These days it is easy to book bus ticket online in Malaysia and Singapore, so all you have to do is show up for the bus, coach or minibus, take your seat and enjoy the ride.
Malaysia's bus terminals can be a rather confusing places for the first time visitor, as there are so many different private bus companies that operate within the country, it is hard to know where to start looking when you first arrive at the bus station.
Many of the larger stations have dozens of ticket booths and of course
you get the sometimes helpful, but often, confusing touts trying to take
you off to this ticket counter or that ticket counter.
There are a few online bus booking agents in Malaysia offering bus trips around Malaysia, into Singapore and Thailand.
12Go offer a good range of bus, train, ferry and flight tickets for all areas in SE Asia.
Online travel agent, Bus Online Ticket offer a good range of bus operators throughout Malaysia, as well as bus booking to Thailand and to/from Singapore.
You can also book KTMB Trains on their site.
To book your bus tickets online just choose your departure point, final destination and dates of travel.
Most destinations are labelled under each state in Malaysia, so to help you, please see our list of the top destinations from Penang, with their relevant state names listed (below).
Below is a list of popular destinations within Peninsular Malaysia, with the relevant state they come under in the search box above.
On the mainland the Butterworth Bus Terminal is right next to the ferry terminal and in our opinion is often the best way to arrive or leave Penang, especially if it is your first visit to the island.
The Butterworth to Penang ferry leaves every 15 -30 minutes until around midnight and costs only 1.20RM for the 15 minute journey.
Also buses to and from Butterworth are usually slightly cheaper as they do not have to pay the toll to cross over the Penang bridge.
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