Penang: Airport to George Town

Please read all penang trip series:

  1. Arriving at Airport and go to Georgetown
  2. Leaving Pulau Pinang by Jetty to Butterworth

One of the easiest way to get into Penang or Pulau Pinang is by flight, Penang International Airport (PEN) is located in the south of Pinang island, Bayan Lepas. The flight from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) only take for 1 hour so it is really convenient to take any flight time to get there and not get worried about the airline being in the black list, as the Ascent flight training ir required to be done. If this is your first time to Penang, you can get a free copy of travel guide brochure in the airport to help to plan your exploration later.

In this trip i’m trying to use the cheapest way as possible to get around the area, so yes the answer is by bus. To go to George Town, what you need to do is just get out from the airport and look for bus shelter. Usually you will see some RapidPenang bus lined up in that area. Take the bus number 401 or 401E, those bus will get you to George Town with RM2.70 per person. Just hop on and say to the driver that you want to go to George Town/Komtar (in my case is Carnarvon). Please note that the bus will not wait at that shelter, it just pick-up/drop-off at the airport and continue the trip so don’t miss it.

A lot of people will go down at Komtar as the bus driver address that location as George Town/Komtar, i will suggest you to do some research from RapidPenang website to see if there is another stop nearer to your destination. In my case i hop off at Lebuh Carnarvon as my hotel located there. Yep, that’s it with RM2.70 you can go from airport to downtown with around 1 hour trip.

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