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GETTING AROUND PENANG BY BUS
Going round George Town, on a circular route, is the free single decker CAT – Central Area Transit bus. It will take you to most places in George Town. Just look for CAT on the front. www.rapidpg.com.my
Also going round George Town, and not to be confused with the CAT, is the HopOnHopOff double decker bus. The HOHO has two routes – a City Route and a Beach route and you can switch between the two. Tickets are valid for 24 hours, 48 hours or a new single trip ticket. Running between 9am and 8pm it’s a good way of going to all the main tourist sights and choosing how long to stay at each. Time between buses is 20-30 minutes. www.myhoponhopoff.com
There is another free bus doing the Pulau Tikus Loop. Up Jalan Kelawai, Tanjung Tokong Road, Jalan Fettes, Mount Erskine, Burma Road, Jalan Pangkor and back up Kelawai. Goes from outside the back of Gurney Plaza/Paragon Mall on the hour.
The rapidpenang bus service is an excellent and cheap way to get around. Just buy your ticket on the bus (they don’t give change so carry a few RM1 notes and loose change) or get a Rapid Passport which will give you unlimited transport for a week. For where to get your passport (plastic card – no photo needed) and more information see www.rapidpg.com. Fares range from RM1.40 for short journeys to RM4 for the longest.
The most visited places, and buses to get there, are
KEK LOK SI
Buses 201 and 203 from the Weld (Jetty) or Komtar will take you to the market of Air Itam and you walk up to the temple from there.
Take the 204 from the Weld (Jetty) or Komtar right up to the Hill. The sign on the bus will say Bukit Bendera (Penang Hill).
Bus No 10 from the Weld (Jetty) or Komtar will take you to the Botanical Gardens (Kebun Bunga)
AIRPORT TO GEORGE TOWN, TANJUNG BUNGAH, BATU FERRINGHI
Take the 102 bus which goes all the way to Teluk Bahang. The 401 and the 401E will take you to the Weld where you can change to the 101 bus.
GEORGE TOWN TO BATU FERRINGHI
Take the 101 (Teluk Bahang) or 102 (Teluk Bahang) from the Weld.
GEORGE TOWN TO QUEENSBAY AND BATU MAUNG
Take the 307 from the Weld (Jetty)
TROPICAL FRUIT FARM AND BALIK PULAU FROM BATU FERRINGHI
Hop on the 101 or 102 to Teluk Bahang and then catch the 501