1st Temporary suspension of the Peak Tram Service for the upgrade project From 23 April 2019 (Tuesday) for approximately 2-3 months

The Peak Tram has proudly served Hong Kong for 130 years. It has successfully transformed from an essential mode of transport to one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions, serving more than 6 million passengers per year.   

The approval of Chief Executive in Council for the operating right and upgrade project was granted in 2018, and a substantial upgrade of the Peak Tram system and stations commenced in January 2019, scheduled for completion in early 2021. The upgrade project involves a significant investment of HK$684 million, privately funded by Peak Tramways Company, Limited. 

The upgrade project will replace the current tramcars, which have a capacity of 120 passengers, with new 210 passenger tramcars. As a result of the larger tramcars, we will completely replace all haulage and control systems, lay new track rails and strengthen the track foundations and bridges. We will also need to extend the current “passing loop” and relocate the Lower Terminus further uphill. 

We are also planning to completely refurbish both upper and lower termini and create additional queueing capacity at the Lower Terminus for up to 1300 passengers, in a comfortable and entertaining environment.

For such a comprehensive upgrade, some temporary suspension to the Peak Tram service will be unavoidable and we have limited this to two suspension periods. The first suspension will start from Tuesday, 23 April 2019 for approximately 2-3 months.

During the first temporary service suspension period, visitors can take the following alternative public transport services to the Peak:

(A) A Special Route No. X15 between Admiralty (West) Bus Terminus (near MTR Admiralty Station Exit B) and The Peak will be operated by New World First Bus (NWFB);
(B) NWFB Route No. 15 (Central (Central Ferry Piers) / Exchange Square - The Peak); 
(C) NWFB Route No. 15B (Wan Chai (Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Extension) – The Peak) - service on Sundays and Public Holidays only; 
(D) Hong Kong Island Green Minibus Route No. 1 (Central (Hong Kong Station Public Transport Interchange) - The Peak); or
(E) Taxi.

- The Peak Tower and Sky Terrace 428 will remain open during the temporary suspension period.
- Bus and Green Minibus services will be strengthened to meet passenger demand when necessary.
- Services provided by NWFB Route No. 15C (Central Ferry Piers (Pier 8) - Garden Road (Lower Peak Tram Station) will be suspended during the period. 

Taxis are plentiful throughout Hong Kong and can be hailed on the street (except restricted areas) or summoned by the HK Taxi App or phone. Hong Kong taxis are metered, relatively inexpensive by international standards and air-conditioned.

Hiking trails are available to the Peak (please visit Google / Baidu map for details). The walk from Central to The Peak takes around 1 to 1.5 hours.

“On behalf of Peak Tramways Company, Limited, we would like to apologise for any inconvenience this necessary temporary suspension may cause. We remain committed to providing the finest service to our visitors and passengers at this iconic tourist attraction.  The Upgrade will enable us to continue this 130-year-old tradition, further enhance visitors’ experience and continue to grow together with Hong Kong for future generations.  Temporary service disruptions and temporary platform arrangements are necessary while we take all measures to minimise the impact to all passengers, the community and the tourism industry,” said May Tsang, General Manager of Peak Tramways Company, Limited.   

Thank you for your attention. 

For enquiries, please call:

The Peak Tram Hotline - (852) 2522 0922 
7 am to 12 midnight (Mon - Sun & Public Holidays) 
The Peak Tower Customer Services Centre – (852) 2849 0668 
10 am to 11 pm (Mon - Fri) 
8 am to 11 pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)

NWFB Customer Service Hotline – 
(852) 2136 8888
8 am to 8 pm (Mon - Sun & Public Holidays)

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About The Peak Tram and The Peak Tower

The Peak Tram is one of the world's oldest and most famous funicular railways. Opened in May 1888, the double reversible funicular railway, as it is technically known, rises from 28m to 396m above sea level along a 1.4 km track with a gradient of between 4 to 27 degrees. Among Hong Kong's most popular tourist attractions, the Tram terminates at The Peak Tower shopping and entertainment complex, which has one of the world's greatest panoramic views.

The Peak Tower is one of Hong Kong’s most recognizable icons and is a leading tourist destination. The Peak Tower also offers four exciting signature restaurants with stunning views, as well as a number of innovative casual dining outlets. A unique festival-market-style shopping arcade and spectacular special-effects lighting, both inside and out, also serve to make The Peak Tower one of Hong Kong’s most compelling leisure destinations for residents and tourists alike.

Located at 428 metres above sea level, Sky Terrace 428, the highest viewing terrace in Hong Kong offering stunning 360-degree panoramic views, spectacular panoramic views of the vibrant city – from the stunning cityscape to the tranquility of greenery landscape, across the Victoria Harbour and the South China Sea. 

About The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH)
Incorporated in 1866 and listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (00045), HSH is the holding company of a Group which is engaged in the ownership, development and management of prestigious hotel, commercial and residential properties in key locations in Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as the provision of tourism and leisure, club management and other services. The Peninsula Hotels portfolio comprises The Peninsula Hong Kong, The Peninsula Shanghai, The Peninsula Beijing, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Peninsula New York, The Peninsula Chicago, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, The Peninsula Paris, The Peninsula Bangkok, and The Peninsula Manila. Projects under development include The Peninsula London, The Peninsula Istanbul and The Peninsula Yangon. The property portfolio of the Group includes The Repulse Bay Complex, The Peak Tower and St. John’s Building in Hong Kong; The Landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and 21 avenue Kléber in Paris, France. The clubs and services portfolio of the Group includes The Peak Tram in Hong Kong; Thai Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand; Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California; Peninsula Clubs and Consultancy Services, Peninsula Merchandising, and Tai Pan Laundry in Hong Kong.  

For further enquiries, please contact the following person or visit our website www.thepeak.com.hk.

Peak Tramways Company, Limited
Vien Tai
Tel: (852) 2849 0819
Email: vientai@peninsula.com
Fax: (852) 2849 6237



Queena Cheung
Tel: (852) 2849 0830
Email: queenacheung@peninsula.com
Fax: (852) 2849 6237