If you arrive in Butterworth by train or bus, you are only a few minutes walk away from the Butterworth to Penang Ferry Terminal, where you can catch regular ferry boats over to George Town on Penang Island.
As the Penang Sentral Terminal area is still under construction, just follow the signs to the ferry (there is now a covered walkway all the way to the ferry jetty from Butterworth train station).
From the bus station in Butterworth (which is now located inside
Penang Sentral), you just follow the signs to the ferry (feri) and you will be there in just a few minutes.
Once you reach the ferry terminal, you will have to pay for the crossing over to George Town.
It is still a very cheap trip (but more expensive than on the old style ferries).
The foot passenger fare for the Butterworth to George Town Ferry is:
Adults - 2.00 MYR
Children ( 5- 12 ) - 1.00 MYR.
You can also take bikes on the new ferries, they cost:
Bicycles - 2.00 MYR
Motorbike - 2.50 MYR
Cars are no longer taken on the new ferry boats!
When crossing in the other direction, from Penang to Butterworth, the ride used to be free on the old ferry, but now you have to pay the fares shown above for each journey in either direction..
The first ferry from Butterworth to George Town Penang leaves at
The last at 11:00 pm.
From Penang the first ferry to Butterworth is at
The last ferry is at 11:30 pm.
To see the latest full ferry timetable for the Butterworth to Penang ferry service:
Ferries depart back and forth between these hours roughly every 20 to 30 minutes during the peak hours of the day, slowing to around every 60 minutes at quieter times after 9.00 pm.
The boat trip takes around 10 - 15 minutes.
Once you are on Penang Island, the walkway from the ferry port, leads you out to the Rapid Penang Jetty Bus Terminal, both on your left and right.
For most tourist, the buses you want will be departing from the bus terminal on the left hand side.
Here you can catch the free city bus or the 101 bus to take you out to the beaches of Batu Ferringhi.
If you want to walk into town, cross over the main road using the stairs at the end of the walkway, walk past the Food Court, then turn left on Victoria Street.
This will take you to Gat Lebuh Chulia.
From here turn right and in 5 - 10 minutes you will be in the main budget accommodation area of the old city, in Chulia Street, Love Lane and Muntri Street.