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Penang International

Penang International Airport (PEN)


Penang International Airport is served by a number of low-cost carriers. It's the perfect gateway to one of Malaysia's popular coastal towns, which is near the Thai border. Penang International Airport won the 2009 Airport of the Year Award for airports serving fewer than 15 million passengers each year. It used to be called Bayan Lepas International and is a mid-sized, visitor-friendly airport offering passengers easy access to one of the premier destinations in southeast Asia.


Penang Airport is located two miles (4km) north of Bayan Baru or 12 miles (20km) west of Georgetown.

Getting to the city

Rapid Penang run a bus service that is frequent and covers most destinations from the airport. Lines 401, 401A and 401E all connect the airport with the capital of Georgetown and cost roughly RM 4. The trip takes just under an hour. Many foreign visitors take taxis, however, which are available outside the terminal.


GMT +8.


Tel: +60 4 643 4411.

Car rental

Avis, Hertz and Europcar and a number of local car rental companies are all represented at the airport. However, most first-time visitors take taxis or hire a car with a driver.

Airport Taxis

Taxis are available outside the terminal, but, to avoid being overcharged, it is best to buy prepaid taxi vouchers inside the terminal. Taxis to Georgetown cost about RM 40 and the trip takes approximately 45mins to an hour. Taxis to Batu Ferengghi cost about RM 85.


Facilities include lounges/travel clubs, banks, bureaux de change, a tourist help desk, shops and restaurants.


Short and long-term parking for just over 800 cars is available at Penang International Airport.



Wifi is available throughout the airport.

Business Lounges

A business centre is located in the main terminal.

Penang International Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.