Penang Hill

Penang Hill is situated 6 km away from Georgetown. It is the very first colonial hill station which was developed in West Malaysia. The hill station comprises five other hills namely Western Hill, Tiger Hill, Bukit Laksmana, Flaggstaff Hill and Government Hill.

Penang Hill is a forested and hilly area, thus known as the state’s main hill resort. The locals call it by the name of “Bukit Bendera” and its temperature is about five degrees cooler than Georgetown. The flora and fauna in Penang Hill have been protected and conserved since the 1960s and it is one of the most well-known tourist spots due to its rejuvenating climate.

Aside from the picturesque natural view from the top, Penang Hill provides an array of attractions for visitors. There are some gardens, a Hindu temple, a mosque, a post office, a police station, a food court, a fruit stall, as well as a 11-room hotel located at the upper funicular station.

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Image by Marufish

Visiting Hours

The hill is always open.

Cable car service up the hill:

Monday – Sunday: 6:30am – 11:00pm.
Ticket counter opening hours: 6:30am – 10:30pm.


Admission to the hill is FREE.

Cable car service up to the hill:

Adult: RM 30 (Fast lane: RM 80).
Child (4-12 years): RM 15 (Fast lane: RM 40).
Senior Citizen (>60 years): RM 30 (Fast lane: RM 60).


Perbadanan Buit Bendera,
Jalan Stesen Bukit Bendera,
Air Itam,
11500 Penang.

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Hear From Others

Once you will know about this unspoiled Penang Hill hiking trail, your weekends on the island will never be the same again.

Penang Insider

On Penang Hill you can escape the heat of tropical Georgetown.

Ben van Wijnen
Malaysia Site

At least four new species among discoveries in recent top-to-bottom study of Malaysia’s Penang Hill rainforest.

Tessa Chan
South China Morning Post

Nearby Attractions

Kek Lok Si

It is famously known as the Temple of Supreme Bliss, claimed to be the largest in Southeast Asia and possesses great interiors. The best time to explore it is during the Spring Festival.

Penang Botanic Gardens

An old quarry turned into a breath-taking landscape of gardens, those who come to Penang should set foot on the Penang Botanic Garden to experience the inviting greeneries.

Air Itam Dam

Air Itam Dam is the first dam to be built on Penang Island. It is surrounded by Penang Hill and Paya Terubong. The dam is a favorite place for jogging. The visitors can get a panoramic view of George Town from the highest point of the dam.