How to go → KUALA LUMPUR to PENANG? ☀️

How to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
How to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang? You can travel by bus, train, private car or plane. (photo: Penang National park)

1. Bus – KL to Penang
2. Train – KL to Penang
3. Flight – KL to Penang
4. Taxi/Car – KL to Penang
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From Kuala Lumpur to Penang you can travel by bus, train, plane, taxi.

    • Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Penang in Malaysia offers four main transportation options: tourist bus, KTM Berhad train, private taxi/car, or booking a direct flight. For budget-conscious travelers, opting for bus or train travel proves to be the most economical, with tickets priced around $7.00-13 per person and a travel time of approximately 5-5.5 hours by bus. Another viable option is taking the train to Butterworth from Kuala Lumpur. The transfer by train (KTM Berhad ETS) to Butterworth from KL takes only about 4-4.5 hours. Upon arriving in Butterworth, travelers can proceed to Penang Island via boat/ferry or private taxi. Occasionally, there are also affordable flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, with prices ranging from $30-50 per person for a direct flight lasting about 1 hour to Penang Airport. From Penang Airport to Georgetown, travelers can utilize local buses, private taxis, or Grab services. Alternatively, booking a private taxi or car to Penang from Kuala Lumpur costs about $200-340 per car. Secure your bus/train tickets or flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang (or Butterworth) conveniently online and embark on your journey to Penang.

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    • Penang stands as a prominent tourist destination in the northwest region of Malaysia, encompassing the main island along with smaller islands and mainland territory. Known for its picturesque beaches in Batu Ferringi, Penang National Park, and the captivating capital of Georgetown—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—Penang entices visitors from Kuala Lumpur, with a travel distance of approximately 370 km by land. The island also hosts an international airport in the southern region. As a vital tourist hub in northern Malaysia, Penang offers connectivity via ferry/boat or plane (direct flights) to Langkawi, a must-visit destination for those in Penang. Travelers have four popular options for reaching Penang from KL, with direct flights being the fastest mode of transportation. Explore instructions below on reaching Penang and Butterworth from Kuala Lumpur. Additionally, consider a stopover in Ipoh before arriving in Penang, where travelers can proceed by bus or train to their final destination.
Transfer Mode – Kuala Lumpur to Penang: Travel Time Cost Range
Tourist Bus 5-5.5 hours $7-13/pp
KMT Train 4-4.5 hours $14-40/pp
Plane – Direct Flight 1 hour $20-120/pp
Private Car 5-6 hours $200-340/car

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How do I get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang?


1. BUS from Kuala Lumpur to Penang

    • travel by bus from Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes about 5-5.5 hours
    • comfortable and seat modern tourist buses to Penang or Butterworth station
    • bus companies to Penang: Billion Stars, KPB Express, KKKL Express, Rhino Airiel Express, Mara Liner, Intercity Coach, Aerobus, Super Nice Express, Sani Express, Cosmic Express, Sri Maju Group..
    • one-way bus ticket costs about $7.00-13/pp, a cheapest way how to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
    • there are lots of various buses through the all day + overnight buses to Penang
    • some buses run directly to Penang Island (Sungai Nibong) and some buses to Butterworth town
    • buses to Penang depart from TBS Kuala Lumpur station and arrive to Sungai Nibong or Butterworth
    • bus stations in Penang/Butterworth – various arrival bus stations (island or town), check 12go.asia
    • the main bus station in Penang Island – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal
    • Book and buy bus e-tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Penang on 12go.asia ➜ or Baolau ➜
    • this is a top travel route from Kuala Lumpur to Penang – recommended – book your bus tickets online!
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Bus of Billion Stars from Kuala Lumpur to Penang, bus tickets from $8.00 (photo: 12go.asia).


2. TRAIN from Kuala Lumpur to Penang (Butterworth)

    • you can also travel by KTM train from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth
    • Butterworth is about 5 km by ferry/boat from Penang Island
    • modern and comfortable trains (ETS Gold + ETS Platinum)
    • duration of travel by train: it takes about 4-4.5 hours from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth
    • one-way train ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth costs about $14-40/pp
    • from Butterworth to Penang you can take a boat/ferry to Georgetown or taxi
    • trains depart from Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur Sentral or Terminal KTM
    • trains arrive to Butterworth – Butterworth Railway Station
    • Book train tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth – Penang online on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
    • you can also check Malaysia Railway Map + Malaysia Train Timetable
    • from Butterworth you can travel by ferry / boat to Georgetown in Penang (it takes only about 20 minutes)
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KTM 2nd class seat train from Kuala Lumpur to Penang (Butterworth) in Malaysia (photo: Baolau)


3. DIRECT FLIGHT from Kuala Lumpur to Penang 

    • yes, there are lots of flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
    • the fastest and comfortable way how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
    • duration of flight from Kuala Lumpur to Penang is about 1 hour
    • direct flight from Kuala Lumpur to Penang costs about $25-120/pp
    • there are various low-cost direct flights to Penang
    • airlines from Kuala Lumpur to Penang: Firefly, Malindo Air, MYAirline, Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines…
    • airports in Kuala Lumpur – Kuala Lumpur Airport or Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah
    • airport in Penang – Penang International Airport
    • Book your flight from Kuala Lumpur to Penang online on Baolau ➜ or 12go.asia ➜
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Direct flight to Penang from Kuala Lumpur is the most fastest and comfortable option of transfer.


4. PRIVATE TAXI / CAR from Kuala Lumpur to Penang

    • from Kuala Lumpur to Penang you can also travel by private taxi
    • you can book private taxi or minivan for 9-16 passengers
    • transport by taxi from Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes about 5 hours
    • taxi (vehicle) to Penang from Kuala Lumpur costs about $200-380 / vehicle
    • taxi companies from Kuala Lumpur to Penang: Asian Overland Services, Daytrip
    • Book your taxi from Kuala Lumpur to Penang online on 12go.asia ➜
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From Kuala Lumpur to Penang you can also travel by private car/taxi (photo: Asian Overland Services, 12go.asia).

How to travel from Butterworth to Georgetown?

    • from Butterworth to Georgetown in Penang you can travel by Penang ferry or taxi
    • ferry departs regularly from the Ferry Terminal in Butterworth (5.30am till 11.30pm) every 10 or 20 minutes
    • Pangkalan Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal
    • you can get to the ferry terminal directly from the train and bus stations in Butterworth – look for covered walkways and indications, ferry takes just 15 minutes to reach the pier at Weld Quay in Penang
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PAGE 63 hostels in Penang (Georgetown) (photo: Agoda). 10 best cheap backpackers hostels in Penang.
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Apollo Inn in Penang – Georgetown (photo: Agoda). 15 best cheap hotels in Penang.
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Eastern And Oriental Hotel in Penang (photo: Agoda). 10 best luxury 5 star hotels + resorts in Penang.

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National Park in Penang.


Frequently Asked Questions – Kuala Lumpur to Penang:

1. How to book and buy tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Penang?

2. What is the travel time from Kuala Lumpur to Penang?

    • Travel by bus from Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes about 5-5.5 hours.
    • Travel by train from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth takes about 4-4.5 hours.
    • Travel by plane from Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes about 1 hour.
    • Travel by private taxi/car from Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes about 5 hours.

3. How much does it cost to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang?

    • Transfer by bus from Kuala Lumpur to Penang costs about $7-13/pp.
    • Transfer by train from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth costs about $14-40/pp.
    • Transfer by plane from Kuala Lumpur to Penang costs about $20-120/pp.
    • Transfer by private taxi/car from Kuala Lumpur to Penang costs about $200-340/car.

4. What is the travel distance from Kuala Lumpur to Penang?

    • Travel distance from Kuala Lumpur to Penang is about 360 km by train/bus or about 330 km by plane.

5. Where to travel from Penang?

6. What is the best way how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang?

    • The best way how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang is to travel by plane. Flights are sometimes very cheap, fastest way of transport (only about 1 hour) to Penang. Trains of KTM are also good and cheap way of transport.

7. What is the most cheapest way of transport from Kuala Lumpur to Penang?

    • The most cheapest way how to get from Kuala Lumpur to Penang (or Butterworth) is to travel by tourist bus. Bus tickets from Kuala Lumpur to Penang start already at $8/pp.

8. Is there a direct train of KTM Berhad to Penang?

    • No, there are trains of KTM Berhad to Butterworth town, it is about 25 km by road and about 4 km by ferry from Georgetown in Penang. Penang – Georgetown has no railway station, Butterworth is the closest railway station.

9. Is there a direct flight to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur?

    • Yes, there are direct and low-cost flights to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur Airport. Direct flight is the most fastest and comfortable option of transfer. Read this article: How to go to Langkawi from Kuala Lumpur?

10. How to get from Butterworth to Georgetown?

    • Butterworth is about 25 km from Georgetown in Penang by car or about 4 km by ferry. There is a railway station for the trains heading from Kuala Lumpur. From Butterworth to Georgetown in Penang you can travel by ferry/boat or you can take a private taxi. Ferry terminal in Butterworth is close to the railway station.

11. What is the nearest railway station to Penang?

    • The nearest railway station to Penang is Butterworth Railway Station. From Butterworth to Georgetown (Penang) you can travel by boat (only about 3 km) or taxi, bus (about 25 km). Ferry/boat dock (boats to Georgetown) is right at the Butterworth Railway Station.

12. How to get from Penang Airport to Georgetown?

    • There are local public buses from Penang Airport to Georgetown, private taxi or Grab. The most cheapest option is to take a local bus. There is no train between Penang Airport and Georgetown.

13. Where to accommodate in Penang? What is the best option?

    • The most popular option where you can stay in Penang is Georgetown, it is the city center of this island. There are various cheap hotels or luxury hotels in Penang Island.

14. What are the interesting things and facts of Malaysia?

    • In summary, Malaysia encapsulates a harmonious coexistence of diverse elements, weaving together a cultural, culinary, and natural mosaic that captivates visitors. From the modern grandeur of the Petronas Towers to the cultural vibrancy of festivals like Hari Raya and Diwali, Malaysia exemplifies unity in its rich diversity. The culinary extravaganza, with dishes like Nasi Lemak and the cultural significance embedded in traditional games like Wau Bulan, showcases a nation proud of its heritage. Read this article: 15 Interesting Facts about Malaysia.

15. What is the weather in Malaysia and what to expect?

    • The weather in Malaysia varies throughout the year. Generally, Malaysia experiences a tropical climate characterized by high temperatures and humidity. The country has two monsoon seasons—the Southwest Monsoon (May to September) and the Northeast Monsoon (November to March). During the Southwest Monsoon, the western coastal areas, including Kuala Lumpur, may experience heavy rainfall. The Northeast Monsoon brings rain to the eastern coastal areas. However, the interior regions and certain islands can be visited year-round.

16. How expensive is traveling and living in Malaysia?

    • Traveling and living in Malaysia can be relatively affordable. The cost depends on factors like accommodation choices, dining preferences, and recreational activities. Street food and budget accommodations are cost-effective, while luxury options can be pricier. Transportation is reasonably priced, and exploring markets often provides budget-friendly options. Overall, Malaysia offers a range of choices to suit different budgets. Read this article: Prices in Malaysia.

17. What is the food and cuisine in Malaysia?

    • Malaysian cuisine is a tantalizing blend of flavors and cultural influences. Rooted in Malay, Chinese, Indian, and indigenous cooking styles, it offers a diverse range of dishes that cater to various tastes. Street food, such as the iconic Nasi Lemak, Satay, and Roti Canai, is widely celebrated. The use of aromatic spices, herbs, and coconut milk creates a symphony of tastes, making Malaysian food a culinary adventure that reflects the country’s multicultural heritage.

18. What is the currency of Malaysia?

    • The Malaysian Ringgit (MYR) is the official currency of Malaysia, symbolized by RM. It is issued and regulated by the central bank, Bank Negara Malaysia. The ringgit is commonly abbreviated as MYR and is used for everyday transactions across the country. Banknotes and coins in various denominations make up the currency, facilitating both cash and electronic transactions. The exchange rate of the Malaysian Ringgit can be influenced by economic factors, global market conditions, and monetary policies set by the central bank.

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🚍 Bus Schedule / Timetable – Kuala Lumpur to Penang + Bus Tickets:

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Bus Schedule - Kuala Lumpur to Penang

Departs in Kuala Lumpur

Arrival in Penang

Alisan Coach

00:15

5:17

Alisan Coach

07:45

12:47

Alisan Coach

08:00

13:02

KPB Express

00:30

05:32

KPB Express

06:45

11:47

KPB Express

07:00

12:02

KPB Express

09:00

14:02

KPB Express

10:00

15:02

Billion Stars

00:30

05:32

Billion Stars

01:00

06:02

Billion Stars

01:30

06:32

Billion Stars

06:00

11:02

Billion Stars

06:30

11:32

Billion Stars

07:30

12:32

Billion Stars

0800

13:02

Billion Stars

09:30

14:32

Billion Stars

10:00

15:02

Billion Stars

10:30

15:32

Billion Stars

11:00

16:02

Mayang Sari

00:30

05:32

StarMart

00:30

05:20

StarMart

11:00

15:50

Mara Liner

01:30

06:32

Mara Liner

01:30

06:32

KKKL Express

07:30

12:32

Alisan Coach

07:45

12:47

Alisan Coach

08:00

13:02

Super Nice Express

09:45

14:47

Super Nice Express

10:45

15:47

Sani Express

10:30

15:32

Plusliner

10:00

16:45

Plusliner

10:30

16:34

Plusliner

10:45

17:50

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🚆 Train Schedule – Kuala Lumpur to Penang (Butterworth) + Train Tickets:

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Train Schedule - Kuala Lumpur to Penang

Departs in Kuala Lumpur

Arrival in Butterworth

KTM Berhad ETS

08:10

12:21

KTM Berhad ETS

11:05

15:16

KTM Berhad ETS

13:30

17:40

KTM Berhad ETS

17:28

21:42

KTM Berhad ETS

20:00

00:15

KTM Berhad ETS

22:30

02:50

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✈️ Flight Schedule / Timetable – Kuala Lumpur to Penang:

Flight Schedule - Kuala Lumpur to Penang

Departs in Kuala Lumpur

Arrival in Penang

Malaysia Airlines

10:40

11:30

Malaysia Airlines

13:55

14:55

Malaysia Airlines

21:05

22:05

Malindo Air

07:10

08:10

Malindo Air

10:40

11:40

Malindo Air

15:50

16:50

Malindo Air

18:40

19:40

Air Asia

09:55

10:55

Air Asia

14:35

15:35

Air Asia

19:20

20:20


4 Ways of Transfer from Kuala Lumpur to Penang:

1. BUS from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
Transport Options Tourist Bus
Travel Time About 5-5.5 hours
Transport Companies Billion Stars, KPB Express, KKKL Express, Rhino Airiel Express, Mara Liner, Intercity Coach…
Price Range $7.00-13/pp
Additional Information Departures from TBS Kuala Lumpur, buses arrive to Penang or Butterworth.
2. TRAIN from Kuala Lumpur to Penang (Butterworth)
Transport Options Train
Travel Time About 4-4.5 hours
Price Range $14-40/pp
Additional Information Trains depart from Kuala Lumpur Sentral or Terminal KTM and arrive to Butterworth.
3. DIRECT FLIGHT from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
Transport Options Flight
Travel Time About 1 hour
Price Range $25-120/pp
Transport Companies Firefly, Malindo Air, MY Airline, Air Asia, Malaysia Airlines
4. PRIVATE TAXI / CAR from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
Transport Options Private Taxi, Car
Travel Time About 5 hours
Price Range $200-380/vehicle
Taxi Companies Asian Overland Services, Daytrip

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