If you read any Hong Kong tourist guides, chances are every single one of them will tell you to visit The Peak (also known as Hong Kong Victoria Peak). It is the highest point of Hong Kong Island that anyone can easily access. The Peak offers a truly spectacular experience with a panoramic view of Hong Kong’s skyscrapers and the Victoria Harbour. There are two main buildings on The Peak that offer shopping, dining, and unique activities. The Peak Tower has a flat rooftop design that acts as the lookout point for visitors (known as Sky Terrace 428, which 428 represents its metres above sea level). You should definitely pay a visit to Sky Terrace 428 as it offers the best 360 degree view of beautiful Hong Kong.
So what is the best way to go up to The Peak? You should definitely ride the Hong Kong Peak Tram. It is a special attraction on its own. I am going to dedicate this article on the Hong Kong Peak Tram alone and will talk more in depth about The Peak in a later article.
The Peak Tram is a funicular railway (movement via cables) that connects the Hong Kong Central area and The Peak. It is currently the steepest funicular railway in the world, going up to over 400 metres above sea level in under 8 minutes. The Hong Kong Peak Tram began operation in 1888, that’s over 100 years of history! Although technology has changed significantly during these 100 years, the Peak Tram experience basically remains the same.
To get on the Peak Tram, you will need to start at the Garden Road Terminus which is located at the St. John’s building on Garden Road. The best way to get there is to take the MTR to Central Station and then take a taxi. All you have to do is to tell the taxi driver you want to go to the Peak Tram.
Due to the steep incline going up to The Peak, you may have a difficult time keeping yourself straight on the tram. But that is the fun part for many people. There are about 120 seats on each tram. There will always be a wait to get on the next tram. From my experience, you should expect to wait around 15 minutes during weekdays and about 30 minutes in weekends.
While going up the hill, you will stop at 4 other stations before reaching at the top. These 4 stations are mainly there to serve people who live on Mid-Levels area. As you get higher and higher, the view gets better. On the right side of the tram, you will be able to see yourself going past the height of many skyscrapers in Central. Once past a certainly height, you will be able to see the Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon area.
The last stop of the Hong Kong Peak Tram is the Peak Tower Station. It is a covered area within the Peak Tower building. You will be able to do some souvenir shopping and sip a cup of coffee while looking at the amazing view of Hong Kong. Don’t forget to head up to the rooftop Sky Terrace 428 and have a few photos taken.
Watch our video below for a complete ride from Garden Road Terminus to the Peak Tower. If you have any questions about the Hong Kong Peak Tram or Victoria Peak, please feel free to leave a comment.