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 (you exit the ferry terminal close to the entrance to Fort Cornwallis and the Queen Victoria Jubilee Clock tower).
The trip by ferry is the most direct way of travelling from Langkawi to Penang (apart from flying) and takes between two hours and 45 minutes to three hours by the Langkawi Ferry Services high-speed boats.
(Jadual feri ke Pulau Langkawi ke Pulau Pinang)
|Departs Langkawi||Arrives Penang|
Boats operate 365 days a year.
(Harga Tiket feri Pulau Langkawi ke Pulau Pinang)
Adult Tickets cost: 73.60 MYR
Child Tickets aged 3 to 11 cost: 54.90 MYR
Infants aged below 2 cost: 31.30 MYR
All these fares (tambang) include the port handling charge which is currently 13.60 MYR for Adults and 9.90 MYR for Children and Infants. The port handling charge is payable by passengers on boats either to or from the Penang port.
(Beli Tiket Feri dari Pulau Langkawi ke Pulau Pinang)
If you are not in Malaysia, the easiest and most convenient way to book your seats on these boats is online.
Tickets only cost a little more than if you buy them directly from the ferry company and advance booking is highly recommended if you are travelling during the high season or Malaysian public and school 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.
Ferries depart from Kuah Jetty (just outside of Kuah town).
(Tiba di Jeti Georgetown)
Boats arrive in Georgetown, Penang at Swettenham Pier and you exit the port area close to Fort Cornwallis / Jubilee Clock Tower.
From here you are within walking distance to most accommodation in this old heritage part of the city or you can grab a taxi or bus to destinations further away.
There will be many taxi drivers waiting to pick up passengers at the ferry exit gates if you need a cab (prices will have to be negotiated as all the taxi drivers waiting do not use their meters).
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 exit gates and then left again at the clock tower. Follow this road (Pengkalan Weld), then walk for about five minutes to the Jetty Bus Station (located just in front of the ferry from Penang to Butterworth).
From the Jeti bus terminal, you can take a RapidPenang Bus to anywhere on the island including buses out to the beaches at Batu Ferringhi.
There are other bus stops closer on the main road (Light Street) in front of the Penang Esplanade (the other side of Fort Cornwallis) but there are limited destinations from these bus stops so you are better off taking a slightly longer walk to the Jeti Bus Terminal.
The most useful bus that stops here along Light Street is the Penang Free Bus that can take you to KOMTAR (cross Light Street at the traffic lights to catch a bus in the direction of KOMTAR).
To find bus routes around Penang Island you should visit the:
If you want to walk from the ferry terminal to the main backpackers area of Georgetown you can easily walk there in 10 to 15 minutes.
When you exit the ferry terminal, turn left and cross the road near the Queen Victoria Jubilee Clock Tower.
Then walk up the main road - Light Street (the walls of Fort Cornwallis will be on your right hand side behind an open air car park).
Cross Light Street at one of the next two sets of traffic lights.
Continue walking on the other side of the road in the same direction until the footpath bears left (from here you will see the old St Georges Church).
Walk down here until you reach the church and turn right.
Walk in front of the church, past the Penang Museum and you will come to Love Lane on your left.
This is the start of the main backpackers area.
Love Lane has plenty of cheap budget hotels and guesthouses and so does Muntri Street (turns off Love Lane half way down to your right) and then there is the famous Chulia Street (at the other end of Love Lane).