The Peak Tram is a must-experience in Hong Kong and we highly recommend taking The Peak Tram up and down The Peak. It is one of the most visited, popular and photographed sights in Hong Kong and taking this historic tram ride will put you in a time tunnel transferring you back into Hong Kong’s colonial times. Feel and imagine how it would have been to travel up The Peak more than 120 years ago by this engineering masterpiece. Hong Kong’s Governors have been traveling between Government House and their summer residence on The Peak called the Mountain Lodge. The Peak Tram management had to keep a special seat inside The Peak Tram with an inscription bearing the following words “This seat is reserved for his Excellency, The Governor” just in case the Governor would show up unexpectedly. Anyhow, you can enjoy and experience the historical flair of The Peak Tram ride the same way as the Hong Kong Governor did.
What is the story behind The Peak Tram?
In case you have read our related article about The Peak you already know that The Peak severed (and still serves today) as an exclusive residential area for expatriates and affluent residents. Back in the days, the cooling effects during the hot and humid summer months have been one of the main reasons for its popularity. Before The Peak Tram started its operation, access to the residential area was very limited and reaching The Peak depended on the use of sedan chairs and a team of coolies to carry the sedan chairs up and down The Peak. The paths were steep and quite exhausting especially during the summer months. As you can imagine, traveling to and from The Peak was neither fast nor convenient. The increasing popularity of The Peak made it necessary to find an alternative way and when Hong Kong’s Governor Des Voeux unveiled The Peak Tram this was a sensation and represented an engineering height back at that time. On May 30th, 1888 The Peak Tram started its service and became the first cable funicular in Asia, connecting the Central district and providing a direct route to The Peak. Traveling up and down The Peak became more efficient and comfortable and as a nice side effect visitors could enjoy the remarkable and astonishing views while taking The Peak Tram.
What is the best deal for enjoying The Peak Tram and The Peak?
When you arrive at the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus, you have several options when purchasing tickets for The Peak Tram. We highly recommend purchasing the The Peak Tram Sky Pass to make the most of your stay at The Peak. The Peak Tram Sky Pass includes the roundtrip Peak Tram tickets plus entrance for the Sky Terrace 428 Observation Deck on top of The Peak Tower. In addition, the Peak Tram Sky Pass entitles you for some additional savings at designated shops, restaurants and entertainment venues at The Peak Tower. In case you also want to visit Madame Tussauds Hong Kong there are several ticket combos you can choose from and which we highly recommend purchasing in order to get some savings on your entrance fees. On the left hand side at Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus is a special Madame Tussauds Hong Kong ticket counter for these combo tickets. Please read our related article for more information about Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
Fare Information for The Peak Tram:
The Peak Tram Tickets
Child (3–11 years)/Senior (65 years or above)
Fare Information for the Peak Tram Sky Pass (The Peak Tram and the Sky Terrace):
The Peak Tram Tickets and the Sky Terrace
Child (3–11 years)/Senior (65 years or above)
The Peak Tram Operating Hours :
7:00 am to 12:00 midnight (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays)
Frequency : Departs every 10 to 15 minutes
What can you experience on The Peak Tram Ride?
The Peak Tram ride itself takes about 7 minutes each way and manages roughly a height difference of 400m. Be prepared that the 1.4km journey is quite steep and a truly unique experience. The seats or wooden benches just faces one direction and when you sit down you already have some idea how steep the journey will be. Be prepared that due to the steepness you will be pressed into the old wooden benches of The Peak Tram and in case you have to stand we highly recommend hanging on to the rails and/or handlebars. The Peak Tram ride offers spectacular panoramic views of Hong Kong. When you start your journey you will travel between Hong Kong’s majestic skyscrapers and sometimes can get a glimpse of the local people’s living room. Further up the way you experience views of Victoria Harbour as well as the Hong Kong Island side. You will pass four intermediate stations (Kennedy Road, Macdonnell Road, May Road and Barker Road) before The Peak Tram arrives at Peak Tram Upper Terminus and will lead you inside The Peak Tower.
Insider Tip: Although you can enjoy spectacular views from any side of The Peak Tram, we recommend taking a seat on the right when you are going up to the Peak. This will ensure you to enjoy the breathtaking uphill ride with the best angle to take photos or videos. In case you are traveling with a baby stroller, make sure it is foldable. Due to safety reasons, baby strollers are not allowed onto The Peak Tram. The alley inside The Peak Tram is rather narrow and steep with some “curvy” steps. Simply ask the staff for assistance.
Because The Peak and The Peak Tram are most popular attractions in Hong Kong, you need to be prepared to stand in line for getting on The Peak Tram. It takes normally about 20-40 mins of waiting on weekdays and takes even longer on holidays and weekends.
The light inside/on The Peak Tram platform is actually dim. If you would like to take a better photo with the tram for memory, there is an old tram displayed right outside the Peak Tower. You can even get to the take photos inside.
Last but not least, we would like to share some unique information for all of you who love movies and TV soap operas. The Peak Tram has been features in such famous movies such as “Soldier of Fortune” (starring Clark Gable in the 1950s) as well as in the popular soap opera “Love Boat”.
The Peak Tram Historical Gallery
After you passed the barriers and entered The Peak Tram platform you can enjoy The Peak Tram Historical Gallery. The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is included in your ticket price and therefore free of charge. Especially on weekends The Peak Tram is quite crowded and having a look at the fifteen windows displays at the side of The Peak Tram platform can help you to bridge the time for the next arrival of The Peak Tram. The Peak Tram Historical Gallery is filled with more than 200 memorabilia of The Peak Tram during the 19th and 21st century. You can consider The Peak Tram Historical Gallery somehow as a time tunnel, taking you back to Hong Kong and its colonial times. You are able to admire a variety of historic tram tickets and uniforms, a replica of the first generation The Peak Tram carriage as well as the 1926 Haulage Room and will experience the history and heritage of The Peak Tram and Hong Kong for the past 120 years.
How to Get There To The Peak Tram:
The Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus is located at Garden Road on Hong Kong Island. The most convenient way aside from taking a taxi is to catch Bus No. 15C which starts its journey right in front of the Star Ferry Central Pier 8. In case you take the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central just walk on the left-hand side when you exit the Star Ferry Terminal. You can’t miss it. Bus 15C is usually an open-top double-decker bus with easily recognizable bold letters “The Peak Tram” all over it.
Please note: There are basically two kinds of buses serving the Route No. 15C: the single-decker bus and the open-top double-decker bus. Both will take you to Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus. In case you catch the open-top double-decker bus, we highly recommend taking a seat upstairs to enjoy the astonishing skyscraper canyons of Hong Kong and take some great photos for memory.
The traveling time with Bus 15C is about 10-15 minutes depending on the traffic situation. Fare for a single ride is HK$ 4.2. Make sure to tender the bus driver the exact fare since he won’t be able to give you change.
Bus 15C Operating Hours :
10:00 am to 11:40 pm (daily)
Frequency : Departs every 15 minutes
Alternatively, you can take the MTR to Central Station and take Exit J2. Then turn right, cross Queen’s Road and take Garden Road to the Garden Road Peak Tram Lower Terminus. Be aware that this walk can take about 15-20 minutes, but you have a great chance to experience some famous landmarks along your way (e.g. Bank of China, Citybank Tower and St. John’s Cathedral). Follow the link for a detailed Guidemap (http://www.thepeak.com.hk/download/2010GuideMap_PeakTramLowerTerminus.pdf).
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