Travel from Penang to Langkawi

There are two ways to travel from Penang Island to Langkawi:

  • Travel to Butterworth Bus Station on the mainland and then take a bus to the ferry port in either Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis to board a ferry to Langkawi.
  • Take a direct ferry from Penang Island to Langkawi.

Of the two options the overall cheaper and quicker route is to take a direct ferry from Penang Island to Langkawi. Ferries from Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis to Langkawi are cheaper than direct ferries from Penang Island, however, once you take account of the cost of getting to Kuala Kedah or Kuala Perlis then its actually cheaper to travel direct from Penang Island to Langkawi.

Ferry Times to Langkawi

There are two daily services from Penang Island to Langkawi which you can book online.

08:3011:3080.80 MYRSuper Fast Ferry Ventures
14:0017:0080.80 MYRSuper Fast Ferry Ventures
  • The ferry from Penang Island to Langkawi is scheduled to complete the journey in 3 hours.

Buy Tickets to Langkawi

Use the Search Box below to buy your tickets from Penang Island to Langkawi.

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After booking print out your electronic booking voucher to present to the transport operator before you board the ferry.

Departure from Penang

Services to Langkawi depart from Swettenham Pier in George Town, which is the main town on Penang Island.

Google map of Swettenham Pier

Langkawi Ferry Pier

Ferry services from Penang Island arrive in Langkawi at Kuah Jetty.

Google map of Kuah Jetty

About Langkawi

Langkawi is Malaysia’s top resort island and also its largest. Langkawi Island is part of a group of 99 islands, only 4 of which (including Langkawi Island) are permanently inhabited. Langkawi has around 65,000 permanent residents and is approximately 30 km long by 20 km. Langkawi started developing as a tourist island in the last half of the 1980s with financial assistance from the Malaysian government, which also declared the island as duty free zone which means that products such as alcohol and tobacco which are heavily taxed on the mainland are much cheaper in Langkawi. The island attracts a lot of visitors from the mainland who come to buy duty free products in bulk, with the cost savings more than compensating for the price of travelling to Langkawi.

Eagle Square in Langkawi
Eagle Square in Langkawi

The other attractions in Langkawi are its natural environment, namely the beaches and the mountainous interior, and some man made visitors attractions, such as a cable car and a massive aquarium. The main tourist destination is the beach resort town of Pentai Cenang. The main town in Langkawi, Kuah, has just to be successively developed as a tourist destination and Kuah is not somewhere most visitors would choose to stay. Langkawi, and in particular Pentai Cenang, has some great hotels, restaurants and bars. What Langkawi does not have, however, is any public transport. Bear this in mind if you go, as to travel around you either need to have the correct documentation to rent a car or motorbike in Malaysia or the funds to pay to travel around by taxi or on tours.

Next read about Travel from Langkawi to Koh Lipe

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