PETRONAS Twin Towers / PETRONAS Towers Travel Guide

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PETRONAS Twin Towers in the Morning
PETRONAS Twin Towers in the Morning

PETRONAS Twin Towers, together with the Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower), are the iconic skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur.

Whether you are arriving from the airport, by car or by bus, you know you are approaching the city center when you see the towers from afar.

PETRONAS Twin Towers stand at a height of 451.9 meters (1,482.6 feet) and each of the tower is an 88-storey structure.

Even though the exterior of the towers are cladded with steel and glass, reinforced concrete is the primary material used in its construction.

From the planning phase, the entire structure takes almost 4 years to complete. The opening ceremony of the towers was on August 31, 1999 and it was officiated by the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.

Today, the PETRONAS Twin Towers are still the tallest twin towers in the world. They were the tallest towers in the world until the record was superseded by Taipei 101 in 2004.

PETRONAS, the state oil company, its subsidiaries and associate companies occupy Tower 1 while multinational companies take up office spaces in Tower 2.

Attraction Type

Landmark

Name in Local Language

Malay: Menara Berkembar PETRONAS

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Getting There

Going to the PETRONAS Towers is very easy thanks to its prime location.

If you are coming off at the KLCC Light Rail Transit (LRT) Station, follow the signs guiding you towards Suria KLCC, a shopping mall between the base of the towers.

You will walk through a short, air-conditioned underground walkway to reach the Concourse (C) or Lower Ground Level of the shopping mall.

From Suria KLCC to PETRONAS Twin Towers Navigation Map
From Suria KLCC to PETRONAS Twin Towers Navigation Map

From there, take the a lift or the escalators to the Ground (G) Level and walk towards the exit directly behind the bubble lifts.

After exiting the shopping mall, take either a left turn to Tower 1 or a right turn to Tower 2. When you are in either one of the towers, take an escalator up to the Concourse Level where you will find the ticket counter.

By Train

The closest train station to the twin towers is the KLCC LRT Station.

By Foot

If you are in the Bukit Bintang area, the KLCC to Bukit Bintang Pedestrian Walkway makes it possible to walk to PETRONAS Twin Towers while staying away from the heat and traffic.

The entrance to the walkway at Bukit Bintang is located at Connection, which is a section for bars, restaurants and cafes in Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. You can find Connection at Level 3 of the shopping mall.

On the KLCC side, the walkway ends at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. From there, there will be a lot of signs pointing towards Suria KLCC. You can reach the shopping mall by taking a brief walk across KLCC Park or via an underground air-conditioned walkway.

By Bus

You can take a bus to PETRONAS Twin Towers too.

GOKL CityBus

GOKL Citybus
GOKL Citybus

GOKL CityBus is a free bus service that was introduced to ease traffic congestion around Petaling Street (Chinatown), KLCC and Bukit Bintang.

You can spot the bus from far because it has a purple exterior, which is unique among city buses.

GOKL CityBus’ green route includes a stop at KLCC LRT Station, which you can then walk to Suria KLCC through an air-conditioned underground walkway.

The following is a list of key bus stops on the green route:

  • Arab Street (Ain Arabia) – Interchange stop to GOKL buses on the purple route.
  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur – Interchange stop to GOKL buses on the purple route.
  • Concorde Hotel
  • Berjaya Times Square
  • Sungei Wang Plaza
  • Raja Chulan Monorail
  • Grand Hyatt Hotel
  • Grand Continental Hotel

The GOKL bus service also has a purple route, which does not include a stop at KLCC LRT Station.

However, you can still take buses on the purple route if you don’t mind switching over to buses on the green route at Arab Street or Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.

These are the key bus stations along the GOKL CityBus’ purple route:

  • Arab Street (Ain Arabia) – Interchange stop to GOKL buses on the green route.
  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur – Interchange stop to GOKL buses on the green route.
  • Pasar Seni Bus Hub
  • KL Tower

RapidKL City Buses

The route for the two RapidKL city buses below includes a stop near PETRONAS Twin Towers.

By Taxi

Almost every taxi driver in Kuala Lumpur knows where PETRONAS Twin Towers are. They will usually drop you off in front of Suria KLCC’s entrance at Jalan P. Ramlee.

Some unscrupulous drivers may quote exorbitant fares for travelers heading towards the area, citing poor traffic conditions or other excuses. Insist on paying according to the meter or at least a reasonable fixed fare.

The following is a list of estimated taxi fares from key attractions around Kuala Lumpur to PETRONAS Twin Towers:

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to PETRONAS Twin Towers: RM89 to RM133
  • Mid Valley Megamall to PETRONAS Twin Towers: RM13 to RM20
  • KL Tower to PETRONAS Twin Towers: RM6 to RM9
  • Petaling Street (Chinatown) to PETRONAS Twin Towers: RM8 to RM12
  • Bukit Bintang to PETRONAS Twin Towers: RM7 to RM11

The estimated fares above may vary due to traffic conditions, and they do not include the 50% midnight surcharge.

Once you get off the taxi, head towards either of the towers. Once you are inside, take an escalator up to the Concourse Level where you will find the ticket counter.

Things to Note

  • The ticket counter opens at 8:30 AM, but some visitors arrive as early as 6:00 AM to queue for the tickets because of the limited availability.
  • Depending on the queue, online reservations made and the number of group reservations for the day, the earliest available time slot can be as late as 4:00 PM.
  • Purchase your ticket in advance at the ticket counter to avoid the queue.
  • The Skybridge and observation deck are open until 9:00 PM at night, opt for a time slot after 7:00 PM if you are a fan of night views.
  • Taxi drivers waiting for customers around the area may quote expensive fares despite laws requiring them to use meters. Take the LRT instead if you want to save the trouble of haggling.
  • There will be a long queue for taxis when Suria KLCC is closing.

Key Attractions

The ticket covers a visit to the Skybridge at Level 41 and the observation deck at Level 86. The entire visit takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour.

If you are on a budget and prefer not to pay for the ticket, you can always spend time taking pictures with the towers as your backdrop. KLCC Park is the best place for this.

The towers are magnificent by day and enchanting by night. Be sure to stay around until the sun sets. While waiting, you can take a walk in Suria KLCC or the park just beside it.

Skybridge

The Skybridge, at Level 41 and 170 meters above street level, is a double-decked bridge between the two towers.

It allows the towers to sway when there are strong winds. On top of that, it serves as an evacuation route in case of an emergency.

As part of the tour, you get to spend 10 to 15 minutes strolling across the bridge. It is also the world’s highest bridge so take all the pictures you want while you are here.

Visitors cannot visit the upper section of the bridge at Level 42 because it is reserved for individuals working in offices inside the towers.

Only 15 to 20 visitors are allowed on the Skybridge at any point of time to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable viewing experience.

Observation Deck

Once the 15 minutes for the Skybridge is up, you will be guided towards the lift and up to the observation deck at Level 86, which is 360 meters above street level.

At this height, you now have the opportunity to see Kuala Lumpur and the areas around it from the tallest point in the city. The view will do nothing but take your breathe away.

You can also see the spire of the other tower and even use it as a backdrop for your photos.

Opening Hours

The visiting hours for the Skybridge and observation deck is different from the opening hours of the ticket counters.

Visiting Hours

Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Mondays)
9.00 AM – 9.00 PM (Closed from 1.00 PM – 2.30 PM on Fridays)

Ticket Counters

Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Mondays)
8:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Admission Fees

Adult (Foreigners): RM84.80
Adult (Locals): RM26.50
Child (Foreigners): RM31.80
Child (Locals): RM12.70

Contact Information

Address
Lower Ground (Concourse) Level,
PETRONAS Twin Towers,
Kuala Lumpur City Centre,
50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Telephone
+60 3 2331 8080

Website
http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/

GPS Coordinates

3.157900, 101.711621

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • Luggage drop-off area

Parking

PETRONAS Twin Towers and Suria KLCC share the same parking facility.

Monday to Saturday
First hour: RM4.00
Second and third hour: RM3.00 per hour
Fourth hour and above: RM4.00 per hour

Monday – Friday (5.00 PM to 5.00 AM)
Maximum rate: RM10.00

Saturday (After 12.00 PM), Sunday & Public Holidays
First 3 hours: RM4.00
Subsequent hours: RM4.00 per hour

Lost Ticket
RM50.00

Nearby Eateries / Restaurants

Suria KLCC is the nearest place to go for food courts, restaurants and eateries.

Travel Blog Mentions

Sky High Views At The Petronas Towers

Alan Wagoner is a travel blogger behind Wagoners Abroad, and he visited PETRONAS Twin Towers in April 2015. In the blog post, he shared the fact that the Skybridge is not connected to either of the towers, and it actually “floats” from side-to-side.

Views from the Petronas Towers

Caroline Eubanks, who blogs at Caroline in the City, visited PETRONAS Towers in November 2014.

The view from the observatory deck was a little hazy for her. She recommended checking on the weather before deciding when to go up. She also recommended visiting the towers at night when the city lights up.

Are the Petronas Twin Towers Worth a Visit?

Kam, and his husband, Indy blogged about their visit to the PETRONAS Towers in March 2014.

The view from twin towers wasn’t all that impressive to both of them when they compared it to the view they saw when they were visiting Burj Khalifa in Dubai. They also feel the tour, especially the guide, needs to be more interactive.

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Wayne Liew
Wayne fell in love with traveling and every aspect of it when he traveled to Singapore in 2013. He is a newbie when it comes to traveling and he loves chatting with other travelers to learn from their experiences. Are you a traveler? Let's connect!

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