How to take the bus from Penang Airport to Georgetown (Penang, Malaysia)
Penang International Airport is located in the south end of Penang Island, whereas Georgetown, the historical old town where most of the sights and attractions are located, is on the northern end. A taxi from the airport to Georgetown takes 20-30 minutes and costs around 20-25 ringgit. For travelers on a budget who don’t mind spending a little longer taking the scenic route across Penang, there is an excellent public bus that runs between the airport and the town.
Rapid Penang Bus Line 401E runs between Penang International Airport (PEN) and Georgetown. The bus departs from just outside the arrivals hall. Just follow the signs outside to the bus stop. It’s located just to the left of the exit past the pick-up/drop-off lanes. You can’t miss it.
If you don’t have a Malaysian Rapid card (transit card), you can buy your tickets on the bus. Prepare the exact fare though, because there is no change.
A one-way ticket from PEN Airport to Georgetown costs 2.70 ringgit - much, much cheaper than the 20+ ringgit that you would spend on a taxi.
The bus is clean, comfortable, and air-conditioned. It takes the long way (the “scenic route”) from the airport to the town, and stops fairly frequently to pick up and drop off passengers. Overall, it takes around one hour to get from the airport to town. It’s not the fastest method, but if you are on a budget, it’s completely worth it. The bus is safe, the drivers don’t drive fast or recklessly, and it’s cool, comfortable, and clean.
It takes a lot longer by bus, but it’s also a great way to get a look at local life around Penang.