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How to go to Penang from Kuala Lumpur

Hello! If you have come this far, it means that you have already organized your trip to Malaysia. Malaysia is one of the most amazing countries to visit in Asia. And the best way to get to know its most essential places is to take a route through the country.

I recommend you do the tour on your own. There are several organized tours but honestly with them you will not have the freedom to choose what to do at all times, to discover places off the beaten path...

On the blog you will find a complete travel guide to Malaysia with lots of tips, routes, secret places, what to see in the most important cities... Don't miss them!

In this post you will find a quick guide on how to go from Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, to Penang, one of the essential places to visit in Malaysia.

Cómo ir a Penang desde Kuala Lumpur


By plane, the fastest option to go to Penang from Kuala Lumpur

Penang has an airport with connections to the main airports in Malaysia and some international destinations such as Bangkok, Singapore, Vietnam or Indonesia.

The airport is about an hour from Georgetown, and you can take the bus, a taxi or hire a previous transfer service.

If you want to get around the island by rental car, you can already take the car from the airport.

By bus, the cheapest option to go to Penang from Kuala Lumpur

Penang is an island that is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Most buses arrive at Komtar Station in the heart of the city, Sungai Nibong Bus Station (15 km from Georgetown) or Butterworth Bus Station on the mainland.

From Kuala Lumpur, the cost is approximately 40 RM, it arrived precisely at Butterworth. The bus station is right next to the pier from where the ferry leaves that crosses you to the Georgetown maritime station, located in the center of the city, in about 15 minutes for about 1.30 RM.

This option is much cheaper than arriving by plane, but it will take about 6 hours. You can see schedules and prices of buses in Malaysia from here.


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Cómo ir a Penang desde Kuala Lumpur


The best way to get to know the city of Georgetown is by walking through it. There you will not need transport, although if you need it there are taxis and tuktuks. If you prefer not to walk, even though the distances are very short, you can also do it by bike.

To visit places outside the city, you can do it by renting a motorcycle, a car, by taxi or by public bus. Although the public bus does not reach many places, they do have regular schedules for various places on the island.

The island has a circular road bordering the coast, keep in mind that going around the entire island is less than two hours by car. Despite being one of the largest islands in Malaysia, it is tiny.



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