Peak Tram

Peak Tram, Hong Kong: Address, Phone Number, Peak Tram Reviews: 4/5

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Since 1888, this tram has been Hong Kong Island's most reliable form of public transport between Central district and The Peak
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The area
Neighbourhood: Central
When people think of Hong Kong, most imagine movies with famous skyscrapers dominating the skyline. The area widely known as Central is the major financial hub and entertainment district, which truly lives up to the saying, “work hard, play hard.” Bars stay open late into the night and there just happens to be a street party every weekend. Although everything seems to be operating at lightning speed, Central is full of quiet, hidden gems. Nestled between office towers are wet markets and some of the city’s oldest restaurants dating back to the 1960s. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Retreat from the crowds by exploring beautifully restored historical buildings and even a green oasis of botanical gardens.
How to get there
  • Central • 6 min walk
  • Admiralty • 7 min walk
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,768 contributions
Dizzying 400 metre ascent
Jun 2021
Although I have done the Peak tram trip countless times, I still enjoy doing it again every once in a while. Even if you have a very limited time in Hong Kong, the dizzying 400 metre ascent is a fun thing to do.
If you are short on time, it is can be much quicker to avoid the queues, and catch the tram one way and get a bus or taxi the other way.
Recently I walked up the Green Trail to the top of the Peak and caught the tram down, just to get one last trip in before they were taken out of action for an upgrade at the end of June. The project is due to be completed by the end of 2021. The new trams will be the 6th generation.
Although the trams look charmingly quaint now, when they were introduced in the 19th century, they represented an incredible feat of engineering. Considering that the previous mode of transport had been horse or sedan chair, the tram was the height of modernity. In these early days, only the Governor, British colonial officials and residents of the Peak, could sit in the front rows. British military and police sat in the second class seats and everyone else was considered a commoner and relegated to third class. If you can, try to get a seat nearer the front, to get the full impact of the almost vertical slope. For the best view down over the city, sit on the left hand side going down and right hand side going up.
Written 2 October 2021
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ECWorld
Hong Kong, China2,642 contributions
Opportunity now to get a ride without the crowds
Apr 2021
Some years ago there is always a long queue of tourists so locals like me seldom take the Peak Tram. But with tourists gone (Covid-19 the main culprit but not the only one), we decided to do this trip one more time before yet another round of modernization to the trams. Very few visitors the day we went, and the tram actually waited for a few more passengers before commencing (really unheard of in the old days). No wow factor since we have done the trip a few times before, but still a nice and efficient ride to the Peak.
Written 16 June 2021
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Eluke
Hong Kong, China14 contributions
Wonderful experience with kids
Nov 2020 • Family
Since there was no school, brought my kids to The Peak and we took the tram to experience the beautiful scenic in HK. The peak tram had promotion at that time, almost offered half price discount to the local, it was definitely worth going there.
Written 14 February 2021
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Candy L
2 contributions
Convenient
Jan 2021 • Friends
Easiest way get to the peak. A spectacular harbour view from the tram cabin. It was a very good experience
Written 6 January 2021
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Jovan
Medan, Indonesia14 contributions
Come early to this place
Dec 2020 • Friends
I come to this peak tram to go victoria peak, when i came this place is already full. To enter at peak tarm you have to push people around because the queue is not tidy
Written 25 December 2020
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Hamish M
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
Manager Sun is the most aggressive man I’ve met
Dec 2020
So their ticket machine wasn’t working so we had to wait 10 minutes until they fixed it, and so we had missed our planned tram. We arrived before it had actually left, but they wouldn’t open the doors despite the fact that we were on time on the platform. System is shambolic. Asked to speak to manager and when he came he was super aggressive and told us that it was our fault because we should’ve arrived earlier. That made no sense because the machines were broken. He refused to accept any responsibility and said that basically accidents happen. That’s kindof true, but the aggressive manner with which he tried to tower over me was something else. His name is Sun. And he is for truly an awful man.

And it’s really overpriced by the way.
Written 16 December 2020
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TCP
Hong Kong, China11 contributions
Special discount
Oct 2020 • Family
It is a big bargain if ur HKID have an English letter of PEAK in order to enjoy 50% off the ticket..... it includes a round trip ride as well as the admission fee for the 418 Top tower ....nice view there 👍🏻
Written 19 October 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom4,768 contributions
Check website for current special of 50% discount on Tickets
Aug 2020
It is true that there can be awfully long queues for the Peak tram but I still like it a lot and it is an iconic tourist attraction for good reason. There are lovely views over Hong Kong and the incline is steep enough to have a sense of thrill, especially if you think for too long about the cables snapping (I don't think it's just me who does that).
The tram dates back to the 19th century and made its first trip in 1888, at a time when the only other way to travel to your swanky Peak mansion was by sedan chair. One can't help but wonder if there was a collective sigh of relief among sedan chair carriers that they no longer had to carry wealthy tycoons up the mountainside quite so often.
For the best views, sit on the left hand seats if you are going down (right seats going up). I also like to sit close to the front if there's space because going down you feel as if you are hurtling down the hill.
Once at the top, there is a lot more to explore beyond the commercial Galleria and Peak Tower complexes. For example, the Peak Circle Walk is an easy, flat looped path, starting and finishing beside the Peak Lookout Café. Also, look out for the old 1950s cypress green coloured tram, positioned outside the Galleria. I didn't realise at first that you can go inside. It’s free to enter and they have good selection of free tourist maps and guides.
Having been to the Peak when the weather is bad, I’d recommend waiting for a clear day. If it’s raining, misty or smoggy, then visibility is poor and on a bad day, views can be non-existent.

NOTES:
i) It is worth checking the Peak tram website before going. An ongoing upgrade programme means there can be closures, eg it will be closed on 29 Oct.
ii) There is currently a special deal where if you have one of the four letters from ‘PEAK’ in your name, you get 50% off the Sky Terrace/Tram ticket
Written 17 October 2020
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EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK1,323 contributions
Great service, a bit expensive but worth a ride
Jun 2020 • Couples
There are many ways to get to the peak. From buses( normal to mini), taxi and the tram. It is definitely worth taking the tram one way at least.

Great service and good views(At least from my perspective ). It is a quick way to go to the peak.
Written 2 August 2020
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OrderintheHouse
Brisbane2,117 contributions
We enjoyed the Peak Tram ride to Victoria Peak despite missing the view when we reached the top.
Dec 2019
My wife and I undertook an afternoon and evening Grayline HK tour of Hong Kong Island on 29 December 2019 which culminated in a Bauhinia Harbour Dinner Cruise incorporating the nightly Symphony of Lights experience.

The tour covered a number of key attractions of Hong Kong Island commencing with a ride on the famous Peak Tram to reach the top of Victoria Peak (reviewed separately) to see the view of all views.

The Peak Tram was officially opened to carry passengers up to Victoria Peak in May 1888. The system was comprehensively rebuilt in 1989 by the Swiss company, Von Roll, with a new track, a computerized control system, and two new two-car trams with a capacity of 120 passengers per tram. According to Wikipedia the line has two pronounced curves, one to the left immediately after leaving the lower terminus, and the other to the right in the upper half of the ascent. The gradient also varies considerably throughout the ascent. It is a single track route and a passing loop, with two trams.

Now let me review our own experience on the Peak Tram. Well it happened to be raining on the Grayline HK tour and so the view of views on top of Victoria Peak was a ‘no show’. However, we found the tram ride to the Peak in the famous historic and iconic Peak Tram a pleasant and novel experience. Unfortunately, in our world travels we often only get one opportunity to see key attractions and this was the case with the Peak tram and Victoria Peak. We just had to make the most of the miserable day of rain presented to us.

Getting to the Peak by the Peak Tram was a fun experience, much like many funicular railways we have travelled on elsewhere. This tram rises to 396 metres (about 1,300 feet) above sea level. It’s a steep railway and we experienced the illusion of the high rise buildings we passed on the right side appearing to be on an incline and falling toward The Peak. We caught the tram at the lower terminus located on Garden Road, Central and reached the top of Victoria Peak via four intermediate ”request stop” stations –Kennedy Road, MacDonnell Road, May Road and Barker Road. The journey took around 5 minutes with a speed of around 13.5 mph. The tram seats were quite comfortable and our car was full of passengers.

We enjoyed the Peak Tram ride to Victoria Peak. It was a pity, however, that the bad, wet weather spoilt the viewing prize that should have been waiting for us at the top of the Peak.
Written 23 July 2020
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