Lugard Road, Hong Kong – the best free lookout point

When I think about Hong Kong, I remember its tall skyscrapers, in different shapes and colors. I’ve been to many big cities around Asia such as Singapore, Tokyo, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur but none offers such beautiful views as Hong Kong.

With tall buildings, incredible mountains and countless islands, the views over Hong Kong are one of a kind. Many tourists who visit it are looking for amazing lookout points but sometimes, to get the perfect view, you have to travel off the beaten path.

Are you searching for the best viewpoint in Hong Kong? You are in the right place!

Apart from offering the best views over the impressive skyscrapers in Hong Kong, the Lugard Road is also free to visit.

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Lugard Road or Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hong Kong. Hundreds of tourists come here every night to see the sunset. It’s busy, popular but this is definitely not the best lookout point in Hong Kong.

If you are curious to see what the view looks like from Victoria Peak, please see the photo below.

Victoria Peak view

Victoria Peak

If you really want to experience the best view over Hong Kong’s skyline, take a short walk from Victoria Peak to Lugard Road. The picture below is taken from the free Lugard Road observation deck. Quite a difference, right?

Lugard Road viewpoint night

Lugard Road

Lugard Road viewpoint

Lugard Road is not actually a road for cars but rather a pedestrian path which makes its way through the thick Hong Kong forest. Located at about 400 meters above the sea level, this road offers the best views over the Victoria Harbor.

The path is 2.4 kilometer-long but talking a walk on Lugard Road is the most relaxing and rewarding thing you can do. Although most of the times you won’t be able to see the city due to the thick forest, from time to time the tall skyscrapers will reveal themselves in a spectacle of shapes and colors.

Check out my full guide about the famous Hong Kong Monster Building here.

Lugard Road viewpoint night

If you’d prefer to get directly to best viewpoint on Lugard Road, head to “Lugard Road Lookout” (you can search for it on Google Maps). It took us a while to find it since we didn’t use Google Maps but as long as you’re using the app, you’ll be there in no time.

The Lugard Road Lookout has an opening of about 8 meters. It might seem like a lot but during the sunrise and sunset, it can get pretty busy. However, it will never be as busy as the Victoria Peak.

Lugard Road entrance fee: $0 

When to go to Lugard Road

If you are a photographer or just want to enjoy Lugard Road view, I recommend going during the sunrise or sunset/ night. Personally, I’m not a morning person and I’m fascinated by the city lights during the night so I’d prefer going at sunset.

However, if you want to have the place for yourself, definitely go for the sunrise. There are not that many early birds around the Lugard Road Lookout at 7 am.

For reference, below are two pictures – the first one is taken at sunrise, the second one is taken at sunset. Both views are breathtaking.

Lugard Road viewpoint sunrise

Sunrise at Lugard Road

Lugard Road viewpoint sunsetHow to get to Lugard Road

Getting to Lugard Road is easy. There are transportation options for every budget.

First, you’ll have to get to Victoria Peak and then, after a few minutes of walking you will reach Lugard Road.

1. Lugard Road by tram

Take the Victoria Peak tram which is one of the oldest funicular trains in the world. As you will make your way to the top in this beautiful train, you will pass right by the tall apartment buildings.

Riding The Peak Tram is an experience itself and I totally recommend it to anyone who visits Hong Kong.

Price: HK$ 52 return ticket 

Waiting time: 30 minutes – 1 hour, depending when you’re visiting. If you’re going during the sunset, expect to wait around one hour.

2. Lugard Road by bus

You can also take the bus number 15 from Central Pier 8 but the ride will take about one hour and fifteen minutes.

3. Lugard Road by taxi

You can take a taxi to the peak from anywhere around the city. I recommend using the Grab App which is the Asian version of Uber. Just enter your destination in the app (Victoria Peak) and wait for your driver to arrive.

Where to stay in Hong Kong

Hotel Icon Hong Kong

Hotel Icon Hong Kong

  • Budget – Owl Hostel – excellent location in the heart of the city, clean rooms, friendly staff
  • Medium budget – Kerry Hotel – incredible infinity pool, great value for money, excellent views
  • Luxury – Hotel Icon – excellent service, incredible views and infinity pool, spacious rooms

I hope that I’ve convinced you that Lugard Road is the best viewpoint in Hong Kong. Still undiscovered by many tourists, this Hong Kong observation deck offers the most incredible views over the city. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to let me know in the comments section below.

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8 Comments

  1. January 12, 2019 / 2:34 am

    I love finding the most beautiful viewpoints when I travel. This certainly looks amazing!

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 2:57 am

      Thanks! My favorite view in the entire world!

  2. January 12, 2019 / 6:55 am

    I am totally going here the next time I am in Hong Kong. Such stunning views over the city.

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 2:56 am

      The best ones you can get! 🙂

  3. January 12, 2019 / 11:57 am

    Wow the views are fantastic! Hong Kong looks like another world isn’t it?

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 2:56 am

      Definitely! Thanks so much!

  4. January 12, 2019 / 4:41 pm

    Your photos are AWESOME! I have never been to Hong Kong, but its so high on my list… Great article!

    • dailytravelpill
      Author
      January 13, 2019 / 2:56 am

      Thanks so much! It’s an amazing city!

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