Penang, Malaysia

Getting In


By Plane

Penang International Airport is operated by Malaysia Airports and one of the country's larger and better-equipped airports. The airport is located on the southeastern coast of Penang Island, about 15 km south from Georgetown. Taxis are available from Penang International Airport, purchase a taxi coupon from the taxi counter inside the arrival terminal before boarding the taxi. Rapid Penang operates a bus service from the airport with bus no. 102 and 401E traveling between the airport and Georgetown. The bus fare between the airport and Georgetown is about MYR3 for a single journey.

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Penang International Airport

Penang International Airport

Several airlines serve Penang International Airport including Air Asia, Firefly, Cathay Pacific, SilkAir, Jetstar Airways, Tiger Airways, Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines. Direct domestic flights between Penang include Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching and Langkawi. Direct international flights include Jakarta, Surabaya, Macau, Taipei, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Medan, Singapore, Phuket, Perth and Banda Aceh.

By Train

Malayan Railway or Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) operates regular train services to and from Butterworth Station, located on the mainland side of Penang. Trains on the northern route travel as far as Bangkok in Thailand and southern route to KL Sentral in Kuala Lumpur. The overnight train from Bangkok departs daily at 2.45 p.m. (Thai time) and arrives in Butterworth the next day at 1.45 p.m. (Malaysian time). There are several daily departures from Kuala Lumpur including ordinary and express trains. The Butterworth Station is within walking distance to the ferry departing to Penang Island.

Butterworth Railway Station by Cmglee

By Car

Penang is connected to the North-South Expressway on the mainland by the Penang Bridge, one of the longest bridges in Asia. There is no toll for vehicles heading from the island to the mainland but vehicles headed in the opposite direction must pay a toll. Tolls are MYR1.40 for motorcycles, MYR7.00 for cars and MYR12.00 for vans. There is also a passenger and car ferry service between Butterworth and Penang Island. Like crossing Penang Bridge, it is free going to the mainland but there is a toll going to the island and toll charges are similar to crossing the bridge.
Penang Bridge
Crossing Penang Bridge
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