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Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur – History, Tickets and information

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur – History, Tickets and information

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur is one of the most famous buildings in Asia, and when it was completed in 1998 it was even ranked as the tallest building in the world. 

Here’s a complete visitor’s guide with information about tickets, opening hours, history and facts about the Petronas Towers. 

How Much Does it Cost to Visit the Petronas Twin Towers?

Tickets to the Petronas Towers (the world’s tallest twin structures) can be purchased online in advance or on the day at the visitor’s office, though it’s recommended that you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Age Price (Non-MyKad) Price (MyKad)*
Infant (Below 3 years) Free Admission Free Admission
Child (Age 3-12 years) RM33 ($8) RM14 ($4)
Adult (Age 13-60 years) RM80 ($20) RM28 ($7)
Senior Citizen (61years+) RM42 ($10) RM14 ($4)

*MyKad is a Malaysian identity card for natives only.

Petronas Towers view

Photo: Abd. Halim Hadi /

Ticket Info

Tickets to the Petronas Towers are limited, which means you’ll likely not have to endure a crazy long queue and the observation deck shouldn’t be too crowded.

Tickets include a stop at the Skydeck bridge on the 41st floor and the observation deck on the 88th floor. You’ll be given a colored wristband to ensure you’re escorted from one part of the building to the next as a group, with the whole tour lasting roughly 45-minutes from start to finish.

Opening Hours

  • Tuesday – Sunday: 9am – 9pm
  • Closed Fridays between 1pm – 2:30pm
Observation deck Petronas Tower 2

Photo: Abd. Halim Hadi /

History & Info

Standing tall at a whopping 459.1 meters, the Petronas Twin Towers are Kuala Lumpur’s most visited landmark. The 88-story buildings are ranked as the world’s largest twin structure and the 19th tallest singular towers in the world.

The skyscrapers were built to house the headquarters of Petronas, the national petroleum company of Malaysia and were designed by Argentine-born American architect Cesar Peli. The Petronas Towers are named Tower 1 and Tower 2. 

In March 1993 construction on the site began, with workers digging down 30 meters below the surface and pouring 13,2000 cubic meters of concrete (the largest and longest concrete pour in Malaysian history) into the foundations.

It took a period of 54 hours to continuously fill each hole! Construction of the superstructure finished in 1996, just three years after building work began (which is pretty quick as far as skyscraper construction goes).

Inside the towers, you’ll find a modern shopping mall, a 360 observation deck (with interactive displays showcasing the building’s construction journey), and the Skybridge which links the towers together.

Today the Petronas towers are recognized around the world as a landmark of Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, notes they symbolize “courage, ingenuity, initiative, and zest of a nation”.

Petronas Twin Towers architecture

Quick facts

Construction started 1 March 1993
Completed 1 March 1996
Inaugurated 31 August 1999
Renovated 15 September 2011
Cost US$1.6 billion
Owner KLCC Holdings Sdn Bhd
Architectural 451.9 m (1,483 ft)
Tip 451.9 m (1,483 ft)
Roof 378.6 m (1,242 ft)
Top floor 375 m (1,230 ft)
  Technical Details
Floor count 88 (+5 below ground)
Floor area 395,000 m (4,252,000 sq ft)
Lifts/elevators 38 (each tower)

Petronas Twin Towers at night

The towers are lit up at night and can be seen from various places around the city. Photographers and Instagrammers flock around the fountain where you can get the iconic closeup view of the Petronas Twin Towers at night. 

Petronas Twin Towers at night

Points of Interest


Walk along the Skybridge on the 41st floor (it stretches between the two towers) and make use of the touch-screens dotted along the bridge (they provide information on what you’re looking at out of the windows)!

View from the Skybridge Petronas Twin Towers

Photo: Ezz Mika Elya /

Observation Deck

One of the major attractions at the Petronas Twin Towers is obviously the 88th-floor observatory, in the eastern tower, where you can enjoy panoramic views over the city.    

Gift Shop

After visiting the Skybridge and Observation Deck you’ll return to the lower grounds where you’ll find the Petronas gift shop.

Musical Fountain

musical fountain at night with background of Petronas Twin Tower

Photo: fiz_zero /

How to get to the Petronas Towers

The Petronas Twin Towers are found in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and are easily accessed by car, public transport, or on foot.

By Car

Simply pop the ‘Petronas Twin Towers’ into Google Maps and you’ll be directed right to the building. You’ll find parking on the Lower Ground Concourse Level at the following address:

Lower Ground (Concourse) Level,

PETRONAS Twin Towers,

Kuala Lumpur City Centre,

50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By Public Transport

Kuala Lumpur has great infrastructure including an efficient bus network, train line, and monorail service.   

  • KTM (Seremban Line & Port Klang Line)
    Ride to KL Sentral then Switch to LRT Kelana Jaya Line and stop at KLCC Station.
  • LRT (Ampang Line & Sri Petaling Line)
    Ride to Masjid Jamek then switch to LRT Kelana Jaya Line and stop at KLCC Station.
  • MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang Line
    For a ride with MRT, you will first need to stop at Pasar Seni station and then switch for LRT Kelana Jaya Line. From there, you can proceed towards KLCC station.
  • KL Monorail Line
    For a ride using monorail, stop by at KL Sentral or Bukit Nanas and look out for LRT Kelana Jaya Line. Head towards KLCC station from there.
  • RapidKL City Buses
    B103: Titiwangsa Bus Station at Jalan Tun Razak → KLCC (stops at KLCC LRT Station)

Bus to Petronas Twin Towers_

On Foot

Once you arrive at Suria KLCC shopping mall take the bubble lift to Ground Level. From here, head to the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas Lobby and take the escalator down one floor to the Petronas Twin Towers Visit Operations.

Nearby Attractions

The below attractions are all within a 15-minute walk from the Petronas Twin Towers:

  • Suria KLCC Mall
  • Petrosains Science Discovery Center
  • Dewan Filharmonik Petronas
  • Lake Symphony
  • Avenue K Shopping Mall
  • Swasana Spa
  • KLCC Park
  • SkyBar
  • Museum of Illusions
  • Kun Yam Thong Temple
  • Aquaria KLCC

Photo: aphotostory /

Best time to visit the Petronas Twin Towers

Late evening is one of the best times to visit the Petronas Towers as you’ll also have the opportunity to see the light and fountain show that generally runs from 7 pm to 9 pm behind the towers.

For keen photographers, heading up to the observation deck just before sunset is the perfect time to capture daylight, sunset, and the night sky on camera.

Facts about the Petronas Twin Towers

  1. The Petronas Twin Towers are the 19th tallest building in the world (they lost their first place title in 2003).
  2. The buildings cost a whopping 1.6 billion USD to construct and consist of 899,000 sq ft of stainless steel extrusions.
  3. The shape of the buildings was influenced by the five pillars of the Islamic religion, and when viewed from above the cross-section of the towers reflects the eight-pointed star symbol of Islamic culture.
  4. The towers can withstand a hurricane! As part of the safety regulations, the towers had to be able to withstand a speed of 65 miles per hour.
  5. Someone has climbed the towers. In 2009, French climber Alain Robert, nicknamed ‘The Human Spider’ summited the building without any equipment (after two failed attempts years before).
  6. The Malaysian Government set strict deadlines that the towers had to be built within six years. To get the buildings finished on time, two different construction consortiums were hired, one for each tower! The workers had to complete each floor in roughly four days.
  7. The double-decker sky bridge that links the Petronas Towers on the 41st and 42nd floor is the highest two-story bridge in the world.
  8. Within each tower, there are 10 double-decker lifts that can carry up to 26 people per deck.
  9. Australian daredevil Felix Baumgartner set the world record for Base Jumping in 1999 by jumping from a crane near the top of the towers.
  10. Thousands of people were evacuated from the Petronas twin towers on September 12th, 2001 after a bomb threat was phoned in. Thankfully, no bombs were found.

Facts about Petronas Towers

FAQ’s (Things to know before you go)

Where can I buy tickets to the Petronas Twin Towers?

If you haven’t pre-booked your ticket in advance online, head to the Petronas Twin Towers Ticketing Counter on the Concourse Level. Note, tickets are sold on a first-come-first-served basis and only so many are available per day, it’s recommended you arrive when the counter opens (8:30 am) for a chance to visit that day.

What are the Petronas Twin Towers used for?

The towers were built to house the headquarters of Petronas, the national petroleum company in Malaysia. It’s also a conference center with office space. 


Photo: Denis Costille /

Can I bring food inside?

Eating, drinking, chewing gum, and smoking are not permitted while visiting the Petronas twin towers.

Can I bring my luggage?

Large luggage can not be taken up the towers and should instead be checked in at a nearby luggage storage counter or at the Petronas luggage drop off area located behind the Check-In Counter. All other baggage (handbags/day bags) have to go through the Security Scanning Machine.

Can I get a refund for my ticket?

All tickets sold are non-refundable or transferable.

Can children enter for free?

Admission of children aged 3 and under is free. A charge of $8 is for children aged 3 – 12 years.

Are the towers wheelchair accessible?

The Petronas Towers is committed to providing a fully accessible experience for all including visitors with mobility impairments. Complimentary wheelchairs are available to use on a first-come-first-served basis.

Who owns Petronas Towers? 

The property is owned by KLCC Property Holdings Bhd. 

How many floors are there in the Petronas Towers?

The Petronas Twin Towers have a total of 88 floors above ground plus 5 floors below ground. 

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