Penang Airport

The third busiest airport in Malaysia (after Kuala Lumpur International Airport and Kota Kinabalu Airport) Penang International Airport serves the Malaysian state of Penang, one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Operational from 1935, Penang Airport offers both domestic and international flights to cities in Southeast and North Asia such Singapore, Jakarta, Bangkok, Phuket, Surabaya, Hong Kong, Taipei and others. The airport handles more than 5 million passengers annually, and is the airport base of budget airlines Firefly and AirAsia.


Penang International Airport consists of only one terminal with 2 levels – the arrival hall is on the ground floor, whilst the departure area is one floor above.

Services and Facilities

Those looking to grab a quick bite before their flight need not fret at Penang Airport, which is well-stocked with F&B outlets like McDonald’s, Coffee Bean, and other restaurants hawking both local and international cuisine. Duty-free shopping is also available in the airport, as is the ever-present airport gift shop, bank, currency exchange office and pharmacy. Younger travelers will be pleased to note that free wi-fi is also available throughout the airport compound.

Those wanting to relax in more private settings may choose to buy a pass to enter the airport’s VIP Plaza Premium Lounge, for cushy chairs, finger foods and more creature comforts.

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 Getting to & from the Airport

Driving hide 

Located less than 20 kilometres from Penang’s capital city George Town, driving to and from Penang International Airport isn’t difficult. Major car rental agencies such as Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Auto Europe can be found at the airport itself; after acquiring a vehicle, tourists simply need to get on the Bayan Lepas Highway and follow the road signs to get to George Town. The drive should not take much longer than half an hour, depending on traffic conditions.

Trains hide 

There are no rail services available at the airport itself. To reach Penang Hill Railway station for a train, visitors at Penang International Airport need to first take one of the airport buses heading to Weld Quay Bus Terminal, before changing to another bus that links up to the railway station.

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Airport buses are the cheapest means of getting to George Town from the airport. With numerous buses available from the airport terminal, most tourists should be able to find one heading to their destination of choice. Purchase your bus ticket from the ticket counter on the ground level of the arrivals hall before boarding; single-trip tickets cost only about 2-3 Malaysian Ringgit.

Tourists who foresee themselves using bus services throughout the duration of their stay may choose to purchase a Rapid Penang Tourist Passport instead, for unlimited bus travel (the Pass costs about 20 Malaysian Ringgit).

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For those on a tight schedule, grabbing a taxi is the fastest way to reach George Town. Tourists are recommended to use the taxi counter at the arrivals hall for help in procuring a taxi, to prevent being overcharged on their taxi fare.

A cab ride to George Town should not cost much more than RM40-60 dollars and take about 20-35 minutes (depending on traffic conditions). Additional surcharges are applicable for rides that take place from midnight to 6am.

 Who flies to Penang

 Airport Contact Details

Penang Airport

Malaysia Airport Sdn Bhd,
11900 Bayan Lepas,

Tel:+60 (0)4 6434411

 Location Details

Longitude:100° 16' 21'' E
Latitude:5° 17' 22'' N

 Airport Location

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