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Ding Ding Trams , Hong Kong Overview

The historical Hong Kong Tramways is the oldest and cheapest transportation mode in the city. Popularly known as "Ding Ding Tram", due to the double-bell ring used to alert people of their approach, these are the only fleet of ‘double-decker’ trams in the world making them an iconic way of commute.

Operated by the Hong Kong Tramways Ltd, the Ding Ding Tram starts from the Kennedy Town depot and terminate at the depot in Shau Kei Wan covering a span of 120 stops. The total distance covered is around 13 kilometres and the journey takes about an hour and a half. There are trams available for private hire as well which are great for sightseeing or celebrations. Priced below HKD 3 per passenger, Hong Kong Tramways are a bargain for the adventure that they have on offer.

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Hong Kong Tramways Fare

Adults - HKD 2.60
Children (Aged 3 or above and under 12) - HKD 1.30
Senior Citizen (Aged 65 or above) - HKD 1.20

The payment is made upon dismounting the tram. Passengers can choose to pay with their Octopus Card (a reusable stored value smart card which can be used to make online and offline payments in Hong Kong) or with coins.

Ding Ding Tram Route

Westbound Route Schedule (First/Last Tram Timings):

Route Monday - Friday Saturday Sunday & Public Holidays

Shau Kei Wan to Western Market

5:58 AM - 12:06 AM

6:01 AM - 11:49 PM

6:02 AM - 11:26 PM

Shau Kei Wan to Happy Valley

5:46 AM - 10:40 PM

5:56 AM - 10:31 PM

5:56 AM - 10:16 PM

North Point to Shek Tong Tsui

7:00 AM - 7:42 PM

7:00 AM - 7:42 PM

7:00 AM - 7:42 PM

Causeway Bay to Shek Tong Tsui

5:48 AM - 11:32 PM

6:25 AM - 12:34 AM

6:03 AM - 12:21 AM

Happy Valley to Kennedy Town

5:45 AM - 12:39 AM

5:53 AM - 12:31 AM

5:52 AM - 12:37 AM

Shau Kei Wan to Kennedy Town

7:00 AM - 7:10 PM

7:00 AM - 7:10 PM

7:00 AM - 7:10 PM

Eastbound Route Schedule (First/Last Tram Timings):

Monday - Friday
Sunday & Public Holidays
Kennedy Town to Happy Valley
5:04 AM - 12:00 AM
5:12 AM - 11:49 PM
5:12 AM - 11:58 PM
Kennedy Town to Shau Kei Wan
6:40 AM - 07:00 PM
6:40 AM - 7:00 PM
6:40 AM - 7:00 PM
Shek Tong Tsui to Causeway Bay
5:16 AM - 10:52 PM
5:50 AM - 11:58 PM
5:30 AM - 11:45 PM
Shek Tong Tsui to North Point
6:00 AM - 06:30 PM
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Western Market to Shau Kei Wan
5:55 AM - 12:00 AM
6:00 AM - 12:03 AM
6:02 AM - 12:00 AM
Happy Valley to Shau Kei Wan
6:27 AM - 11:26 PM
6:41 AM - 11:16 PM
6:42 AM - 12:01 AM

The average distance between each stop is around 250 meters, which means its quite easy to hop on and off, making it easier for one to get close to their destination. Some of the popular stops include:
  • Sheung Wan: To visit seafood restaurants and markets.
  • Hong Kong Central: To witness the magnificence of awe-striking infrastructure.
  • Wanchai: To experience the nightlife.
  • Happy Valley: To visit the Derby.
  • Causeway Bay: To visit Victoria Park, famous for sports and fairs.

Types of Trams

Besides the standard double-decker trams covered with advertisements, it is possible for one to catch a glimpse of some unique and historic trams.

Tram number 120: Each of the trams in the network has a unique number. Tram number 120 is one amongst the three trams built in the 1950s. It is coloured green and flaunts wooden framed glass windows. Even the benches are made up of woven bamboo making every aspect of this tram a throwback to the past.

Millenium Trams: In the year 200, HKT developed tram numbers 168, 169, 170 and 171 which had an aerodynamic design and a modern interior.

Open-Top Antique Trams: Tram number 28 and 128 in the HKT network are trams with open roofs which are only available for private hire and parties. It can be spotted easily owing to the fact that it is illuminated with lights and decorations.

Open-Top Tour Tram 68 (TramOramic Tour): These trams are a throwback to the 1920s with its design reflecting the same. They have open roofs and provide a tour of Hong Kong.

Maintenance Trams: Tram number 200 and 300 are dedicated to being the maintenance trams and while one can’t ride them, it is still cool to spot them on the tracks.

The TramOramic Tour

Launched in January 2016, TramOramic is Hong Kong Tramways’ sightseeing tram giving out 3 tours daily. The tram is built upon a 1920s-style open top classic theme. The TramOramic Tour package comes included with a 2-Day Pass offering buyers with unlimited rides on HKT trams. The tour features personal headsets with 8 different languages and provides the passengers with tales of local life and Hong Kong’s history. While

The tours cover 2 different paths and set off at different times.
  • First Tour: From Western Market to Causeway Bay at 10:30 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:25 PM respectively.
  • Second Tour: From Causeway Bay to Western Market at 11:40 AM, 3:10 PM and 5:40 PM respectively. 
Cost: HKD 95 for Adults and HKD 65 for kids (aged 4 to 11 years)

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