Sungai Petani to Penang
How to Travel by Bus, Train and Ferry

If you want to travel from Sungai Petani to Penang Island (Georgetown), you have a choice of taking the KTM Komuter train (commuter) or a bus to Butterworth Bus Terminal (Penang Sentral).

Sungai Petani to Butterworth by Train

The quickest and cheapest way to travel from Sg. Petani to Penang is to take one of the regular KTM Komuter train services that depart from Sungai Petani Railway Station for Butterworth Railway Station (please note: the ETS train no longer operates on this route).

The train station in Sungai Petani is located just off the main road that travels through town (just head towards the clock tower and take the pedestrian bridge over the railway tracks to get to the station entrance).

The duration of the journey by train is just 34 minutes, with services departing every hour during the busy periods of the day, and every two hours at other times.

To see the latest KTM Komuter timetable to Butterworth click here >

Once you arrive at Butterworth Station, you have a five-minute walk to the ferry terminal, where boats depart for Georgetown on Penang Island.

For more information, timetables and fares for the ferry to Penang Island click here >

For information on Butterworth Train Station click here >

Tickets on the commuter train cost just 3.60 RM.

No advance booking is available for commuter services as these services are like tube / subway trains.

You just buy your ticket and get on the next train and hope you can get a seat.

If there are no seats, you will have to stand.

Sungai Petani to Penang by Bus

If you don't want to take the train, the main long-distance bus station in Sungai Petani is five minutes walk south of the train station (along the same road).

From here you can take coaches / buses to Butterworth Bus Station (Penang Senytral), then the ferry to Penang Island.

Cityliner operates a regular bus from Sungai Petani to Butterworth taking 40 minutes to travel the 45 km distance.

Cityliner buses depart every 40 minutes or so from 06:00 until 20:40.

For more information see the Cityliner Bus official website here >

You can also take a Rapid Penang Bus from Sungai Petani to Butterworth, which depart every 45 minutes or so (from 06:00 until 21:00) taking around an hour to complete the journey (these buses stop a lot more to pick up passengers along the route).

For more information see the Rapid Penang Bus official website here >

Another bus operator that operates on this route is Transnasional.

The cheapest bus fare is 4.00 RM (for the Rapid Penang bus).

Find places to stay in Butterworth >

Find places to stay on Penang Island >