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Penang Hill

Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera | Air Itam, George Town, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
+60 16-466 6655
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Penang Hill is the oldest British hill station in Southeast Asia, dated late 1700’s. The highest peak of Penang Hill stand at 833 metres (2,732ft) above sea level. Penang Hill funicular train service started on October 1923 The current funicular trains is the 4th generation system which started its operation on 24th April 2011. The funicular track stretches a distance of 1,996 metres (1.99KM) from lower to Upper Station which is the longest in Asia. Penang Hill funicular tunnel, at 79 metres (258ft) long and 10feet (3.0m) wide with a steepness of 27.9degree, is the steepest tunnel track in the world. There are a total of 52 hill bungalows located on Penang Hill (42 of them are private-owned and 10 bungalows are state-owned). Most of them are more than 100 years old and Bel Retiro (Governors Bungalows) built in1789 is the oldest. Number of visitor to Penang Hill in 2014 exceed 1.36million.
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Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera | Air Itam, George Town, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
+60 16-466 6655
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Admired by all who visited the only tram on the island from near and aboard...by local outstations or tourists. By busloads...by own transport...by local buses..by tour company or by taxis or by Uber or Grab vehicles... By watching at the nearby stalls having a drink...as...More

Thank safwangimmy
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very disappointed as we are not able to take the tram up to Penang hill. Was made to understand that the tickets were sold out very early in the day (we reached the station at 1.30 pm). It’s recommended to purchase the tickets online and...More

Thank be00041976
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A hilltop that can view between island and opposite mainland Butterworth. On top there, you can find cafe and some others tourist spot. Not worth entering owl muzium unless you are owl lovers. The owls are made in various form - wood, glass, porcelain, etc....More

Thank Siewhwee1977
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A very nice place to chill and to enjoy a spectacular view over Penang city, would prefer to go there at night time so you can enjoy watching the city lights.

Thank Hassan A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It's a great place to hike up or just take the funicular train up to enjoy the view. Well kept gardens. It got really crowded by 10p.m.

Thank rajeedemon
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I got an Uber to Penang Hill Railway Lower Station where I then went to the ticket office to enquire about the cable car. I was considering taking a cable car up and walking back down, but as they said it’s around a 3 hour...More

Thank LeeWils0n
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If your expecting a nice train ride through the mountains with good views along the way then this is not it. You board the train at the bottom, get jammed into the cart and it goes directly up the mountain... I struggled to take good...More

Thank Brittany G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Check the weather... Get there early... Other attractions at the top cost more.. Worth a look on a clear day... You're in Penang, so why not :)

Thank CornishCarlos
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great day spent with the family, bought the fast track ticket, very worth it when coming back and beating the long queue. Yes you pay double but if you have a baby and old folks, I think it's a good investment. The hill itself was...More

Thank brandonlye
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was an amazing experience! Was lucky to visit when there was less crowd than what the people behind the queue said. But still, inside the tram, you will find it hard to take a selfie without being photobombed. However it will be paid off...More

Thank Duta N
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Stella Chong S
2 October 2017|
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Response from Beanoo | Reviewed this property |
You can take the train up from the furnicular station at Air Itam which is wheelchair accessible then walk when you reach the top. There is a wheelchair accessible nature trail at The Habitat Penang Hill which is located to... More
baby b
22 September 2017|
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Response from rkktg9 | Reviewed this property |
For citizens (must show their MyKad) the prices are as follows : (Oneway) Adult : RM10 Children (4-6) : RM3 Student Ticket : RM5 Senior Citizens (60+) : RM5 Students : RM4 Promotion from 06:30 - 09:00 and 19:00 - 22:30 for... More
18 September 2017|
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Response from Valerio D | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can, but can be a long walk on the way up, if I was you, i will do the other way, train on the way up and walk on the way down... much easy...