Visitors travelling by road have to drive to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis on
the north-western coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the main take-off points by
ferry to Langkawi. The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Kedah takes about
6 hours while Kuala Perlis is another one hour away. Car parking facilities
are available at both points.
The Langkawi International Airport at Padang Mat Sirat is about 20 km from Kuah
and 8 km from the beach resorts in Pantai Cenang. Direct air services from Kuala
Lumpur to Langkawi are provided by .Malaysia Airlines on a daily basis and Air
Asia five times weekly. Silk Air also flies regularly from Singapore to the
island. There are also direct international flights to Langkawi from Osaka and
Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) or Malayan Railway provides comfortable
and economical rail services from Kuala Lumpur to Alor Setar and Arau. From
Alor Setar or Arau, you can take a taxi or bus to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis
respectively and then proceed by ferry to Langkawi.
There are 4 ports of embarkation from where one can take a ferry to Langkawi
Islands.Three are in Malaysia and one in southern Thailand. The ports are:-
1. Kuala Perlis in Perlis
Kuala Perlis is about 30.5 Km from Langkawi Island.It provides the shortest
route to the island.This fishing village at the mouth of Perlis River is becoming
increasingly important as the transit point to Langkawi.Its ferry terminal has
been upgraded recently to upgrade the passenger facilities. Kuala Perlis can
be reached via road and rail.Keretapi Tanah Melayu or KTM (Malayan Railways)
provides comfortable train service (Langkawi Express) from Kuala Lumpur to Arau,from
where one can take a taxi to Kuala Perlis.
2. Kuala Kedah in Kedah
Kuala Kedah also provides ferry services to Langkawi Islands.One can travel
to Kuala Kedah by road or rail.Train travellers have to proceed to Kuala Kedah
in a taxi from Alor Star.A new jetty terminal has been constructed here to cater
for the increase in the passenger flow to Langkawi Island.
3. Georgetown in Penang Island
There is also a ferry service from Penang Island to Langkawi.
4. Satun in South Thailand
There are 3 ferry services daily to Lagkawi from Satun.
A novel way to take a holiday to Langkawi is by cruise ship. Cruises are of
varying duration depending on the ports of call en-route to Langkawi. Embarkation
points are at Port Klang and Singapore.
For enquiries on cruise packages, contact your travel agents or the various cruise operator:
Starcruise Tel: 03-309 2828
Empress Cruise Line Tel: 03-466 7888