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Penang Hill

Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera | Air Itam, George Town, Penang Island 11500, Malaysia
+60 4-828 8880
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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 4-828 8880
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Amazing and beautiful view, family friendly a nice place to spend part if the day went there with my wife and absolutely enjoyed the place

Thank Tarek K
Reviewed yesterday

I can still feel the taste of the awesome spicy chick pea that I had on penang hill. You can take a cable car to go up or you can walk (good luck!) but if you are a student better to have your card on...More

Thank Zohreh S
Reviewed yesterday

Must visit place while you are in Penang. Two options to to get there, either via funicular railway or by road on four by four vehicle. We taken the later option as sometimes ques on funicular railway are too long. All in all it is...More

Thank alimahar
Reviewed 3 days ago

Penang Hill provides a bird-eye view of Penang Georgetown. It was a smooth ride up the hill using the tram though there was quite a queue. If you arrive in the late morning or afternoon, you may want to consider the express pass (RM60 instead...More

Thank Opaque21
Reviewed 3 days ago

Catch the 204 bus from the Jetty (cheap) and it takes you straight to it. Views across the harbour are amazing however bit disappointed about "the habitat" expensive for what you get.

Thank AsiatravellerWA
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I visited Penang Hill 3 days ago and absolutely fell in love. I was staying at G Hotel Kelawai and the view of the hill is very visible from the windows which is beautiful. However, seeing it in person is a whole different experience. There...More

Thank ABrum91
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There is a few way to go up to the hill that is by car, cable car or hike. I try the hike route . You need to go to moongate(google maps) if you prefer to use hike route. It is quiet far from the...More

Thank Firdaus I
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Cheap enough to be worth it. Great view of the city- a few restaurants up top but nothing to write home about. If you want a good view and good pics of the city then it's worth the 1-1.5 hours out of your day.

Thank Benjamin C
Reviewed 5 days ago

The modernised railway gives a fast and efficient ride up to some amazing views over Penang in about 10 - 15 minutes. Queues can be lengthy on busy days and public holidays but there are attractive walks, gardens, food stalls and other attractions at the...More

Thank Helen H
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is the 1st time I went up Penang Hill with my family after they changed to the new train. With the new train, travelling time up and down the hill has improved tremendously compare to the previous old train. Good view of Penang city...More

Thank Jimmy O
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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...
Sandra D
13 September 2017|
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Response from Minato86 | Reviewed this property |
It is around 4-5 hours by car or bus. A flight will take approx 45mins.
20 July 2017|
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Response from Rahat316 | Reviewed this property |
The easy way to know whether the Temple is open or not is that u ask the hotel reception where u staying. Those people r local and they will know the best. One more thing,Penang hill is one of a kind! Try to go there early... More