You only need one night (or a full day depending on what you want) to explore i City Shah Alam, Malaysia. Helps that it’s really close to Kuala Lumpur too. Less than an hour’s drive.
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
The family-oriented theme park (City of Digital Lights) is filled with many bright and colorful LED-light displays every night.
Hence, it is also a great place to practice your photography:
At the 72-acre park, there are some typical carnival rides like a Ferris wheels, carousels and game booths.
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.
So technically, you could just take a stroll and snap some wonderful pictures!
Pricing conditions at i City Shah Alam
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 children.
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.
- Save money by buying packages instead of individually for the attractions at the theme park. They have an all-day unlimited ride package too (~RM150)!
- 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 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.
On the day of your visit, bring this ticket voucher to their i-City online ticketing counter (next to SnoWalk). You will need to bring your identity card or passport along too.
But if you want to go for some rides and anything else (that were not in your chosen package):
Then you need to get their prepaid electronic-cash card, called the i-Card.
The i-Card will set you back for RM100 (but you get 100 i-Points too- read further on).
What is the purpose of this card?
You get to save your time!
Instead of wasting it at the ticket counter queues, you can use that time to explore the park instead!
How do you use the i-Card?
- Purchase i-Points to pay for pretty much everything in the theme park. Including food and beverages at the food kiosk. The minimum top up required is RM 10 (10 i-Points)
- With this cashless system, you can then select the rides and attractions that you want. That includes the use of lockers and any photography service offered in the park.
- Top up your i-Points in amounts of RM 10, RM 20, RM 30 – basically, denominations (or batches) of 10.
- If you have any leftover i-Points after visiting i City, you can still use them for the next visit within one year.
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 the image (from their official website) below:
Public transport from Kuala Lumpur to i City Shah Alam
You could take the bus (allow 2+ hours’ travel time from KL Sentral):
Take the bus RapidKL 750 (from Pasar Seni) all the way to Giat Mara Shah Alam, Lebuhraya Persekutuan
From there, you can take a Grab car to i-City. A 15 minute drive.
Another option is to take the KTM from KL Sentral to Padang Jawa (RM5 one way and allow for 2+ hours’ travel time), and take a 10-min Grab drive from there.
If you want to take a taxi straight from Kuala Lumpur or Klang it would be around RM50 and RM20 respectively.
Wanna drive there yourself?
Parking at i City Shah Alam
It’s RM 3 per hour up to a maximum of RM 10 per day.
Games at i City Shah Alam
- Fun fair booths to win stuffed animals
- Carnival-type rides: Ferris wheel, Carousel ride, Pirate ship ride, bumper cars (This one’s super fun!)
- 5D Theatre
- Trick Art Museum – They have some 3D art but not too impressive
- Red Carpet – Wax museum of famous people
- Space Mission – Includes a ride 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 claim to be the largest 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?
Although the jacket rental comes with the entrance ticket, you can also rent boots and pants. 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 or simply just 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 level 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 Tornado.
What to eat at i City Shah Alam
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.
- Nice ambiance
- Reasonable prices
- Great dishes – try the mandy lamb and Nasi Arab
- Enough parking
8 Best food in Shah Alam
1. Dewakan Restaurant
- Pork and alcohol 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
- Delicious bak kut teh. One of the best in Malaysia. They have the dry or claypot version of Bak Kut Teh here.
- Generous portions of soup/ broth
- On a weekend, the crowds start coming around 8.30am already
- This is not a halal or vegetarian friendly place. Bak kut teh usually involves pork, salted fish, etc.
- 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
- They serve tasty Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food (halal) in generous portions
- Good service
- 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.
- You can 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
- 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
Read also: Another day trip from Kuala Lumpur, see Kuala Selangor’s Sky Mirror
Chinese restaurant close to the airport:
5. Ti Chen Chinese Restaurant
- Nice cozy environment
- The restaurant has great views of the surrounding landscape
- Free carpark
- 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
The name gives it away, French food (With vegetarian and vegan options) to be had here:
6. La Belle Saison
- French cuisine
- Friendly service
- Good ambiance
- Extensive menu – recommended dishes include the Escargot, Canard Fume, Duck Confit, Lamb Shank, Poulet Basquaise, Poires Pochees and Crème Brûlée
- Probably not halal
- 23 minutes’ drive away from i City
7. One Serambi Cafe
- If you want mineral water, it’s best to bring your own. They have 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 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):
- 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:
- Modern 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:
- 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.
- 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:
- 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 lack of good accommodation or food either!
Have we missed out your favorite spot in Shah Alam? Leave a comment below.