The daily ferry from Langkawi to Penang operates twice a day between the jetty at Kuah on Langkawi Island and Swettenham Pier in the very north-east corner of Georgetown on Penang Island.
The trip by ferry is the most direct way of travelling from Langkawi to Penang (apart from flying) and takes between two hours 45 minutes and three hours by Langkawi Ferry Services high-speed boats.
|Departs Langkawi||Arrives Penang|
Boats operate 365 days a year.
Ferries depart from Kuah Jetty (just outside of Kuah town) and arrive in Georgetown, Penang at Swettenham Pier, very close to Fort Cornwallis and within walking distance to most accommodation in this old heritage part of the city.
To catch a bus from near the ferry terminal to other parts of Penang Island, turn left as you come out of the ferry terminal, then walk for about five minutes to the Jetty Bus Station (located just in front of the ferry from Penang to Butterworth).
From the bus terminal, you can take a RapidPenang Bus to anywhere on the island.
Adult Tickets cost : 70 MYR
Child Tickets aged 3 to 11 cost : 51.30 MYR
Infants aged below 2 cost : 31.30 MYR
All these fares include the port handling charge which is currently 10 MYR for Adults and 6.30 MYR for Children and Infants. The port handling charge is payable for boats either to or from Penang.
If you are not in Malaysia, the easiest and most convenient way to book your seats on these boats is online.
Tickets should cost around the same as buying them direct from the ferry company and advance booking is highly recommended if you are travelling during the high season or Malaysian public holidays.
If you are already in Langkawi, tickets can be purchased from many different outlets such as travel agents, hotels and budget accommodation but they will often charge you more commission.
If you want to visit the Kuah Jetty to buy your tickets, the ticket counters at Kuah are actually located outside the main terminal building, across the road behind the KFC restaurant.