Penang airport bus service
Once you have arrived at Penang Airport your best choice of travelling to Georgetown and beyond (if you are on a budget) is to catch the Penang airport bus service operated by RapidPenang.
The trip into Georgetown takes about an hour depending on what time of day and traffic etc.
Where is the bus stop at Penang Airport
After you come out into the arrivals hall you will need to go up one floor to the departures hall and go outside. Turning to your left, walk along the road towards the end of the terminal building where you will find the bus stop. There is a small counter here where you will find a RapidPenang employee who will be able to tell you when the next bus is due and give you some information about which connecting bus to catch (if required) to get you to your final destination.
Buses that operate to and from Penang Airport.
If you are heading into Georgetown you can catch any bus as they all go via KOMTAR where there is the major bus terminal for buses going everywhere on the island of Penang.
Rapid Penang Bus 401 Operating Hours 5.30 am - 10.30 pm Departs every 30 - 45 minutes
Rapid Penang Bus 401E Operating Hours 5.30 am - 11.00 pm Departs every 23 - 35 minutes
Both the above buses run from the airport to the jetty where you can catch the ferry to Butterworth.
If you are planning to stay in the budget hotel area around Chulia Street / Love Lane, ask the driver to let you off at the nearest stop (near Little India) then you will have only a short 5 minute walk.
Rapid Penang Bus 102 Operating Hours 6.00 am - 11.00 pm and Departs every 60 -80 minutes.
This bus is handy if you are planning to stay on the beaches of Penang as it travels from the airport to Teluk Bahang, stopping in Batu Ferringhi beach along the way.
Currently the fare is RM2.70 for the 401 buses to Georgetown and RM4.00 for the 102 to Batu Ferringhi.
For more information you can visit the RapidPenang website at
Please note that when you board the Penang airport bus you will be required to give the correct fare, as no change is given. This can be a problem if you have just arrived in Malaysia!
You could at this point take the opportunity to by a RapidPenang 7 day bus pass for RM30.
But only buy one if you plan to be doing a lot of bus travel. They are available to buy at the RapidPenang counter in the arrivals hall.
If you need to catch the Penang airport bus from Georgetown, it is best to travel either to KOMTAR or the Penang Jetty first.
If you are planning to stay in Georgetown visit our Budget hotels page for some of the best cheap places to stay in the city or if you are heading to the beach you can find some cheap accommodation there by clicking here.