Peak Tram and Sky Terrace to cost more

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 December, 2009, 12:00am

Peak Tram fares and entry to the Sky Terrace of the Peak Tower will cost more from January 1, operator Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels announced yesterday.

The adult single tram fare will rise from HK$22 to HK$25, and the return from HK$33 to HK36. Children's fares of HK$8 single and HK$15 return will both rise by HK$1. Monthly tickets for adults and senior citizens will stay the same.

The price of admission to the observation deck will rise from HK$20 to HK$25 for adults, and from HK$10 to HK$12 for children.

The last time fares on the 120-year-old Peak Tram service increased was October 2006, when the adult return fare rose HK$3.

The Sky Terrace was free until September 2007 and this is the first time the company has raised the fee.

'The Peak Tram is special, with its long history. It's not something to be replaced by other vehicles,' said Travel Industry Council chairman Michael Wu Siu-ieng, who believed the fare rise would not affect the tram's inclusion in tourist packages.

Agencies were given a grace period of three months during which prices for agents would stay the same, executive director Joseph Tung Yao-chung said. 'Of course we don't want any fare increase. But it's a commercial decision and we have no choice but to accept it,' he said.

Some tourists asked in particular to ride on the Peak Tram, but the Peak Tower should add value to the Sky Terrace, he said. 'They should add more programmes for people to enjoy on the Sky Terrace.'