How to get to Penang island

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If you were in Malaysia to reach Penang island you will have no difficulty. The island has an international airport, where every day comes a lot of flights from different parts of Asia. Moreover, the prices of the tickets of the budget airline AirAsia, if you buy them in advance, you will be pleasantly surprised. Well, if you plan your flights to Penang are from Russia, you can find and book tickets to Penang using the search form below. Options the cheapest flights on any date you can view and book here: the cheapest air tickets to Penang.

Long road bridge connects the island with the mainland, and it is easy to get here by bus from any corner of mainland Malaysiaand from Thailand and Singapore. Ferries connect the island with the mainland and neighbouring Islands, including is possible to get here from the island of Langkawi.

On the plane

Аэропорт Пенанга

The island is Penang international airport - Penang International Airport (previously Penang Bayan Lepas International Airport, IATA code - PEN). It is 16 kilometers from George town (Penang airport on the map). To fly can airlines Air Asia, Firefly, Cathay Pacific Airways, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar Airways, Tiger Airways, Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines. Direct flights from cities in Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Langkawi (Langkawi) as well as from cities in other countries of South-East Asia. Direct flights from Russia and CIS is not running.

Airfare purchased in advance on the website of AirAsia or other local budget airlines, competes with the cost of a bus ticket, and will cost you a little expensive. For example, a flight from the airport to Kuala Lumpur last 45 minutes can be purchased at a promotional rate for 69 ringgit (refer to the currency of Malaysia, the exchange rate) with all charges, while the 6-hour bus ride will cost around 40 ringgit.

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From the airport to the hotel can be reached by taxi, hired for the Parking lot exit. Taxi by meter or by agreement in Georgetown will cost about 30 ringgit. To book a taxi also available at the arrival hall of the airport at the front (look for the Desk with the words teksi). The trip is carried out according to fixed tariffs: in the heart of Georgetown – 38 ringgit, and very far from the airport of the North-Western part of the island is 60 ringgit.

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The cheapest way to get from the airport to George town is to use public transportation (bus system to Rapid Penang). Bus Parking is located immediately at the exit of the airport on the left, and not notice there waiting passengers bus very difficult. The route goes 401E from the airport in George town to the end station Weld Quay Bus Terminal (Jetty) via Komtar every 25-35 minutes. Route 102 to Batu Ferringhi beach on the Northern tip of the island via Komtar every 60-80 minutes. Trip to George town will cost 2.7 ringgit. Buses from 6 am to 23 PM every 30 minutes.

Attention! Bus No. 306 from the airport to the centre of Georgetown is not.

By train

Railways on the island there, but through the city of Butterworth (Butterworth) on the shore is the main branch of the railroad of Malaysia. From the railway station in Butterworth to Penang is very easy to get on the ferry pier which is a short walk via a covered walkway (railway station Butterworth on the map). The ferry is 20 minutes to the jetty, Weld Quay (Jetty) in Georgetown, and is 1.2 ringgit (back from Georgetown to Butterworth, the ferry carries all free).

Внутри ASC вагона

Daily between Kuala Lumpur and Butterworth runs several trains, the night train is currently not. The cost depends on the class: starts from 34 ringgit for a seat, and reaches 138 ringgit for a place in the compartment. Even the cheapest seats (ASC) on the train from KL is quite decent, with TV and air-conditioned (sometimes too much), and it makes no sense, so if you decide to go browsing, to take a more expensive sedentary class of the AFC. The only problem is when you travel by night train from unregulated and not turning off air conditioners (they always work when the electricity is included in the train) can be very cold.

To obtain information on schedules and fares, and book tickets on the website of the Railways of Malaysia Purchase tickets on the website and trip tested by the authors of the site. No problems with boarding the train on the printout of the purchased electronic tickets does not arise.

Read more about the railroad and trains in Malaysia, read here.

By bus

Автобус на Пенанге The bus to Penang

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

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

Buses on the island of Penang, arrive at the intercity bus station - Georgetown Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal (Terminal Bas SG Nibong Express), located between the city and the airport (station on the map). Taxi to the city centre can be reached in 20 ringgit.

Besides taxi you can reach the city by public transport. Right when you exit the bus station on Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah is a stop of buses, and some buses stop directly at the station. There you can wait for city bus number 102 (to the beach Batu Feringghi via Komtar), No. 401 and No. 303 (Weld Quay to Komtar via) the fare to the city centre is 2 ringgit.

Some coaches end up not directly on Penang and Butterworth (Butterworth), located on the shore. The final stop of buses – ferry Butterworth (Butterworth Ferry Terminal). From there to the bus station Weld Quay in George town there is a ferry, which is 1.2 ringgit, 20 minutes away.

Check the schedule, cost, and, if necessary, book tickets for buses, ferries or trains to Malaysia on the site busonlineticket.comor by using the search box from the reservation system 12go:

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When searching for tickets on buses and trains for pay attention to the ranking of tickets/carriers (marked with asterisks on a five-point scale) and the reviews of actual users who traveled on this route. Selecting carriers with the highest rated according to user reviews, you will protect yourself from possible problems during the trip.

On the ferry

Паром на Пенанге Ferry to Penang

Penang in George town is a ferry (Marina Penang on the map), where is very convenient to reach from the mainland city of Butterworth. So usually get to Penang, arriving first to Butterworth by train or bus (jetty Butterworth on the map). Bus and train station Butterworth is located near the pier of the ferry. The first ferry from Butterworth to Penang departs at 06:15 and the last at 00:40. Penang to Butterworth first ferry at 06:28, last at 01:00. In transit - 20 minutes. The ferries run very frequently, about every 15 minutes. Travel cost from Butterworth to 1.2 ringgit, Penang to Butterworth ferry for free. That ferry is possible a Bicycle, motorcycle, car.

By ferry from Langkawi

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


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

The schedule of the ferry from Penang-Langkawi

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

Check the schedule and book tickets on the website -

Ferries to Langkawi arrive at Swettenham pier, which is also located in George town (ferry port Swettenham on the map). From there to the tourist area can be reached on foot.

The schedule of buses to Penang

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 5 May, 2015

My IMHO, is by far. I really like Penang, though not impose, on taste and color, as they say. But to take an evening walk to George town in search of flat wire sculptures (don't know how they correctly are called), or to seek out the famous graffiti on the walls... Romance. In General, I really like it there, despite the fact that it is noisy, dusty city. But beyond the island, too, all abound. But from romance to business.
About the city of Langkawi in doubt, at least not seen such, though I do have tourist pamphlets from Langkawi to find and scroll through, there is about all the excursions booked. And you don't need trips, they can do it. If you already travel date is known in advance tickets by AirAsia to Langkawi-Penang-Langkawi. If shares can catch, they can give you $ 25 to do with man back and forth. You can still on the ferry, but by the time it turns out a little longer, almost half a day to spend. Well, or in one direction on the plane, back on the ferry, as you like. But in any case do not go ashore on the ferry+bus, kill the whole day.
If questions, ask. ...
Artem 6 December, 2016
A very beautiful place. Vacationing with suprugoj, all happy like. The boys shot a cool video about Penang I Advise everyone to go in Penang. ...
Olga Muntyan 16 March, 2018
In the text of the error . The movement of the left in Penang! Today I drove the car here ! ...
admin March 16, 2018

Thank you Olga, corrected the mistake ...
minister 26 July, 2018
On the island of Penang in Malaysia, I visited already 3 times. The first time I came for 3 days, a week, for the third time already for 3 weeks. And I think that will go again. Talking to different people on the island and outside it, I notice more and more that this place is very much underestimated. Someone generally knows nothing about it and does not even think about to come. Someone (a lot) arrives in 2-3 days to make Thai or Indonesian visa. Really, Penang is an excellent and very convenient place for visa-wound of those long lives in Thailand (Phuket, Samui, Phangan) and those who "Longstreet" to Bali in Indonesia. But other than that, Penang is also very beautiful and interesting place in itself and that is what I want to share. Their posts in instagram I have inspired several people to go and explore the island a little deeper, and now decided to write a full article in the blog. I hope and believe will inspire even more!
A little General information. Penang is a state in North of Malaysia, just 160 kilometres from the border with Thailand. The state consists of the island and the mainland strip of Seberang-Perai. It is now going about the island, what I liked 3 of their arrival.
The size of Penang is about 2.5 times more than Thai of Koh Phangan, just a quarter more of Koh Samui and is about 20 times smaller than the island of Bali. If you look at the map, we can see that Penang is about halfway between the three most numerous Asian Nations — India, China and Indonesia. This arrangement was facilitated by a large influx of people from these countries and resulted Penang has become a beautiful, harmonious and prosperous center of the mixing of cultures and peoples. Here ...
admin 26 July, 2018
minister, the same question as in other topic. Your message can be construed as spam by the forum rules. ...
Anfisa 21 September, 2018
Please tell me it is better to Penang by plane to Langkawi and back and forth? And 2-3 days is enough to see the most interesting places? Thank you. ...
admin 21 September, 2018

It depends on what you what you mean by "Better" ? If faster, then Yes, the plane is faster, but not so much, because the flight need to arrive for check-in , plus the aircraft arrives at the other end of the island, where the Georgetown still have to drive 30-60 minutes. But the ferry arrives right in Georgeton immediately to the hotel on foot can be reached, if well guided. 2-3 days, in principle, the most interesting to watch. Of course not all will see, but if several days to run the attractions. Also because you are tired physically and mentally, everything will be monotonous, so 3 day norm.
But on the other hand, IMHO, the old parts of Georgetown are so cool, it is possible to walk endlessly, always something interesting. I personally just fell in love with Georgetown, so I went back a second time, and still going. ...
Anfisa 22 September, 2018
Thanks for the reply.. I understand.. better.. tell me the ferry tickets booked in advance or on the spot has to buy for Langkawi ferry to Penang? The hotel is better for sure in advance I guess ...
admin September 23, 2018

Better, at least for the day. It is possible to buy over the Internet in place. But the place is inconvenient, you have to spend on taxi to the pier and back, and time to spend. Via the Internet here can try: or ...

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