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.
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
Tram'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
Stops for Tourist Sights Accessible by Tram
The IFC Towers (the IFC Mall) and Star Ferry — 72W Pottinger, 27E Pedder, 70W Pedder
The Former Legislative Council Chambers and Statue Square — 31E Bank Street