The Peak Tram which commenced operation in 1888 has proudly served Hong Kong for over 130 years. During this time, it has successfully transformed from an essential mode of transport to one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions serving more than 6 million passengers a year.
The Peak Tram’s popularity is now one of its challenges as the demand at peak times creates long queues beyond the Lower Terminus due to space constraints. To address this, a substantial Upgrade of the Peak Tram system and stations commenced in 2018 and is scheduled to complete in 2021. The Upgrade project involves a significant investment of HK$684 million privately funded by Peak Tramways Company, Limited. The project will:
• Replace the current 120 passengers capacity tramcar with a 210 passengers capacity tramcar. The larger capacity means new and significantly longer tramcars, hence the need to completely replace all the haulage and control systems, lay new track rails and strengthen the track foundations and bridges, as well as extend the passing loop and the Lower Terminus.
• Refurbish the termini to create additional queueing capacity at the Lower Terminus for 1300 people in a more comfortable and entertaining environment.
LAST MAJOR UPGRADE
The current Peak Tram system was introduced in 1989
SYSTEM INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE
Foundation & Bridge Reinforcement
Stronger Rail & Rope
Haulage pulling tramcars moving up and down
PUBLIC AREA UPGRADE
As part of the Upgrade Project, Peak Tramways will carry out significant upgrades to the public areas immediately surrounding the Lower Terminus, both outside St John’s Building and along Tramway Path, leading from the new Lower Terminus alighting platform. These will include repaving and new street furniture, signage and railings.
BENEFITS OF THE UPGRADE
Increase capacity by 75% from 120 to 210 passengers per trip;
Reduce passengers waiting times by over 70%;
Completely remove the queues from the public areas outside the Lower and Upper Termini;
Covered and temperature-controlled waiting area for up to 1300 people at Lower Terminus;
Improved Peak Tram access for persons with a disability
Peak Tramways is committed to providing the finest service to its visitors and passengers and we have always strived to provide the best value for money for this exciting tourist attraction. The Upgrade will enable us to continue this 130 year old tradition, further enhance visitors experience and continue to grow hand-in-hand with Hong Kong for future generations. Temporary service disruptions and temporary platform arrangement are necessary while we take all measures to minimise the impact to all passengers, the community and the tourism industry.
|End of 2018||Site works commenced (no service disruption)|
|23 April - mid July
(approximate 3 months)*
The 1st Peak Tram service suspension
|Mid July - Summer 2020||
Service resumes with operation from a temporary platform at the lower terminus
(for approximate 5 months)*
The 2nd Peak Tram service suspension
New Peak Tram system commences service
*Current forecasts based on information available at the time and subject to change should circumstances dictate.
GETTING TO THE PEAK
It will take approximately 1-1.5 hours walk from MTR Central Station to The Peak Tower.
A guide map in pdf format is prepared for you.
GUIDE MAP TO THE PEAK TOWER
Central (Two IFC) to The Peak
Daily: 6:30am to 12:00am (from Central)
Daily: 7:10 am to 12:25 am (from The Peak)
Frequency: 5 to 15 minutes
Route No. X15 (First Bus)*
Admiralty (West) (near MTR Admiralty Station Exit B) to The Peak
*Service may be adjusted shortly
Admiralty (West) to The Peak
Daily: 7:00am to 11:30pm (from Admiralty (West))
Daily: 8:00am to 12:00am (from The Peak)
Frequency: 6 to 30 minutes
Route No. 15 (First Bus) Normal
Central Pier 5 to The Peak
Daily: 10:15am to 12:15am
(from Man Kwong Street outside Central (Pier 5))
Daily: 9:10 am to 1:00 am (from The Peak)
Frequency: 7 to 15 minutes
Route No. 15B (First Bus)
Wanchai Convention Centre to The Peak
Daily: 12:00am to 7:00pm (from Wanchai Convention Centre)
Daily: 12:40am to 7:40pm (from The Peak)
(Available on Sundays & Public Holidays only)
Frequency: 20 minutes
You may also click here to find update information from New World First Bus.
Taxis are plentiful throughout Hong Kong apart from remote areas, and can be hailed on the street (except restricted areas) or summoned by phone. All are metered, relatively cheap, air-conditioned and clean.