The best way to travel from Penang to Langkawi is on the Penang Langkawi ferry service operated by "Langkawi Ferry Services".
They operate a fleet of high-speed passengers ferries connecting Langkawi to the Malaysian mainland and Penang to Langkawi.
They also operate from Penang to Medan in Sumatra, Indonesia (Medan boat departures are now cancelled).
Departure Times of boats from Penang to Langkawi :
Two boats a day -
8.15am (via Pulau Payar)
Departure Times of boats from Langkawi to Penang :
Two boats a day -
2.30pm (via P. Payar)
The current ticket prices / fares are -
Adult RM 60 one way --- RM 115 return
Child ( 3 -11 ) RM 45 one way --- RM 85 return
Child ( under 2 ) RM 25 one way --- RM 50 return
As from 1st April 2013 a Penang Port Tax of RM 6.50 (RM 3.60 Children) has been added to the above fares. Each passenger has to pay the tax for either departure or arrival in Pulau Pinang.
The high speed boats are scheduled to take one and a half hours to reach Pulau Payar and two and a half hours to Langkawi but often takes a little bit longer.
There are quite a few ticketing agents behind Fort Cornwallis (just head for the Queen Victoria memorial clock tower). This is also the place you have to go to catch the boat.
Or call - Ticketing Counter Tel. No.
Penang : 604-2642088
Langkawi : 604-9663779
Take along some food and drink for the trip as there is nothing available on the boat!
One thing you should know before you go.
These high-speed boats have a habit of making quite a few people sea sick, so if this is you, you may want to take a look at flying between the two islands as an alternative.
It's not that much more expensive with a bit of forward planning.
There are two other ports along the North West Malaysian coast where you can catch a ferry to Langkawi island.
The boat trip is much shorter and much cheaper!
You can read all about how to do this trip on our :
If you are arriving in Penang for the first time by boat, the port is just a 10 minute walk away from most of the hotels and guesthouses or you can jump in a taxi for about RM10.
If you need to catch a bus to other parts of the island, the Jetty bus terminal is less than 5 minutes walk away.
Just turn left as you come out of the terminal and walk along Weld Quay for a few hundred metres - you can't miss it!