You only need one night (or a full day depending on what you want to do) to explore i City Shah Alam, Malaysia in 2021! Helps that it’s really close to Kuala Lumpur too. It’s just less than an hour’s drive away.
The main attraction (for Malaysians) of this mini city of lights is obviously SnoWalk! But they also have a water park and even a wax museum with your favorite celebs!
Here’s what you can expect when on your first visit!
Table of contents
- Ticket price for i City Shah Alam
- Operating hours for i City Shah Alam
- Public transport from Kuala Lumpur to i City Shah Alam
- Games at i City Shah Alam
- SnoWalk i City
- i City water park, WaterWorld
- What to eat at i City Shah Alam
- 8 Best food in Shah Alam
- Best Western i-City
- 5 hotel options in Shah Alam
- 8 Other attractions in Shah Alam
Firstly, the family-oriented theme park (City of Digital Lights) has many bright and colorful LED-light displays every night.
Hence, it is a great place to practice night photography:
At the 72-acre park, there are also typical carnival rides like a Ferris wheel, carousels and game booths.
The games and activities are suitable for families and friends to enjoy together. Not a bad place for a first date, too!
Ticket Price For i City Shah Alam
There is no entrance fee. You only have to pay for the rides and attractions. Not forgetting parking fees – more on that further on in this post!
So technically, you could just take a free stroll in and snap some wonderful pictures! If you have no interest in the rides!
Pricing conditions at i City Shah Alam
If you do want to try the rides and attractions, here are some things to note:
Infants and toddlers go in for free. These are children below 90cm in height and also less than 3 years old.
They do consider adults to be 11 years old up to 60 years old. While senior citizens (above 60 years old) pay the same as older children (above 90 cm and below 11 years old).
There are some more rules on their official ticket website here.
You might want to contact them if your group needs special attention (e.g. wheelchair user, pregnant woman, etc).
How to save money at i City Shah Alam
- If you have a Malaysia IC or MyKad (regardless of your country of origin), you can pay a little less for some of the rides too.
- Pick your visit dates carefully! You cannot change, cancel, or refund!
- Bring your own gloves to visit SnoWalk
- Save money by buying packages instead of paying individually for the attractions at the theme park. They have an All-day Unlimited Entries package too (~RM150)! Or the All Day Happiness Pass (~RM50 for single entry to most attractions including SnoWalk and WaterWorld, and excluding Red Carpet 2)
- You can ask for discount if your group size happens to be 30+. Contact them on [email protected]
By the way, payment works a bit differently (i.e. completely cashless) here:
The payment method at i City Shah Alam
You can go online and purchase packages from the official website. Here are the packages they offer.
After successful payment, you will be sent a confirmation ticket via email. As a precaution, you can keep this email handy in your phone. Take your IC (or passport) too.
To use your package, download their dedicated mobile i-City Super App. Your package should be under My Purchases.
Once at the park, use the app to scan the respective codes (at the entrance of attractions/ rides) to deduct i-points from your purchased package. 1 i-point is worth RM1.
If you want to go for some rides and anything else (that were not in your chosen package):
Or if you ran out of i-points, you can top up via the app, their kiosks, or at their main counter at the park.
Those i-Points can pay for pretty much everything in the theme park:
- Including food and beverages at the respective food kiosks.
- And the use of lockers and any photography service in the park!
- Even parking fees!
What if it rains at i City Shah Alam?
There is unfortunately, no refund if it rains during your visit.
They will close most of the rides too. However, the rides that are under a shelter will still be open.
Operating Hours For i City Shah Alam
i City opens from 5pm until midnight but the displays are lit from 7pm onwards.
There are different operating hours for the different sections in i City.
You can refer to their official website for the latest operating hours.
Public Transport From Kuala Lumpur To i City Shah Alam
You can take a bus but allow 2 hours’ total travel time from KL Sentral Station (factoring in wait time):
Walking may be necessary too. At least to catch Bus P701 that departs from Wisma Belia every 20 minutes. Get off at Seksyen 7 in Shah Alam and continue walking to I-City (30 minutes).
Or take a Grab to complete the journey as there is no direct bus to i City.
Another option is to take the KTM from KL Sentral to Padang Jawa (RM5 one way and allow for 1.5+ hours’ travel time), and take a 10-min Grab drive from Padang Jawa to i-City.
If you want to take a taxi straight from Klang (8 minutes) or Kuala Lumpur (25 minutes) it would be around RM20 and RM80 respectively.
Wanna drive there yourself?
Parking at i City Shah Alam
Pay attention closely! The parking rates are different in the day time and evening:
From Monday to Sunday (6am – 7pm):
The first 2 hours or part thereof costs RM3, while subsequent 2 hours of part thereof cost RM3.
Monday to Sunday (6pm – 6am): Per entry costs RM10.
You can use the same app (i-City Super App) to pay for parking. Or queue up at their sole autopay kiosk at the carpark.
Games At i City Shah Alam
- Fun fair booths to win stuffed animals
- Carnival-type rides: Ferris wheel (Big at 100m), Carousel ride (double-decked), Pirate ship ride, bumper cars (This one’s super fun!), a fast-spinning swing that flings out almost horizontally, etc
- 6D Motion Theatre
- Trick Art Museum – They have some 3D art but not too impressive
- Red Carpet – Wax museum of famous people around the world
- Space Mission – Includes a ride (SpaceWalk) that features some characters from famous sci-fi movies like the Alien franchise, Transformers, etc
- House of Horror – Expensive for what it is. Not scary enough for adults.
- Itsy Bitsy park – Bug themed rides for the kids
- Fitness Junior – Some sort of obstacle course for the little ones to explore. Looks fun but needs careful supervision.
Pricing for rides and attractions at i City Theme Park in Kuala Lumpur
This table from the official i City site lists their walk-in prices for the individual attractions in the theme park:
SnoWalk i City
SnoWalk claims to be the largest indoor snow park in Malaysia.
How cold is it in there?
The temperature dips close to 5 degree Celsius.
Do you need to bring winter clothes then?
Jacket and shoe rental comes with the entrance ticket. And you can also buy gloves. For extra cost, of course.
What can you do there?
You can do fun snow activities like:
- Making a snowman or snow angel
- Having a snowball fight
- Slide into snow
- Trying bobsledding
- Experiencing snow falling!
There are ice sculptures and igloos and that sort of thing. And more LED lights.
You could very well spend half a day at WaterWorld.
It’s nowhere near the scale of Sunway Lagoon but there are slides, a wave pool, a large Jacuzzi and even a ride through some caves lit up by LEDs.
Enough for the kids to entertain themselves.
It’s cheaper by RM2 if you book the package online rather than buy it on a walk-in whim.
And if you’re daring enough, you can take on the seven-storey tube slide called The Ultimate Tornado.
There is a dress code:
No clothes with protruding buttons or zips. And no jeans.
What To Eat At i City Shah Alam
While limited in variety:
There are some food stalls and cafes (like Old Town White Coffee cafe or Kenny Rogers) where you can get local food or some international food.
And of course, fast food.
Al-Rawsha I-city (CLOSED)
- Nice ambiance
- Reasonable prices
- Great dishes – try the mandy lamb and Nasi Arab
- Enough parking
Want to go look for food elsewhere?
Mind that park admission is valid for per entry only.
8 Best Food In Shah Alam
1. Dewakan Restaurant
- Pork free
- Great for an anniversary or similar special occasion
- The restaurant is in an industrial area next to the KDU University College
- Impeccable service
- They use local ingredients rather than imported ones which makes it unique as a fine-dining restaurant
- An experience in itself!
- Their website is here – check it out to see their menu or make a reservation
- 20 minutes’ drive away from i City
2. Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh
- Open air hawker-style restaurant – prepare to sweat a bit
- Usually packed but fast paced
- Better than average bak kut teh (also more pricey) because of some unique ingredients like abalone. They have the dry or claypot version too
- Generous portions of soup/ broth (refillable)
- On a weekend, the crowds start coming around 8.30am already
- This is not a halal or vegetarian friendly place
- 10 minutes’ drive from i City
Get your churro fix here!
- Simple and cozy cafe ambiance
- Large tables available
- A wide selection in their menu (Try Makhlouba lamb)
- They serve tasty Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food (halal) in generous portions
- Service can be slow
- Open for lunch and dinner
- 30 minutes’ drive away from i City
Another Middle-Eastern restaurant with vegetarian options:
4. Hadramawt Kitchen
- They closed on every second Monday in the month.
- Dine in or takeaway but either way, the Arab food is excellent
- Good dining environment but there is limited seating space
- Large tables are available for big groups
- Try the Mulawah bread with tomato salsa and garlic sauce. Or their signature signature chicken or lamb Madghout!
- Parking is actually an issue on weekdays, and surprisingly not on weekends
- Might need to make a reservation
- Menu tends to cater to big groups
- Also 30 minutes’ drive away from i City
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Chinese restaurant close to the airport:
5. Ti Chen Chinese Restaurant
- Nice cozy environment
- The halal pork-free restaurant has great views of the surrounding landscape
- Free carpark
- Consistently great dim sum
- Great service
- Must-try dishes include the Black Pepper Lamb rack, lobster noodles and smoked duck (must call in advance for the duck!)
- 40 minutes’ drive away from i City
- In the Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur
The name gives it away, French food (With vegetarian and vegan options) to be had here:
6. La Belle Saison (Moved)
- French cuisine, pastries, pizza and burgers!
- Friendly service
- Good ambiance
- Quality ingredients
- Extensive menu – recommended dishes include the Escargot, Canard Fume, Duck Confit, Lamb Shank, Poulet Basquaise, Poires Pochees and Crème Brûlée
- Probably not halal
- 25 minutes’ drive away from i City
7. One Serambi Cafe
- Great coffee (but on the sweet side) here anyways.
- Cozy ambiance
- Big selection of food – mostly Western with some local dishes. If you don’t know what to order, try the salmon aglio olio or crowd-favorite, lamb shank. For cakes, try the Nutella Cheese Cake.
- The cafe is in a housing area
- 25 minutes’ drive away from i City
For local food:
8. Melting Pot Cafe
- Nice environment
- Breakfast and dinner buffet (fresh seafood available) is great – great opportunity to sample Malay food;
- Friendly staff
- There is outdoor seating
- They are located in Concorde Hotel – here’s the official website link.
- 14 minutes’ drive away from i City
For an accommodation that’s just walking distance from i City:
Best Western i-City Shah Alam
A popular choice for families wanting to stay within walking distance of the theme park.
- Convenient location – Fast food joint and mini mart are close by
- Free Wifi
- There’s a gym
- Basic, clean and comfortable rooms
- Location is inconvenient if you need to go to the Subang airport though.
- Breakfast is good but selection is average and will bore you after a few days of consecutive stays.
- Good service
- Free and ample indoor parking
- They have suite-style rooms that have a mini kitchenette (with coffee making facilities and a microwave). These cost around RM300.
5 Hotel Options In Shah Alam
For large groups (more than 10 people):
1. TwinVilla Homestay And Event Space
- There’s a private pool! Pretty deep for kids though
- Great for a private company retreat
- Good for hosting a small event too
- 12 minutes drive to i-City
Affordable stay fairly close to i City:
2. Hotel de Art @ Shah Alam i-City
- Modern (but small) rooms that have cheerful decor
- They sell easy-prep meals at the lobby but going out is probably a better option
- Might have trouble with parking as they don’t have many for guests
- 8 minutes’ drive to i City
Homestay very close to i City – good for large families and groups:
3. Wadi Iman Guesthouse @ i-City
- Friendly owner
- Spacious and clean rooms
- Enough free parking for guests
- There is a pool
- 3 min drive (or 10 minutes’ walk) to i City
Why not an infinity pool and rooftop garden? Close to the stadium.
4. Acappella Suite Hotel
- A great option for people who want to stay together in the same room/ suite
- Great facilities
- There is an infinity pool and rooftop garden
- Large and clean suites
- Highly accessible to the highway
- Good staff
- Breakfast spread is average
- There is a supermarket nearby
- It’s fairly easy to get a Grab from here
- 15 minutes’ drive to i City
- 5 minutes’ drive to Stadium Shah Alam
If you’re Muslim or if you like golf, you might prefer this option:
5. Concorde Hotel Shah Alam
- 4-star hotel close to the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque (an 11-minute walk) and a short drive (13 km) from the Saujana Golf and Country Club
- They have a pool, a gym, a spa, etc.
- There is an airport shuttle
- At this hotel, you can have spectacular views of the “Blue Mosque”
- Delicious breakfast buffet
- Next to a simple mall
- 12 minute drive to I-city and a 20 minute drive to Sunway Lagoon
8 Other Attractions In Shah Alam
All of the places listed here are a short drive away from i-City:
You don’t have to go far from Kuala Lumpur to visit i City of Shah Alam.
The park itself is sufficient to entertain everyone but if you’d like to stretch the fun over a weekend, there’s still plenty to do around Shah Alam.
And you don’t have to worry about a lack of good accommodation or food either!
Have we missed out your favorite spot in Shah Alam? Leave a comment below.
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