Penang has a long history as a trading port. It boasts a comprehensive network of air, sea, road and rail transportation and is easily accessible.
Getting to Penang
Penang has air links with major capitals of region such as Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket, Medan, Banda Acheh, Macau, Hong Kong, Xiamen and Taipei. Its airport, the Penang International Airport, is about 16km from George Town. You can purchase taxi coupons at the airport before leaving for various destinations in the state or hire limousines, which cost slightly higher. The Rapid Penang bus no. 401E has a stop at the airport and the Weld Quay Jetty where you can make a transit to your destination.
You can drive to Penang via the Penang Bridge and enjoy the beatutiful scenery along the way.
You can get to Penang Island from Butterworth by ferry, which caters for both passengers and vehicles. Fares for passengers and vehicle charges are collected at the Butterworth terminal and no payment is required for the return journey.
Enjoy views of the picturesque countryside when you make a train journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth. Select from comfortable air-conditioned first and second class coaches as well as sleeping berths that are available at reasonable rates. Malayan Railyway or Kertapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) also operates regular services to Alor Setar, Padang Besar, Haadyai and Bangkok from Butterworth.