Transport of Langkawi island, what to move
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Public transport in Langkawi is very poorly developed, and is represented mainly in the form of taxis. There is a bus service through the main areas of the island: the Marina, Kuah, Pantai Chenang Beach and the airport. But you should not count on a bus ride, because they go very rarely, and the bus points are not marked or equipped in any way. If you value your time (and on vacation it is very expensive), you will have to take a taxi, rent a car, motorcycle or bicycle.
Another way to travel in and around Langkawi is withferries. There are several marinas on the island, between which you can travel by ferry or boat, but this is much more expensive than a taxi or rental transport.
Read more about all types of transport in Langkawi and how to move around the island:
Taxi-the main mode of transport on which tourists move around the island. In Langkawi, taxis operate without a meter, at fixed prices. And these prices are quite high for such short trips.
The price is calculated at fixed rates, which are available to each taxi driver in the form of a plate. In the plates, prices are indicated in the form of a fare for a trip from one point (one area) to another, as well as in the form of a fee for hourly taxi rental. Haggling is useless. If you try to bargain, the taxi driver will simply slip you a sign with fares. What can you do - monopolists.
Taxis on the island are represented by several companies that provide cars of different classes and, accordingly, different prices, but these prices differ very slightly. To choose a cheaper taxi, just choose a simpler car. Before the trip, you can check the price and tariffs of the company named by the driver, for which you can simply start haggling with the driver, and when he gives you a price plate, check the tariff. Well, or just ask to see the rates. But be sure to do this before your trip. Although in general, Langkawi taxi drivers were not seen to be cheating.
It is very convenient to rent a taxi at the same time, so you can travel and see many attractions of Langkawi. There are no traffic jams on the roads, so the driver will calmly take you to all the attractions you marked on the map. Only one thing in this is bad: the constantly spurring thought that it is necessary to quickly see the attraction and go further, because the fee is even for waiting.
A short taxi ride within one area of the airport will cost 12 ringgit (150 rubles), between the beaches from 16 ringgit (200 rubles). There is a table of official taxi fares for Langkawi approved by the Ministry of Tourism of Malaysia. These tariffs are very close to the real ones for a budget taxi, but may differ slightly, of course in a big way. In addition, for trips in the evening and at night (from 23 hours to 7 am), 50% is automatically added to the cost. But at least the table will give you a general idea of the cost.
The cost of a taxi from Langkawi Airport to (for a car with a capacity of up to 4 people):
|Direction||Tariff in ringgit|
|Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort||20.00|
|Langkawi Holiday Villa||22.00|
|G. Quach (Kuah Town)||30.00|
|Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall||30.00|
|Jetty Point Compleks and Port||30.00|
|Pantai Kok Beach||30.00|
|Berjaya Langkawi Beach Resort||26.00|
|Datai Golf Club||60.00|
Hourly cost, also published by the Ministry of Tourism:
- For a taxi with a capacity of 4 people-the first 3 hours 60 ringgit, each subsequent hour 15
- For a taxi with a capacity of 6 people-the first 3 hours 70, each subsequent hour 20
- For a taxi with a capacity of 11 people-the first 3 hours 120, each subsequent hour 25
To get from the airport to the place of rest, right at the airport at the exit from the arrivals hall there is a taxi service Langkawi (Taxi Service Langkawi). Go to the counter and name the place where you need to get. You will be told the price, and after you pay, you will be given a completed ticket with the car number and destination. When you leave the airport, find a car with such a number (a special person helps to do this), sit down and give the ticket to the driver. It should take you right to the door of the hotel. The driver does not need to pay anything.
Rent a car, motorcycle, bicycle
One of the most convenient ways to travel to explore Langkawi is to rent a transport. The road network on the island is developed and covers all the most interesting places and places of rest. Traffic on the island is calm, there are practically no police, so this is a great place to try yourself on a motorcycle if you have never ridden it before.
If you do not know how to drive either a car or a motorcycle, you can go around the neighborhood on a bicycle. Just keep in mind that the island is not so small (the maximum length is up to 30 kilometers across, and the length of the roads along the perimeter is 70 kilometers), and it is unlikely to be possible to ride it on a bicycle along the perimeter.
You can rent a car at the airport, on the beaches of Pantai Chenang or Pantai Tengah, in Kuah and near the Marina. The cost of renting a car from 120 ringgit per day. The price depends not only on the car, but also on the season. In the high season (from November to April), prices rise by about 30%. Rent for a few days is Cheaper. Fuel is yours, daily mileage is not limited. To drive a car in Malaysia requires international rights (those that are issued in addition to the National vu, cost 1600 rubles in 2017). Learn more about all questions about renting transport in Malaysia here...
1 liter of gasoline in Langkawi costs 2.1 ringgit, which is about 26 rubles. Refueling is not very much so it is better to decide in advance where you will refuel. Where the gas stations are located, you can ask the locals, and they are also marked on free tourist maps that can be taken at the airport, hotels and travel agencies.
If you book a car in advance via the Internet, you can get a good discount. One of the island's main rental companies, Kasina Rent-a-car, offers some of the lowest rates on the island. You can find them at kasina.com.my. You can also book a car through the search form (search for all rental offices at once):
Найти автомобиль в аренду на Лангкави
Motorcycle rental is available everywhere in tourist places. A simple Karisma scooter can be rented from 16 ringgit per day (about 200 rubles), a good Passion scooter for 25 (about 300 rubles), a large Kawasaki motorcycle for 150 (about 1900 rubles). Prices for different distributors vary, so it's worth walking around and looking for somewhere cheaper, and somewhere you can even bargain.
Which is very convenient, there is even a rental at the main jetty Kuah, where ferries arrive from the mainland and of the city of Satun in Thailand. Prices are there as elsewhere, so immediately upon arrival on the island you can take a motorbike and go traveling around the island.
When renting a motorcycle, you will most often not even be asked for your international driving license, although they theoretically should be. It's okay if you rent a motorcycle without an international driver's license, but it will be nice if you have at least a Russian one. If in one place they refuse to give you a motorcycle according to your Russian Rights, feel free to look for another rental point, they will definitely give you there. Traffic police, who are incredibly difficult to see on the island, will not stop you for a document check unless you clearly and grossly violate the rules, and if this happens, you can easily pay off. And do not forget to wear a helmet - this is mandatory. Helmets are usually given for FREE along with the motorcycle.
Renting a bike will cost from 10 to 30 ringgit. Bicycle rental is available in many hotels.
To find the nearest rental car, motorcycle or bicycle, just ask at the reception of the hotel, and you will be shown or even organized.
Do not forget that traffic in Malaysia is left-handed. To quickly cope with the restructuring from right-hand traffic to left-hand traffic, mark something bright and noticeable, for example, with tape or a hair band, the right part of the steering wheel of a motorcycle or the dashboard of a car, and always stay on the road on this side. This method, despite its simplicity, is very effective. There are almost no signs along the roads of Langkawi, and those that are, do not always look like ours. Animals may appear on the roads, especially in the dark.