We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Lovely views but monkey cups are the winner”
Review of Penang Hill

Penang Hill
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Penang Hill Funicular Ticket
Ranked #17 of 147 things to do in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 2016 exceed 1.6million.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Caught the fernicular up to the top - we went on a sat morning at about 11 am and queues were not too bad. The highlight for me was the wee garden tour learning about the monkey cups - totally unexpected to learn so much. Lovely staff with a passion for their job. Can get up close and personal with a scorpion if you want too

Thank Treadys
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (6,666)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"train ride"
in 365 reviews
"cable car"
in 313 reviews
"fast lane"
in 171 reviews
"nice view"
in 311 reviews
"bukit bendera"
in 77 reviews
"monkey cup"
in 72 reviews
"hindu temple"
in 193 reviews
"night view"
in 63 reviews
"long queue"
in 106 reviews
"food court"
in 201 reviews
"walk up"
in 61 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 77 reviews
"fresh air"
in 85 reviews
"botanical gardens"
in 119 reviews
in 443 reviews
in 132 reviews
in 118 reviews

64 - 68 of 6,666 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well worth a visit. Our trip was in the morning and the mist hadn't quite cleared but was statting to as we headed down. On a clear day it must be simply magnificent to see the entire city below. We had a reasonable glimpse and enjoyed being up high and visiting the highest restaurant in Penang. The coffee shop could be better equipped and larger, as I think the tourist board is missing a trick by not capitalizing on the number of folk who'd like to spend more time close to the top. The funicular railway is quite amazing to see in operation. Loved it!

Thank fairlywelltravelled3
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I took the cable car to go up. Nothing special about it if you have been on this type of vehicle before. Don't take the fast lane! It's not worth the extra money. Also there are people trying to take a picture of you by the entrance which they're probably going to sell at a horrendous price if you let them take it. Just walk on - even if they try to stand in your way (they did in my case - first time I experienced something like this in Malaysia so far). On the hill there are several tourist attractions which I skipped altogether to go on the hike back down. First part to the middle station: Horrible. Everything is under construction, rubbish everywhere. Lost my way once because of a turned sign and ended up being attacked (but not hurt) by some dogs because I accidentally set foot on private property... Second part: middle station downwards is really nice. Not comparable though to a "real hike" like for example in a national park. One last thing: the last bit is around 2000 steps down (or up, depending on your direction) which makes that part quite tricky. Bring good shoes and enough water.

Thank Tina B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You take the cable car to go up and enjoy an amazing view over penang island ! That's part of the visit is ok, ticket 35rm / pax, no wait for the cable car .
But then, as nature lowers, we decided to do one of the walking tour to discover more about the parc. We choose the longest one 1 hour and half .. such a mistake. Some part of the park are collapsing et are covered with a blue tarpaulin to avoid the fall of rocks on the strollers .. very dangerous . We didn't feel safe and do not recommend this walking tour . Better do another one but we didn't test it so mabby they are similar and not very practicable. That's a shame not to maintain this wealth of nature .. and of course no monkeys, no animals..

1  Thank judpt
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A perfect getaway from hectic city.
Fresh air, and the morning view is beyond expectation, it feels like we’re above the sky.
After few moments of appreciating the view, we started to get lost. The road sign is sooo limited! We don’t know where to go and what to do until someone offer us a trip to dwarf village, path of love and stuff, which is a total rip off.. Rm 10 for the entrance fee and there’re barely anything to see.. it’s a 15mins walk and there’s a honey gift shop on the end of the pathway.

Anyway the best part of our trip here is the char KoayTeow? At the pathway of hutton hotel. And it cost u less than the weird dwarf village entrance fee

Thank Vivi H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Penang Hill also viewed

Teluk Bahang, Penang Island
George Town, Penang Island

Been to Penang Hill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing