Penang Transport Guide

Penang is just as well connected as Kuala Lumpur having developed transport links by road, rail, sea and air. Currently the longest bridge in Malaysia connects Penang Island to the Mainland and allows for 65,000 vehicles to make the daily crossing. The major ‘E1’ road connects to the bridge and runs all the way along the west coast down to Kuala Lumpur and eventuating at Singapore


Getting around Penang

Taxis are commonly seen around bus stations, shopping malls, hotels and other densely populated areas. Many taxis run on a meter so be sure to ask before setting off to a destination. Red taxis are regular budget taxis and blue taxis are the premium version. Some intercity buses are free; however a lot run off their own time. It wouldn’t be advisable to rely on them if you’re keeping to a tight schedule, but a great way to get about for a relaxed day out. 35 kilometres of railway lines weave through the city which is serviced by KTM, Malayan West Coast and Senandung Langkawi (the night train). The sea port in Penang consists of ferry crossings between Butterworth and Georgetown. Longer distance ferries are available which go up to the Langkawi Islands and also over to Medan which is located on the east side of Indonesia.  Penang International Airport (PEN) is just south of Georgetown in Bayan Lepas. The northern gateway to Asia, flights go through to major ports such as Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and many more destinations. The main low cost airline based in this airport is ‘Firefly’ which is owned by Malaysia Airlines.