ABOUT PENANG
GETTING TO PENANG

As Penang is so compact, travelling around the island and exploring the mainland is relatively easy whether you choose public transport or rental vehicles. The Rapid Penang bus service offers comprehensive routes around the state; all buses are air-conditioned and offer free Wi-Fi on board. In addition to taxis, rental cars and motorbikes, cycling is extremely popular in Penang and there are plenty of bicycle rentals available.

By Air

Penang is easily accessible by air with daily flights from major airports in the country and the region. The Penang International Airport is about 20km from the city centre.

Taxis plying the route follow the coupon system which fares between the airport and various destinations in Penang are fixed.

By Road

The North-South Highway connects Penang to major cities on the West side of Peninsular Malaysia. Travel by highway can take anywhere from 4-5 hours with toll charges in between.

The North-South Highway connects Penang to major cities on the West side of Peninsular Malaysia. Travel by highway can take anywhere from 4-5 hours with toll charges in between.

By Ferry

From Butterworth, it is necessary to take the ferry to Penang Island. The ferry service is available for both passengers and vehicles. Tickets are purchased at the Butterworth terminal.

Frequency: 20 minutes Duration: 20 minutes

Ferry Operating Hours
Island – Mainland
First ferry: 5.40am Last Ferry: 12.00am

Mainland – Island
First ferry: 5.40am Last Ferry: 11.40pm

Ferry Fares:
Car: RM7.70
Motorcycle: RM2.00
Pedestrian (Adult): RM1.20 (Child): RM0.60

By Rail

The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth takes approximately six hours. Taking the train is a comfortable way to travel within the country and it affords one the opportunity to see a lot of the countryside.

The railway station on mainland Penang connects to the mainline which runs from Bangkok to Johor Bahru (for access from Singapore)

By Rail

The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth takes approximately six hours. Taking the train is a comfortable way to travel within the country and it affords one the opportunity to see a lot of the countryside.

The railway station on mainland Penang connects to the mainline which runs from Bangkok to Johor Bahru (for access from Singapore)


GETTING AROUND

As Penang is so compact, travelling around the island and exploring the mainland is relatively easy whether you choose public transport or rental vehicles. The Rapid Penang bus service offers comprehensive routes around the state; all buses are air-conditioned and offer free Wi-Fi on board. In addition to taxis, rental cars and motorbikes, cycling is extremely popular in Penang and there are plenty of bicycle rentals available.

Taxis

Taxis are easily and widely available around the island; it is the most common means of getting around by visitors. But bear in mind that the taxis here don't use meters, so be sure to agree on a price first before boarding the taxi. Start by asking how much it is to get to your destination; you can negotiate on the prices quoted if you feel that they are too high.

GrabTaxi

GrabTaxi is a taxi-dispatch service with GPS-enhancements, allowing passengers to book the nearest taxi with extreme ease with just several taps of their smartphone.

GrabTaxi automatically detects the commuter’s current location using a smartphone’s in-built GPS. The app will then show the number of available taxis within a certain radius.

After the commuter selects his/her destination, the booking request is sent to taxi drivers within the radius so they can bid for the job. The taxi driver nearest to the commuter gets the job.

Within a minute, the commuter receives a booking confirmation coupled with crucial information about the ETA, taxi number and the driver’s contact details. The commuter can also track the real-time location of the booked taxi.

Buses

Buses play the major routes around the city and island. The main terminals are located in George Town's Weld Quay and KOMTAR buildings. Buses have machines that accept coins to pay the fares, and are the cheapest mode of transportation around the island. (http://www.rapidpg.com.my)

There's also a free Central Area Transit (CAT) shuttle bus service that ply the streets of Georgetown. Launched in 2009, it covers a route from Pengkalan Weld to Penang Road and back. Along the way, it makes 19 stops at strategic points of interest. The service runs from 6.00am until midnight. Apart from the route around KOMTAR, the shuttle service ply roads within the core and buffer zones of the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Trishaws

The three-wheeled trishaw used to be a common sight on the island, but modern times have nearly phased them out. Today, they exist as a novelty for tourists to enjoy. Trishaw is the most flexible means of transportation around the city, allowing you to make a few stops along the way and shop for souvenirs while touring the city.

You can find plenty of trishaws around the capital city of George Town, especially next to Cititel Hotel on Jalan Penang and along the Esplanade near Fort Cornwallis (Jalan Tun Syed Sheh Barakbah). Be sure to ask and agree on a price first before you board one, but not to worry, prices are always negotiable (although it is always better to tip your trishaw peddler generously for their laborious effort alone).

Rent-A-Car

Renting a car offers great flexibility and convenience. They are charged by daily rate – all you have to do is pay a deposit and the car is yours to go anywhere with. Car rentals are available around town – most hotels can hook you up with one.

Europcar Rental
Tel: +6012 329 3010

Hawk Penang Rent-A-Car
Tel: +6016 207 6536

Hertz Car Rental
Tel: +604 226 8602

Kasina Rent-A-Car
Tel: +604 228 8602

La Belle Rent-A-Car
Tel: +604 264 2717

Mayflower Car Rental
Tel: +604 641 1191

New Bob Rent-A-Ca
Tel: +604 226 6111

Orix Penang Rent-A-Car
Tel: +604 644 4772


Rent-A-Bike/Bicycle

Bicycles and motorcycles also offer inexpensive and fun ways of exploring the island. Stores along the hotel stretch of Batu Ferringhi and in the city offer them for hire.