Penang International Airport

Attraction 11900 Bayan Lepas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

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Penang International Airport and Bayan Lepas International Airport, Bayan Lepas area is located in Penang, Malaysia. The airport is 16 km south of Penang.

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Why Penang International Airport is special ?

Malaysia’s third busiest airport has the official IATA code of PEN – standing in for Penang International Airport. Located a mere 9.9 miles/ 16 km south of George Town, the airport serves a large region and provides extensive links with major cities across South East Asia and beyond. George Town is Penang region’s capital city.

Penang has not lost in popularity with tourists, who over the years have come to adore the “Pearl of the Orient” and many return as often as they can. Malaysian people are friendly and charming and Penang, with its wonderful stalls selling delicious street food, its beautiful architecture and fascinating culture is attracting a large number of tourists every year.


What to explore at Penang International Airport?

Passengers arriving at Penang have a choice of public transport available. There are taxis, of course, but there are also 3 bus routes taking visitors into the capital city. The Rapid Penang service has its own bus counter on the ground floor level of the arrivals hall and a ticket for bus line U401 costs around 2 – 3 Ringgit. The bus will stop at a number of halts until it gets to Komtar, from where a 5 to 10 minute walk will take visitors to hotels like the Tune Hotel. Due to the many stops, this service can be a lot slower than the name “Rapid” might suggest!

A the taxi counter in the arrivals hall, passengers can ask for assistance. Once the helpful staff know, which hotel a visitor is heading for, they will issue a voucher to the visitor, for which the visitor pays and the tourist then takes the paid voucher to the taxi stand. The taxi driver issues a counterfoil to confirm that the transaction has been concluded, when he/she delivers the passenger safely to their destination. This system is designed to reassure foreign travellers, who might be worried that due to language difficulties they might not negotiate the correct fare.

The fare depends on where one stays on Penang Island 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, if one wishes to be dropped off at the Hotel Berjaya. During 12am and 6am passengers will have to pay a 50% surcharge for taxi services, no matter where they go.

Local markets are famous and travellers rave about the variety of fruit and vegetables on offer as well as the amazing fusion of Asian food that one can buy cheaply from street vendors.

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How to get to Penang International Airport?

By Bus

The best way of getting to Penang International Airport, apart from self-drive by car hire, is to take a bus.

The main bus station in George Town is on Victoria Street and passengers staying in the city’s hotels should make their way to this main bus terminal – beware, George Town has very few footpaths and getting around on foot can be difficult. It is possible to take a trishaw around the city for about RM30 per hour, but the number of these peddled vehicles is dwindling in favour of taxis clogging up the traffic.

The Rapid Penang Bus lines 401, 401A and 401E are a shuttle service running between the airport and Komtar and the Jetty. The busses run every 30 minutes and take around 1 hour to reach their final destination. Bus 401 also goes through south Ekspres Bas terminal, which has connections to mainland cities in Penang. The bus far for one journey per adult is around RM 2.70.

The main bus terminals are based at Jetty and at Komtar Building/Shopping Mall. A map with all the routes is available there. Bus drivers only take the exact fare, they do not have change.

Public busses do not pick up passengers after 10 pm, not even on weekends or public holidays do they flout this rule. Anyone needing transportation after 10 pm must be prepared to pay an additional 100% fee on top of their usual fare for the taxi.

By Taxi

Taxi drivers often try to cheat foreigners and refuse to use the meter. It is best to ask the hotel staff for help, when ordering a taxi and one must either negotiate a fixed price to the airport or insist the driver uses the taxi meter during the journey. The taxi fare to the airport should be around RM38, the official taxi metered fare, and the time for getting to Penang International Airport from George Town city centre is around 45 minutes by cab.

By hired Scooter or Motorbike

It is possible to rent a motorbike or scooter to get around. It is only just over 16 km / 9.9 miles to the airport, so getting to Penang International Airport under one’s own steam on two wheels is possible. The cost for one of these vehicles is around RM25 for 24 hour rental and the deposit is around RM200, so if one is staying with friends who don’t have a car, they can take one on a scooter and take the scooter back to either Chulia Street or Penang Road, where scooter and motorbike hire can be found.

By Ferry

Passengers staying on some on the islets just off Penang Island need to take a ferry to the terminal at Weld Quay (Pengkalan Weld), which is located in the east of George Town. The bus station is close by in Victoria Street.

There are also ferry services between Butterworth and the city centre. Foot passengers have to pay RM 1.20 per person from Butterworth to Penang Island, while motorists go free. There are bus and train stations in Butterworth, connecting to the major cities on the Malaysia Peninsular. Train tickets must be purchased in advance. At Butterworth the ticket counters are situated under the overpass next to the small market area.

For more information about Penang International Airport, please visit the official airport website at


Selling points

  • Modern International Airport
  • Very good service
  • One of the best Airport
  • Polite and helpful staff
  • A beautiful airport
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Tips for you

  • Must eat Nasi Kandar when in Penang! Make sure your rice is flooded in a mixture of curries with the password ‘kuah campur’ (mix curries). It is sacrilege otherwise.
  • Free wifi, power points readily available
  • Not all shops in the departure check-in are duty free. Don't expect the airport's price same like outside :)
  • If you use Firefly, you can use your boarding pass to redeem a free 1 way trip via Rapidpg
  • Check in/baggage drop counter and boarding gate seems so faraway when you are super late!
  • If u flight AirAsia and want check in baggage, make sure ur baggage is not overweight, otherwise u need to pay 1kg=rm20.. If u want to change baggage size, must be 4 hours before departure..
  • If you don't want to walk far to the check-in counters, you can ask your driver to drop in front of Old Town Coffee. There's a small entrance -fit enough for trolleys- which is waaaay closer.

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