Hong Kong's Victoria Peak

...and the Peak Tram, another Hong Kong Institution

Hong Kong Victoria Peak Victoria Peak in the background

Victoria Peak is Hong Kong Island's highest point and a landmark of the Hong Kong skyline.

At 1,811 feet or 552 meters high it has long been the address of choice for the Taipans of old and new. With the commanding views over Victoria Harbour, it is understandable why it is some of the most sought after real estate in the world.

The summit is not open for visitors, it is actually occupied by a radio tower. When people refer to "The Peak" , they mean the surrounding facilities where the viewing platforms and concessions are.

So what's so special about Victoria Peak? Well, it isn't the peak itself, but the incredible views of the harbour and one of the most magnificent skylines in the planet that will literally take your breath away.

Hong Kong Victoria Peak

This view has visitors from all over the world flocking to the Peak, one of Hong Kong's tourist magnets. On a clear day, you can see as far as the surrounding islands. And if the vistas during the day are amazing, the sight at night is just simply jaw-dropping...

Hong Kong Victoria Peak

So here are a few tips and suggestions when visiting this great sight, from how to get there and things to do at the peak once you are there.

Victoria Peak Highlights

Victoria Peak Highlights: The Peak Tram
Getting There:
The Peak Tram

Also can get there by bus
or taxi

Victoria Peak Highlights: The Peak Tower
The Peak Tower:
Shopping Arcade, Restaurants, and viewing platform

Victoria Peak Highlights: The Peak Tram
Sky Terrace 428:
Highest viewing platform in Hong Kong

Victoria Peak Highlights: The Peak Tram
Peak Galleria:
Shops, Restaurants, Free Viewing Terrace

Victoria Peak Highlights: The Peak Tower
Madame Tussauds:
From Wax Museum fame
with an Asian twist

Victoria Peak Highlights: The Peak Tram
Peak Market:
Great fun souvenir shopping!

Getting to Victoria Peak: The Peak Tram

The fun way to get to the Peak is naturally with the Peak Tram, but there are also other alternatives to get to the peak.

Of course you should try to ride the Peak Tram at least once, but if the lines are too long you should consider either taking the bus or a taxi.

A Taxi from Central or Admiralty Station is about HK50, it is very reasonable specially if shared with others in a group.

By Bus to the Peak (Terminal at Peak Galleria): From the Central Star Ferry take Bus 15. Pay attention to take the bus to the Peak, not the Peak Tram Termminus which is 15C. Buses run frequently, but service from the Star Ferry starts at 10:00 a.m. If you want an earlier start, you need to take the bus 15 from Exchange Square.

We like riding the bus from the Peak back to Central, try to sit on the front in the upper deck, it is a very topsy curvy fun ride down.

Private transfers can be arranged to the Peak for HK$403 US$54 per vehicle which accomodates six. They pick you up at your hotel and bring you to the Peak. More Info and Booking here.

Buses, taxis and private trasnfers arrive and depart from the ground floor at the Peak Galleria.

Where are the Best Views of the Harbour?

Two popular options are

There is a charge for the Sky Terrace, the Peak Galleria terrace is free. The links above will take you to the views from both terraces. I don't think it makes THAT much of a difference, you decide.

The Peak Visitor Centre

Victoria Peak Visitor Centre
At the Peak Piazza, check out the Visitor Centre, which is the old tram model that was in operation until 1989. It used to carry up to 62 passengers. The newer model which operates currently carries 120.

Around Victoria Peak

A nice leisurely walk around the peak can be done in an hour on Harlech and Luggard Roads which loop around it and give you amazing 360 views of the island and beyond.

View Victoria Peak - Walk from Peak Tower in a larger map

Victoria Peak and Peak Tram Tips

  • The Peak Tram is less crowded in the mornings, try to get there early to avoid long waits
  • Get an Octopus Card to avoid lines to buy tickets
  • Avoid weekends and public holidays
  • Consider buying combo tickets for Tram, Sky Terrace, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum for savings
  • If the lines for the Tram are too long, consider the bus (cheaper!) or taxi to get up or back. A one-way taxi ride is about HK40
  • Restaurants might seem overpriced, remember you're here for the view, not the food
  • Go on a clear beautiful day and don't forget your camera!
  • Fares and schedules change constantly. For the latest info check the official website: www.thepeak.com

| The Peak Tram | The Peak Tower | The Peak Galleria |

| The Peak Piazza and Visitor's Centre |

| Sky Terrace 428 | The Peak Market |

| Views from Sky Terrace 428 |

| Views from the Peak Galleria Terrace |

| Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum |

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This comprehensive half-day tour is a great way to get to know Hong Kong Island and its famous landmarks and history.

The tour lasts approximately 5 hours with pick up points at several Hong Kong and Kowloon hotels.

Highlights include:

  • Ride on the Peak Tram and views from Victoria Peak
  • Aberdeen Fishing Village
  • Repulse Bay
  • Stanley Market

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