Hong Kong Must-Visit: The Peak | Hong Kong Pass

No trip to Hong Kong would be complete without a journey up to The Peak to take in the views of the city.

The Victoria Peak, otherwise known to locals as just ‘The Peak’, is one of the most scenic spots in Hong Kong and with good reason. Whether you’ve jumped onto a sightseeing bus or you’re taking the vintage Victoria Peak tram all the way to the top of the mountain, it’s worth the climb up the mountain to enjoy the views over the metropolis on a crisp blue day.

Victoria Peak

The Peak Hong Kong is the highest vantage point on the city’s main island and as such, thousands of locals and tourists alike flock to it on the most beautiful days of the year. The Peak refers to the general area rather than a specific point and there’s a number of attractions of interest, including the Peak Tower, Madame Tussauds and the mahogany Peak tram - a legacy of Hong Kong’s recent colonial past.

For those who want an unparalleled view over both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, take the escalators all the way up to the very top and pay for a ticket to the Peak Tower’s Sky Terrace 428. As the name implies, the terrace is located 428 metres above sea level and the photographs taken from here are unbeatable - unless of course the weather is against you.

Sadly, the Peak Galleria (a shopping and dining complex) is closed until further notice.

Before planning a visit to the Peak, check the Hong Kong Observatory website and make sure you go on a bright clear day. Hong Kong can be prone to smog and the Victoria Peak can sadly be underwhelming if there’s no view.

How to get to Victoria Peak

Peak Tram
The Victoria Peak Tram is easily one of Hong Kong’s most beloved attractions and chances are, you’ve already spotted it on postcards, calendars and guidebooks relating to the city. The Peak Tram Hong Kong is a laidback, picturesque way to travel up the side of the mountain and has been ferrying people back and forth for over 130 years.

According to the official website, it’s one of the ‘world’s oldest and most famous funicular railways’. Originally, it was specifically for the use of the Peak’s discerning residents and the British Governor however it has since thrown open its doors to all. Easily recognisable by its deep red exterior and white roof, the almost alarmingly steep ride takes a total of seven minutes - making it a gorgeous yet efficient way to travel.

The Peak Tram can be boarded at its dedicated station in Central, located on Garden Road at the mouth of Hong Kong Park, and its one and only stop is a station situated next to the Peak Tower on the other side. Trams run every ten to fifteen minutes from 7am to midnight everyday.

By Bus
Visitors can take a number of buses to the Peak. The relevant bus routes are listed below:

Bus 15
This bus can be taken from the Exchange Square bus terminal located nearby IFC, in the vicinity of Exit D of the Hong Kong Station MTR. If you have time on your hands, it’s a lovely way to travel as it winds through many of Hong Kong’s neighbourhoods but can take up to an hour to get to the very top.

Minibus 1
If you’re ready to travel like a local, this green-topped minibus can be taken from the public transport interchange located near Exit E of the Hong Kong Station MTR. The speediest way up the mountain, barring a taxi.

By Foot
The walk up to the Peak from Mid-Levels is one of Hong Kong’s most popular walks: not only for its sweeping vistas and lush green trails, but also because it’s one of the easier hiking trails on the island. For the simplest and quickest walk, take the Mid-Levels Escalator up to Caine Road from Central, traverse the Hong Kong Botanical Gardens and follow the Old Peak Road trail to the top of the mountain.

For a slightly longer and more scenic walk, you can also take the Pokfulam Reservoir trail. Take the bus 4, 4X, 7 or 30X and disembark at Pok Fu Lam Reservoir Road, where the trail begins. Beside the bus stop, there will be a road that turns off from the main Pok Fu Lam Road carriageway - follow it past the riding school and keep walking up. Follow the edge of the reservoir and keep on going straight, eventually the path will give way to the Peak Galleria.