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About Penang

Penang is one of the rare cities in the world that perhaps doesn’t have a connection to each other except a bridge. Penang is situated on the Penang Island of Malaysia and Malay Peninsula. The Penang Bridge that is 13 kilometers long and the Second Penang Bridge (Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge) that is 24 kilometers long are the two important bridges of the city. The bridges are among the longest bridges of the world. George Town is located in the center of Penang. It is one of the leading cities in the South Asia in terms of human development and economy. Penang, which is home to the offices of many leading technology companies like Dell, Intel, Bosch, Motorola and Seagate, it is known as the “Silicon Island”. Therefore, it is one of the most developed cities of the country.

Banking is at the forefront of the city economy like throughout the country. In Penang, which is a developing city in terms of tourism, there are structures like Kek Lok Si, the biggest Buddhist temple of the South Asia and Cheong Fatt Tze mansion. In the city, which attracts attention with botanical gardens, waterfalls and beaches, there is also an international airport. The airport, which is open to direct flights from China, Indonesia and Thailand, is located 17 km south of George Town situated on Penang Island.

Transportation to Penang City Center from Airport

Once you arrive at Penang International Airport, you can reach the city center, which is 16 kilometers away, by buses providing transportation service at reasonable prices as well as you can take advantage of the taxi or car rental options. If you want to take a taxi to reach the city center, make sure that the taximeter is turned on, or you should negotiate with the driver on taxi fare before moving on. Otherwise, taxi drivers may claim higher fares than usual.

The buses that may also offer free wireless internet connection is much more affordable than taxis. If you wish, you can continue your journey with alternative transfer options after arriving at George Town or other areas by bus.

Apart from taxi and bus, you can also take advantage of car rental option as another alternative for transportation from Penang Airport. You can choose from many international car rental companies and pick up your car at the airport. Then you can go on your journey from Penang Airport to the city center following the "city center" signs on the road. Alternatively, you can also rent a motorbike. Please keep in mind that you can leave the motorbike you have rented in the city center without having to return to the airport.


The bus ride is one of the best and economical alternatives to get to the city center from Penang International Airport. It is possible to reach many places such as Victoria Street in George Town by buses departing every 30 minutes. Buses 401, 401E and 401A heading to Komtar and Jetty also depart from the airport every 30 minutes. If you get on bus 401, you can also reach the bus terminal where you can take a bus to many places in Penang. Bus fare for a single passenger is usually around 3 Malaysian Ringgit. Bus fares are generally standard and do not change depending on vehicles. The bus services at Penang Airport start early in the morning and run until 10 pm. Those who would like to get to the city center from Penang Airport after that time should afford to take a taxi and to pay higher fees. You can get the Rapid Penang Tourist Passport, the weekly bus ticket you can use during the week, by paying 20 Malaysian Ringgit.


You need to be especially careful when taking a taxi at Penang International Airport. Some taxi drivers may fool foreign tourists and demand higher fares than usual. You can prefer the airport licensed taxis or offer a pre-determined fare to avoid such a risk. The taxi ride from Penang Airport to the city center approximately costs 40 Malaysian Ringgit. If you are asked for an amount higher than this, you can bargain with the driver for a decent fare or take another taxi.


Renting a motorbike at the airport is also among the affordable transportation alternatives frequently preferred in the area. Motorbike rental fee is around 25 Malaysian Ringgit for 24 hours. You may also be asked to leave a 200-Ringgit deposit when renting a motorbike. Please keep in mind that you can deliver the motorbike you have rented at the airport later at the rental offices located on Penang Road or Chulia Street in the city center.


It is possible to travel around Penang Island and between the places like Weld Quay and Butterworth by ferry after arriving at the city center from the airport. With its train station and bus terminal, Butterworth is also an important transfer point for those who want to travel to nearby cities. The ferry fare is around 1.20 Malaysian Ringgit. This is usually the fixed price and it doesn't change depending on the hours and days.

Rent a car

You can rent a car from the most preferred international car rental companies such as Europcar, AVIS, Alamo, Easycar, Dollar, Budget, and Thrifty at Penang International Airport. If you want to rent a car from AVIS, you can book your car on the internet in advance or call +60 04 643 9633 to make a reservation. You can contact Europcar at +60 13 399 8818 for 24-hour assistance and also book your car in advance. Car rental option also offers a great opportunity for visitors who would like to see the natural and historical beauties of Penang. Once you pick up your car at Penang International Airport, you can deliver the car at one of the rental offices in the city, or leave it at the offices in the airport terminal building if you return to the airport. The offices of AVIS and other car rental companies at Penang International Airport usually provide service between 8 am and 9 pm.

Last Updated: 23 Oct 2017

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To which airport are the flights to Penang arranged?

Penang flights are organized to Penang Intl. Airport.

Which airlines have direct flights to Penang from which cities?

Batik Air organizes direct flights to Penang from Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia Airlines organizes direct flights to Penang from Kuala Lumpur. FireFly organizes direct flights to Penang from Langkawi.

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