To avoid long queue, buy your ticket at 11 pm and above. You'll avoid long line of tourists and locals eager to get into the island. This also means you'll be able to roam around a half empty ferry on your way there.
BTW, tickets to Pangkor are return tickets. On your way back, there's no ticket needed. The ferry agent use a ticker to count the number of passengers allowed on board.
Return price of the ferry from Pulau Pangkor to Lumut is included in the price to get to the island. There are several morning ferries from Pangkor to Lumut. Once back on the mainland, it is a walk of less than 5 minutes from the fery terminal to the bus terminal. There are several buses daily going directly from Lumut to K.L. We paid 27RM for a very comfortable bus which departed Lumut just after 10am and, with one toilet stop in the journey, arrived in the bus terminal near Bukit Bintang at 2.15. There is probably no need to book the bus ticket in advance unless you are travelling during Malaysian School Holidays.
Transport on Pulau Pangkor involves clambering into a bright pink taxi - minivans with plenty of space for luggage. There is a throng of the taxis parked adjacent to the jetty terminal and large groups at the major beaches. Fares are reasonable 10 - 15RM from Pangkor Town to the beach areas.
It is also possible to hire a taxi to take you on a tour around the island. Cost is approx 80RM for transport to key attractions such as the Dutch Fort, Chinese Temples and beach areas. The trip lasts 3 - 4 hours and is well worth it.
Lumut is a bustling little town but there is not a great deal to do so catch a ferry to Pangkor as soon as you can. Ferries leave frequently from early morning to dusk. The trip lasts for 35 to 40 minutes. There are several ferry companies and a return ticket costs 10RM.
From the deck there are some great views.
Note that there are two jetties on Pangkor - get off at the second jetty for Pangkor Town and transport to hotels.
Star Shuttle has large comfortable coaches that leave from LCCT ad then KLIA travelling to Sitiawan - you then need to catch a public bus or taxi to Lumut which is about 10km futher down the road.
The Star Shuttle route is very convenient if you don't want to go into KL city as it bypasses the city and therefore saves a lot of time.
Cost for the tickets is 45RM - very comfortable seating with a rest stop along the way. The full size bus only has half the regular seating so plenty of leg room.
I was able to book and pay for tickets online in Australia
For such a little island, you wouldn't have thought that there would be flights to Pulau Pangkor but to the delight of travellers, Berjaya Air flies their DeHavilland Dash 7 aircraft to Pangkor from Kuala Lumpur five times a week. The journey takes under an hour and the fare is about US$120 return
Berjaya Air is operating on a DeHavilland Dash 7 (48 seats) aircraft between Kuala Lumpur Subang Airport (SZB)* Terminal 3 and Pangkor Airport (PKG), on the neighbouring island of Pulau Pangkor.
A pleasant flight of 30 minutes with stunning views of the West Coast of Malaysia and the Straits of Malacca, will take you to Pangkor Airport. Upon arrival, you will be greeted and assisted by our warm and friendly Resort representatives for a short taxi and boat ride of approximately 30 minutes to Pangkor Laut Resort.
Cost per person one-way is RM50.00 for an adult and RM25.00 for child.
I found a new jetty to Pangkor Island!! Only 10 mins ferry from the Marina Island Pangkor jetty to Pangkor. Ferry price is the same as Lumut. Ferry waiting area has AIR-CON.. phew.. no sweat..! Plenty of parking too (cheaper than Lumut).
How to get to Marina Island.. visit: http://marinaisland.com/marinaisland/contact_index.asp
1) Follow the sign to Lumut/ Teluk Batik/ TLDM/ Marina Island Pangkor
1) At the junction where you see a huge Sea Shell, turn LEFT.
2) Follow the sign to Teluk Batik/ Marina Island Pangkor.
3) Go past the turning to Teluk Batik (on your left), drive straight.
4) 50m from the Teluk Batik turning, turn LEFT into MARINA ISLAND. There is a 400m bridge that link the mainland to MARINA ISLAND Pangkor. Follow the sign to the JETTY, to get to Pangkor Island/ Pulau Pangkor.
I recommend spending some time walking around the ironic man-made island... as a visitor, I'm quite proud of this island....
You will LOVE the MAN-MADE Marina Island.....
updated in November 2007:
Heading North on the NKVE (North Klang Expressway) from KL, exit at "Ipoh".
From there, take route 5 to Lumut and Pulau Pangkor. This route is longer, but an overall easier drive.
From KL, take the North Klang Valley Expressway (NKVE) heading North and exit at "Bidor". Once you exit at Bidor, drive along the trunk roads by following the signs to "Teluk Intan". From there there are adequate signs that read "Lumut " or "Pulau Pangkor".
Make your way to the jetty to catch the ferry to Pulau Pangkor. There are a few places where you can safely park your car at a flat per-day rate.
The drive from KL to the ferry jetty is approximately 3-4 hours, depending on your speed and prevailling traffic conditions.
Note: There will also be signs that read "Pelabuhan Lumut (Lumut Port)" which is NOT the same as Lumut Jetty. The Lumut Port is actually several km away from Lumut itself, but in the same direction as the road to Swiss Garden Damai Laut Resort & Spa. If you follow this road, you will ultimately end up in the town of Taiping.
There are at least two companies that operate ferries between Pangkor island and Lumut on the mainland. The fare is RM10 for a round trip BUT if you should lose your ticket for the return trip, you will have to pay RM10 one-way!
The ferries are air conditioned with one level in the front and two at the back. There is also an open air deck that you can climb up to enjoy the scenery and sea breeze. The employees of the ferry companies usually do not bother to help you load or unload luggage so be careful when you shop on the island!
Visitors to Pangkor Laut Resort and Pangkor Island Resort will disembark at jetties different from those who are going to the main jetty of Pangkor island.
The island is too small for buses so everyone who has no personal transport and needs to get around use these pink vans. I saw the word 'texi' stencilled on the back of all these vans so I don't know if they are referred to as vans or taxis.
Cost for a ride depends on the number of passengers in the van. If there are at least five, it is RM2 for a short ride. These vans are also available for hire for round the island tours that is about 2 hrs (due to stops at tourist spots). One driver quoted RM40 if there are at least 5 persons. On the day we use that van, we paid RM7 each although there were 7 of us.
We went there during the chinese new year. As our resort Pangkor Island Beach Resort is located far away from the town, it is very difficult to get the taxi to the resort to pick us up. I happened to catch hold of a taxi who drop by our resort to drop off some passengers. The taxi driver (chinese guy wearing sunglasses) charges us RM80 just for the trip to and back from pangkor town. Our group of 14 people squeezed into his tiny van and took a roller coaster ride to the pangkor town which is about 20 mins away. Upon reaching pangkor town, the taxi drive demanded us to pay him the full amount. However, we just pay him RM50. We later found out that we we ripped off as it only cost RM20 for the one way trip from our resort to town. Anyway, according to the locals, it is very difficult to get a taxi at this time. So, we have to pay that amount to get a taxi to town.
How I wish the hotel can provide a exclusive taxi shuttle services from the resort to the town so that we will not be captured in the resort compound only. Can Pangkor Island Beach Resort provide this service in future?
The island in Pangkor Laut is huge so , when you want to go somewhere more distant, ie, to the Spa Village or to Emerald Bay, there are several points next to the different type of villas where you can ring a button and a shuttle will come to pick you and take you to your destination. It usually takes only a few minutes .
I still remember the TV series 'fantasy Island"where the guest was greeted by the hotel owner.its happen here!!!!since they knew i under medication ..they really put everything in order to welcome me to the island!