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Penang Ferry Service

Weld Quay, Penang Island, Malaysia
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What a fun & interesting ride. Travel like the locals!

We caught this ferry from Butterworth. There was a bus shuttle taking us to the ferry terminal and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
The relaxing Penang ferry is a must do attraction in Penang

No trip to Penang Island and Georgetown would be complete without a ride on the Penang ferry. This... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Weld Quay, Penang Island, Malaysia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We caught this ferry from Butterworth. There was a bus shuttle taking us to the ferry terminal and we paid a small sum of RM$1.20 for a ticket across. There is only a charge one way, it is free to return. The ferry takes passengers...More

Thank Manickjg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

No trip to Penang Island and Georgetown would be complete without a ride on the Penang ferry. This inexpensive ferry is still a popular and integral part of the public transport network and is used by many people and vehicles to get across the causeway...More

Thank Sebastian B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a bit of a hassle to catch the ferry, but if you have time, and if the lines aren't long, and the weather is good and you like a nice sea breeze, it's a good option. There is a walking path (over a walking...More

Thank Ahhboo
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Committed to public transit, we probably wouldn't have opted for the taxi to Georgetown. Having said that, it was a bit brutal, especially after a night train from Bangkok, immigration at the border and a two hour commuter train ride. At that point, we just...More

Thank Bryan H
Reviewed 29 December 2017

Had to wait in line for an hour just to get to the front-line, another twenty minutes to be in the ferry itself. I take the ferry often when I'm in Penang, but sometimes the line is just too ridiculous

Thank Amir R
Reviewed 28 December 2017 via mobile

Forget about taking the ferry to Penang if you are in a hurry. Very long waiting time. We waited for more than one hour just to get into the ferry considering its a Thursday. Its going to be the last time we are using the...More

Thank GenLeeSM
Reviewed 27 December 2017

If you take the ETS to Butterworth, this is the nearest and cheapest transport to Penang. The only problem is the long walk from the trains to the ferry terminal. There is a van that picks up passengers - senior citizens only, to & fro...More

Thank nellielim
Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

We decided to take a ferry from Penang to Langkawi to try something different (and as we are sick of airports!). After reading the reviews on TripAdvisor I was pretty nervous about using the ferry service however I’ve obviously survived to tell the tale so...More

Thank 508Kay
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

If you have never been on a ferry and will not be coming to Penang after this, please be extra patience to bear with the long queuing time. Or else, skip the ferry and use the Penang bridges instead.

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Thank Isbawandi
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

I would suggest all family people to choose Direct flight rather than ferry as the travel is dependent on weather and Langkawi has unpredictable whether and ferry is less comfortable than flight with almost the cost

Thank Kartik516r
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14 June 2015|
Response from Brenda J |
hi.. i was looking for this info too and clicking 'public ferry to penang island' i stumbled upon the info that even offers tickets with online bookings.. anyway, there were timetable in it. i think it says earliest departs... More