Ways to avoid the lines for The Peak Tram

queue for the peak tram

Queuing for hours in the heat isn’t our idea of fun. Photo by James Antrobus

As one of the city’s most iconic experiences with the best views over the skyscrapers and across Victoria Harbour, it’s no wonder the Peak Tram is a popular tourist attraction in Hong Kong and one that you should definitely not miss. Unfortunately this comes with consequences: it’s common to see long lines to get onto the Peak Tram and up to Peak which snake out of the building, up and around the corner and even across to the other side of the street. But fear not courageous travelers, there are ways to avoid the Peak Tram queue by shortening your waiting time or even skipping the line altogether.

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1. Queue jump with a combo package

The only way to truly skip the Peak Tram line is to purchase a combo ticket (which, incidentally, also gives you up to 39% off!). Not only does this grant you VIP access so you’ll be marched straight to the front, it also gives you great discounts too. Four options are available:

  1. Peak Tram Return Ticket + Sky Terrace 428

  2. Peak Tram Return Ticket + Sky Terrace 428 + Trick Eye Museum 3-in-1 Combo

  3. Peak Tram Return Ticket + Sky Terrace 428 + Madame Tussauds 3-in-1 Combo

  4. Peak Tram Return Ticket + Sky Terrace 428 + Madame Tussauds + Trick Eye Museum 4-in-1 Combo

How it works: You’ll be met by a guide at Central MTR Station Exit K who will walk you to the Peak Tram Terminus, get your tickets and take you to the front of the line, bypassing the queue altogether. Once at the top, you’ll be left to enjoy the Sky Terrace and/or Madame Tussauds/Trick Eye Museum at your leisure. Return Peak Tram tickets are included, however there is no queue jump for the return journey (the line is usually much shorter on the way down however.)

Peak Tram Fast-Track Combo Regular Price Tripsle Price (+ Queue Jump)
Peak Tram Return + Sky Terrace 428 HK$103 HK$95
Peak Tram Return + Sky Terrace 428 + Trick Eye Museum HK$249 HK$150
Peak Tram Return + Sky Terrace 428 + Madame Tussauds HK$354 HK$275
Peak Tram Return + Sky Terrace 428 + Madame Tussauds + Trick Eye Museum HK$508 HK$315

Discounts available for child and senior tickets

Peak Tram 3-in-1 Combo Ticket

2. Choose wisely when you decide to visit

Of course, weekends and public holidays are going to be the busiest times to visit. If you can schedule your itinerary to go on a weekday, the lines will be much shorter. That being said, the queues pick up from 5pm with tourists heading up to see the daily 8pm light show and again from 8:30pm for the way back down.

Early morning, before 9am, tends to be the quietest time.

Peak Tram Queue

Photo: Jorge Lascár via Flickr

3. Consider alternative transport

Taxis and buses also make the route to the top. Taxis will set you back HK$40-50 and buses are very cheap. However, the steep 120 year old funicular is part of the charm and history of the Peak and really shouldn’t be missed. The road route is also very windy and not nearly so direct. Getting a taxi or bus in one direction might be a good compromise, especially for the return journey when the Peak Tram reverses so passengers end up traveling backwards! For the utmost comfort and convenience, you might consider a direct van transfer from your hotel to the top of the peak. It accommodates up to 6 people so more cost effective if you’re traveling in a large group or with kids.

Peak Tram Queue

4. Pay by Octopus Card

Octopus Cards (the swipe cash card for Hong Kong transport) are accepted for the Peak Tram and avoid the ticketing queue. However at busy times, it’s the line for the tram itself that is long so paying by Octopus won’t actually be much of an advantage.

Line for Peak Tram

Photo via Wikicommons

Peak Tram Information

Opening hours: 7am – midnight

Price (single/return): HK$68/80 (adults), HK$34/42 (children & seniors) or purchase a combo ticket as above for a better discount and queue jump

Duration: less than 10 mins

Nearest MTR: Admiralty (Exit C1) or Central (Exit J or K)

Sky Terrace 428 Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm on weekends and Public holidays, 10am – 11pm on weekdays

* Insider tips: when you get on the tram, choose a seat on the right hand side for unobstructed views of the city

Are you ready to get to The Peak?