Getting around in Penang

The island of Penang is highly accessible. Since 1985, the island has been joined with mainland Peninsular Malaysia with the Penang Bridge, one of the longest bridges in the world. As a result, you can rent a car, motorbike or a taxi to get there.

Tip: if you do choose to take a taxi going there, make sure you negotiate with the driver regarding the rate you will be paying to make sure that you are not going to be overcharged when you get to Penang. For those on a budget, there are plenty of buses that would be able to take you to Penang. Malayan Railways, which travels to and from Kulala Lumpur, Singapore has a stopover in Penang as well. In addition to you take a trip with the Bangkok – Butterworth Express by Thai Railway Network.

By Sea
There are a number of ferries that bring tourists to Penang on a regular basis. The trip only takes about 20 minutes, giving you more time to enjoy the wonder and splendor Penang has to offer.

By Air
Malaysia Airlines as well as other international airlines have regular flights to Penang. Some of these airlines offer vacation packages as well, so it would be best to contact your travel agent beforehand.

Sightseeing in George Town can be done on foot; some interesting walking tours are available. However, the heat and humidity coupled with undeveloped footpaths in many places can make too much walking difficult for those who are not accustomed to this kind of weather. The local bus service RapidPenang is a comfortable way of getting around the island. Trishaws (three-wheeled vehicles pedaled by drivers) are ideal for an enjoyable tour of the capital George Town. Rental cars and taxis are also available for transport on the island.

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