If you have travelled to Sentosa Island for many times and want to look for other places, you should not keep eyes out of Penang. Penang has precious heritages like beautiful beaches, ruins, museums, wild forests, temples, etc. On the one hand, tourists can discover the cultural of Penang by tasting local cuisines. For those who are making a detailed trip to South East Asia, they might combine Singapore and Penang in one single journey for saving time and the budget. But what is the easiest way to get to Penang from Singapore?
Normally, sightseers will get the flight, bus or train to get to Penang from Singapore. Choosing the buses, the flights or the trains could relies on some factors like your budget, the time to start, the number of visitors, the weather, your schedule, etc. Hence, you should take into account your plan and check out the information from three ways before going.
1. Travel by train
This is the slowest way to get to Penang from Singapore. The first point you need to take is the KTM train from Woodlands Train Checkpoint. To go to the checkpoint of this train, you need to travel from another point in Singapore You could choose a taxi or public bus lines (they are 170, 170A, 178, 856, 903, 911, 913 and 950). On the flip side, you might opt the MRT train. You should get out of Woodlands station first, then walk to Woodlands Temporary Bus Interchange and wait for one of these bus lines – 856, 903, 911 and 913.
Check the Woodlands Train Checkpoint
With the first round of the journey by train, you need to begin at the Woodlands Train Checkpoint. At this point, you should get the KTM shuttle train to JB Sentral station. Because the service of the KTM shuttle train is not available all the time, you should confirm the time and book your ticket as soon as possible through the Internet before the the train begins.
In fact, there are various time options for customers to book – 8 AM, 10 AM, 12 PM, 1.30 PM, 4.30 PM, 6 PM, 8 PM, 10 PM, 11.15 PM. When choosing this kind of transportation, you do not be disturbed by stuffs about traffic jam and the queue problems for customers of Singapore and Malaysia as well as the immigration checkpoints at the Causeway. It takes about five minutes to come across the Causeway from the checkpoint of Woodlands to JB Sentral. Moreover, the fare is not too expensive and can help saving around 5-6 SGD for tourists.
Transfer from JB Sentral to Gemas
From the JB Sentral, you should take the train to Gemas. You can start at 8.45 AM, 10.10 AM, 7 PM or 23.40 PM. The fare costs only 6.79SGD and the it takes only five hours to come to Gemas.
Transfer from Gemas to KL Sentral Station
At this point, you could choose one of three departures – 3 PM, 4 PM, 4.30 AM and it takes around two hours. The fare is just about 10 SGD.
In the case you want to skip at Kuala Lumpur, you should get the train from 8AM at the checkpoint Woodlands Train, then be transferred at JB Sentral and take the train at 10.10 AM to Gemas at 2.45 PM. The train leaves at 3 PM and it will arrive in Butterworth at 9.45 PM.
Get from KL Sentral to Butterworth Station
In the KL Sentral Station, they have five timing departures to Butterworth – 9 AM, 9.30 AM, 5.15 PM, 5.40 PM, 8 PM. The fare can be flexible from 19 SGD to 25 SGD. You need to spend nearly five hours to come to Butterworth.
Enter to Georgetown, Penang
To get to Penang Island, you need a ferry from KL Sentral Station to Georgetown on the Penang Island. For more details, you should follow the direction sign at the entrance of the station to come to the ferry terminal.
At this station, don’t worry about the ferry timing. They open from 5 AM to 12 PM. It has 30 minutes for breaking and about 15 minutes to get to Penang Island. There is one special point in this transferation: travelers need to pay by coins (0.39 SGD – 1.20 MYR).
In a nutshell, if you choose a train, you will be much patient to transfer to many stations. However, you can take photos while seating in the train. When going by train, you will pay about 39 SGD (104 MYR) in total and spend 14 hours for getting Penang from Singapore.
2. Travel by bus
For those who want to try travelling to Penang by bus, they might have a long bus path from Singapore (approximately 700km). And you have to spend about 10 hours on the bus. For this reason, if you want to save time for traveling, you should take part in the bus at night (between 9 PM and 10 PM). So, you will get to Penang at 6 o’clock morning or at least 8 AM. With a bus line from Singapore to Penang, you will pay from 35 SGD to 61 SGD. It relies on the company to book the bus ticket and the place to pick travelers up.
Normally, you will be picked up in Golden Mile Complex, Golden Mile Tower, Lavender MRT, Serangoon Road, Kitchener Road, Boon Lay or City Plaza. And the arrival place is the Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal. When you travel from this terminal, you need to take another local bus or taxi to get to Georgetown because the distance between Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal to Georgetown is 10 kilometers.
For saving time, you should not choose the bus or the train traveling form. You can book a low – cost airline ticket (around 79SGD in one way without checking in baggage).
3. Travel by flight
For those who are in a hurry to get to Penang from Singapore, they could choose to travel by flights. They can book a low – cost ticket of some airlines like Air Asia, Tiger Airways, Jetstar, Tigerair, etc. Normally, you will pay from 79 SGD to 450 SGD.
It depends on some factors such as whether or not the tax is counted, whether the flight is one way or return, airport transferring, etc. With this the flights, they spend about three hours in total – one hour for checking in luggage, one hour and 20 minutes of flight time and one hour to check the information in the custom.
With the information as mention above, getting to Penang from Singapore is not a tough task for everyone, no matter if you are visitors or local residents. After considering some useful information, you will know which way you want to gear up. You also need to prepare one jacket in your carry – on because some sightseers hadto put their jacket on while getting to Penang.