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Hong Kong Tramways — One of China's Top 20 Most Popular Attractions in 2016

Western MarketWestern Market area

The Hong Kong Tramway traverses the most important part of the city from east to west, and it goes slow enough that it is good for a sightseeing and for transportation for tourists. It is a special transportation treat that tourists can enjoy.

It is actually one of the top 20 popular things to do in the whole of China and in the top 6 in Hong Kong as rated by TripAdvisor (2016). It transports tourists in a fun, slow way, and you can relax as you watch the sights go by from the top deck.

  • Route: along the north coast of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town to Central to Admiralty and to Wan Chai.
  • Fare: 2.30 HKD (30 cents US) for adults; 1.20 HKD for children under 12; 1 HKD for seniors
  • Total track length: 30 km
  • Running time varies depending on road traffic conditions. During the busy hours around noon, travel between Central and Shau Kei Wan, the eastern terminus, can take about an hour. Waiting time is 5-8 minutes, but it is possibly longer at the end of the lines.
  • Distance between stops: 250 meters (820 feet) on average.

Tourist Popularity

What gets this little tram system such high tourist ratings?

  • Sightseeing: You can see a lot of Hong Kong from the top deck.
  • Unusual: It seems antique in the 21st century. Trams were common about 90 years ago in big European and American cities. Now it is a novelty.
  • Convenient for touring: It is also an inexpensive and easy way for tourists to tour the tourist attractions such as those listed below. You can ride the whole length for 30 cents US!
  • Heavy daily ridership: About 240,000 passengers ride the tram every day.

Parallel Tram Lines

Hong Kong Island TramTram's parallel tracks

There are 123 stops and seven tram lines with up to six parallel lines in some places. To interchange between lines, you have to get off and wait to take the tram you want. The terminus of the line is shown on a sign on the front.

The tram tracks are in the middle of streets on the north of Hong Kong Island (like Des Vouex Road, Queensway Road, Johnston Road, Hennessey Road, and Causeway Road) with small pedestrian island platforms.

The Happy Valley loop is clockwise one-way. It branches south between Wan Chai and Causeway Bay to go around the Happy Valley Racecourse. See map below.

  • Kennedy Town – Western Market – Shau Kei Wan
  • Kennedy Town – Shau Kei Wan
  • Whitty Street – Causeway Bay
  • Whitty Street – North Point
  • Kennedy Town – Happy Valley – Shau Kei Wan

Hong kong island map

Hong Kong Island tram line

Stops for Tourist Sights Accessible by Tram

Tram Stops for the MTR Stations Used by Tourists

The tram line and the MTR line run parallel. Here are tram stops for the stations most used by tourists:

  • The Hong Kong Station, Airport Express, Central Station — 72W Pottinger, 27E Pedder, 70W Pedder
  • Admiralty Station — 66W Cotton Tree Drive
  • Wan Chai Station — 43E O'Brien Road
  • Causeway Bay Station — 48W Patterson
  • Shau Kei Wan Station — Shau Kei Wan Terminus

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