Getting to Penang is extremely easy and convenient for almost all routes will get you here. You can fly in, take a train, bus, car or even rent a cab.
Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Malindo Air, Air India, Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific, are the airline carriers from Indian cities that will get you to Penang's airport.
Several flights land and take off at Penang International Airport. AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and FireFly are some of their most common and more popular carriers. You can then get to your hotel by renting a car or a cab.
You can rent a car to get you to Penang, most popularly from Kuala Lumpur. Rental companies are easily available at Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The road that takes you from Kuala Lumur to Penang is in good condition, fortunately. You can take the North-South Expressway to get to Penang quickly.
You can get to Penang from Kuala Lumpur, via train. The services are run and managed by Keretapi Taneh Melayu Berhad. Trains leave from Kuala Lumpur in the mornings and in the early afternoons and it takes about 6 hours to reach Penang. You must get down at Butterworth Station and then take a ferry to Penang Island.
Buses travel to Penang from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru, Kota Bharu and Bangkok. From Kuala Lumpur, you can board the bus at Puduraya Bus Station. There are also minibuses that provide a direct route to Penang, but are more expensive than regular buses.
There is a connecting ferry close to Butterworth Rail Station that will get you to Penang Island, once you get off the train.
Penang has a very efficient transport system in place. Taxis, trishaws and buses are most commonly used here to get around. Taxis are not metered in this city, so you will have to fix up a price with the driver before you get in. Buses also have a lot of routes. These buses contain machines that you can use to pay for your ride. There is a free shuttle bus that includes a total of 19 stops, taking you around all the important places in Penang. This free bus service is available right from 18:00 to midnight. Trishaws are three-wheeled vehicles which are yet another commonly used mode of transport. However, as the city has modernized, you will not find them as easily available as they once were. Trishaws are popularly scattered around George Town, next to hotels. These trishaws are also not metered, so the price has to be fixed beforehand. You could also rent a car from one of the several agencies or a bike from Batu Ferringhi, to explore the city.
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