Peak Tram in Hong Kong

Why is Peak Tram in Hong Kong so Special?

Peak Tram is a funicular railway in Hong Kong. It takes tourists and residents to the upper level of Hong Kong Island. From arden Road Admiralty to Jinding, passing through the middle level, it offers good views over the harbour and skyscrapers of Hong Kong.

History of Peak Tram

It took three years to build the Peak Tram. As a revolutionary new form of transport for Asia at the time, the tramway was considered a marvel of engineering upon its completion. A wooden structure was built for the terminal. According to photographs, the Garden Road terminus was originally an unadorned building, a large clock face was added to the edifice probably between the 1910s and 1920s.

The Peak Tram was opened for public service on 28 May 1888 by the then governor Sir George William des Voeux. As built, the line used a static steam engine to power the haulage cable. It was at first used only for residents of Victoria Peak. Despite that, it carried 800 passengers on its first day of operation, and about 150,000 in its first year, transported in the line’s original wooden-bodied cars. The tram’s existence accelerated the residential development of Victoria Peak and the Mid Levels.

Route of Peak Tram

The Peak Tram passes six stations in order: Garden Road, Kennedy Road, MacDonnell Road, May Road, Barker Road, and the Peak. The lower terminus is at Garden Road in the Central, while the upper one is on the third floor of the Peak Tower on the hillside.

The tram usually does not stop at the middle station. The passenger shall ring the bell in advance to inform the driver to stop. When the tram stops midway, only the front door is opened to get on and off. Passengers who want to get on at the intermediate station should press the up and down buttons at the station.
Passengers taking trams at both terminals should buy tickets at the ticket office. Passengers who get on at the intermediate station can buy tickets in the car.

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How to Get There?

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Independent Traveler

  • Take MRT Island Line or Tsuen Wan Line, and get off at Central Station (Exit J2). Walk through the Chater Garden to Garden Road, and go along it to the station
  • Take Bus 15C from Star Ferry Pier 8 in Central District to the Garden Road Tram Station.

Useful Travel Tips

1.It may take some time queuing for tickets. In order to save your time and energy, avoid going there on the weekends or public holidays.

2.Visitors who buy the Combo Ticket including Madame Tussauds Hong Kong can board the tram through the express access, which can save a lot of time.

3.The tram doesn’t turn around when it reaches the Peak; it goes downhill backwards. Some visitors may find this quite scary. You can buy a one-way ticket to the Peak Tower and go down by bus no.15 (NWFB) or no.15B.

4.Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00 (visitors should enter before 21:45)

5.One-way Trip Time: Seven minutes

6.Frequency: every 10 – 15 minutes

7.Ticket: Round-trip: HK$ 52, One-way: HK$ 37; Children: 3 – 11 years old; Seniors: >= 65 years old: Round-trip: HK$ 23, One-way: HK$ 14

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Edited by Bella Ren/任新月