Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is opened on September 18th 2006 and the experience along with Big Buddha is considered one of the Must-See and Must-Do attractions in Hong Kong. In order to protect the fragile ecosystem and endangered species of the island, Hong Kong government, ecologists as well as the management of Ngong Ping Cable Car selected the route very carefully. The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride is with its 5.7km length the longest bi-cable ropeway in Asia and offers spectacular views of Lantau Island and its surroundings. Being located on Lantau Island – away from skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle of the downtown area – you will have the chance and opportunity to experience Hong Kong from another angle which is more quiet and natural.
The Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car connects Tung Chung Town Center and Ngong Ping on Lantau Island and the ride takes about 25 – 30 minutes. In the old days before the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride was established, visitors could only go up the mountains by New Lantao Bus No. 23, by hiking the trail across the mountains or by taxis. Bus No.23 is still working today which is cheaper but takes longer times (over 1 hour). However, when Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car is closed (broken or maintenance), the bus ride may be your only and best option to Big Buddha. Please be aware that due to the curvy and hilly ride we would only recommend taking the bus if you don’t get bus sick.
The Ride of Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
When taking the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride you basically have two choices of cabins: the standard cabin and the newly designed crystal cabin. While the first one is an ordinary cable car, the latter one is equipped with a glass bottom offering you the “real” 360 degree feel and experience (in case you might have wondered what the number 360 stands for in the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride, it stands for the 360 degree view you are able to enjoy from inside the cable car). The glass floor of the crystal cabins spans the entire width of the bottom and might be a little bit scary at this first moment. The ride on the crystal cabins are a little bit more expensive than the normal one, but if you are not afraid of heights, we highly recommend taking the crystal cabin ride and let yourself soak into the amazing magic of flying over rolling fields of grass and boundless oceans.
Insider Tips: Currently, the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car system has 112 cabins. The standard cabin can fit a maximum of 17 people (10 seats and 7 standing) while the maximum for the crystal cabins is 10 people. Both cabins also meet the needs of disabled and elder passengers as well as of young families traveling with kids’ carts. Although we haven’t experienced that the cabins are occupied with the maximum numbers of passengers, it can get crowded at rush hours. In case you want to avoid queuing to long in lines as well as having a cabin fully loaded we highly recommend taking the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car off the peak hours.
What can you experience on Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car?
As a visitor you have the opportunity to enjoy great panoramic views of Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok International Airport with its starting and landing planes, the flora and fauna of Lantau Island with its green and lush scenic mountain views, the Tung Chung Bay and the deep blue South China Sea with its incoming cargo ships and small fishing boats as well as the Tian Tan Buddha statue (also known as the Big Buddha).
Children (aged 3-11)
Seniors (aged 65 or above)
Journey of Enlightenment Package (incl. round-trip, Walking with Buddha and Monkey’s Tale)
Adults HK$ 187
Adults HK$ 250
Private Cabin (incl. round-trip, Walking with Buddha and Monkey’s Tale and priority Boarding)
Admissions Tickets Only:
Walking with Buddha
Monkey’s Tale Theatre
Children (aged 3-11)
Seniors (aged 65 or above)
We also would like to highlight that you have the option to purchase a roundtrip with one way in the crystal cabin (from Tung Chung) and coming back from Ngong Ping in a standard cabin. Prices are HK$ 168 for an adult, HK$ 106 for a kid and HK$ 142 for seniors. Last but not least, there is the option to take a roundtrip in a private cabin with Swarovski elements called Ngong Ping 360 Private Cabin Sky Lounge for HK$ 3600. Advantage of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride on the 360 Sky Lounge cabin is (aside from free entry to the Walking with Buddha and Monkey’s Tale Theatre attractions) that you have a fast entry and don’t need to queue for the cable car ride.
10:00 am – 6:00 pm (Mon – Fri)
9:00 am – 6: 30 pm (Sat, Sun, Public Holidays)
Important Notice: There are usually 1-2 days a month where the cable car does not operate due to maintenance. The Ngong Ping Village and the attractions are not affected and are still open. Please check with them for online booking and/or any other enquiries: + (852) 3666 – 0606.
In close vicinity you can find other sight-seeing attractions such as Ngong Ping Village, Ngong Ping Piazza, Po Lin Monastery, Wisdom Path, Tian Tan “Big Buddha”, the fishing village Tai O as well as the famous Hong Kong Disneyland Theme Park.
1) In case you would like to take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride you should prepare to stand in line for tickets as well as for the ride itself. We highly recommend taking advantage of the online booking system of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car (http://www.np360.com.hk/html/eng/booking/online_booking.html). Ordering the tickets online or purchasing those at designated vendors can save you tremendously time.
2) The standard cabin and crystal cabin have two different queuing lines. Especially at busy days there are usually longer queuing lines for the standard cabin. If you are pressed for time or want to minimize your waiting time we highly recommend considering purchasing the higher priced tickets for the crystal cabins of the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ride.
3) There are some luggage lockers/storage facilities at the Ngong Ping 360 Tung Chung Terminus which might be helpful for all of you who are doing a stop-over (transit) and are planning to take the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car or would like to do some shopping at the Citygate Outlets. There are about 20 lockers available and charges are HK$20 for 3 hours or HK$ 70 for a day.
How to Get to Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car:
Here are most efficient ways if you want to do the Ngong Ping Cable Car Ride:
By MTR: Take MTR and transfer to Tung Chung Line. Get off at Tung Chung station and take Exit B. Follow the signs and walk about 2-3 minutes to the Cable Car counter.
From the Airport:
Take Bus S1 from the airport to Tung Chung Bus Terminus. It takes approx 10 minutes and the bus station is adjacent to the Ngong Ping Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal. If you want to take taxi from the airport, the cost is about HK$ 35 and takes also about 10 minutes.
From Mainland China (Lo Wu/Lok Ma Chau):
Take the MTR East Rail Line to Kowloon Tong (approx. 37 minutes ride). Then transfer to subway to Tung Chung station and take the Exit B. Follow the signs and walk about 2-3 minutes to the Cable Car counter.
Alternatively, you can take the MTR East Rail Line to Sheung Shui (just one stop/ approx. 7 minutes/fare about HK$ 20). Take exit D1 and walk towards the bus stops. Then take Bus 279X to Tsing Yi MTR station. At the Tsing Yi Station change to the orange MTR Tung Chung Line (about HK$ 15) and stay till the last station.
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