. There are also 4 intermediate stops on the journey to the top. The total trip time is only seven minutes and it climbs 368 meters.
In Hong Kong, I strongly recommend you to visit the Peak!
And when you visit there, the Peak Tram is the best way.
They run daily every 10 -- 15 minutes.
To the Peak Tram station (bottom), you can take the No.15C bus from the Star Ferry, central.
Most extraordinary and kind of extreme way to get to Victoria's peak. The tram goes on a peak at an angle maybe 60 degrees. Its kind of hard to stand on feet while riding the tram. But the view on Hong Kong and surroundings is amazing.
The Peak Tram came into service in 1888. Since then its given locals & visitors a spectacular view of Hong Kong & the buildings that line the side of The Peak as they travel on it.
The Peak Tram Terminus is situated on Garden Road & the tram departs from here every 10-15 minutes. The service operates from 7am to midnight every day. Single or return tickets can be bought at either terminus as well as appointed travel agents.
If you want to visit Victoria Peak, which is must see thing-to-do whilst in Hong Kong, then the best way to get up to it is by taking the Victoria Peak Tram. It's a funicular railway that runs along 1.4km of track up a height of 368m from Garden Road near St John's Cathedral in Central right up to the Peak Tower. It began operation in the same year as the Star Ferry started operating, in 1888 and is really only used by tourists meaning that it can get very busy, especially at peak (excuse the pun) times. As you queue inside the lower station building, you'll pass through a small museum with old photos, machinery and an old wooden carriage.
Open: 7am-midnight everyday. HK$22/33 (single/return)