|Penang - Getting There
Penang is easily accessible by air with daily flights from major capitals
of the region. It has direct links with Singapore, Bangkok, Nagoya,
Medan, Xiamen (China) and Madras, operated by Malaysia Airlines. The
airlines also operates more than 20 flights daily between Kuala Lumpur
The Penang International Airport is about 20 km from the city center.
Taxis plying the route follow the coupon system by which fixed fares
are charged between the airport and various destinations in Penang.
Limousines charge higher fares.
The Penang Yellow Bus Co. operates an hourly service between the
Airport and Weld Quay in the city between 6.00am to 10.00pm daily
(Bus No. 83).
Penang Island is accessible by road via the Penang Bridge. A charge
of RM7.00 is levied on all classes of cars using the bridge at the
toll plaza in Prai on the mainland. No payment is required for the
return trip form the island to the mainland.
From Butterworth, it is necessary to take the ferry to Penang Island.
Operated by the Penang Port Commission, the ferry service is available
around the clock for both passengers and vehicles. Fares for passengers
and vehicle charges are collected at the Butterworth terminal. No
payment is required for the return journey.
The train journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth takes approximately
6 hours and affords the opportunity to view the scenic countryside
of Peninsular Malaysia. Comfortable air-conditioned coaches are
available for first and second class passengers. Malayan Railway
or Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) also operates regular services
to Alor Setar, Padang Besar, Haadyai and Bangkok from Butterworth.
For enquiries regarding train services or fares, contact the KTMB
offices at Port Weld in Penang (Tel: 604-261 0290) or Butterworth
(Tel: 604-331 2796).