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)

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

    • There are 4 options how you can get to Penang from Kuala Lumpur: travel by tourist bus, train of KTM Berhad, private taxi/car or you can book a direct flight. The most cheapest way how to get to Penang for tourists is to travel by bus or train – tickets are cheap and cost only about $7.00-13/pp and travel by bus takes about 5-5.5 hours. You can also travel by train to Butterworth from Kuala Lumpur. Transfer by train (KTM Berhad ETS) to Butterworth from KL takes only about 4-4.5 hours. All the trains end in Butterworth town, from Butterworth you can travel by boat/ferry or private taxi to the Penang Island. Sometimes there are also very cheap flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang (price range about $30-50/pp) and direct flight to Penang Airport takes only about 1 hour. From Penang Airport to Georgetown you can travel by local bus or private taxi or Grab. You can also book your private taxi or car to Penang from Kuala Lumpur, it costs about $200-340/car. Book and buy your bus/train tickets or flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang (or Butterworth) very easily online and enjoy your trip to Penang.
    • Book and buy tickets + flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang online

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    • Penang is another major tourist destination of Malaysia in the northwest part of the country. It is also the name of a state of the same name, which, apart from the main island, includes other smaller islands and land on the mainland. Island with beautiful beaches in Batu Ferringi, Penang National Park and the attractive capital of Georgetown, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Penang is also easily accessible from Kuala Lumpur and the travel distance is approximately 370 km by land. Penang Island has aso an international airport in the south of island. Penang is a tourist site and one of the most important transport hub in the north of Malaysia. From Penang you can travel by ferry/boat or plane (direct flights) to Langkawi. Langkawi is the „must see“ place if you are already in Penang. There are 4 popular ways how to reach Penang from KL. Direct flight to Penang is the most fastest option of transfer. Read the instructions how you can reach Penang and Butterworth from Kuala Lumpur below. Before you arrive to Penang, you can also visit Ipoh and from Ipoh you can go by bus or train to Penang.

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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 sleeper modern tourist buses (air-conditioned, steward, wc, snack…)
    • bus companies to Penang: Transnasional, Billion Stars, Seasons Express, Sri Maju Group, Plusliner, KKKL Express…
    • 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 and some buses to Butterworth town
    • bus stations in Kuala Lumpur – various depart bus stations, check 12go.asia
    • 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 icon-external-link-square or Baolau icon-external-link-square
    • 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)

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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 

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Direct flight to Penang from Kuala Lumpur is the most fastest and comfortable option of transfer.


4. PRIVATE TAXI 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
    • travel by taxi from Kuala Lumpur to Penang takes about 5 hours
    • taxi (vehicle) to Penang costs about $200-340 (operated by Asian Overland Services)
    • Book your taxi from Kuala Lumpur to Penang online on 12go.asia icon-external-link-square

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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Battu Feringi in Penang.
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National Park in Penang.


icon-info-circle Frequently asked questions – Kuala Lumpur to Penang:

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

2️⃣ How long does it take to travel 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.

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

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

4️⃣ 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.

5️⃣ Where to travel from Penang?

6️⃣ 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.

7️⃣ 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.

8️⃣ 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.

9️⃣ 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?

🔟 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.

➡️ 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.

➡️ 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.

➡️ 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.

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

FULL UPDATED BUS SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

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:

FULL UPDATED TRAIN SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

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

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