Rapid Penang Bus 101 is easily the most frequently used bus route on Penang Island for tourists and takes you too many of the sights around the Island.
If your staying in Penang for a few days and want to use the buses to get around, chances are you will be catching this bus many times.
Rapid Penang 101 runs between Weld Quay (Penang Jetty) to the Penang National Park entrance at Teluk Bahang.
Along its route you will find many points of interest as per below.
Leaving the bus station it then travels down Jalan Burma (Burma Road) where both the Thai Reclining Buddha Temple and Burmese Temple are just off of. This is also the stop to get off at if you want to visit the Thai Embassy.
Leaving Burma Road the bus turns right, heading for the end of Gurney Drive near to the hawker night market, then left towards Tanjung Bungah - For Gurney Drive get off at the first stop just after it turns left.
Passing through Tanjung Bungah beach area - for hotels and the Toy Museum.
A few minutes after leaving Batu Ferringhi you can stop off at the Tropical Spice Gardens.
Next is Teluk Bahang where you can stop just past the roundabout for the Penang Butterfly Farm and Teluk Bahang Forest Park (walk back to the roundabout and turn right).
The last stop where the bus turns around is at the entrance to the National Park.
Bus 101 runs from 05.30 until midnight - (The last departure from Weld Quay is at midnight and the last bus from Teluk Bahang is at 11.20).
Buses operate every 10 minutes during the daytime, a little less frequently at night - You never have to wait long for a 101.
Travelling around Penang Island by bus is cheap and you pay for the distance travelled.
The fare for the first 7 km is RM 1.40
up to 14 km RM 2.00
up to 21 km RM 2.70
up to 28 km RM 3.40
Above 28 km RM 4.00
You must have the correct fare as no change is given, so carry plenty of small notes and coins with you.
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