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Penang Hill Funicular Railway
Penang Hill Funicular Railway

Penang Hill Funicular Railway

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104 Reviews
Perbadanan Bukit Bendera Pulau Pinang, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, 11500

The Basics

Penang Hill Funicular Railway runs from Penang Hill Lower Station, in George Town’s Air Itam suburb, to Penang Hill Upper Station, which is the jumpoff point for exploring temples, food stalls, restaurants, and nature trails and enjoying city views. There is also a Penang Hill Middle Station, in between, but it is rarely used.

The funicular is one of Asia’s longest, at around 1.25 miles (2 kilometers), and waiting in line for the 5-minute ride can take an hour or more in high season. Book online and opt for fast lane tickets to avoid the wait.

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Private Nature Walks at Penang Hill

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Private Nature Walks at Penang Hill
star-5
$32.06 per adult
Very informative and interesting
Excellent tour and guides. Given great detail about the history of Penang Hill. Loved the pitcher plants collection.
Culture08980276388, May 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Penang

star-4
Tour guide/driver is friendly and flexible.
Agathatung, Feb 2020
Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si
It was pleasant as we‘re just 2 in the tour. Guide/driver took us to extra places we prefer to in addition to tour itineraries.
star-4
Penang hill
barian53, Jan 2020
Penang Full Day Tour including Penang Hill(Fast Lane) with Lunch
Tour guide was very informative and helpful gave me lots of time at each stop. Really enjoyed ChewJetty
star-5
Perfect day
andreasfrebel, Jan 2020
Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si
Beatiful and interesting day with a superb driver, who was competent and had a good Knowledge about Pensng and topics all over the World. Great. Also the organisation of the tour was excellent.
star-5
Great way to get out of Georgetown
Jeff O, Aug 2019
Penang City & Temple Tour with Penang Hill(Fast Lane) & Kek Lok Si
This was a good way to get outside of the Georgetown city center and see some of the other sights around the city. Our guide "Gshen" was great and gave us a lot of information about the sights & the city. The top of Penang Hill is a bit of a "tourist trap" with vendors selling trinkets, photos with animals, etc. but if you ignore those vendors, it's still worth it for the views and having the Fast Lane access is worth it to skip the line for the tram up & down. Both the temples we stopped at were very interesting.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The term “Penang Hill” refers to a number of hills. Wear good walking shoes.

  • Aim to sit at the lower end of the train for the best views.

  • Train carriages are air-conditioned.

  • Temperatures on Penang Hill can be 9°F (5°C) cooler than in George Town; you may want to bring a light layer if heading up the hill in the evening.

  • Travelers with disabilities travel free on the Penang Hill railway. There are wheelchair-friendly gates and ramps, and staff can assist with boarding.

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How to Get There

Many travelers visit Penang Hill by funicular as part of a day tour that includes other Penang Island attractions. Shuttles run to Penang Hill Lower Station from Chowrasta Market in downtown George Town. Alternatively, you can reach the area on a 204 bus from Jetty (Weld Quay) or Komtar.

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When to Get There

The funicular operates from early in the morning (before sunrise) until quite late at night but closes for maintenance a couple of times a year. Sunset from Penang Hill is particularly popular, so if you’re heading up in the late afternoon, leave plenty of time to wait in line.

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What to Do Around Penang Hill

Besides the funicular, there’s lots to see in Penang Hill and Air Itam. The vast Kek Lok Si Temple, one of Malaysia’s most important Buddhist sites, is a popular stop en route to the railway. Penang Hill proper offers nature trails, including Monkey Cup, which is known for carnivorous pitcher plants, and Habitat, which includes canopy walkways. There is also a temple, a mosque, an aviary, some small museums, and lots of shops and eateries.

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