Since 1888, the Peak Tram has been shuttling passengers to and from Central up to the top of Victoria Peak, the highest mountain on Hong Kong Island. The panoramic view from the Peak is unforgettable, and the best way to get there is by riding this historic funicular railway.
When the tram was first built in colonial times, it was only used by residents of the Peak, who tried to escape the notorious humidity by seeking out breezy mountain tops. Today however it carries more than 17,000 people a day, and is one of Hong Kong’s top tourist experiences.
The ride takes just five minutes, but climbs at an extremely steep gradient to an altitude of 1,207 feet, making it feel almost vertical. You’ll definitely want to be seated rather than standing! You get fabulous views of the city and Victoria Harbour, as you rise above the thousands of high rises and skyscrapers.
Passengers board the tram at the Peak Tram Lower Terminus, located at 33 Garden Road in Central. You can purchase either a single or return ticket, and if you choose the one-way ticket, you can take a number of buses down from the Peak back to the city.
The tram ride ends up at the Peak Tower Terminus, inside the Peak Tower, which has restaurants, shops, and an observation deck to admire the view.
A good option is to purchase the Peak Tram Sky Pass, which includes a single or return trip on the Tram, plus entry to Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing platform in the Peak Tower. This is the best bang for your buck, because buying the tram tickets and the Sky Terrace 428 tickets separately are a lot more expensive.
Beginner’s tip: If you want to do everything in one fell swoop, combo tickets that include the Sky Terrace, the Peak Tram, and some other local attractions are available online. There’s also a neat combo offering just the Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428, for those who don’t necessarily want to do everything all at once.
Victoria Peak and the Peak Tram are both popular attractions, so be aware that on weekends and holidays the line-up for the tram can be extremely long, and sometimes have standing room only. The ride down from the Peak tends to be less crowded than the ride up.
If you take the tram back down to Central, be sure to take a look inside the Peak Tram Historical Gallery, located at the Lower Terminus building. Admission is free with your tram ticket, and you can step back in time and see the first carriages, an old haulage room, and antiques such as the old conductor’s uniforms and the original tickets.
Peak Tram tickets:
- Adults HK$37.00 single, HK$52.00 return
- Children (ages 3-11) and seniors (65+): HK$14.00 single, HK$23.00 return
Peak Tram Sky Pass (The Peak Tram ride & Sky Terrace 428)
- Adults: HK$84.00 single, HK$99.00 return
- Children (ages 3-11) and seniors (65+): HK$38.00 single, HK$47.00 return
Cash and cards are accepted at cable car terminals, and credit cards for online booking.
- Strollers must be folded before boarding the tram
- Peak Tram is wheelchair accessible using ramps, and all Peak Tram staff are trained to offer assistance. Wheelchair users are requested to contact the office prior to their arrival, by calling (852) 2522 0922
- Peak Tower and Sky Terrace 428 both have accessible lifts and bathrooms
- Qualified guide dogs are welcome on the Tram
- 0.6 km from Admiralty
- 1.2 km from Sheung Wan