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Peak Tram – Straight from Sea Level to the Top

January 16, 2021

Name(English): Peak Tram
Name(Chinese): 山頂纜車
Category: Major Attraction, Culture and History
Phone Number: +852 25220922
Address(English): Central
Address(Chinese): 中環
Address Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/c8HkCG7U1cB4j2wN6
Address longitude and latitude: 22.27785642537074, 114.15919089737785
Nearest MTR Station: Admiralty Station Exit B
Nearest MTR Station Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/w3Duo4fhysChQQ4Z8
Nearest MTR Station longitude and latitude: 22.279452511237853, 114.16394109894601
How far from the nearest MTR Station: 12 mins from Admiralty Station Exit B
Opening Hours:
MON 07:00 – 22:00
TUE 07:00 – 22:00
WED 07:00 – 22:00
THU 07:00 – 22:00
FRI 07:00 – 22:00
SAT 07:00 – 22:00
SUN 07:00 – 22:00
Recommended Time to Visit: Before 2pm or after 8pm
Accessibility Note: need to walk up staircases

Older than anyone alive, this “ancient” funicular was built in 19th century serving the residents between Victoria Peak and Central. With the spectacular Victoria Harbour as the backdrop of your experience, there is little wonder Peak Tram attracts millions of tourists every year.

Old style tram in fall season

From Aristocrat to Civilian

Sedan chair was used to be the only option to commute between the Victoria Peak and Central many years ago until the funicular railway appeared. Back in 1888 when the tram began its operation, no one could use of it except the British colonial officials, military, and the Governor, who had a privilege to take the front seats. It was not until after Second World War that brought an end to the racial segregation policy as the colonial government began to allowed Chinese resident to live in the Peak after 1949.

Going up to the peak.

Skyscrapers to Fall Down?!

Although there’re many ways to get to the Victoria Peak, a lot of people are fascinated with the tram’s heritage and magic. On the way up, the steep gradient creates a visual illusion that all buildings begin to lurch forward, as if you are in the world of “Inception”. Make sure to hold your camera tight as the tram ascends.

After 20 mins, you may enjoy such a spectacular view~

Best Time to Visit

The stunning view will impress anyone regardless the time you choose to visit (except when it is foggy). Since most tourists choose to ascend right before sunset which result in long line at the admission office, we recommend taking Peak Tram anytime before 2pm or after 8pm to avoid the wait. Here are are points to consider:

  1. There are companies that sell “Skip the Line Peak Tram” ticket. These tickets allow you to go with a tour group in a separate line. Think about this: most tour companies run the tour around sunset time when demand is highest so you may ended up waiting in line just like the others.
  2. The scenic point at Victoria Peak faces north-east and south-west is blocked by mountain. If you decide to see Victoria Harbour with sun in the horizon, you should choose to visit the Peak at sun rise instead.

There are many other things to see and do at the peak, you should visit our Victoria Peak article for more information.

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