If you want to catch a boat to the mainland, the shortest distance back is via the ferry from Langkawi to Kuala Perlis.
High-speed boats leave the island from near the main town at Kuah Jetty and are scheduled to take one hour and fifteen minutes to reach the port at Kuala Perlis Jetty.
Kuala Perlis is in the north-west corner of Malaysia, so if you plan to travel up to the border with Thailand and onto Hat Yai, this is the best port to go to, compared to travelling from Langkawi to Kuala Kedah port.
The other option is to catch the less frequent ferry from Kuah to Satun in the very south-west corner of Thailand.
Ferries run every day of the year and operate on the following schedule, except for the month of Ramadan when there are fewer sailings a day:
Please note: Times may change so please check before travelling.
You can check for the latest times and book tickets online:
One Way Fares (tambang) are:
Adult = RM 18
Child = RM 13
You can buy your ticket online direct from the ferry company (see link above), or at the ferry terminal in Kuah or from authorised agents on the island.
On arrival at the jetty in Kuala Perlis, if you don't have your own transport, the best option is to walk 5 minutes to the bus station located behind the row of buildings at the port.
If you want to stay the night, there are a number of Kaula Perlis hotels around the port and in town.
To walk to Kuala Perlis bus station, turn left as you come out of the
ferry terminal building, then right at the next turning. The bus station
is on your right. Or, take the covered walkway between the buildings that lead to the end of the bus terminal.
For more bus information, times and ticket prices:
For smaller destinations by bus from Kuala Perlis, you may have to go to the nearby town of Kangar, which has a small, but busy bus station, close to the centre of town.
If you want to travel from Kuala Perlis to Thailand by public bus, you will first have to catch a Mariliner bus (MyBas) to Kangar, where they have departures to the border at Padang Besar.
After crossing the border, you can then catch a cheap local bus or minivan to the city of Hat Yai.
Or if you time it right, you can take a Shuttle train from Padang Besar to Hat Yai.
If you want to continue your journey by train, the nearest railway station to Kuala Perlis port is Arau, around 18 km away.
Trains leave from here to Butterworth and KL to the south, and Padang Besar on the Thai border, with connections to Hat Yai and Bangkok to the north into Thailand.
See the following pages for more information: