How to get from Penang to Langkawi
After a fabulous few days in Penang, our next destination was another Malaysian island, Langkawi. Of course, if you read my blog regularly then you’ll know that we like to travel without flying as much as possible. So I was pleased to find a Penang to Langkawi ferry to get us quickly and cheaply between the two islands.
The direct ferry departs from the ferry terminal in Georgetown but not the one we arrived at from Butterworth. The Penang to Langkawi ferry departs from another terminal behind Fort Cornwallis. To get your bearings, if you are facing the Queen Victoria Clock Tower with the fort on your left. Then the Penang to Langkawi ferry terminal is just ahead of you to the North West. Just walk past the fort and cross the road and you will see the entrance.
We booked our tickets in advance but you can turn up and buy if you prefer. However, in peak season I think it’s best to book ahead. Indeed, when we travelled from Penang to Langkawi the ferry had plenty of spare seats.
We paid approximately £13 (60 RM plus tax) which is a very reasonable price for the 3-hour ferry trip. The Penang to Langkawi ferry departs at 2 pm and so you need to be at the terminal to check-in by 1.30 pm.
Don’t arrive too early as they don’t open the gates until just before check-in time. It was very hot and we arrived quite early but you can wait in the tourist information office which has air-con and seating.
A small queue formed outside and once the gate opens we all went inside. You check-in at the small kiosk and then wait. Be warned that facilities are limited in this area although there are toilets available.
New Ferry Building
When they call your ferry, you walk through a series of walkways around the port area. Eventually, you arrive in a more modern building where the ferry departs. Here there are better facilities with nicer seating, a shop and toilets. You can also get free wifi in this area.
Because it was so close to departure we didn’t wait long until we were called. Since this was a ferry between two Malaysian islands we didn’t need passports so we showed our tickets and walked down to the ferry.
Onboard the Penang to Langkawi Ferry
Once onboard our ferry there were two decks but because there weren’t many passengers we were told to sit on the lower deck. They allocate you a seat at check-in so settle in and relax. Unfortunately, although the windows are large they are tinted so the view isn’t great.
The seats were plastic/leather type and had reasonable legroom. There was a tv screen at the front which was playing some kind of movie. However, be warned, the sound of the ferry is quite loud so you couldn’t hear the movie at all. Most people, including us, brought our own entertainment. I like to listen to audio books on long journeys and Paul listens to music.
Before we took this ferry I heard reports that a lot of people get sick due to the movement. We certainly didn’t and I didn’t notice anyone else being ill either. However, our crossing was smooth and very little wave movement. For more information and to book in advance you can visit the official ferry website.