Flight options from KL to Langkawi
You can fly KUL - LGK or from SZB - LGK. These are much better options than trying to go to Langkawi overland from Kuala Lumpur (it takes too much time and involves too much hassle). If you book your flight online, as early as possible, you would get the best prices.
Fly from SZB (on FireFly Airlines) if you are flying from KL city. FYI SZB is the old Kuala Lumpur international airport and is located just on the suburbs of KL. It has a nicely refurbished terminal, which is also used by private jets. A taxi there from KL should cost you about RM30.
AirAsia and MAS do KUL-LGK (you should chose this option if you are flying straight to LGK after arrival in KUL) but AirAsia would be the cheaper bet.
Car Rental in Langkawi Airport
While I was in Langkawi, I had not seen any public buses in the Island at all. You can either rent a car or take the taxi in the Island.
When I arrived the Airport, I had rented a Kancil from this company at Arrival Hall:
Syaemmy Travel & Tour Sdn Bhd.
Arrival Hall, Langkawi International Airport
Padang Matsirat, 0700 Langkawi
Contact Person: Sham (012-403 8662)
I had no problem with their service at all. They showed me the car before I committed to rent the car. Their car rental rate includes an accident insurance up to RM2000, which is set by their local authority. I asked them whether there is a car theft in the Island, they said they have no big issue of car theft in the island. Well, it makes sense cause the island is small, they can find the car easily if it is stolen.
Car rental deposit: RM50. You have to pay the rental upfront + the deposit.
I have quoted the following: 12/7 (2pm) - 13/7 (7pm)-- consider 1 and a half day.
Kancil/ Proton Saga -- RM 80 (RM50 per day)
Myvi/ Nissan Sentra -- RM120 (RM80 per day)
You need to find a petrol station when you get on the road. The nearest petrol station is at Padang Mat Sirat, Petronas. I have spent RM35 for two-days drive, about (RM15-RM20 per day)
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Airasia Cheap Airfare
It takes 1 hour from Kuala Lumpur to Pulau Langkawi by flight. You can book the air ticket from www.airasia.com. If you take advantage of their 0 fare promotion, you could buy the return air tickets for less than RM30.
Alternately, you can book air ticket with, www.fireflyz.com.my, another airlines that flight to Langkawi.
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Drive your dream car
Very convenient place to rent a car of your choice at low rate. We got a Nissan sentra for RM260 for 3 days. The guy who rented to us. Mr. Yuzaidi is very flexible, allow us to deliver the car even at a later time on that day.
Ferry from Penang to Langkawi
If you're coming to Langkawi from Penang, the ferry is the way to go. Bahagia Express has a morning and afternoon speedboat from Weld Quay in Georgetown for RM35,00. Call them or visit their office across from the clock tower, just next to the main tourism board office.
Make sure and book your ticket in advance, as it's total chaos at the ferry terminal and not easy to find your way around to the right departure points etc...
Transport from Cruise Terminal to Kuah town
Visiting and planning for some activities on the island, it's best to have some ideas as to the logistic that is on hand.
Kuah town, the main township is at the south-eastern side of the island and within a wide bay. The most visited area in Langkawi is Pantai Cenang beach on the south-west corner. As the crow flies, this popular beach destination should some 15 kilometers west of Kuah town.
The popular cruise ship visiting Langkawi is operated by Star Cruise. The company has their own terminal or jetty located at the south-west corner as well. The isolated terminal is separated by a hilly cape from the crowded beaches of Pantai Tengah & Pantai Cenang. A very pleasant walk on public road from the Star Cruise Terminal to Pantai Cenang, about 3 kilometers one way.
Beside the Star Cruise terminal, the company also operate a resort named Awana Porto Malai Langawi Resort.
Upon arrival in Langkawi usually in the early hours, there was time for a good breakfast on board. A fleet on tour buses to have guests transported into Kuah town from this terminal would be on stay by. Then at about 10.00 am, the Star Cruise would organize for custom and immigration clearance in the pier area. The land journey is about 20 kilometers. On the return trip in the evening, these guests would be brought back in time for dinner. For those guests like me, who do not have reasons to go into town could stay on board or walk to Pantai Cenang on their own, which we did.
There were many taxis waiting outside the gate of the Terminal, hoping to catch fares for those who changed their mind after the tour buses had left. The taxi fare to Kuah town then was Rgt 20, one way. What we did was walk out, when the sun was not too hot and took a cab to return to the ship. I think it was Rgt7 for that one trip.
In Kuah town, unlike many small township, there were little houses as the local urban population was small. It was a upgraded shopping center and shops for food. There was one shopping mall, tiny one located inside the ferry terminal. For real shopping, there were large shops operating on the style of a supermarkets. There were quite a few of these large shops. To each his own, my choice then were chocolates and imported beer.
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Ferry Terminal is located at KUAH Town, some 15 to 20 minutes drive from Pantai Cenang (Chenang Beach)
One Way fare to/from Kuala Perlis is 18 Ringets and it takes about an hour and fifteen minutes.
The Operation hours of the ferry begin at 7.00am until 7.00pm
Kuah is International Point of Entry, There are regular boats serving to/from SATUN and KOH LIPE in Thailand.
Visa on Arrival Facility is not offered at KUAH
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There is no Bus service in Langkawi
Taxi is the best way to roam around, the fare is fixed
1. To/From Airport. 18 Ringets to Pantai Cenang (Prepaid at the booking counter at airport)
2. Pantai Cenang - Oriental Village (Cable Car station) 24 Ringets
3. Pantai Cenang - Kuah Jetty 26 Ringets
Legal / Official taxi's are Red / White Color & Yellow / White
Licensed Private vehicles are also running on daily basis (Aprx 80 Ringet + for full day)
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around the island
the best way of traveling around the island is hiring a car or a scooter.scooter rents are 25-30 ringgit (8-9$).we were 3 so hired a car and paid 80 ringgit for a proton sedan with A/C .the smaller cars are available for begining from 45 ringgit.oil is cheap(1.9 ringgit/lt oct 2007)
ferry to langkawi
there are regular ferries from 4 other places to langkawi
1)alor setar(mainland malaysia)
2)kuala perlis(mainland malaysia)
3)georgetown(penang island . malaysia)
i ve taken the one from satun.trip took 1,5 hrs and paid 280 thai baht
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Langkawi to Kuala Lumpur, other than flight
IF you are coming from Langkawi, you can take a ferry to either Kuala Perlis, Kuala Kedah or Penang. From any of these location, you can get a bus to Kuala Lumpur.
Alternatively, you can also take a train from Alor Star (take a bus/taxi from Kuala Kedah to reach Alor star) or from Arau (Take a bus/taxi from Kuala Perlis to Arau). You can reach Kuala Lumpur by train from both location.
Langkawi to/From Penang & Pulau Payar
For Langkawi Ferry Service:
From Penang to Langkawi, only 2 trips daily, at 8:15AM and 8:30AM.
And from Langkawi to Penang , 2 trips daily at 2:30PM and 5:15PM.
If possible, avoid a trip that make a stop at Pulau Payar (Payar Island). Currently, trips that make a stop at Pulau Payar leave at 8:30AM (To Langkawi) and 2:30PM (To Penang) unless you plan to visit that island as well.
Ferry cost RM60.00 for one way or RM115.00 for return tickets. call their ticketing counter for more details.
Traveling by Ferry is safe from Langkawi to Penang, as well as Langkawi to/from Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah in Peninsular Malaysia.
Langkawi is extremely easy to navigate. Rent a car upon arrival at the airport or jetty. Car rental at the jetty is cheaper but mainly these are older cars and has manual transmission.
Prices range from RM40 to RM60 per day at the jetty for manual transmission national car (Proton Saga, Wira or Iswara). At the airport, one can get national car at approximately RM80 (auto transmission) but if you know how to bargain, you can get a Nissan Sentra for RM80 per day also. Bargain with them, especially when you are renting for 2 days or more. Petrol is cheap at RM1.80 per litre (H1 2009 price). One full tank will last you round the island for 2 days, depending on which route you take - plan your route, check the map for the shortest route or ensure that the route you take has most of the sights you want to see to avoid backtracking.
Otherwise, you will need to depend on the Island Taxi (in the form of vans) where the prices are fixed and quite costly if you are travelling around or making frequent trips, especially if you are staying in the further beach resorts like Awana or Berjaya. Taxi fare per person from Berjaya to Kuah Town ranges from RM10 to RM15 (bargain if more passengers in group).
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Langkawi International Airport
The Langkawi International Airport is located at Padang Matsirat... It is about 20km from Kuah town and 8km from the beach resorts in Pantai Cenang... Direct air services to/from Kuala Lumpur are provided by Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia... Firefly service the Penang/Langkawi route daily... Silk Air also flies regularly to/from Singapore... There are duty free shops both within the public area, arrival lounge and departure lounge for convenience of duty free shoppers...
There is no schedule bus services to/from the airport... The only transport will be by taxi... However, the most popular arrangement is to rent a car at the airport since rental is the cheapest in Malaysia as Langkawi is a duty free island... Visitors can rent a car at the airport upon arrival and return the car at the airport when leaving the island... Travel agents and car rental companies can be found within the arrival lounge...
Rent a scooter
The best way to discover Langkawi is to go around the island with a scooter. There are many shops which rent scooters around Cenang and Kuah. The daily rent ranges from 25 RM to 40 RM. A deposit around 100 RM is expected as well as your driving license. The roads are quite good in condition and natural ventilation while riding your scoter is refreshing during the hot days.
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