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    Bus station at Butterworth
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    From KL to Penang

    by kenyneo Updated Jul 30, 2004

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    Hey its more convenient to go by coach to Penang basically you have 2 distinct choices
    a) buy ticket from Pudu Raya ( there are so many counters selling those tickects , from RM20-25 you can get a Super VIP seat ( 21 seater , make sure you ask that ) - but because of too many counters , you may end up buying tickets at the not to good counter, bus condition might be good or horrible depending on your luck. I had an experience of buying such ticket from Pudu ( my cousin bought for me ...errghh ) where I can practically see cockcroaches walking up and down the window etc etc ...needless to say its horrible plus schedule is always not accurate and you might end up waiting for few hours. The buses will stop at Komtar.

    b) buy ticket from Nice / Plusliner company at
    Old Train Station ( Stesyen Keretapi Tanah Melayu ) you can either choose NICE bus 21 seater for RM 50 per person inc a small meal and water ) very comfy and departure and arrival is very accurate.

    Or Plusliner bus 32 seaters for RM 28 I think , its okay for people of normal height ( no no for me as I am 6ft 1inc so the leg room is not so comfrotable for me , but others should be okay . Its also clean reliable and comfy. Also the drivers all are more reliable and decent. Unlike some who works for some coach company in Pudu . Their driving can shock you out of your shell !! Hehehe. Also touch wood if the coach breaks down another coach will be replaced very soon unlike other companies.They will stop at Marco Polo HOtel ( I personally recommend Nice / Plusliner for a safe reliable and comfortable trip )

    see the webpage below and you can check for NICE and Plusliner

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    - Plusliner

    - Express Consortium

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    Bus from KL

    by ellielou Written Apr 13, 2006

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    buying peanuts at rest stop
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    The bus from KL takes about four hours. It is a fine busride, on good roads. There are about two stops along the way, since there are no toilets on the bus. (which is actually a good thing, if, like me, you're stuck in the back, where the toilet would normally be).

    I found the people on the bus very friendly, and, since I was the only 'tourist,' and traveling alone, people were somewhat curious and somewhat protective. I also ended up meeting someone on the bus who's uncle, a cab driver, ended up taking me to my hotel in his taxi for free....

    The rest stop for food was fascinating....and, as is the case in most of Malaysia, the food looked great.

    And, although Malaysia is very hot....bring a sweater, sweatshirt, or blanket for the cold, cold bus!

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    Cost saving alternative - Buses

    by kenyneo Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Bus: all buses depart from Komtar Building and operates from 6am - 11pm. Yellow buses go south while blue buses go north. Red and white buses no. 1 or 101 will take you back to the central Penang. Blue bus no.93 and transit line no.202 take you to the north shore.

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    Bus from Kuala Lumpur to Penang

    by SLLiew Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Took an economy bus (VIP, not Super VIP) at RM26.80 using "TRANSIONALl" from Pudu Raya Station in downtown Kuala Lumpur to the Sungei Nibong Bus Station in Penang.

    Suppose to start at 4pm. Bus arrived late to depart at 4:30pm and arrive at Penang at about 10pm. There was a stop at another KL bus station to pick up more passengers, a stop for petrol/restroom, then a 30 minutes stop at Perak River rest-stop for dinner (buy your own) before finally crossing the Penang Bridge to Penang.

    For some smaller bus companies, the buses may stop at the Jawi toll to consolidate passengers going over to Penang or passengers being dropped off at Butterworth and Bukit Mertajam. So if you are in a hurry, do make sure that the bus company you choose is a direct one from KL to Penang.

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    Cost saving alternative - Buses

    by kenyneo Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Bus: all buses depart from Komtar Building and operates from 6am - 11pm. Yellow buses go south while blue buses go north. Red and white buses no. 1 or 101 will take you back to the central Penang. Blue bus no.93 and transit line no.202 take you to the north shore.

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    Bus station at Komtar

    by Ines28 Written Dec 12, 2004

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    At the large bus station at Komtar you will find some small ticket booths where you can get tickets to all over Malaysia and also to Thailand. Bus travel in Malaysia is quite cheap and comfortable and the buses are always in time. If you want to leave early in the morning, it is advisable to purchase your ticket one day in advance, as the ticket booths are not open very early in the morning.

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    bus express

    by pehsan Updated Nov 13, 2007

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    in the tunnel (history)

    u dun have to go thru any hassel to come to penang. there are tons of places for u to purchase the bus ticket to/out of penang.

    for your info, from April 2005, the main bus station for all the tourist buses at Komtar has moved to sungai nibong, new build bus station. thru this transitional period, lots of complains from the local people as they have already get used to the old, polluted, heavy, conjusted traffic and over crowded komtar. be patient.. penangites

    bus fair vary from the places and season/festival.
    from Kuala Lumpur - Penang : RM20-RM25
    from Johor bharu - Penang : RM40 - RM50

    konsortium bas ekspress
    B-21-07, Komtar, 10000 Penang.

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    Bus to Singapore

    by stmlnyc Written Oct 13, 2003

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    Penang colonial building, now a bank

    By the way, transport by bus in Malaysia is cheap and surprisingly comfortable. But even though it is tropical, bring along a warm jacket or parka, they really tend to blast the air conditioning. The 10-hour bus ride back down
    to Singapore from Penang was only 45 ringgits and smooth.

    Transnacional bus company is probably the largest (and cheapest) but the other companies are just as good with different time schedules.

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    Transportion from KL to Penang

    by putri_jogja Written Feb 9, 2009

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    Hi,
    if u wanna go to Penang from Kuala Lumpur, u can take bus from Pudu Raya Bus Terminal. Plenty bus go to Penang Island. You can take Transnasional Bus.
    Clik this link for more information :
    http://www.journeymalaysia.com/bus.htm
    Driving car from KL to Langkawi is really long drive. Makes u tired. Otherwise u can go to Langkawi from Penang by ferry. Many travel agens and hotels in Penang offer the ferry ticket to Langkawi. It takes approx 3 hours. I didnt see any public bus in Langkawi. The best thing you do to get around this island is by car. You can rent it.
    this is the ferry schedule for Penang to Langkawi VV
    http://www.langkawi-ferry.com/schedule.html

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    Transnasional

    by explore_discover Updated Dec 12, 2007

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    One Economical way to get to Penang is take Airconditioned Bus from Kuala Lumpur's Puduraya Bus Terminal. I have took Transnasional on all 4 times I visited Penang, The schedule is convinient, departure is right on time and service is good (On excutive bus they serve meal, (Noodles or Burger with soft dirnks or concentrated fruit juice) but the fare is nearly double and not worth it and also require to book well in advance and cost nearly 45 Malaysian Ringets. Another disadvantage, they stop at Duta Terminal instead off Puduraya so you will have to take Taxi to get to the city center or terminal, means some RM20 to 30 extra cost.

    Economy Bus 2+2 seating , fare Cost RM22.5 Travel time 5 1/2 hours with One Pit Stop, the journey is swift on smooth roads through the lush green mountains and palm trees.

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    Konsortium Bus Express From Penang to Kuala Lumpur

    by chocolatecake Updated Aug 3, 2011

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    Hi there, it takes approx. 8 hours from Penang (Butterworth) to Kuala Lumpur, the late bus from Penang (Butterworth) to Kuala Lumpur:

    10.30PM RM33.90 Arrive at KL: approx. 6:30am
    11.59PM RM33.90 Arrive at KL: approx. 8:00am

    For buses from Butterworth - Kuala Lumpur
    Counter : 21
    Tel : 604-3299911
    Tel : 604-3299919
    Email : customer_service@kbes.com.my

    Please contact the customer service to confirm the bus schedule.
    10% discount for purchase online. http://www.kbes.com.my

    The service of Konsortium is highly recommended, it's on time, VIP seat (3 seats in a row), bus is new. I'm a frequent user for long journey.

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    Take a bus in Penang

    by jee_tp Written Dec 28, 2005

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    Komtar Bus Interchange Terminal

    Island sightseeing & local bus excursions
    http://www.malaysiasite.nl/lorraine4.htm

    Buses...Transport on Penang
    http://www.malaysiasite.nl/vervoerpenangeng.htm

    Komtar Bus Interchange Terminal, all buses will be interchanged at this place.

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    Long Distance buses

    by yuet29 Written Feb 15, 2005

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    The terminal for long distance buses in Penang is Komtar and Gelugor. Komtar is the main one where all buses starts from there. The government intend to build a new long distance buses terminal in Batu Uban, near Pesta but the plan has not yet approved.

    The long distance buses from Penang are quite reliable. Mostly 28 seats- super VIP/VIP. It costs RM48 from Penang to Singapore and RM 23.7 from Penang to KL. You need to book the ticket at least a day before. During festival season, the ticket can sold out and the price can rise up to double the normal price. During festival season, it is very hard to get a ticket. Sometimes the company will have extra buses which is 40 seats for the same raise price.

    The long distance buses in Penang do not travel to all the states in Peninsular Malaysia. For ticket to Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan etc, you need to go to Butterworth bus terminal, which means travel by ferry to butterworth. There, you have more choices and places to go.

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    Bus to Taiping

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 17, 2010

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    Bus station at Butterworth

    I left George Town with the idea of visiting Taiping but it wasn't quite as straight forward as I thought. I walked from my hotel to the Komtar bus station in order to get a local bus down to the Express Bus Station located about 10km to the south, near the Penang Bridge. I got to the Express Bus Station only to find out that it wasn't possible to get a bus direct to Taiping but instead I had to take a bus bound for Ipoh to Butterworth where I could then take a direct bus to Taiping. Luckily the Ipoh bus was just leaving and so I got on this and went over the bridge to the bus station in Butterworth which is located near to the train station. Unluckily for me I had just missed the 10:30am bus to Taiping and had to wait another hour for the next one. When I got on the bus I sat and chatted to an Australian couple who simply took the ferry over from the city centre in George Town to the ferry terminal in Butterworth which is near to the bus station so I would suggest to do the same instead of what I did! The bus from Butterworth to Taiping cost RM7.70 and took about an hour.

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    Super VIP coach from Singapore to Penang

    by wynlim Written Oct 7, 2005

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    You can buy comfortable 24 seater VIP coach seats at Golden Mile, Beach Road, Singapore at about $40 SGD. The journey takes about 9-10 hours and the bus usually leaves around at night so you can just fall asleep and wake up in Penang! If you wanna save more money, take a bus into Johor Bahru to Larkin bus station and you can get the same kind of coach tickets for like half the price.

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