Penang is directly accessible from 22 major local and regional airports, and over 100 local and international destinations via the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2).
Located in Bayan Lepas, the Penang International Airport is
16 km or a 30 minutes’ drive from George Town
30km or a 45 minutes’ from Seberang Perai
32 km or a 1 hour’s drive from Batu Feringghi
326 kilometres or a 50 minutes’ flight from KLIA
603 km or a 1 hour 30 minutes’ flight from Singapore Changi
Penang’s central railway terminal is located in Butterworth, Seberang Perai. The railway station sits on the mainline that runs from Singapore (via the KTM shuttle
train from Woodlands to Johor Bahru terminal) all up way up North to Bangkok. Train services run daily, with Kuala Lumpur a mere 4 hours ride on the ETS and Bangkok a
12-hour overnight ride away.
Penang is connected to all major towns and cities in Peninsula Malaysia via bus, with numerous bus operators plying hundreds of buses daily to and from KOMTAR and the Sungai Nibong bus terminals on the island and Butterworth bus terminal.
For a nostalgic tinged experience, take the Ferry from Butterworth to get to Penang Island. The ferry transports both passengers and vehicles. Ticket for the ferry is purchased only one way – island bound at the Butterworth Terminal.
The North-South Expressway (NSE) connects Penang to major cities on the West coast of Peninsular Malaysia. From Mainland Penang, there are three ways to access Penang Island:
First Penang Bridge
Penang Bridge or Route E36 was, until 2014, the only bridge connecting Seberang Perai and Gelugor on Penang Island. The exit for the 13.5 km dual carriageway tolled bridge is after the Juru Toll for North-bound traffic and after the Sg Dua Toll for South-bound traffic.
Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge @ Second Penang Bridge
The Second Penang Bridge or Route E28 connects Batu Kawan in Seberang Perai to Batu Maung on Penang Island via the Bandar Cassia Link Road. The 24 km dual carriageway tolled bridge is the nearest link to Penang Island for North-bound traffic.