How to get there in Penang

Practical information for your trip to Penang

Traveling to Penang is easy from throughout Asia. The island has an airport with regular international flights to Penang from all over Asia as well as from Europe and North America. The island of Penang is connected to the mainland Malaysia by a bridge, and there are also frequent ferries to the island’s capital Georgetown from Butterworth in mainland Malaysia. There are regular ferries to Penang also from Langkawi and Medan in Indonesia. Buses and minibuses to Penang can be found from most cities in Southern Thailand and Malaysia, as well as Singapore. Trains can take you to Butterworth, from where Penang is just a short ferry-trip away.

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Moving around in Penang

The main ways of getting around are by bus, taxi, or bicycle rickshaw while in Georgetown. Traveling around the island is easiest by renting a car in Penang. Taxis in Penang have meters, but it is still best to negotiate the price before getting in to one of them.