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“A must do between Butterworth and Georgetown, Penang.”

Penang Ferry Service
Ranked #35 of 207 things to do in Penang Island
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Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A must do between Butterworth and Georgetown, Penang.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

If you have arrived at Butterworth station by train i highly suggest taking the ferry. Don't bother with a taxi or bus and travel with the locals heading across to Penang Island. Cost is 1.2 RM to Georgetown or free to butterworth.

Excellent views of Georgetown and the surrounding Melaka straits. Just relax and soak up the cool breeze.

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Perth, Australia
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“Nice sea breeze”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

Coming off the train we had a bunch of leaches try to suck deep into our pockets. They told us the ferry was far far away and wanted 60 ringgitts to go across the bridge in their taxi. The ferry is very close and only 1.20 ringgitts. Good ride across. Dont give the touts the time if day

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Ferry by night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

We had a trip over from Butterworth a night and it was truly breathtaking to see all the lights of Georgetown.

Visited October 2012
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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“Loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

On the way to the Ferry there are many kiosk that sell fresh fruits and other types of Malaysian snacks.

Lovely sea breeze and view really enjoyed it.The ferry is very old .

The ride is free from Penang Island to Penang and verse is not and will cost 1.20MYR. The trip took approximately 20mins for one way.

Toilets and small canteen available in the Ferry.

Must try unless you get dizzy from travelling on the sea.

Visited January 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews
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“Ferry to Butterworth.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

Good ride and nostalgic. The ferry is charming but need to be clean and well maintained. So much more could be done to have more fun on it. Look at what they have done to Singapore boats at the river and Boat Quay.

Visited December 2012
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