Penang Hill, 830m above sea level, offers a panoramic view of the city. Once can get to the top by hiking if you’re an adventurous person or travelling in a funicular train if you wish to enjoy the exquisite view throughout the journey. At the summit, there is a flower garden, a mini bird park, an owl museum, bungalows, guesthouses and the historical Bellevue hotel.
The most convenient way up to Penang Hill is by means of the Penang Hill Railway, a funicular railway from Air Itam to the top of Flagstaff Hill. The 2,007 m (1 mile 435 yard) journey used to take about half an hour and the train may stop at intermediate stations upon request. However, upgrades to the system now allows non-stop ride to the top in five to ten minutes.
Alternatively, there is a 5.1 km (3.2 mi) tarred road known popularly as the “jeep track”. It is open only to the vehicles of hill residents. The “jeep track” is also used by off-road motorcycle enthusiasts to traverse up the steep terrain. It is a popular hiking route. It begins at the quarry at the entrance of the Penang Botanic Gardens and it takes a two or three-hour leisurely hike to reach the top. Some of the more famous pit stops at the mountain are 52 and 84. At these pit stops, a view of the island is visible to hikers, who are able to get some water and tea prepared by locals stationed on the hill. Eighty Four is the last pit stop before the top of Penang Hill – approximately forty five more minutes from 84.
Opening Hours : 6.30am – 10pm (Mon-Fri) / 6.30am – 11pm (weekends / public & school holidays)
Address : Perbadanan Bukit Bendera, Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera, Air Itam
Contact No. : 04 – 828 8880
Entry Fee : Mykad (Adult RM10, Children/Senior Citizen RM5) ; Standard Rate (Adult RM30, Children RM15)
Website : www.penanghill.gov.my