You cannot visit Kuala Lumpur without at least one peek of the incredible Petronas Twin Towers!
Glenn and I have always been fascinated by the smallest, tallest, oldest, and biggest things in the world. So when we learned that the Petronas Twin Towers were the tallest twin towers in the world, we naturally had to pay a visit during our time in Malaysia.
We actually ended up visiting the Petronas Twin Towers several times both during day and night, from inside and outside, and from both the ground level and the observation deck on the 86th floor! We even went up into another big building to see the Petronas from another perspective.
So by now, we’re experts on how to get the best out of a visit to the iconic Twin Towers in Malaysia.
In this blog post, we’re going to share EVERYTHING you need to know about the Petronas such as historical facts, opening hours, tickets, going on a tour inside, where to see the twin towers from the outside by night, and of course we’ll share our own visit.
So let’s get started! This is the ULTIMATE GUIDE on how to visit the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia.
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About the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia
Before sharing our own experience of the magnificent skyscrapers, we first want to give a ton of information about the history, directions, tickets, and opening hours of Petronas Twin Towers.
So, this section of the blog post is for those of you who are looking to visit the Petronas Twin Towers by yourself. If you’re planning a trip in the future, or you already find yourself in Kuala Lumpur, you needn’t look no further for information!
Petronas Twin Towers history and facts
The making of the iconic skyscrapers took a total of 7 years from the first initial planning in 1992 to the official opening in 1999. However, the building was already in use from 1997.
Several architects was involved in the planning of the Petronas Twin Towers. One of them was famous César Pelli who was also the architect behind the Gran Torre in Santiago, the tallest building in South America which we’ve also been lucky to visit.
César Pelli wanted to design a building that the Malaysians would be proud of and could identify with. That’s why the structure of the building is inspired by traditional Malaysian weaving patterns and Islamic patterns.
The height of the Petronas Twin Towers is 451,8 meters with 88 floors in total. Apparently, the Petronas used to be the tallest buildings in the world from 1998-2004. They are now surpassed in height by other magnificent skyscrapers, BUT the Petronas still remain the tallest Twin Towers in the world!
How to get to the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has an amazing public transportation system!
In our opinion Malaysia’s infrastructure is in general much better than its neighboring countries in Southeast Asia such as Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. So getting to the KLCC and Petronas Twin Towers is super easy.
You can either take the metro line LRT Kelana Jaya Line to the KLCC stop, or you can take the green line GO KL city bus to the KLCC stop.
As we mentioned, Kuala Lumpur has amazing public transportation and the GO KL city bus is even free! You can recognize the free buses by their light purple color.
How to buy the tickets to Petronas Twin Towers
Glenn and I had both been to Kuala Lumpur before, in fact it’s the place we met! However, none of us had actually been inside of the Towers. That’s why we decided to buy the tour to go inside and up the Petronas Twin Towers.
We learned that there are two ways to buy tickets to tour the Petronas Twin Towers. Either you show up at the Petronas Twin Towers ticket office (in the KLCC center) early in the morning on the same day that you want to visit the towers, or you book your tickets ahead online if you wanna make sure to get a spot.
Being us – naturals at just showing up and winging it – we didn’t buy tickets in advance but just showed up in the ticket office.
If you do this, then it’s important to get there early!
The ticket office opens at 9:30 AM. We were there a little past 10 AM and the tickets were almost sold out for the day! All the morning tickets and evening tickets were gone.
We managed to get tickets to 11:30 AM which wasn’t ideal because it meant that we had to wait 2 hours for our tour. Luckily for us, the Petronas Twin Towers are sharing a complex with the Suira KLCC shopping mall, and the KLCC park outside.
So you can easily spend a few hours strolling around the towers while shopping or going to the park.
Petronas Twin Towers tickets prices 2023
You can either visit the Petronas Twin Towers from the outside for free, or you can pay and go inside the Petronas, which includes a tour to the skybridge and the observation deck.
Remember, you can easily book your ticket online if you want to make sure to get a spot on the day you wish to visit.
Here are the types of tickets and entrance fees for Petronas Twin Towers in 2023:
|Ticket Types||Tourist Prices||MyKad Prices|
|Adult (13-60 years old)||RM 98||RM 35|
|Child (3-12 years old)||RM 50||RM 17|
|Senior (61+ years old)||RM 50||RM 17|
|Infant (2 years or younger)||FREE!||FREE!|
Want to know more about prices in Malaysia? Check out my Malaysia travel budget.
Petronas Twin Towers opening hours 2023
The Petronas Twin Towers opening hours in 2023 are from 10 AM – 6 PM (last admission is at 5:30 PM). The towers are open every day all year round except for Mondays. The towers are always closed on Mondays.
The Petronas Twin Towers opening hours changed after 2020, maybe because of fewer tourist visits? When we visited, it was open until 9 PM, but now the towers already close in the late afternoon.
What to expect on the Petronas Twin Towers Tour
The tour only lasts about 40 minutes, so don’t expect to set a whole day aside for a visit inside of the Petronas Twin Towers.
First up, you go through a security check where you have to leave your bag behind in return for a number.
You’re not allowed to bring tripods or anything like that into the towers, so prepare yourself to just bring your camera with you for some amazing pictures.
Then you get a visitor card in a specific color, which you have to wear around your neck, so the staff can differentiate the tour groups from each other. During our visit, we got the yellow badge.
First stop – The Skybridge
The first stop on the tour is the skybridge at the 41st floor of the tower at a 170 meters height. Here you get the first views of the day!
What’s interesting about the skybridge is that it’s connecting the two towers. However the skybridge is actually not fully attached to the buildings because it had to be made in a way, so it doesn’t break when the towers are swaying.
Sorry we can’t explain it better, we’re not really known as skybridge experts…
Apart from just being a cool element to the building, the skybridge is also the HIGHEST 2-story bridge in the world! We told you in the beginning that we love the -est of things.
Standing on the skybridge on the Petronas Towers was just surreal because you could feel it slightly move! Ugh… BUT the views are just worth it.
To those of you who don’t know me (Cecilie), I’m pretty afraid of heights. So going up the Petronas Twin Towers was a terrible idea to me… But today I’m really happy I did it because the experience is now forever locked in my memory.
Second stop – The Observation Deck
Next stop in the Petronas Towers was the observation deck at the 86th floor (AAARGH my inside is screaming anxiously while going up in the elevator).
On the 86th floor, you get an amazing 360 view over Kuala Lumpur at a 360 meters height!
I thought I would faint, but somehow I felt that being on the observation deck was less intimidating than standing on the skybridge, even though 86th floor is clearly much higher! But it was somehow really peaceful to be that high up in the air.
And the great thing about the observation deck is that you have so many different views compared to the view from the skybridge.
The two stops are so different, and it’s nice that they are both included in the tour.
The observation deck is a great place to really see the immensity of Kuala Lumpur, and it’s also a great opportunity take some nice pictures!
The tour of course ends with a stop at the gift shop. Fancy a mug, a magnet or a t-shirt with the iconic twin towers on it? You’ll find it here!
Is the Petronas Tower Tour worth it?
YES! Just go ahead and book your tickets today.
In our opinion, going up the Petronas is definitely worth the money! Especially since the Petronas Twin Towers are the landmark of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia.
We really found it interesting to get the inside perspective from this impressive building, now that we’d seen it sooo many times from the outside. Plus, the views are just incredible!
If we were to go again, we would definitely try to do an evening tour if possible, so we could see Kuala Lumpur while it’s dark and the city is full of lights!
Visit the Petronas Twin Towers at night
We think that the Petronas Twin Towers are most impressive at night when you can see them light up as bright jewels.
The only con is that there are also more tourists at night, so it can be harder to get a nice picture. But let’s be honest… getting a nice picture with the Petronas Twin Towers is already an impossible task because they’re so high!
Trust us on this.
When you stand in front of them, they are so tall that you don’t know how to bend your camera in order to capture the whole length of the Towers. You can see everyone around you have the same problem. It’s actually a pretty funny scene.
KLCC Park Light Show by the Petronas Twin Towers
Another good reason to visit the Petronas Twin Towers at night is that you can watch the Lake Symphony in KLCC park.
Every night at 8 PM, 9 PM and 10 PM you can see the light- and symphony show, which is basically the water in the lake doing amazing things to colorful lights and music.
It’s a great activity and it’s free!
The view of Petronas from Traders Hotel
If you want to experience the Petronas Twin Towers from a different angle, we can recommend the sky bar at Traders Hotel. You can actually see the Traders hotel in the the above picture of the light show.
The only downside to the hotel is that the bar at Traders Hotel isn’t an outside bar and you have to be lucky to get seats by the window.
The view is not the best but it’s still pretty amazing to see the Petronas Twin Towers from a different angle, and especially at night when they light up.
We hope you enjoyed this travel guide to the incredible, majestic Petronas Twin Towers! These iconic twin towers are one of the best things to see i Kuala Lumpur – actually in all of Malaysia!
If you have any questions about visiting the Petronas, then don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading and happy travels!