About 4.5 hrs bus ride , factor another 1.5 hrs to get to Kl bus stn and then to yr Penang hotel.
KTB operates budget (Plusliner, Konsortium) and deluxe(NICE) buses.
The buses will terminate at either Sg Nibong bus terminal(20 mins taxi ride to Georgetown) or at Butterworth. If the latter, then a short walk to take a 20 mins ferry ride to Penang island.
Air tickets are cheap if you purchased early. Firefly and Air Asia has several trips a day.
If you factor in all the getting to the various pick up and / or drop off points then yes it does take that long.
Even the 40min flight will take the best part of half a day - 30-60mins to get to one of the two airports, 1 hour check in, 30-60 min flight, 30 min disembarking, then 30mins to Georgetown . . . so that is 3-5 hours!
The buses have a actual journey of around 5 hours (which is half a day) plus the getting to the various pick up and / or drop off points
I cant book Bus tickets for Plusliner or Nice bus service using my credit card, it asks for a maybank account which i obviously dont have since i dont live in Malaysia, can someone help me,how to book bus tickets using my credit card
SuperNice accepts ..Visa ..Mçard and Amex on their online booking website
You can book online for Aeroline buses, as it depart on time and keep to their fleet of buses. It departs from Corus hotel (KL) and drop off points are either Queensbay Mall or Sg Nibong bus terminal where there are taxis stands.
Unless you are travelling during peak season ( Malaysia and Spore school holidays, public holidays), you can purchase bus tickets a day before travelling.
The train is the comfortable, easy and traditional way to do this journey, and has been for 100 years.
There are two daytime trains with spacious first class cars from Butterworth (where the frequent ferry shuttle comes in from Penang) to KL Sentral, at 08:00 (arriving 14:06) or 14:00 (arriving 21:05). Or there's a time-effective overnight sleeper departing Butterworth 23:00, arriving KL Sentral at 06:40.
I took one of the day trains from Butterworth to KL myself back in February, it's a really nice ride up through the hills past thick jungle, over a causeway across a lovely lake, calling at colonial-era wayside stations, and rolling past huge palm and rubber plantations, slowly but now non-stop through Kuala Lumpur's historic Moorish-style railway station of 1911, right into downtown KL to terminate at the new Sentral Station.
The train itself consisted of modern air-conditoned stainless-steel coaches, a little worn inside, but with big first class reclining armchairs. A refreshment trolley brough snacks and coffee, but feel free to bring your own food and drink along.
Think of this journey as an integral part of your trip and your Malaysia experience, not as wasted time (as a flight would be!). Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the ride!
The fare is only about 40 ringgit (£7 or $12) in 2nd class, or if you want to push the boat out(!) it's all of 67 ringgit (£12 or $20) in first class.
You can easily buy at the station in Butterworth, or at the KTM ticket counter at the ferry terminal on Georgetown, or online at www.ktmb.com.my (you can also check schedules online of course)Edited: 26 July 2011, 15:37
Thank you all for the information provided. Much appreciated.
The Supernice website seems to be down, http://www.supernice.com.my/
The Train Website is also not responding, i will be trying again though
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