How to get to Penang Island

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If you are in Malaysia, get to O. Penang will not be difficult for you. The island has an international airport, where many flights arrive daily from different parts of Asia. Moreover, the ticket prices of the budget airline AirAsia, if you purchase them in advance, you will be pleasantly surprised. Well, if you are planning your flight to Penang from Russia, you can find and book flights to Penang through the search form below. Options for the cheapest flights on arbitrary dates can be viewed and booked here - cheapest flights to Penang.

A long road bridge connects the island with the mainland, and it is easy to get here by bus from any corner of mainland Malaysia, as well as from Thailand and Singapore. Ferry service connects the island with the mainland and nearby islands, including to get here from Langkawi.

By plane

Penang Airport

On the island is Penang International Airport - Penang International Airport (formerly Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport, IATA code - PEN). It is located 16 kilometers from Georgetown (Penang Airport on the map). You can fly here by Air Asia, Firefly, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Tiger Airways, Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines. Direct flights are operated from the cities of Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Langkawi Island (Langkawi), as well as from cities in other countries of Southeast Asia. There are no direct flights from Russia and CIS countries.

The cost of air travel, purchased in advance on the website of AirAsia or other local budget airlines, quite competes with the cost of a bus ticket, and will cost you a little more. For example, a flight from Kuala Lumpur airport lasting 45 minutes can be purchased at a promotional rate for 69 ringgits (see currency of Malaysia, exchange rate) with all fees, while a 6-hour bus ride will cost around 40 ringgit.

Options for the cheapest flights to Penang on the dates you are interested in can be found and booked through the search form:

Prices for flights from Moscow to Penang:

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From the airport to the hotel can be reached by taxi, hired in the parking lot at the exit. A taxi on the meter or by arrangement to Georgetown will cost about 30 ringgit. You can also order a taxi in the airport arrivals hall at the counter (look for a counter labeled teksi). The trip is carried out at fixed rates: to Georgetown – 38 ringgit, and to the northwestern part of the island farthest from the airport-60 ringgit.

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Bus 102 departs from the airport

The cheapest way to get from the airport to Georgetown is to use public transportation (Rapid Penang bus system). Bus parking is located immediately at the exit from the airport on the left, and it is very difficult not to notice the bus waiting for passengers there. Route 401E goes from the airport in Georgetown to the terminal station Weld Quay Bus Terminal (Jetty) through Komtar every 25-35 minutes. Route 102 goes to Batu Ferringhi beach on the northern tip of the island also via Komtar every 60-80 minutes. A trip to Georgetown will cost 2.7 ringgit. Buses run from 6 am to 23 pm every 30 minutes.

Attention! Bus number 306 from the airport to the center of Georgetown does not go.

By train

There is no railway on the island, but a branch line of the main railway of Malaysia passes through the town of Butterworth on the shore. From the railway station at Butterworth, Penang is very easily accessible by ferry, the pier of which is within walking distance via a covered walkway (Butterworth railway station on the map). The ferry takes 20 minutes to Weld Quay (Jetty) in Georgetown, and costs 1.2 ringgit (back, from Georgetown to Butterworth, the ferry takes everyone for free).

Inside the ASC wagon

There are several trains daily between Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth, there is currently no night train. The cost depends on the class: it starts from 34 ringgit for a seat, and reaches 138 ringgit for a seat in a compartment. Even the cheapest seats (ASC) on the train from KL are quite decent, with a TV and air conditioning (sometimes even too much), and there is no point, if you decide to go sitting, to take the more expensive AFC sitting class. The only problem is when traveling by night train due to unregulated and unplugged air conditioners (they always work when the electricity is on in the train) it can be very cold.

You can get information about the schedule and cost of tickets, as well as book a ticket on the website of Malaysia Railways - Purchase tickets on the specified site and the trip is tested by the authors of the site. There were no problems with boarding the train by printing the purchased electronic tickets.

Read more about railway and trains in Malaysia here.

By bus

Penang bus

The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge, so getting here by bus is very easy and convenient. Various companies operate non-stop flights here from cities in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore.

The most popular route from Kuala Lumpur takes 5 hours and costs from 35 ringgit.

Buses to Penang island arrive at George Town intercity bus station - Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal (Terminal Bas Express SG Nibong), located between the city and the airport (station on the map). A taxi to the city center from here can be reached for 20 ringgit.

In addition to taxis, you can get to the city by public transport. Right at the exit from the bus station on Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah street there is a city bus stop, and some buses call directly into the station. There you can wait for the city bus No. 102 (to Batu Feringghi Beach via Komtar), No. 401 and No. 303 (to Weld Quay via Komtar) The fare to the city is 2 ringgit.

Some intercity buses do not end their journey directly in Penang, but in Butterworth, located on the shore. The final stop of such buses is the Butterworth Ferry Terminal. From there to the bus station Weld Quay in George Town There is a ferry that costs 1.2 ringgit, 20 minutes away.

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By ferry

Penang ferry

On Penang in the city of George Town is the Ferry Pier (Penang Marina on the map), which is very convenient to reach from the mainland from Butterworth. This is how you usually get to Penang, having first reached Butterworth by train or bus (Butterworth pier on the map). Butterworth bus and train stations are close to the ferry landing. The first ferry from Butterworth to Penang departs at 06:15 and the last at 00: 40. From Penang to Butterworth, the first ferry is at 06: 28, the last at 01: 00. On the way-20 minutes. Ferries run very frequently, approximately every 15 minutes. The fare from Butterworth is 1.2 ringgit, and from Penang to Butterworth the ferry runs free of charge. On this ferry it is possible to transport a bicycle, motorcycle, car.

Langkawi ferry

There is also a ferry service between Penang and Langkawi. The crossing time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.


  • Adult ticket (from 12 years) - from 70 ringgit
  • Children (3-11 years) - from 50
  • Children (up to 2 years old) - from 30

Penang-Langkawi ferry schedule:

  • Penang-Langkawi-08: 30 and 14: 00
  • Langkawi-Penang-10: 30 and 15: 00

You can check the schedule and book tickets on the website -

Ferries from Langkawi arrive at Swettenham Pier, which is also in Georgetown (Swettenham ferry pier on the map). From there, the tourist area can be reached on foot.

Bus schedule for Penang

Самолет Пинанг - Куала-Лумпур ₽ 1,168–11,048 55 м. – 1 ч. 20 м.
  •   Эконом 05:45, 06:25, 06:40, 08:30, 10:10, 10:40, 11:20, 14:40, 14:55, 15:30, 16:45, 17:15, 17:50, 18:30, 19:00, 20:15, 20:25, 20:40, 21:15, 21:20, 21:45, 23:45
  •   Эконом 07:05, 08:20, 09:10, 09:55, 11:10, 13:20, 13:30, 13:50, 15:40, 15:50, 16:25, 16:50, 17:00, 17:40, 17:45, 18:55, 19:15, 19:35, 19:50, 20:10, 20:55, 21:45, 22:20, 23:20
Самолет Пинанг - Бангкок ₽ 4,156–18,065 1 ч. 45 м. – 1 ч. 55 м.
  •   Эконом 08:00, 15:35, 19:55
  •   Эконом 12:00, 16:15, 18:55, 19:45
Микроавтобус Пинанг - Бангкок ₽ 2,625 18 ч.
  •   Региональный 14 мест 05:00, 08:30, 12:00
Такси Пинанг - Пинанг ₽ 1,313–5,950 20 м. – 1 ч.
  •   Эконом
  •   Микроавтобус 6 чел.
  •   Микроавтобус 10 чел.
  •   Автобус на 35 мест
  •   Комфорт 2 чел.
  •   Эконом
  •   Микроавтобус 6 чел.
  •   Микроавтобус 10 чел.
  •   Автобус на 35 мест
  •   Комфорт 2 чел.
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