As Penang is so compact, travelling around the island and exploring the mainland is relatively easy whether you choose public transport or rental vehicles. The Rapid Penang bus service offers comprehensive routes around the state; and all buses are air-conditioned. In addition to taxis, rental cars and motorbikes, cycling is extremely popular in Penang and there are plenty of bicycle rentals available.
Penang is easily accessible by air with daily flights from major airports in the country and the region. The Penang International Airport is about 20km from the city centre.
Taxis plying the route follow the coupon system where fares between the airport and various destinations in Penang are fixed.
The North-South Highway connects Penang to major cities on the West side of Peninsular Malaysia. Travel by highway can take anywhere from 4-5 hours with toll charges in between.
The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth takes approximately six hours. Taking the train is a comfortable way to travel within the country and it affords one the opportunity to see a lot of the countryside.
The railway station on mainland Penang connects to the mainline which runs from Bangkok to Johor Bahru (for access from Singapore)
The Ferry Terminal or Jetty is where passengers board the ferry that plies between Penang Island and the mainland. Penang Island is just a 20- minute ferry ride from Butterworth. If you are taking a train to Penang from Kuala Lumpur or other cities, you may board the ferry to Penang Island from the ferry terminal at Butterworth, which is located next to the train station. Although it is possible to travel between the island and the mainland via the Penang Bridge, taking the ferry is a memorable experience.
5.40am – 11.40pm** Departing from Penang island to the mainland*
5.20am-11.40pm** Departing from the mainland to the island
Operating Intervals: 20 minutes
* Note, the ferry is free of charge from Penang island to the mainland.
** Schedules are an estimation.