Hong Kong Tramways, which started running from East to West of Hong Kong Island in 1904, remains a popular mode of transport in the city. It has also become a major tourist attraction, providing visitors a unique close up view of local street life on the lower deck and the vibrant cityscape on the upper deck. It also holds the distinction of being the only tram system in the world with the largest fleet of double-deck tramcars still in service.
The tram system runs a total of 13 km on a track built parallel to the northern coastline of Hong Kong Island from Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan on the north east coast, with a 3km single-track loop running through the Happy Valley district of Causeway Bay.
There are 7 tram termini located along the tram line and six major overlapping routes:
- Shau Kei Wan ↔ Western Market
- Shau Kei Wan ↔ Happy Valley
- Shau Kei Wan ↔ Kennedy Town
- North Point ↔ Whitty Street
- Happy Valley ↔ Kennedy Town
- Causeway Bay ↔ Whitty Street
- Western Market ↔ Kennedy Town
It carries a daily average of 230,000 passengers. A uniform fare is charged regardless of the distance traveled: HK$2.30 for adults, HK$1.20 for children under 12, and HK$1.10 for seniors. It operates from 5:30 am to 12:30 am.
Also called the Ding Ding Tram, a reference to the standard double bell ring trams use to warn pedestrians of their approach, the tram system is powered by electricity and is considered as one of the most environmentally friendly ways of traveling in Hong Kong.
It is operated by the Hong Kong Tramways Limited, wholly owned by Veolia Transport.