Penang Malaysia Tourism and Travel Guide

About Penang Malaysia

Penang is located off Malaysia's eastern coast and connected to the mainland by a bridge and a ferry. The nearest rail head is in Butterworth, which also doubles as the ferry terminal and bus station.Bus: Plenty of buses ply to Butterworth from all Malaysian cities, some of which continue on to George Town across the bridge. The most accessible route is Butterworth to Kuala lumpur: RM 40/Rs 530, 6hrs.Train: Butterworth connects Penang to Malaysia's national railway network via Kuala Lumpur. There are five trains everyday from KL Sentral (9:00, 11:30, 16:18, 19:53, 21:30). The journey time from KL to Butterworth is 4hrs and costs RM59/Rs.900.All bus and train bookings can be made here.Ferry: Up until 1985, the passenger ferry from Butterworth was the only way to reach Penang. The ferry runs back and forth between the terminal at Butterworth and the island, from 5.20am t0 midnight. The journey takes about 15 mins, each way. Fare: RM 1.20, return.Butterworth is also connected via daily high-speed ferries to Langkawi, Kedah and Medan (Indonesia).Flight: Penang International Airport (PEN) is located in Bayan Lepasin in southern Penang. There are direct flights from most Malaysian airports, and to many Asian countries, including China and Vietnam. From India, the best connection is via Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian Airlines and Air Asia offer the best rates from Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kochi. Check here for the cheapest flights to Kuala Lumpur.Malaysian VisaTravellers of most nationalities, including Indians, need to apply for a tourist visa in advance. Here's the complete list of countries and their visa requirements. In India, the processing takes 5 working days and costs Rs. 6000 for a multiple entry visa with a 6-month validity.Indians can also apply for a E-visa (single entry) online for about Rs.2710. The processing time for a E-visa is 24-48 hours. Getting Around In PenangPenang can be broadly divided across two main tourist hubs – George Town (eastern Penang) and Batu Ferringhi (northern Penang). Georgetown is easily explored on foot, or on bicycles, which are available on rent (RM20/Rs.300). Trishaws and self-pedalled multi-cycles (seat up to 5) are popular with groups for sightseeing.

Best Time To Visit Penang Malaysia

Best time to visit Penang Malaysia is from December to February

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