Penang Travel Tips And Things To Do In Penang



Getting around Penang island can be hassle free and easy with good roads and clear road signs, GPS satellite signals in major tourist spots, free WIFI hotspots in many areas, and lastly, transport facilities such as renting a car or getting a hired taxi. For budget travellers, you may go by the public bus which stops at most of the tourist spots. But waiting time may be long at times. You can try a novelty ride around Georgetown by trishaw or bicycle.


Penang Car Rentals

Malaysians drive on the left-hand side of the road and the steering wheel on the right-hand side of the car. Maximum speed limit within Penang city is 60 km/hr and 80 km/hr along the coastal highway. For your safety, drink-driving laws always apply, and drivers and passengers are required to wear seat belts at all times. International visitors may drive in Penang/Malaysia on a valid overseas driver's licence for the same class of vehicle. You should carry both your home licence and international licence when driving in Malaysia.


Tips On Getting Around Penang

Avoid heavy traffic jams at peak hours in the early morning hours before 9.00 am, and between 5.30 pm - 7.00 pm in the evening, which are the rush hours before & after work, and school. during week days.


NGV  Fuel  :  Information  on natural gas vehicle type and refilling stations in Penang

Car  Fuel    : Information about petrol pump price and types available at petrol stations.

Traffic And Road Signs : Translation into English for some of the basic Malay terms used in Road Signs.



travel around penang by public transport


Penang Public Bus Transport

Most of the sightseeing places and major shopping centres are within the public bus routes.  Some bus routes also cover Mainland Penang and takes you across Penang Bridge.

Penang Rapid Mobile service where anyone can just hop on to chill in the lounge, enjoy some snacks or drinks, watch or play games on big LCD screens, and even login to the internet for free surfing.


Penang Ferry

For both vehicles and passengers boarding from 'Weld Quay' Jetty, Georgetown.
Arrival and departure intervals about 20 minutes before mid-night.
Ferry trip is about 15 minutes.  Cheap fare and comfortable


Penang Bridge

This is the longest bridge in South-East Asia, linking the Penang island to the mainland part of peninsula Malaysia. It is also very convenient to cross the sea waters by ferry and return via Penang Bridge.


Penang Transportation By Bicycle / By Trishaw


Penang Taxi Service

Most taxi are stationed mainly at the airport, jetty, shopping malls and hotels in the town areas. Visitors can also request for assistance from hotel staff when necessary.

Aswan Taxi Service Tel :  04-210 8211
BJ Radio Taxi Service          04 643 0161 ;  H/p: 012-572 6487
City Radio Taxi Service          04-229 9467 
Jade Auto Company          04-226 3015
JRI Taxi           04-229 0501
MCI Taxi           04-264 5534
Super Radio Taxi           04-281 8766 
Sunshine Radio Taxi           04-642 5961
Teksi Seberang Perai Selatan           04-593 1151


Taxi Tips :  Bargain and confirm before getting into the taxi as some drivers may not follow meter rates.  

In case of  any cause for taxi service complaint, phone: 04-262 5721 (Penang Taxi Drivers Association) for assistance.


Tourists should not get into unmarked vehicles and are encouraged to purchase coupons from the official taxi counter for safety concern. Backpack tourists, especially the first-timers, are advised to obtain accurate information about the country from the official Tourism Ministry counters.


Penang Motorbike Rental

Available near the backpackers' motel areas along Lebuh Chulia . Check with motel owners for directions. A valid driving license is required.  All motorist are required to observe traffic laws and wear crash helmets for safety.  



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