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There are 7 ways to get from Kuala Lumpur to George Town by train, car ferry, bus, car or plane

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Train, car ferry  •  4 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth
  2. Take the car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal

$10 - $16

6 alternative options

Bus  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Take the bus from Hentian Duta to Sungai Nibong

$10 - $11

Bus, car ferry  •  9 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Hentian Duta to Lumut
  2. Take the bus from Terminal Lumut to Butterworth Bus Terminal
  3. Take the car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal

$12 - $15

Drive, car ferry  •  4 h

  1. Drive from Kuala Lumpur to Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal
  2. Take the car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal

$17 - $25

Drive  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Kuala Lumpur to George Town 221.4 miles

$16 - $24

Fly from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Fly from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah (SZB) to Penang (PEN) SZB - PEN

$19 - $72

Train to Kuala Lumpur, fly  •  3 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
  2. Fly from Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Penang (PEN) KUL - PEN

$20 - $73

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The cheapest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to George Town is to bus which costs RM 42 - RM 45 and takes 5 h 32 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kuala Lumpur to George Town is to train and fly which costs RM 80 - RM 310 and takes 3 h 33 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Kuala Lumpur to George Town. However, there are services departing from Hentian Duta and arriving at Komtar via Terminal Sungai Nibong. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 32 min.

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The distance between Kuala Lumpur and George Town is 294 km. The road distance is 354.3 km.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to George Town without a car is to train and car ferry which takes 4 h 58 min and costs RM 40 - RM 70.

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It takes approximately 4 h 58 min to get from Kuala Lumpur to George Town, including transfers.

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Kuala Lumpur to George Town bus services, operated by Etika Express, depart from Hentian Duta station.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to George Town is to bus which takes 5 h 32 min and costs RM 42 - RM 45. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs RM 75 - RM 300 and takes 3 h 34 min.

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The quickest flight from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport to Penang Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h.

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Kuala Lumpur to George Town bus services, operated by Etika Express, arrive at Sungai Nibong station.

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Map of how to get from Kuala Lumpur to George Town.
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  • Distance: 183.8 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 58 min

What companies run services between Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and George Town, Malaysia?

Etika Express operates a bus from Kuala Lumpur to George Town every 4 hours. Tickets cost $10 and the journey takes 4 h 46 min. KBES also services this route every 4 hours. Alternatively, Firefly and Malindo Airways fly from Kuala Lumpur to George Town hourly.

Airlines
Firefly
Website
fireflyz.com.my
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Penang
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $120
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $120
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang via Langkawi
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$22 - $120
Malaysia Airlines
Website
malaysiaairlines.com
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Penang
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $120
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $120
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang via Langkawi
Ave. Duration
2 h 10 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$22 - $120
AirAsia
Website
airasia.com
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$10 - $80
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang via Langkawi
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$10 - $80
Malindo Airways
Website
malindoair.com
Flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah to Penang
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $110
Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Penang
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $110
Train operators
KTM ETS Malaysia Railway
Phone
03 2267 1200
Email
cllcenter@ktmb.com.my
Website
ktmb.com.my
Train from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth
Ave. Duration
4 h 8 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$9 - $15
Schedules at
ktmb.com.my
Book at
12go.asia
Silver
$9 - $10
Gold
$13 - $15
Platinum
$17 - $20
KLIA Express
Website
kliaekspres.com
Train from KL Sentral to Klia T1
Ave. Duration
30 min
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
$9 - $17
Schedules at
kliaekspres.com
Bus operators
KBES
Arwana Ekspres
Website
arwanaekspres.com.my
Bus from Hentian Duta to Lumut
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$7
Schedules at
arwanaekspres.com.my
Book at
easybook.com
Express Kesatuan
Website
easybook.com
Bus from Terminal Lumut to Butterworth Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
easybook.com
Sri Maju
Phone
+604 313 4620
Email
srimajutours@srimaju.com
Website
srimaju.com
Bus from Lumut Bus Terminal to Butterworth Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
srimaju.com
Ferry operators
Rapid Ferry
Car ferry from Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal to Raja Tun Uda Ferry Terminal
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
myrapid.com.my
Adult passenger
$1
Car
$2

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Yes, the driving distance between Kuala Lumpur to George Town is 354 km. It takes approximately 3 h 47 min to drive from Kuala Lumpur to George Town.

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Malindo Airways and Firefly offer flights from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport to Penang Airport.

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There are 1369+ hotels available in George Town. Prices start at $29 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kuala Lumpur to Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport is to train which takes 30 min and costs RM 3 - RM 5.

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