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“Old train to the Hill”
Review of Penang Hill

Penang Hill
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US$7.75*
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Penang Hill Funicular Ticket
Ranked #22 of 115 things to do in George Town
Certificate of Excellence
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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 April 4, 2018

We spent about 30 RMG to take train to the Hill, from the top of Hill you can take overview of Penang City if sky is clear. Some places are building there, not to much special about sightseeing around but first time visitors are worth to visit.

Thank Candy C
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

I highly recommend getting a Fast Pass even though it is double the price of the usual pass - cost approx $27 but worth every cent. We would have had to wait about 2 hours in the queue or we were on board the funicular railway in 10 minutes! And the queue to get back down was even longer. A unique ride that I think is a must do in Penang. Fabulous views of the city and island and a lovely place to walk around or take a ride in a golf cart to see points of interest. Different places to purchase food and drinks; market stalls and the usual souvenirs. I would have liked to spend more time on top of the hill but it was very hot and muggy and there were 13 of us aged 2 to 70. At least half a day would be ideal i think (and that is with a Fast Pass!)

Thank Sue D
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Lovely environment,clean and very pleasant.
Beautiful sight from the hill and tropical plants.
Has an old Hindu Temple and a Mosque......both just pleasant.
Food....Had a large ,fruit filled ice cream.......worth the visit.
I recommend this visit. The cost is not expensive.....enjoy.

Thank Jaswant J
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Loved the views from top and enjoyed our ride up the hill. Though there was unexplained wait when we were coming back in evening as train was standing in station for 20 odd mina with us all waiting in line to get in train before they let us in. We went just before evening so we were able to enjoy the Penang skyline in daylight and at night both.

Thank AqeelMaqbool
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

A must visit if you are in Penang. The train ride to the top is great. There are many activities on Penang hill itself and the people and food court are great. We HIGHLY recommend to visit the MONKEY CUP CAFE.

Thank Jamie G
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