This might be the number one tourist site in Hong Kong. And on a clear day, it’s easy to see why. There are different ways to get to the peak but most will take the tram since it’s such an iconic part of Hong Kong. Here’s the easiest way to get there as well as some other tips to know when you’re there.
Getting there From Central Station
Getting to the tram is fairly simple. You can take the MTR to Central station and from there, follow the CORRECT signs out of the station that state Peak Tram. If you don’t pay attention and you exit through a random flight of stairs, you could easily find yourself on the extreme end of the station and be completely lost.
You’ll know you’ve exited the station at the correct exit because it’ll spit you out in the middle of this garden area that’s surrounded by office buildings. However, you’ll certainly notice the Bank of China building (arguably the most iconic building in Hong Kong) that’s how you’ll know you’re in the right place. From there, basically walk uphill. There are signs posted everywhere but just walk uphill and past an old church and the you’ll see the Victoria Peak Tram in giant letters. It’s about a 10 min walk from Central Station.
How much does it cost?
I believe it cost me $100HKD for the 2 way trip. You can buy single tickets as well if you wish to take the bus or hike up to the peak and then take the tram down. The total amount of time it takes to get to the top is less than 10 minutes so the ride doesn’t take very long. However, considering the bus takes about 45 mins and a hike up would take hours, I think the tram operators know there are very few options.
However, once you’re at the top, the entire experience is free. There is no entrance fee to walk around the peak and enjoy the views. You’ll actually see a lot of Hong Kongers out for a jog around the peak in the mornings or out walking their dogs while enjoying the views.
Best time to go?
I think hands down the best time would be to go at night or during dusk to see the city lights lit up. I bet the light show that occurs every night would look amazing as well from the peak. However, I would also bet money that those would be the most popular times to visit the peak and the best viewing areas will probably be crowded.
My advice is to go when you think the weather is clear enough to see the city. It’s difficult to predict what the weather is like at the peak from the harbor especially since you can’t see the clouds that could blanket the area in minutes. Instead of holding out for that 1 perfect view that you may never get, I would recommend going up when it’s clear and if you have the rest of the day to wander about, stay for as long as you wish and hope the weather stay clear for the evening/night shots.
If you need ideas to kill time, there are plenty of restaurants in the visitor’s center as well as a cafe/restaurant by Gordon Ramsey where you can have a bite. There are also a ton of hiking trails so there should be plenty to keep you occupied if needed. I didn’t go in but I believe there’s a Madame Tussaud’s wax museum as well as some odd 3D picture thing I didn’t quite understand. It looked like something you’d want to take Instagram photos on so the kids might like it.
If it’s foggy, you might want to skip the trip or wait it out. Since the observation deck is at the top of the mountain, you’ll be able to get an idea of what the weather will be like before you go.
Timing your trip is also going to be important. I got there at 7:15 am and there was no wait or line. The tram only had 10 people on it and it was a quick and painless journey to the top. However, if you go during the middle of the day when all the tourist buses arrive, you could easily be waiting for a couple hours. If that’s the case, you’ll be better off taking the MRT bus instead.
If there are a lot people waiting to go up to Victoria Peak, you might consider taking the bus up to the peak (about 45 mins) but then taking the tram back down. This way you won’t be waiting in the long line to go up and coming down is easier since everyone leaves at different times.
Once at the top, you’ll be able to walk around and check out all the different views. If you don’t at least try to see the top of the mountain, you could be looking at nothing and you’ll have wasted a lot of time to get a view of nothing.
The visitor’s center is about 7 stories high and has all types of restaurants and coffee shops so it’s a great place to take in the views and relax if you’re in the mood. However, there isn’t much to see if you don’t want to eat there. I’d recommend taking a snack or a sandwich and just enjoying the views outside.