ABOUT PENANG
TRANSPORTATION

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; and all buses are air-conditioned. 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 where 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.

By Ferry

The Ferry Terminal or Jetty is where passengers board the ferry that plies between Penang Island and the mainland. Penang Island is just a 20- minute ferry ride from Butterworth. If you are taking a train to Penang from Kuala Lumpur or other cities, you may board the ferry to Penang Island from the ferry terminal at Butterworth, which is located next to the train station. Although it is possible to travel between the island and the mainland via the Penang Bridge, taking the ferry is a memorable experience.

Operating Hours
5.40am - 11.40pm** Departing from Penang island to the mainland*
5.20am-11.40pm** Departing from the mainland to the island

Operating Intervals: 20 minutes

Fare: Adult RM1.20 / Child RM0.60

Note
* Note, the ferry is free of charge from Penang island to the mainland.
** Schedules are an estimation.

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

While downtown Penang might be small in size, there are various modes of public transportation available; from trishaws to free shuttle buses, standard city buses and taxis. It is also possible to walk around George Town and its surrounding neighbourhood. Public transportation is also available for more distant attractions out of George Town, such as the Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Hill and the ones up in Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang or Penang National Park. Do check schedules and fares before deciding on your preferred mode of transport.

Taxis

Taxis are easily available around the island; it is a common means of getting around by visitors. Be sure to agree on a price 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 on 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

The main public bus service, Rapid Penang, is different from the Hop-On Hop-Off tourist buses. Rapid Penang covers an extensive area both on the island and mainland, while the free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus service operates only within George Town. KOMTAR Terminal is the central transfer terminal for buses that cover the whole of Penang, simply ask around or look out for signboards to find out which bus route serves you best. To travel with Rapid Penang, inform the bus driver of your destination when you are getting get on, then pay the amount required for your trip and receive a ticket. Remember to prepare exact change as no change will be given back as all buses do not carry change for safety reasons.

*Fares are based on distance travelled.

Transportation Card (1-month use)
Fare:
Adult RM110 (Foreigners) RM75 (Malaysians),
Student RM55 (Foreigners) RM35 (Malaysians)

Website: www.rapidpg.com.my

Application Preparation
• 1 ID photo
• 1 copy of applicant’s passport
• 1 copy of student ID
• fee of RM5

Free CAT Bus

Free CAT Bus (Central Area Transit) is a free shuttle bus service that operates within George Town. Being able to travel to popular local attractions for free makes it the most common means of transportation for travellers. Trips are at intervals of 15 minutes. Look out for Rapid Penang buses that bear a “Free CAT Bus” sign.

Operating Hours: 6:00am to 11:45pm

Fare: Free

Bus Stops from Ferry Terminal to KOMTAR
2 Ferry Terminal → 3 Little India → 4 Immigration → 5 Bank Negara → 6 Museum → 7 Muntri Street → 8 Campbell Street → 9 KOMTAR

Bus Stops from KOMTAR to Ferry Terminal
9 KOMTAR → 11 Kedah Road → 12 Chowrasta Market → 13 Komtar East → 14 Carnarvon Street → 15 Kampung Kolam → 16 Penang Supreme Court → 17 Dewan Sri Pinang → 18 Fort Cornwallis → 19 Downing Street → 1 Weld Quay → 2 Ferry Terminal

Hop-on Hop-off Bus

The “Hop-on Hop-off” bus is the most efficient way of sightseeing around Penang. After purchasing a 24-hour or 48-hour pass, pass holders can freely hop on and off at landmarks that they wish to explore. These comfortable open-top buses are equipped with pre-recorded audio commentaries of the landmarks along the route. The service offers 24-hour or 48-hour tickets. How it works is, a 24-hour ticket will last 24 hours from the time you purchase your ticket. For example, tickets purchased at 3pm today will be valid till 2.59pm the following day.

“Hop-on Hop-off” is stated clearly at bus stops, making it easy to differentiate them from other bus stops.

Operating Hours: 9:00am to 7:00pm

Operating Route: City Route or Beach Route

Interchange: Gurney Drive

Ticket Purchase: Bus Conductor or Online

Website: myhoponhopoff.com/pg

* Note, fares are different for Malaysians and foreigners.

Bus Fare for foreigners
24 Hours

Adult: RM45
Child*/Student/Disabled: RM24
* Child aged 5 and under FOC
48 Hours
Adult: RM79
Child*/Student/Disabled: RM43
* Child aged 5 and under FOC

Bus Fare for MyKad holders
24 Hours

Adult: RM19
Child*/Student/Disabled: RM12
* Child aged 5 and under FOC
48 Hours
Adult: RM32
Child*/Student/Disabled: RM20
* Child aged 5 and under FOC

HOHO Bus Route Map
02 14 Standard Stop | 06 15 Stop On Demand | 01 Interchange

City Route*
01 Gurney Drive → 02 Botanic Garden → 03 Penang Hill → 04 Kek Lok Si → 05 Times Square → 06 KOMTAR → 07 Chowrasta Market → 08 UNESCO Heritage → 09 Clan Jetties → 10 Cruise → 11 St. George → 12 Blue Mansion → 13 Kelawei Road

Beach Route**
14 Straits Quay → 15 Flamingo Hotel → 16 Miami Beach → 17 Holiday Inn → 18 Hard Rock Hotel → 19 Tropical Spice Garden → 20 National Park → 21 Entopia by Butterfly Farm → 22 Taman Rimba

* City Route: Every 20 - 30 minutes
** Beach Route: Every 1 hour and fifteen minutes

Trishaws

Driven purely on manpower, the iconic trishaw is great for going around George Town. Opt for a trishaw ride if you enjoy breezy rides. Be sure to agree on a price before starting your journey. The average rate is RM30 per hour for two-persons, depending on the distance between starting point and ending point.

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. There is a shared bike system in the city and its surroundings, and other bike rentals are also available along the hotel stretch of Batu Ferringhi.