ExpiredPenang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2018

Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (HAB Fiesta) returns for the 2nd time! Here’s another chance for you to float above the Padang Polo (Polo Ground) in Penang on a hot air balloon. Be sure to mark your calendars on 9 & 10 February 2016, held on the 2nd and 3rd day of Chinese New Year. What better way to celebrate the festivity with your family and friends where there’s loads of fun and excitement for all ages from 7am to 9.30pm, both days.

This 2-day event is specially brought to you again by the Penang State Government for visitors to have a one-of-a-kind experience. The inaugural HAB Fiesta held during the Year of Festivals 2015, saw over 100,000 visitors from around the region and abroad. There were 15 hot air balloons floating above and displayed, with special shaped ones such as Trump, Darth Vader and Humpty Dumpty. Visitors made a long beeline to the ticketing booths for their tethered rides from as early as 2am. All that waiting for the awesome tethered ride was worth the while claimed most of them.


Over this two-day event, ticketed tethered balloon rides will be available where one can go up as high as 60 feet. There will also be the ‘cold inflation’ activity where anyone can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground. In addition, F&B stalls and family friendly activities will be available throughout the event such as inflatables, creative workshops, paddle boat rides on a huge pool, reverse bungees for adults and kids, giant trampoline and more!



On both days, three tethered balloons are open for rides to the public at RM50 per person while cold inflation (where anyone can walk into a balloon envelope that’s filled with cold air as it lies on the ground) is RM5 per person.

There will be two tethered balloon ride sessions a day. Tethered balloon ride is chargeable at RM50 per person on first-come first-served basis. Tickets are limited to the first 150 persons (with numbered tags) in the queue and there will only be one ticket sold to each person. Numbered tags will be given out 30 minutes prior to the opening of the ticket counter. Tethered ride ticketing details are as follows:

Ticket Counter Operating Times:
7.15am (tickets sold only for morning session)
5.45pm (tickets sold only for evening session)

  • * Tickets sold each day will be applicable for the particular day only, e.g. purchase of tickets on 24 Feb can only be used on the same day for the specific morning or evening session.
  • * Children below 4ft are prohibited to ride the balloon due to safety reasons.
  • * Tethered rides are subject to weather conditions.
  • * Should weather conditions prohibit the ride, visitors can claim a full refund from the ticket counter within 3 hours of ticket purchase.
  • * Safety is utmost priority, however passengers are to ride at their own risk.
  • * Appropriate clothing is advised such as pants or shorts for the ride.



In addition to the impressive hot air balloons, there will be fun activities for the whole family to participate such as giant inflatables, creative workshops, paddle boat rides, reverse bungees, trampoline and many more. Here are a list of the Fun Zone Activities and its charges. Note that the images are for reference only as the equipment may vary on actual day.

Activity Price (RM)
Water Orb
15 per head
Roller Orb
15 per head
Paddle Boat
15 per boat
10 per head
Hamster Orb
10 per head
Activity Price (RM)
Reverse Bungee (adults only)
30 per head
Junior Bungee
20 per head
Inflatable Zone (10 units)

15 per entry
Bull Ride
15 per head



Food and beverage stalls as well as a variety of arts & crafts stalls will be available on both event days from 7am to 9.30pm. Additional mobile toilets will also be in place throughout the event area to accommodate the large crowd.



Time Saturday (24 Feb) Sunday (25 Feb)
7am Event starts with food and handicraft stalls
7am Setting up of balloons for display and tethered rides
7.30am – 9pm Fun Zone:
Water orb
Roller orb
Hamster orb
Paddle boat ride
Reverse bungees for adults & kids
Bull ride
7.15am Ticket counter opens
(numbered tags given 30mins prior)
7.30am – 9am Balloon display
7.30am – 10.30am Tethered balloon rides
7.30am – 9.30am Clown appearance / Busking
8am – 11am Cold inflation activity
10.30am – 6.30pm Workshops *
5pm – 8pm Cold inflation activity
5.30pm – 7.30pm Clown appearance / Busking
5.45pm Ticket counter opens
(numbered tags given 30mins prior)
6pm – 7pm Setting up of balloons for display
6pm – 9pm Tethered balloon rides
Official Launch

8.45pm – 9pm Night Glow Show
9pm Fireworks Display –


DIY Paper Craft Hot Air Balloon 24 Feb (Sat)
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm | 12.30pm-2.30pm
Fee: RM30 per person

Hands-on Soap-Bubble Art 24 Feb (Sat)
Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm
Fee: RM30 per person

Kids Hot Air Balloon Drawing Session 25 Feb (Sun)
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm | 12.30pm-2.30pm
Fee: RM15 per person

Hot Air Balloon Origami 25 Feb (Sun)
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm | 12.30pm-2.30pm | 2.30pm-4.30pm | 4.30pm-6.30pm
Fee: RM8 per person

Hot Air Balloon Clay Art 25 Feb (Sun)
Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm | 4.30pm-6.30pm
Fee: RM30 per person

* Programme itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.
* Balloon activities are subject to weather conditions.
* NOTE: Balloon refuel is scheduled at 7pm-8pm on both days.
* For latest updates, please follow Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta on Facebook or visit penanghotairballoonfiesta.com


Free Shuttle (Rapid Bus)

To ease traffic during the event days, shuttle buses will be provided from three different points on the island to Padang Polo as follows:

Jetty – KOMTAR – Padang Polo
Operating time
: 7am – 10pm
: every 30 mins


Tesco Tanjung Tokong – Padang Polo
Operating time
: 7am – 10pm
: every 60 mins


Queensbay Mall – Sungai Nibong (bus stop in front of PESTA) – Padang Polo
Operating time
: 7am – 10pm
: every 60 mins


* Time schedule will vary depending on traffic conditions.

UBER Promotion

Visitors can book their UBER ride to and from hot air balloon event locations when they use this promo code – HAB2018 from 22 to 25 Feb. The promo is worth RM7 for each ride for up to 7 rides per unique user.

To and from Hot Air Balloon promo and event locatons:

Hop-On Hop-Off (HOHO) Bus

For those who want to take a leisure ride on HOHO, note that the City Route, from Stop 1 to Stop 17 will have an additional stop close to Padang Polo for convenient drop-off.



Jalan Sepoy Lines will be closed to public access from 10pm on 23 Feb till 11pm on 25 Feb 2018.



Parking spaces at various locations within close proximity to Padang Polo is available. There will also be directional signages placed along the routes close to Padang Polo for convenience.



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