If you want to find the best way to get from Georgetown to Langkawi Island, there are a choice of routes you can take to fit in with your budget and time you have available.
The quickest way to get to Langkawi from Georgetown is also the most expensive way.
You can take a direct flight from Penang International Airport (PEN) to Langkawi International Airport (LGK).
Flights take just 35 minutes
Coming down in price and the next quickest way to travel to Langkawi from Georgetown is to take the direct passenger ferry service from Georgetown to Kuah.
Boats depart from Georgetown's Swettenham Pier located in the northeast of the city (close to Fort Cornwallis) and arrive at Kuah Jetty on Langkawi Island.
The boat journey from Georgetown to Kuah usually takes around two and three quarter hours, but you can expect a few delays when the weather is not so good.
To learn more, see the latest timetables and ticket prices:
If you are travelling on a very tight budget, you can get to Langkawi for half the price of the direct ferry by heading over to the mainland and then travelling north by bus or train to the ports of Kuala Kedah (close to Alor Setar) or Kuala Perlis (close to Kangar and Arau).
The easiest and less complicated option is to head to Kuala Perlis.
Walk for a couple of minutes to the ferry terminal.
The main problem with taking this route is the bus is usually fully booked from Butterworth to K. Perlis so if you want to travel this way, book your bus seats in advance.
If you can't get a bus ticket to Kuala Perlis, get a bus to the nearby town of Kangar.
From Kangar you can then take a local cheap MyBas bus to Kuala Perlis Jetty.
Take the ferry to Butterworth and walk for a couple of minutes to Butterworth Railway Station.
For MyBas timetables, ticket prices and bus routes:
It is also possible to get from Georgetown to Langkawi via the port of Kuala Kedah.
There are however no direct buses from Penang to Kuala Kedah or a bus service from Alor Setar Train Station, so it is a bit more complicated travelling this route.
If you do want to consider travelling this way:
As there is no car ferry from Georgetown to Langkawi, you will have to drive back over the Penang Bridge (or take the Georgetown to Butterworth ferry) and head north to Kuala Perlis.
Kuala Perlis port is currently the only place where you can take your car with you on a ferry boat to Langkawi (Roll on, roll off ferry).