While downtown Penang might be small in size, there are various modes of public transportation available; from trishaws to free shuttle buses, standard city buses and taxis. It is also possible to walk around George Town and its surrounding neighbourhood. Public transportation is also available for more distant attractions out of George Town, such as the Kek Lok Si Temple, Penang Hill and the ones up in Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang or Penang National Park. Do check schedules and fares before deciding on your preferred mode of transport.
Taxis are easily available around the island; it is a common means of getting around by visitors. Be sure to agree on a price before boarding the taxi. Start by asking how much it is to get to your destination; you can negotiate on the prices quoted if you feel that they are too high.
Apps such as Grab is available in Penang. Simply download the app to start booking your trips. Payment is either by cash or credit/debit card.
The main public bus service, Rapid Penang, is different from the Hop-On Hop-Off tourist buses. Rapid Penang covers an extensive area both on the island and mainland, while the free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus service operates only within George Town. KOMTAR Terminal is the central transfer terminal for buses that cover the whole of Penang, simply ask around or look out for signboards to find out which bus route serves you best. To travel with Rapid Penang, inform the bus driver of your destination when you are getting get on, then pay the amount required for your trip and receive a ticket. Remember to prepare exact change as no change will be given back as all buses do not carry change for safety reasons.
*Fares are based on distance travelled. For more information, please visit www.rapidpg.com.my
Free CAT Bus (Central Area Transit) is a free shuttle bus service that operates within George Town. Being able to travel to popular local attractions for free makes it the most common means of transportation for travellers. Trips are at intervals of 15 minutes. Look out for Rapid Penang buses that bear a “Free CAT Bus” sign.
Operating Hours: 6:00am to 11:45pm
Bus Stops from Ferry Terminal to KOMTAR
2 Ferry Terminal / 3 Little India / 4 Immigration / 5 Bank Negara / 6 Museum / 7 Muntri Street / 8 Campbell Street / 9 KOMTAR
Bus Stops from KOMTAR to Ferry Terminal
9 KOMTAR / 11 Kedah Road / 12 Chowrasta Market / 13 Komtar East / 14 Carnarvon Street / 15 Kampung Kolam / 16 Penang Supreme Court / 17 Dewan Sri Pinang / 18 Fort Cornwallis / 19 Downing Street / 1 Weld Quay / 2 Ferry Terminal
The “Hop-on Hop-off” bus is the most efficient way of sightseeing around Penang. After purchasing a 24-hour or 48-hour pass, pass holders can freely hop on and off at landmarks that they wish to explore. These comfortable open-top buses are equipped with pre-recorded audio commentaries of the landmarks along the route. The service offers 24-hour or 48-hour tickets. How it works is, a 24-hour ticket will last 24 hours from the time you purchase your ticket. For example, tickets purchased at 3pm today will be valid till 2.59pm the following day.
“Hop-on Hop-off” is stated clearly at bus stops, making it easy to differentiate them from other bus stops. For more information, please visit www.myhoponhopoff.com/pg
Operating Hours: 9:00am to 7:00pm
Operating Route: City Route or Beach Route
Interchange: Gurney Drive
* Note, fares are different for Malaysians and foreigners.
Bus Fare For Foreigners
|24 Hours||48 Hours|
|Child* / Student / Disabled:||RM24||RM43|
|Child aged 5 and under||FOC|
Bus Fare For MyKad Holders
|24 Hours||48 Hours|
|Child* / Student / Disabled:||RM12||RM20|
|Child aged 5 and under||FOC|
HOHO Bus Route Map
01 Gurney Drive / 02 Botanic Garden / 03 Penang Hill / 04 Kek Lok Si / 05 Times Square / 06 KOMTAR / 07 Chowrasta Market / 08 UNESCO Heritage / 09 Clan Jetties / 10 Cruise / 11 St. George / 12 Blue Mansion / 13 Kelawei Road
14 Straits Quay / 15 Flamingo Hotel / 16 Miami Beach / 17 Holiday Inn / 18 Hard Rock Hotel / 19 Tropical Spice Garden / 20 National Park / 21 Entopia by Butterfly Farm / 22 Taman Rimba
* City Route: Every 20 – 30 minutes
** Beach Route: Every 1 hour and fifteen minutes
CLICK HERE to view route map
Driven purely on manpower, the iconic trishaw is great for going around George Town. Opt for a trishaw ride if you enjoy breezy rides. Be sure to agree on a price before starting your journey. The average rate is RM30 per hour for two-persons, depending on the distance between starting point and ending point.
Renting a car offers great flexibility and convenience. They are charged by daily rate- all you have to do is pay a deposit and the car is yours to go anywhere with. Car rentals are available around town – most hotels can hook you up with one.
Bicycles and motorcycles also offer inexpensive and fun ways of exploring the island. There is a shared bike system in the city and its surroundings, and other bike rentals are also available along the hotel stretch of Batu Ferringhi.