Tuesday, Mar 03

Penang International Airport Transfer Guide

By Nur Azim Syukri Hamzah

Planning a holiday trip to Penang? If you travel by plane and have no idea what airport transfers are available at Penang International Airport, an aerodrome that’s located 16 km south of George Town, this article is suitable for you.

View of Penang City from Penang Hill

The View of Penang City from Penang Hill

The first thing you should know is that Penang International Airport is not so busy if you compare it to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Penang International Airport is mainly used by two budget airlines- AirAsia and Firefly, whereas the international airlines include Silkair, Cathay Pacific, China Southern Airlines, Malaysian Airlines, Wings Air, and Thai Airways.


The Available Airport Transfers in Penang Airport


Rapid Bus Airport Shuttle

Usually, The Rapid Penang Bus lines of 401, 401A, and 401E run services between the airport and Komtar and the Jetty with around RM 2.70 for an adult per journey.

At the moment, only the bus lines of 102 and 306 are available for shuttle services that run from the airport to Teluk Bahang and Penang General Hospital. The Bus 102 that begins its travel from the airport will start the first route at 6am and last until 11:15pm daily (with the frequency range of 60-80 minutes), whereas the one that starts from Teluk Bahang will have the first route at 6:15pm and last at 11pm daily with the same frequency range. Bus 306, on the other hand, provides the back and fro route trips between Airport and General Hospital from 5:30am until 10:30pm daily with a frequency range between 45-60 minutes each journey. The one-way bus fare per adult for both buses above will be approximately around MYR 4 (Airport- Teluk Bahang) and MYR 2.70 (Airport- Penang General Hospital).

Taxi/Grab Pick Up & Drop Off Service

Grab drivers are always available on demand. However, there are no specific rates for the Grab charges as the price solely depends on the destination you are going to.  As for the taxi services, the counter is in the arrivals hall. All you need to do is to confirm your destination with the airport staff and they will issue a voucher to you. Once it’s done, you may proceed to the taxi stand and the taxi driver will issue a counterfoil to confirm the journey as they send you off to your destination. The fare is based on your destination zone, and there are 7 different zones. Zone 1 costs around 14 Ringgit, Zone 2 will cost around RM22 and Zone 5 to George Town will cost around RM38 (All journeys come with a 50% surcharge if the trip takes place within the timeframe of 12am- 6am).

Scooter/ Motorbike

If you rent a scooter or motorbike to travel around the island, it’s also possible to get to the airport or travel out of the airport through these vehicles. Places to hire one are such as Chulia Street and Penang Road (17km/ 10.6 miles from the airport) with approximately MYR 25 per day (Deposit of MYR 200 applied).


The Latest Safety SOP In Malaysia Airports

  1. Interstate travel is still invalid at the moment. Thus, only passengers with permitted documents from the authorities to travel interstate are allowed to go onboard.
  2. The employees will be checking each passenger’s body temperature and ensuring they wear a face mask before entering the terminal building.
  3. The airports have prepared anti-microbial sneeze guards and hand sanitizers at service counters and around the terminal.
  4. The airports also conduct regular sanitization and disinfection through dry-mist fumigation, Blu-ray anion nanospray gun, and micro-mist blower.
  5. The patrols and the digital screens around the terminal will ensure all passengers practice safety measures.
  6. Passengers can also require assistance from the Airport CARE Ambassadors at any time before their flights.


Private Airport Transfers & Charters Services

P/S: why go through all hassles in your holidays when you could just book the Tourplus Airport Transfer.

Experience a hassle-free direct airport transfer to and from Penang International Airport by booking a private driver that will directly transfer you from the airport to any destinations you desire.

A delayed flight is no more a problem as Tourplus drivers can wait for up to 90 minutes. You can personalize your ride according to your needs and preference upon booking, which includes the baby seat and the car type that fits your need. It’s the most convenient option, especially for large travel groups or families.

Also, nowadays, we’ve turned Tourplus, into a social travel app where it doesn’t only cater to the above services, but also allows users to post images and make reviews on places they have visited before. On top of that, Tourplus app serves as a catalog for users to browse through places nearby during their journey in Malaysia.

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[Post Updated on 13/3/2021]



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