Stretching over 800 metres, the Central–Mid-Levels Escalator in Hong Kong is the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator system. As well as being an effortless way to traverse the hilly streets, it provides an excellent opportunity to hop on and off and explore some of the best markets, antique shops, museums, historic buildings and restaurants in town.


The escalator runs from the heart of Hong Kong’s bustling Central district, to the more relaxed and residential Mid-Levels neighbourhood, and offers one of the best free rides in the city.

Having cost HK$245 million (US$31.2 million) to build, the escalator opened in October 1993 and today serves over 85,000 people every day.

The system is not a continuous escalator; it’s broken up into a series of 20 escalators and three moving walkways. With 14 entrances and exits, you can hop on and off wherever you fancy. A complete journey from start to finish takes about 20-25 minutes.

The escalator begins at 100 Queens Road Central at its junction with Cochrane Street.

The first section is a moving walkway that takes you to Wellington Street. You can stop off here and visit Lan Kwai Fong, the city’s main entertainment zone that is brimming with numerous restaurants, pubs and clubs. 


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