One of Malaysia’s tourist trump cards, Penang – the northern gateway to Malaysia – is unquestionably popular. The oldest British settlement in the country and Malaysia’s smallest state, Penang’s landscape is that of golden, palm-fringed beaches, sprawling beachside mansions and resorts, a jungle-clad interior and a capital (Georgetown) housing Southeast Asia’s largest collection of pre-war houses.
Penang Airport Transportation
Penang has a fairly comprehensive public transportation system. To make your way into town from the Penang International Airport, you can take a taxi, bus, an airport transfer or hire a car.
Taxis at the airport operate on a coupon system – buy a coupon beforehand from inside the terminal. A trip to Georgetown (an 18km journey) will take approximately 25 minutes and should cost between RM40 – RM 60, depending on the taxi size. Conversely, the distance to Batu Ferringhi is about 30.5km away – a 55-minute journey from the airport.
There are a number of bus lines available from Penang International Airport – there is even a Rapid Penang bus that goes into the city, but due to its many stops, it takes quite a while to make its way into Georgetown: if you are in a hurry, grab a cab. These buses run every 30 minutes, between 06:35 and 23:00.