Getting around Penang is relatively easy, as various parts of the island are connected with paved roadways. However, its high population density often results in traffic congestion during rush hour. 

    You can find various transport options that suit many budget levels. Buses are great for long-distance travel at affordable rates, while traditional trishaws are best suited if you prefer a slow yet laidback way of getting around the UNESCO-listed George Town. Of course, you can opt for car rentals and taxis if you have a rather big budget for transport in Penang


    Travelling by bus in Penang

    Buses ply the major routes around Penang. They are the cheapest mode of transport on the island. The main terminals are at George Town’s Weld Quay and Komtar buildings. Buses even have machines that accept coins to pay the fares. 

    photo by Ilya Plekhanov (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified


    Taking a taxi in Penang

    Taxis are easily and widely available around Penang. Bear in mind that some taxis don’t use meters, so agree on a price before boarding the taxi. 

    Start by asking about the cost of getting to your destination and haggle until you reach a satisfactory rate. There are plenty of taxis servicing the island, so flag another one if you feel that the price is too high. 

    Phone: 60125134707

    photo by Ilya Plekhanov (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified


    Renting a car in Penang

    Renting a car offers great flexibility and convenience in Penang. All you have to do is make sure you have a valid driver's license and pay a deposit. Car rentals are available around town – most hotels can even arrange one for you.

    Note that traffic jams can get quite severe, especially during peak hours. You’ll also need some getting used to the unique road system, where most streets are one-way. There is usually no indication of this by way of signage or arrows painted on the roads.



    The 3-wheeled trishaw is a novelty for tourists to enjoy in Penang. It's one of the most flexible transport options around the city, as you can make a few stops along the way and shop for souvenirs.

    You can find plenty of trishaws around George Town, especially along the Esplanade near Fort Cornwallis. Be sure to ask and agree on a price before you board one. Prices are always negotiable, but it's a good idea to tip your trishaw peddler for their laborious effort.

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