Penang is easily accessible byair with daily flights from major capitals of
the region. It has direct links with Singapore, Bangkok, Haadyai, Phuket, Medan,
Xiamen (China), Madras, Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Nagoya, and Taipeh. Penang has an
average of 12 flights per day to Kuala Lumpur and twice a day to Singapore. The
Bayan Lepas International Airport is about 20 km from the city centre. Taxis
plying the route follow the coupon system bywhich fares between the airport and
various destinations in Penang are fixed. Passengers pay the fare at the taxi
booth in exchange for the coupon which they then produce to the driver.
Air-conditioned taxis and limousines charge slightly higher fares.
The opening of the Penang Bridge linking the mainland of Peninsular Malaysia to Penang Island has facilitated driving to Penang. A charge of RM7.00 is levied on all classes of cars at the toll plaza in Prai on the mainland. With the opening of the North-South Expressway in February 1994, Penang is effectively linked bythe super express highway to all parts of Malaysia, Singapore and southern part of Thailand.
The ferry service is from Butterworth to Penang Island and vice-versa. The
ferry service is available around the clock for both passengers and vehicles.
Tickets are purchased at the Butterworth terminal and the rates are applicable
for a return journey.
Adult - RM0.60
Children (5 to 12 years) - RM0.30
The rates charged for vehicles are based on the engine capacity of the car and the number of passengers.
Bicycle - RM1.40
Motorcycle (inclusive of pillion rider) - RM1.40
Motorcar including station wagon four wheel drive, three wheel commercial vehicle and motorcycle with side car (inclusive of passengers) - RM7.00
The journey from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth takes approximately 6 hours. First and second class passengers travel in comfort in the air-conditioned coaches. Taking the train is a comfortable way to travel within the country and it gives one the opportunity to see a lot of the countryside. Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad also operates regular services to Alor Setar, Padang Besar, Haadyai and Bangkok in the North from Butterworth.
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