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Is the Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC) Skybridge Worth Visiting?

How many of you can say that you have explored all of the tourist attractions in your own hometown? How many Malaysians have actually been on the Skybridge of the Petronas Twin Towers?

While tourists from all over the world flock to the Twin Towers to admire this architectural marvel, I had worked there (at the base of the building) for close to 10 years but had never once been on the skybridge or the top floor.

That’s just how it is, isn’t it? We take for granted things that we see every day, thinking that there will always be time.

Visiting KLCC Skybridge
With my Danish guest.

It was only in early 2020 when my guest from Denmark asked me to take him there and offered to pay for my ticket that I finally joined the ranks of those before me who had set foot on the world’s highest skybridge.

  • The Petronas Twin Towers stand at a height of 452 meters and have 88 floors, with an observation deck on the 86th floor.
  • For 6 years, the Petronas Twin Towers held the title of the tallest buildings in the world until 2004, when they were surpassed by the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. However, they are still the tallest twin towers in the world, and may remain so for a while as there are currently no proposal for higher twin towers.
  • Cesar Pelli Petronas Twin Towers architect
    The late Cesar Pelli, architect of the Twin Towers. Credit: Casa Rosada / Wikimedia Commons
    The Petronas Twin Towers were designed by Argentinian-American architect Cesar Pelli. Inspired by traditional Islamic art, the towers are made of steel and glass, and topped by two pinnacles / spires — a common feature of Islamic architecture.
  • The construction was completed in only 4 years (1994 – 1998), with an average speed of one floor every 4 days. To expedite the process, two construction consortiums (Japanese and Korean) were hired to build the two towers at the same time, one for each tower.
  • The total construction cost of the Petronas towers is approximately USD 1.6 billion.
  • Each tower weighs 300,000 tons, which is equivalent to 42,857 elephants.
  • The towers have a total of 32,000 windows.
  • Petronas (short for Petroliam Nasional) is the Malaysian national petroleum company that owns the towers. The company uses the whole of Tower One as their headquarters, while Tower Two is rented out to various international companies including Microsoft, IBM, Bloomberg, and Reuters.
  • The Twin Towers are more popularly known among the locals as KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center).
  • The Petronas Twin Towers have been featured in multiple international films, including the 1999 film Entrapment featuring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bollywood film Don, Chinese action film Viral Factor, and Hollywood sci-fi film Independence Day 2.
Entrapment movie
Entrapment.
Independence Day movie
Independence Day 2
  • In 1999, Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner claimed the world record for the highest parachute jump from a building when he leapt off the Petronas Twin Towers.
  • Alain Robert
     Alain Robert free-climbing the Petronas Towers. Source: Reuters
    In 2009, a French urban climber, Alain “Spiderman” Robert — who has climbed numerous skyscrapers around the world — scaled to the top of the Petronas Towers using only his bare hands, without any safety equipment. The climb took him less than 2 hours. It was his first successful attempt after being arrested many times during his previous tries.

About the KLCC Skybridge

On the 41st and 42nd floors, a double-deck Sky Bridge connects the two towers. The bridge is 58.4 metres long and weighs 750 tons. At a whopping height of 170 metres from the ground, it is the highest two-story skybridge in the world.

The skybridge is deliberately designed to only be partially attached to the main building. This is to give enough room for small movements during strong winds and storms, effectively preventing it from breaking away from the towers. 

KLCC skybridge night
KLCC Skybridge. Credit: Wolfgang Holzem / Wikimedia Commons

It took three days and two attempts to lift the skybridge to its current position. During the first attempt, the crane that was lifting it was short-circuited by a thunderstorm. As a result, the bridge was left hanging in the air until the crane could be fixed.

Aside from providing visitors with excellent views of the city from above, the skybridge also serves an escape route to aid evacuation in the event of a fire or an emergency in one tower.

How Much Is the KLCC Skybridge Ticket Price?

I remember not too long in the past… okay, maybe about a decade ago, visiting the KLCC Skybridge was completely free of charge. Although free, that didn’t mean you could come and go as you pleased.

Since there was a limit to the number of people allowed on the bridge at any one time, you had to queue for a time slot. So, people would start queuing very early in the morning to secure a slot (which might be later in the day, in which case they’d have to come back at the appointed time).

As the queue got longer each day and people started to grumble about the long waits, the powers that be finally saw it fit to shake things up.

Now, everyone has to pay to go to the Skybridge.

On the plus side, you can now book in advance (either at the counter or online), choose your own time slot, and no longer have to queue!

KLCC Skybridge Ticket Price

MALAYSIAN (with MyKad / MyKid)

  • Adult (13 – 60 y.o.):  RM28
  • Senior Citizen (61 y.o. and above): RM14
  • Child (3 – 12 y.o.): RM14
  • Infant (2 y.o. and below): FREE
NON-MALAYSIAN
  • Adult (13 – 60 y.o.): RM80
  • Senior Citizen (61 y.o. and above): RM42
  • Child (3 – 12 y.o.): RM33
  • Infant (2 y.o. and below): FREE
They also have special VIP packages. E-mail your request here for more information.

KLCC Skybridge Ticket Promotions

Look out for special discounts offered by the Petronas Twin Towers, especially during the RMCO/CMCO (Recovery / Conditional Movement Control Order) period. To boost tourism, they recently launched a promotion where you could visit the Skybridge for as low as RM10 per person! Check their official website for latest updates.

Besides that, online booking apps such as KLOOK frequently offers discounted prices and combo packages with other attractions.

Klook.com

Best Time to Go to the KLCC Skybridge

Weather-wise, you simply have to count on your lucky stars. Kuala Lumpur doesn’t have any distinct season — it just rains any time it likes. So, if you’re going to walk to the Twin Towers, make sure you bring an umbrella or raincoat, regardless of what the weather forecast tells you.

Will rain ruin your Skybridge experience?

In a way, yes, if you wish to enjoy clear views of the city. But it can also be a cool experience to witness heavy rains and thunderstorms from that high up. I took this photo from the viewing deck right before it rained. The gloomy weather gave it an imposing look:

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KLCC Skybridge Operating Hours

Tuesday – Sunday (incl. public holidays): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission at 4:30 p.m.)

Monday: CLOSED

**COVID-19 Update: The KLCC Skybridge, Observation Deck, and Gift Shop are TEMPORARILY CLOSED from 7th May 2021 until further notice, following the Movement Control Order (MCO) nationwide. Please check their website for latest updates.

How to Get to the KLCC Skybridge

Standing tall in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the Twin Towers are impossible to miss.

By Car

You can reach the Twin Towers via Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee, and Jalan Kia Peng. Note that the tunnels at Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Tun Razak, and the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) are also directly connected to the towers’ parking bays.

By Public Transports

The Twin Towers are also well-connected by public transport (the nearest LRT station is KLCC Station) and there are several bus lines that stop there, including the GOKL free bus (Green Line). If you’re from Bukit Bintang, you can take the elevated walkway to the Twin Towers, which will take you about 15 minutes on foot.

How to Get to the KLCC Skybridge Ticketing Counter

From Suria KLCC, take the central bubble lift to Ground floor, then head to the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra) Lobby and take the escalator down one floor to the Petronas Twin Towers Visit Operations.

Suria KLCC Map
Suria KLCC Map. Source: Petronas Twin Towers

What to Expect on the KLCC Skybridge

Ticket Collection

If you booked through the official website, you can collect your ticket at the counter. However, if you booked through other booking apps, you can choose to either have it delivered to your hotel, or meet the representative at an agreed time and place.

We booked our tickets through Klook, and collected them from our agent who met us at the Petronas Twin Towers main entrance. It was a pretty seamless process.

The Skybridge

At our appointed time slot, we made our way to the ticketing counter where we validated the tickets and left our bags at the luggage drop-off area. Then, we took the elevator up.

The 45-minute guided tour began at the Skybridge on the 41st floor where we stood 170 metres above street level. Our guide explained to us the purpose of the skybridge, as well as some interesting facts about the towers.

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At the entrance of the Skybridge.

Then, we were allowed 10 minutes to spend on the bridge. It may sound outrageous to pay RM80 (or queue for hours) just to get 10 minutes on the bridge, but yes, 10 minutes is all you’ve got.

Anyway, there really is nothing much you can do on the bridge except walk across and back, and look down at the scenery, so 10 minutes should suffice.

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View from the Skybridge.

Is it scary to walk on the Skybridge?

Despite my fear of heights, I felt very comfortable on the bridge. I imagine it must be scary for those whose phobia is more extreme than mine. But I can assure you that the bridge feels sturdy under your feet. It doesn’t shake or vibrate like a hanging bridge. And it’s also wide enough, so that you can stay in the middle and not have to look down over the railing if you don’t want to.

Visiting KLCC Skybridge Petronas Twin Towers

Observation Deck (86th Floor)

After that, you’ll go up to the Observatory Deck on the 86th floor, which is 370 metres above the ground. Congratulations, you are now on the peak of Kuala Lumpur!

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Here, you’ll get a spectacular close-up view of the opposite tower, as well as a panoramic vista of Kuala Lumpur cityscape. Telescopes with a view range of 7 – 8 kilometres are available at your disposal, so make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to peek through those powerful lenses.

The 86th floor also houses state-of-the-art exhibits, where visitors will get a hands-on learning experience through interactive Augmented Reality (AR) screens. Just hover your hand over the screens to discover more about the building’s structure, history, and more.

Visiting KLCC Skybridge Petronas Twin Towers | Ummi Goes Where?

Visiting KLCC Skybridge Petronas Twin Towers | Ummi Goes Where?

Digital Displays (83rd Floor)

The last part of the tour will take you three floors down to the 83rd floor, where you can find more digital displays and informative videos, designed to be educational and entertaining at the same time.

The videos will further enlighten you on the Petronas Twin Towers, so that by the time you finish this tour, you should be a total expert on Malaysia’s most famous landmark.

Finally, you will descend to the Concourse level, and complete the tour with a visit to the Petronas Twin Towers’ Gift Shop.

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Other Things to Do at the Petronas Twin Towers

Apart from the Skybridge visit, here are some other things you can do at the Petronas Twin Towers:

  • Enjoy a stroll or a jog at the KLCC Park. It has a 1.3 km rubberized jogging track, a children’s wading pool, and a playground. 
  • Watch the nightly musical fountain show at Lake Symphony.
  • Shop till you drop at Suria KLCC — a large shopping mall (140,000 square metres) occupying the podium of the towers.
  • Dine at the many eateries inside and around the premise that cater to all budgets.
  • Learn about petroleum science in a fun and interactive way at Petrosains.
  • Browse through thousands of books at Malaysia’s biggest bookstore, Books Kinokuniya. Bibliophiles, take note!
  • Watch a concert at the Petronas Philharmonic Hall.
  • Watch a movie at TGV Cinemas.
  • Contemplate local contemporary art for free at the Petronas Art Gallery.
  • Marvel at marine life at the underground oceanarium, Aquaria KLCC.

The Verdict: Is the KLCC Skybridge Worth It?

The answer to this question depends on a few things:

First of all, if RM80 (USD 20) is nothing much to you, then go for it. After all, you’ll be standing on the world’s highest skybridge and the world’s tallest twin towers. That’s quite something.

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From the Skybridge.

Secondly, if you’re the type of traveler who simply has to try all the “bucket-list things” in every place that you visit, or if you’re an acrophile who must go to the top of any tall building / structure / mountain you encounter, then this is something you’d truly appreciate. Besides, the Petronas Twin Towers aren’t just any building. They are one of the most iconic in the region.

However, if skyscrapers don’t thrill you much, or if you’re a budget traveler strapped for cash, then you might find better use for your money.

I personally don’t find skyscrapers all that exciting. But these particular ones have a special meaning to me, being one of the country’s biggest accomplishments and my workplace for the past 10 years.

As a Malaysian, I find the RM28 fee quite reasonable. And I think every Malaysian should try this experience at least once in their lifetime.

Visiting KLCC Skybridge

Visiting KLCC Skybridge Kuala Lumpur

Additional Info on Visiting the KLCC Skybridge

  • Keep in mind that tickets are only available at the official ticketing counter, on their official website, and on authorized booking apps such as Klook, Get Your Guide, and Viator. Don’t be fooled by touts or any unscrupulous online offers.
  • Tickets sold are not refundable or transferable.
  • To make the experience more inclusive, all their Customer Relations Officers have been professionally trained to provide proper assistance for the elderly and people with mobility impairment. Complimentary wheelchairs are available for use on a first-come-first-served basis. There are also wheelchair-accessible toilets.
  • Children below the age of 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  • The management reserves the right to reschedule or cancel visits without prior notice.
  • The management reserves the right to refuse entry to any visitor(s).
  • Eating, drinking, chewing gum, and smoking are not allowed during the visit.
  • All baggage and personal items MUST go through the security scanning machine.
  • Visitors shall at all times obey the signs and notices displayed in the premise, and the instructions of the officers.
  • The management may remove any visitor who behaves in an indecent, unruly, or disruptive manner or pose any kind of danger or discomfort to other visitors.

Safety Measures During Covid-19

  1. Temperature screening will be done on each visitor. Visitors with temperatures 37.5 degree Celsius and above will not be permitted to enter.
  2. All visitors need to submit their health declaration details through the QR code provided.
  3. Visitors of all ages are required to put on a face mask at all times.
  4. Visitors must maintain social distancing, 1 – 2 metres apart during visit.
  5. Hand sanitizers are available at various points along the visit.
  6. Only a limited number of lockers are available for storage.
  7. Wheelchair service is temporarily unavailable until further notice.
Petronas Twin Towers during Pandemic
Wearing a mask is mandatory. Source: Hanoi Times

Where to Stay Near the Petronas Twin Towers

In Kuala Lumpur, it doesn’t really matter where you stay — as long as you’re somewhere with an easy access to the metro station, you can get to the Petronas Twin Towers with no problem.

But if you prefer staying closer, here are some of the accommodation options that are within 1 kilometre from the Twin Towers:

Budget

The Bed KLCC – Inspired by Japanese capsule hotels, this minimalistic accommodation offers beds with a little more privacy than regular hostels. Private rooms are also available. The Bed KLCC comes with free WiFi, shared bathrooms with hot shower and fresh towels, 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space, and a communal area with complimentary coffee/tea all day long. From MYR 53 (USD 13) for a Single Pod in a Mixed Dormitory Room or MYR 75 (USD 18) for a Private Single Room with shared bathroom.

Mid-Range

Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur – Located in KLCC Park, Traders Hotel enjoys direct access to the Petronas Twin Towers with a free buggy service to cover the short distance (about 3 minutes’ walk). Its famous Sky Bar on the top floor has a swimming pool and offers the best unobstructed view of the Twin Towers. Room rates from MYR 273 (USD 66) for a Deluxe Room.

Luxury

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur – This 5-star hotel is as close as you can get to the Twin Towers as it is situated right next to them. Each room is equipped with a Smart TV, a Bluetooth radio, and a luxurious marble bathroom with separate shower and bathtub. Facilities in the property include an infinity pool, an indoor golf area, tennis courts, a fitness center, a spa, and 10 award-winning restaurants. From MYR 522 (USD 127) for a Deluxe Twin Room with City View, inclusive of breakfast.

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And there are literally hundreds more hotels, serviced apartments, and Airbnb’s near the Petronas Twin Towers. Click here to see them all.

Have you ever been on the Skybridge of Petronas Twin Towers? What did you think about it? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Petronas Twin Towers Visit (KLCC Skybridge)

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

Telephone: +603 2331 8080

Fax: +603 2331 1723

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42 Comments

  1. Shelley

    your photos from the skybridge are amazing… it’s a big pricey to just go up there for the views, but your photos make it seem worth it. on a side not, i can’t believe that guy free climbed the building!!! 😳

    • ummi

      Yes, Shelley, thank goodness he was safe! I imagine the people watching must be wracked with terror.

      Anyway, I agree that RM80 is a bit on the pricey side. But it would be great for those who really love skyscrapers. 😀

    • ummi

      You’re welcome, Fadima. You’re absolutely right, it is our national pride. And I’m glad I can finally say I’ve been up there. 🙂

  2. Rawlins GLAM

    I was there a few times, all because it was a part of my job to bring foreign students and delegates to visit tourist attractions in KL. I hope that one day I get to bring my family here too.

    • ummi

      Wow, that sounds like a cool job you had, Rawlins. It must have been fun to impress those students and delegates with the Twin Towers. I hope you’ll get to bring your family there too someday.

    • ummi

      You’re welcome, Ann. I hope you will add the KLCC Skybridge in your list of things to do if you ever come to Kuala Lumpur. 🙂

  3. Shafinah

    I’ll be honest – I’ve never been up there either having been there umpteen times! I promise to change that the very next time I step foot onto KL soil again!

    • ummi

      I don’t blame you, Shafinah. I worked in the building for 8-9 years and didn’t go up there either, until somebody offered to pay for my ticket 😀 You’ll have to do it next time if you get the chance.

  4. Zaza

    I dh lama Nak naik sky bridge ni tapi sbb gayat selalu Sgt onhold smpi sekarang. Hahaha Padahal dulu Keje kt klcc je pun

    • ummi

      Haha, sama la kita, Zaza. Nama je kerja KLCC tapi tak pernah jejak skybridge tu. Saya pegi tu pun sebab ada orang belanja. 😀

  5. Ruby

    Selama akak hidup, belum berkesempatan merentasi sky bridge. Trip sekolah tak pergi, Kawan ada kerja kat situ ada ajak pun tak pergi. Sekarang dah Pandemik COVID-19 rasa menyesal tak pergi. Huwaaaaaaa. Nak kena plan ke sini. Mesti cuba satu kali.

    • ummi

      Ala sayangnya. Kalau ada kawan yang kerja kat situ, kira boleh dapat masuk percuma la ya? Mesti cuba, kak Ruby. Takpe la, orang kata better late than never kan. 🙂

    • ummi

      Yes, once Covid reda, boleh la bawak anak-anak naik KLCC Skybridge ni, sementara border belum bukak. Tak payah berebut2 dengan pelancong asing. Tiket pun hopefully masih ada promo. 🙂

  6. Kitkat Nelfei

    🙂 It was really a brilliant idea right to have this bridge as an evacuation route in case of emergency. I get a chance to visit the bridge during my meeting with the client 🙂 from one tower to another 😛

    • ummi

      Yes, Kitkat, for such a tall building, I think an alternative evacuation route like the KLCC Skybridge is really necessary. It’s so cool that you got to meet clients in both towers 😀

  7. Nadia johari

    I pernh naik KL tower punya je, klcc skybrige tak pernh naik pun. Teringin juga tapi katanya memng takda apa ye dekat ats tu.. Just tengok view jela kan. Tapi kalau boleh nak ras ajuga kan dekat jambatan tu..

    • ummi

      Ya, Nadia. Memang takde apa sangat pun kat atas tu selain observation deck dan pusat informasi tentang penubuhan bangunan ni. Tapi view di atas tu sangat unik. Kalau biasanya kita tengok Menara Berkembar Petronas ni dari bawah, kali ni kita tengok dari tingkat teratas pulak. 🙂

    • ummi

      Yes, Grace. The Petronas Twin Towers are definitely more than just office buildings. I hope you’ll get to explore all the attractions there once the MCO is over. 🙂

  8. Sis Lin

    Pernah naik sekali masa mula di buka, masa tu anak pun kecil lagi.. gayat, sampai situ jalan lelaju hahaha one day pergi gak le test sekali lagi hahahaha

    • ummi

      Sama la saya, Zayani. Nk tunggu ada promo atau org belanja baru nak pegi. Hehe. Padahal dh cukup murah dh tu rate utk warganegara. Pelancong asing kena bayar rm80.

  9. kmf

    I was guilty of not exploring my own backyard until the past couple of years. And what an incredible staycation destination! The Skybridge of the Petronas Twin Towers is breathtaking! I can’t believe someone climbed it!

    • ummi

      I can’t believe it either, kmf. If I were there, I don’t know if I would hv wanted to watch it or not. I have anxiety just looking at the photo!

      Anyway, glad that the travel bans have at least brought something positive in our lives. Now we are exploring our own backyard that we probably wouldn’t have done before. 😃

    • ummi

      Betul tu, Yaya. Kena pergi at least sekali seumur hidup, sbb kebanggaan negara kita kan. Rasa rugi bila pelancong luar negara ramai yg dah pergi sini tp kita sbg warganegara belum lagi. Hehe.

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