Public transport Penang, how to travel around the island


Автобусы на Пенанге City buses Penang

The island of Penang is enmeshed in a network of bus routes Rapid Penang. This public transport network operates successfully on the island and allow you to explore almost all corners of the island. Buses run quite often and pick up passengers in the well-equipped pointer stops.

The main bus station (final) – Komtar bus terminal, located at the base of the Komtar tower (the station for Penang on the map). This is the most convenient place where you can go almost anywhere. Another important station Weld Quay (the station on the map). Almost all buses depart from Weld Quay, Komtar follow through.

To travel by bus you can buying single tickets for a trip, or buying a ticket for all routes with a validity of one week.

Внутри Rapid Penang Bus Inside Rapid Penang Bus

A ticket for one week will be a good choice for those who want to actively explore the island, a lot to navigate, and not too lazy to learn the route network of buses. The price of the ticket 30 ringgit (see currency exchange rate Malaysia), he will act completely on all the routes of Rapid Penang. All you need is to show passes when entering the bus. To purchase bus passes at the kiosks at the ticket Rapid, bus terminal, Weld Quay, Komtar, Penang Sentral, Bukit Jambul or at the airport.

When buying single tickets cost is calculated based on the length of the route: 1.4 ringgit for the first seven kilometers of travel and comes to a maximum of 4. Single tickets are purchased from the driver upon entering the bus. At the entrance you should tell the driver to any item you followed, and the driver will tell you how much travel. The payment was made in the hands of the driver, and the money thrown in a special box after you have shown the required amount to the driver. The driver just pulls you a ticket. Surrender is not issued because it is not provided by the rules of the bus company. If you're holding a 10 ringgit and you need to pay 2 ringgit, then you will either have to part with a tenner, or get off the bus and to exchange money. The bus, of course, wait for you will not. So always carry change.

The drivers are mostly very friendly and good attitude to tourists, so that the entrance can stalk him with questions and even show on the map the place you need if you are not sure what is right going. The queue to enter the bus will wait patiently until you understand (repeatedly checked the authors website), so don't worry. If necessary, ask the driver to announce the stop where you want to go, but do not go in this case, far from him, that he was not looking for you around the bus.

Остановка рядом с Храмом змей

Buses, especially on the streets of Georgetown are very dense and to identify them very easily. On most stops there is information on the proximity of the routes that is very convenient if you are in an unfamiliar part of the city. At the stations, Weld Quay and Komtar there is an electronic scoreboard showing the time until the next bus. Can also install on a smartphone app Rapid Penang, which shows marshruti and arrival of buses. Find the app through search.

Free paper map of the bus routes you can get at the kiosks Rapid Penang Information Kiosk available at the airport of Penang, Weld Quay station and near the station of Komtar.

Also the layout of the routes and their detailed description can learn on the official website The website also has a route planner where you can set the start and end point of the route, and the system will display all possible routes and their cost.

Here are the cards that you can print by opening them in a new window in full size:

Карта автобусных маршрутов Пенанга для печати

Карта автобусных маршрутов Пенанга для печати

We have also prepared a small leaflet which shows the main attractions and important landmarks with the numbers of buses that go there.

Buses in Penang

Destination number of routes and frequency
Penang Airport 102 (60-80 minutes), 306 (45-60 minutes), 401Е (25-35 minutes)
Komtar 10, 101, 102, 103, 104, 11, 301, 302, 303, 304 , 307, 401, 401E, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 502, MPPP CAT
Batu Ferringhi (Batu Ferringhi) 101 (7-20 minutes), 102 (60-80 minutes)
The Tanjung Bungah (Tanjung Bungah) 101 (7-20 minutes), 102 (60-80 minutes), 103 (30-45 minutes), 104 (40-55 minutes)
The gurney Drive (Gurney Drive), and So TS. Gurney Plaza 10 (45-60 minutes), 103 (30-45 minutes), 104 (40-55 minutes)
Botanical garden (Botanical garden) 10 (45-60 minutes), to the end
The temple of the serpent or snake temple (Snake Temple) 102 (60-80 minutes), 305 (130-135 minutes), 306 (45-60 minutes), 401 (30-45 minutes), 401Е (25-35 minutes)
Railway to the Penang hill (Penang Hill Railway station) 204 (25-40 minutes)
Butterfly Park (Butterfly Farm Penang) 101 (7-20 minutes), 102 (60-80 minutes), 501 (120-130 minutes)
The temple of Supreme Bliss (Kek Lok Si or Temple of Supreme Bliss) 201 (15-30 minutes), 203 (17-35 min), 204 (25-40 minutes), 502 (25-40 minutes)
Penang war Museum (War Museum) 305 (130-135 minutes), 302 (22-35 minutes)
Tropical fruit farm (Tropical Fruit Farm) 501 (120-130 minutes) (first on 101 to Teluk Bahang, then transfer to 501)
Bird Park Penang (Penang Bird Park) 709 (60-75 minutes) from the Penang Central in Butterworth
Thai Buddhist temple (Wat Chaiyamangkalaram) 10 (45-60 minutes), 101 (7-20 minutes), 103 (30-45 minutes), 104 (40-55 minutes), 304
Burmese Buddhist temple (Burmese Buddhist Temple) 10 (45-60 minutes), 101 (7-20 minutes), 103 (30-45 minutes), 104 (40-55 minutes), 304
Cornwallis Fort (Fort Cornwallis) 10 (45-60 minutes), 103 (30-45 minutes), 204 (25-40 minutes), 502 (25-40 minutes), MPPP CAT(18)
House Khoo Kongsi (Khoo Kongsi) 301 (18-30 minutes), 302 (22-35 minutes), 303 (20-35 minutes), 401 (30-45 minutes), MPPP CAT(15)
The Church Of St. George (St. George's Church) 103 (30-45 minutes), 204 (25-40 minutes), 502 (25-40 minutes), MPPP CAT(6, 16)
The Penang Museum and art Gallery (Penang Museum) 103 (30-45 minutes), 204 (25-40 minutes), 502 (25-40 minutes), MPPP CAT(6, 16)
Mosque Kalinga captain (Kapitan Keling Mosque) 301 (18-30 minutes), 302 (22-35 minutes), 303 (20-35 minutes), 401 (30-45 minutes), MPPP CAT(15)
The Sri Mariamman Temple (Sri Mahamariamman Temple) 10, 11, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 301, 302, 303, 306, 401, 502, MPPP CAT(16)

Memo prepared as of October 2011. If you notice an inaccuracy, please inform us, we will be very grateful.

Free tourist bus-satvas (MPPP Rapid Penang CAT also)

Бесплатный автобус на Пенанге Free tourist bus

Every day, seven days a week, from 6 am to 23:40, with 20-30-minute intervals along the winding circular route in Georgetown followed by free sarvasy, stopping at 19 stations in marshrutu. The route is made in such a way that is close to included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.

This is a great way to move around the city in search of attractions, and just to move around the city. This, incidentally, is actively used by local residents, and during peak hours the bus is literally jam Packed with citizens who go to work or to work.

Buses stop at the usual stops, buses Rapid Penang (MPPP CAT no separate stops) are marked by signs with the words "Free shuttle" and the number of stops from 1 to 19. If at the bus stop no waiting passengers and no one inside the bus pushed the button "request stop" a bus will pass by. So pre-focus and press the stop button. Catching the bus stops outside useless, they are forbidden to stop outside stops.

Buses themselves are almost indistinguishable from regular fixed-route buses, but they can be easily distinguished by the inscription "Hop On Free", "City Hop On" and burning on the scoreboard to spell "MPPP CAT SHITTLE".

On the map below you can see the pattern of motion for the free bus, but keep in mind that North on the map is not the top, as is customary, and right.

Карта маршрута бесплатного шаттлбаса на о. Пенанг Route map free sattvas on Penang island


A great way to explore the attractions within Georgetown on foot. The size of the city, despite the fact that it is the capital of the state, built skyscrapers, not so great. Especially comfortable to stroll through the historic city (old town).


Такси на Пенанге

Most taxis on the island are equipped with meters, but drivers predpochitaut carry tourists to the contract rates. In fact, to ride in a taxi with the meter is almost impossible. Usually the driver offers the trip price, but can bargain, but this should be done before you travel. The cost of short trips within George town city centre, starts from 10 ringgit cheaper to catch the car is almost impossible. At night prices are rising in half.


Велорикша на Пенанге

One of the exotic ways to move through George town are the rickshaws, although this is probably not the way to travel, but a tourist attraction. The locals in this way the movement is also not used, because it is very expensive. Usually do not pedicabs carry tourists from place to place, and will be hired in time for a stroll through the old town of Georgetown. Find the trishaw on the streets in the old town, as well as in the area of the Fort. Specify the price you need before you travel, and you have to bargain, lowering the price to a real 40 to 45 ringgit for a one-hour walk.

Rent a car, motorcycle, Bicycle

Прокат велосипедов на Пенанге

To rent a car or motorbike in Penang, you must have international law, and as collateral will have to leave your passport (sometimes you can do a copy) and credit card. To rent a low-power motorcycle can do no right, everything depends on the tenant. If in one place you are refused, look for the next renter. Rent a car here can be from 150 ringgit per day, the bike will cost from 20.

You can also rent a bike for short trips to Georgetown, but far away on the island, you won't leave too large a distance. Bicycle rental you can find on the streets of the old town, the price starts from 10 ringgit a day.

Remember that traffic in Malaysia is on the right. The movement of almost all the island, except the far corners, a very tense and tight. In Georgetown at rush hour traffic jams, and drivers moving more out of habit than according to the rules. Many roads on the island one way, and sometimes faster to walk than to ride.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Tatyana 09 Mar 2013, 14:42
How to get to Penang island from Kuala Lumpur. The plane to eliminate you want to drive over the bridge to Penang ...
admin 09 Mar 2013, 15:38
Hello Tatiana. It seems that directly from airport Kuala Lupur could not be reached by land, except by taxi. If you are ready for replanting, you need to take the bus straight from the airport to Puduraya, where you can take the bus to Penang, there are plenty of them. But don't forget to go to Penang from KL for 5 hours, and if you go late, there is a chance to take a ride on the bridge already dark, it gets dark sooner, in 18 hours.
PS you Know that the plane you want to exclude, not a fool, but just in case, I will say that the bridge you drive are already arriving on the island by taxi or BEST. There are even tours to the bridge in my opinion, found mention. Cross, for example, on the ferry to Bacherlors and there get a taxi or BEST, and enter the island via a bridge. Well, or Vice versa. At the same time and Butterwort view. ...
Lena.Ovcharenko 11 May 2013, 13:23
Will anyone not be in Kuala Lumpur from July 29 to August 4, really want to visit the island Penang or Langkawi to have one but not risk.I fдекватна, don't smoke, I would like to meet a fellow traveler a middle-aged woman. Write muravei28071948@rambler. Flying on Singapore, tickets are bought, hotel booked. ...
Maria 25 Nov 2013, 13:52
The island of Penang from KL you can get two popular vehicles: the bus and the plane.
The plane.
Fly to Penang's largest airline AirAsia, but please note when purchasing tickets that the price You announce does not include taxes and fuel surcharges, and BAGGAGE! For each suitcase up to 15 kg You'll pay 12 euros. You can fly here an hour from the airport to Georgetown is an hour away, could be 40 min. Can be reached by bus number 102 in just 20 rubles, you can vibratex, the cost will speak with the driver.
There are plenty of buses from the station, Puduraya. From the airport take the KL Express (ground floor), go to the station KL Sentral(350 RUBLES), take the Metrorail aside Gombak station madjik jamek (2 stops cost 10 rubles) at the exit of the metro srazu left, along the Avenue, 5-7 minutes from the station, Pudu, back in the station, climb to the 4th floor and select loubou any cash (listen to intuition))) will buy a ticket to Penang (be sure to note that Bjorg town)will pay around 380 RUB and 5 hours and You are in Penang at the bus station, to get to Georgetown to drive 20 min autobusem 102 or 401 for 20 rubles. the Buses are comfortable, 5 chasov pass unnoticed, and the window otkryvayuschii beautiful views. Good luck to the travelers. And Hello from Penang))) ...
Judy 28 Apr 2015, 17:50
Prompt, please, try to save some money would be to spend a couple of weeks in Penang or on the main mainland Malaysia? We just plan to spend a month in Thailand and to make a visa in Thailand and how to spend the time I want for a couple of weeks to fly to Malaysia, I found out that the Thai Embassy is in kalua Lumpur and gotone...we are more inclined to the latter, as it is not so great and Shumen as kulalumpur..did I understand correctly? ))) ...
admin 29 Apr 2015, 16:01
Hello! By Far Is Penang (Georgetown). In Kuala Lumpur for two weeks, "flipped out", pardon the expression . And Penang and the sea, the beach, and proximity to the sea. The prices I significant difference noticed between Penang and Kuala Lumpur, I think, will be about the same. ...
Judy 30 Apr 2015, 20:44
thank you))) ...
Svet 05 May 2015, 17:44
Hello. Going to Langkawi for two weeks. As I understand it, on Langkawi are not really a lot of interesting places, I'm thinking rolled up for a couple of days in Penang and see the sights. Is it worth it? And how better to do this, is there a tour? ...
admin 05 May 2015, 18:25
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 06 Dec 2016, 10:03
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. ...