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Airport

Airport

Penang International Airport is located 20 km (13 miles) from George Town city centre. The most cost effective way of travelling from the airport to George Town and surrounding areas is to take one of the bus services (bus line 102, 306,U401,401, 401A and 401E) that leave every 30 minutes. The bus operator is called "The Rapid Penang", and they have their own ticket counter on the ground floor of the arrival hall. Taxis operate on a fixed price coupon system: purchase coupon at taxi desk inside arrival hall, and the price depends which zone you are going to. However, be aware that taxi drivers often try to cheat foreigners and refuse to use the meter, so make sure that the meters is always turned on if not a fixed price is already set.
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Public transport

Public transport

Taking the bus is probably the easiest and cheapest way to get around in Penang and surrounding areas. The main bus terminals are located in George Town’s Weld Quay and KOMTAR buildings. Bus services around the island include Rapid Penang Bus, and it has an extensive route covering both island and mainland. If you are travelling frequently, you can save money by buying the travel card 'rapid Preferred', as it offers unlimited travel around Penang. For any inquiries, head over to information counters (Rapid Kiosk): Lorong Kulit, Rapid Penang Headquarters Weld Quay & Komtar Penang Sentral & Bukit Jambul
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Taxi

Taxi

Taxis are numerous and´they can be flagged down on the street, picked up at ranks or booked by phone or from the hotel reception. Taxi drivers are usually reluctant to turn on the meter (or to admit to speaking English): insist on the meter, or bargain over the fare before boarding. Standard (red) taxis are more numerous and they are not air conditioned. Air conditioned taxis are much more comfortable, but also more expensive. Shared taxis are also used for longer journeys (including trips to the mainland).
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