Editor’s Note: Peak Tramways has recently announced that its much-loved, fifth-generation burgundy tramcars will soon be retired with a 6-month suspension occurring from June 28, 2021, with its sixth generation of tramcars set to launch later this year. Details can be found HERE. During the temporary service suspension period, visitors will still be able to visit Victoria Peak to enjoy the clean air, the beautiful nature, and the spectacular views for which “The Peak” is renowned. The Peak Tower is operating as normal, with an exciting selection of restaurants and retail outlets ready to serve visitors.
Whether you’re a Hong Kong newbie or a city veteran who’s lived here for decades, the iconic Peak Tram never gets old.
Opened for service in May 1888, the tram is one of the world’s oldest funicular railways. Running from Garden Road in Admiralty to Victoria Peak, it stretches for about 0.8 miles (1.4 kilometers), rising 1,300 feet (396 meters) above sea level. There are four intermediate stops along the way at Kennedy Road, MacDonnell Road, May Road, and Barker Road, and it’s always amusing to see people waiting on the platform with their shopping as if this iconic structure was just another mode of transportation in the city.
A ride on the tram is sure to be a hit with the kids, but it’s also highly recommended for just about anyone looking for a fun day out. The journey takes 7-8 minutes each way and the sheer steepness of the incline will take your breath away. Ride the tram up to the Peak and then walk down the Morning Trail back to Central for a bit of variation, or vise versa if you’re looking to incorporate a bit of exercise into the day’s activity.
You get a real sense of history when you ride the tram and the views over Hong Kong Island and Kowloon are spectacular.
Everyone! Families, couples looking for a fun way to spend date night, or even those who've hiked up to Victoria Peak and are too tired to walk back down!
You can also purchase the Peak Tram Sky Pass which includes access to Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing platform in the city.