This transportation is used for people who travel to Butterworth and vice versa ..mainly for transportation rather than sightseeing purpose. But if you wanna take a short trip over to the mainland ..and look at the straits ...go ahead becoz the journey is very short and fare is very cheap !
When crossing from the mainland to Penang you pay RM 0.60 cents and this covers the return journey. If crossing from Penang one way, the trip is free.
The trip across the 3km channel takes about 20 minutes. There's great photo opportunities both of the landscape and the birdlife that make the most of the free ride and the tourists handing out food.
On a real humid day, this is one very inexpensive way of beating the heat as the cooler sea breezes flow through the relatively open ferry.
Some of the ferries are only for cars but you wont have to wait long for another one. They run 24 hours a day.
A stormy day makes for an interesting ride as the salt laden air turns your sunglasses frosty with crystals. Also enjoy the vision of ferries travelling almost sideways to cross the channel with the occasional very strong tidal flows.
There are toilets on board but you'd really be better off waiting until you got off - unless you've got a strong stomach and no sense of smell.
I took the bus to Butterworth from KL...it was a relatively pleasant ride, about 4 hours. When I bought the ticket, I heard that the ferry from Butterworth to Penang ran 24-hrs a day. (My Rough Guide said the same thing.) Well, it DOES NOT.
The ferry stops running around midnight. Make sure you time your arrival before that time, or you'll be stuck for the night in Butterworth, or have an expensive taxi ride across the bridge to Penang.
The ferry is inexpensive, under 1USD, I believe, and very pleasant.
It is walking distant between the Railway Station to the Ferry Terminal (Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim). You pay a small fee (around RM2.40) to ride a ferry to reach Georgetown or Penang Island at Pangkalan Tun Uda. The city buses (Rapid Penang) are stationed next to Pengkalan Tun Uda.
I walked from the Railway Station to the Ferry station in the early morning, it was still dark. Many locals including working adults and students are traveling to Georgetown by the ferry. Well, it makes sense that many locals are living in the mainland due to lower cost of living especially housing. There are more opportunities in term of good schools and jobs in Georgetown. I also took the ferry from Georgetown to Butterworth to catch a long distant bus back to KL. The long distant bus station is just next to the Ferry Terminal.
The ferry ride is very classic and enjoyable. It wasn't crowded on a normal day. It has a good views of the Penang Bridge and the city skylines.
It is worth trying to take the ferry between the mainland and the island. It costs very little to have a memorable experience.
Janet came with me as I departed Georgetown to catch my train to Bangkok.....
You can see the long bridge behind her.
The Ferry between Georgetown (Penang) and Butterworth is free, and runs frequently.
If you are from Butterworth to Penang, you have to pay a fare, other way, you are travelling free as the Penang Port Authority only impose a one way fare to all ferry users.
The ferry carry light vehicles on bottom deck and padestrian on top level. The bottom deck are share by 4 wheels car and two wheels motorcycle. The cars onboard the ferry occupied the front part follow by the motorcycles. After the boarding, the captain sound the siren before departure.
If the weather is good, you can enjoy the Penang Island view by looking backward.
The ferry has 2 toilets for male and female and one mini counter selling snacks and drinks on the upper level. You may climb the staircase, but take good care of your safety as it is sometimes sliply during rainy day.
Some passengers choose to move closer to the date to enjoy the sea wind and better view of the scenery.
Soon, after about 20 minutes, we have arrive Butterworth Terminal.
I so happy i bought a new car name Nissan Almera，though is cheap,but can save petrol.Just finished sport trip,suddenly i drove my car into Ferry station without notice them,my friends all very surprise why i do that,I just told them i'm also don't know why,and they just laugh.Ferry can take human and car,so i just drove in Ferry going to Penang Mainland to have ''Rojak''.From Island to Mainland we don't need to pay any fee,over side we need to paid RM7.70.
Motorcycle (inclusive of pillion rider) RM2.00
Motorcar (including station wagon, four-wheel drive,
three-wheel commercial vehicle, motorcycle with side car) RM7.70
eventhough the is a bridge to connect the main land to penang, we decide to take a ferry trip to cross to the island.avoid weekend or during 8-9am or 5-6 pm as people coming and going back from the main land to the island from work .
For those of you who are unfortunately enough to NOT able to book the direct ferry to Langkawi. There are two possible land routes from Penang to Langkawi .
1.FERRY Penang to Butterworth (free)30min>
2.COACH/TRAIN Butterworth TO Alor Setar (Train: RM 8 or 11) 2hr>
3.TAXI Alor Setar to Kuala Kedah (????)20min>
4. FERRY Kuala Kedah to Langkawi (RM15)1h15min>
1.FERRY Penang to Butterworth (free)
2.COACH Butterworth TO Kangar (RM 10.40)2h10min>
3. TAXI Kangar to Kuala Perlis (c. RM12)15min>
4. FERRY Kuala Perlis to Langkawi (RM15) 50min>
If you are driving and feel that the toll fee is a little expensive, then you can try taking the ferries. Ferries service transport cars and people to and fro from the main land to the island everyday.
The cost of taking ferries is about RM7. But the waiting time may be longer than taking the bridge, but once you are in the ferries, you can step out f the car and enjoy the breeze.
From Butterworth, it is necessary to take the ferry to Penang Island. The ferry service is available around the clock for both passengers and vehicles. Tickets are purchased at the Butterworth terminal.
The ferry would be a nice experience if you come from Butterworth, Seberang Perai.
Or you could take the ferry for a trip to Butterworth.