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Address: | Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim Terminal, Butterworth, Malaysia

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Worth the trip.....but

I've reviewed and used the Ferry by foot years ago but need to update. It's always magical to arrive in Penang by Ferry and view the island skyline, which at one time was the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Penang Island, Malaysia
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bayan lepas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

It was the only way to get to Penang Island, when I was just a younng boy. The Terminal was such a wonder. Today, it is just a place to get from A - B. However it still retains a certain charm. I would recommend an evening or sunset ride. The cost per person is RM1.20 and for cars RM7.70.... More 

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Thailand
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The ferry from Penang island to butterworth is free, fast & on the particular time we travelled (mid afternoon on a Wednesday) not at all crowded. Lovely journey with views of both Penang and Butterworth.

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

For those who like to have a relaxing crossing and enjoy the scenery this ferry is a must. As most people use the bridge now the ferry queue is short

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Singapore
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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Getting to the ferry is like training for a mini triathlon. I got out from the bus station (same side as the new railway station) and 2 steep flight of stairs awaits me. A flat path for 50m and another 60 degree slope climb of maybe 50m. If you have any luggage, this will leave you panting for breath. I... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The two journeys we made on the Penang Ferry were both very pleasurable experiences and went without a hitch. The short trip across the water provides fantastic opportunities to take some additional snap-shots. Although often rather crowded, the fare is very reasonable and the ferry runs regularly and seems to keep to time.. Will be using again in October, hopefully

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I've reviewed and used the Ferry by foot years ago but need to update. It's always magical to arrive in Penang by Ferry and view the island skyline, which at one time was the only way to get to the island before the advent of 2 bridges. Traveling from Penang to Butterwoth is still the same with easy access right... More 

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kota kinabalu
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Just board the ferry on the way out to butterworth. Quite fast boarding. No hassle. A few travellers seen enjoying the scene. Toilet need attention for the cleanliness that can be improved. Safety signage should be improve. Please advice how the passengers should get their life jacket s. Warning sign should be more readable. I love penang.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Before the construction of Penang Bridge, this ferry was the lifeline of Penangatis..long queues waiting the 30min ferry ride..nowadays, the bridge cuts the travelling time by half.. Out of nostalgic feeling, went to the ferry terminal, n board the ferry last sept 14..From mainland, fee was rm7, n going back to mainland is free..same with the bridge.. Queue was ok,... More 

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Butterworth, Malaysia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015 via mobile

As a resident of Penang, it is quite a routine to take the ferry to cross the sea as a mean of transport. However, I do not get tired of standing in front and see the beautiful view of the island. If you landed in Penang by flight and you have extra time to spare, I recommend you to just... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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84 reviews 84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Being from Seattle, I love ferries. And while these are no match for the super-ferries that ply the waters of the Puget Sound, they sure brought back my memories of them. These are smaller, and little bit more tattered - but there's just nothing better than walking aboard (or driving) and watching the container ships, the port, and the rest... More 

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