The train from Penang to Bangkok departs everyday from the Butterworth train terminal. The sleeper berth cost 100 over RM and took 23 hours.
Buy the ticket in advance. You can buy it either at Penang island ferry terminal or Butterworth train terminal.
On the weekday and morning of Saturday, Penang government has provide a free shuttle bus service to the tourist as well as the locals. It is making a loop in Georgetown going through some tourist spot and main attaction.... the most popular are Jetty, Komtar, Chowrasta Market.
The buses coming almost every half an hour and stop only at the assigned stop. Check with the locals, it is easy to identify.
Once arrived in Georgetown Jetty, the taxi station is just right beside the walkway on the way to the main road.
Make sure that you ask the price before taking the taxi.... although the government has insist the taxi driver to run by meter... but there are still taxi drivers are refused to do so.
As you walk further in front, close to the pedrastrian, there is definitely someone come foward to approach you.... these are the illegal taxi in town..... it is depends on you to take the risk... however, the different of price not to big though.
Free Shuttle Bus is provided within the Central Georgetown area. The bus routes covers a loop around the the central George Town area which includes banking centre, heritage zones, shopping complexes, tourist spots, government offices, The Komtar and Ferry Terminal.
The bus service runs at a regular 12 minute intervals, from Monday to Friday - 7.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and Saturday - 7.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. There is no service on Sunday and public holidays.
The map of the routes & stations can be downloaded at http://www.tourismpenang.gov.my/images/exoticpenang/custom%20pages/ap02d_01.htm
Penang-Butterworth Ferry is very important back in the days without the Bridge. Nowadays served as number 2 choice for in/out of the island. RM7 is the ferry fare for two ways (Car) which means you only pay once and when you leave the island, it's free of charge. Bikes and individual passengers are welcome and the charges are very cheap. If I can remember, each passenger need only to pay 60 cents. Make sure to take good photos but please don't expect crystal clear water.
The taxi fare from Penang Airport to Batu Ferringhi is fixed at RM45 and to George Town RM28. You need to purchase a taxi ticket before heading for the taxi queue. The taxi counter and the taxi queue are located on extreme ends.
From Ferringhi Beach Hotel, charges are: Kek Lok Si RM30
Penang Hill RM30
George Town RM20
Penang Airport RM40
Batu Ferringhi Night Market RM8
Do bargain with the taxi drivers.
The taxi are white in color.
In Penang Island, there is no railway connection. Traveller has to crossover to the mainland - Butterworth to catch any train to other destination.
However, if you wish to buy a ticket, there is a ticket counter at Penang Jetty, just 30 meter from the Taxi Station. Of course there is ticket counter at Butterworth station, but you can also make your booking at Penang Jetty without crossing to the mainland.
If you taking land transport to or off Penang, and you are not in rush. Don't miss the change to experience the Penang Ferry.
Penang Ferry has been the only transport for the people who stay on the island to cross over to the mainland of Peninsular, before the Penang Bridge built in the year 1986. It is very important transportation during that time.
Even today, there still a lot of people depending on the ferry because it is more convinience and of course it is cheap, only 60sen for a passenger.
Don't miss the change to slow down, enjoy sea breeze (may be it is a bit smelly, :p) and the local people's life.
The Jetty at mainland's side is very close to the bus station and railway station of Butterworth. So, don't go direct to or off Penang without experince this.
You can always buy your bus or train ticket to Butterworth then change Ferry to Penang
Penang Airport is an international airport, which is located around 20 kilo meters from Georgetown. It is around RM 23 to get to the Georgetown from airport. Airport is in reasonable state and almost have everything necessities available.
this funicular train which was first opened for use in 1923 to access the peak of Penang Hill. The train operates in two sections and passengers change railcars at midpoint. It takes about half an hour to reach the summit and the train service operates at half hour intervals.
When you arrive in the Penang Airport you must make the taxi ticket from being
able to catch up your destination.
Airport to Georgetown 23RM
You can rent one scooter for 20RM/day
indispensable to visit island and several one temples
A very affordable and fun way of getting around town is to take a ride on a trishaw. For less than 4 USD you can have an amazing and a little bit scary ride that you'll never forget!
The bus routes and fare system remained a mystery for much of my stay in Penang. We did somehow manage to get from place to place at times although a cab was often the more tempting option!
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Just next to Prangin Mall, there is main bus stop. You can catch different buses from here to go all the corners of the Penang Island.
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