Hi there! This post is long overdue … way overdue. It’s about a my trip from Penang island to the mainland Peninsular Malaysia across the South Straits or commonly know to the locals as Penang Straits.
As you would have known ( but it if you do not know), you can get to the island by 4 ways from mainland. 2 by road which is going across the Penang bridge or the 2nd Penang bridge (which is the longest in S.E.A; just opened on 1st Mar 2014) or you can fly in to Penang Island. And the 4th is, you can take the ferry from Butterworth to Georgetown, Penang island or vice versa. It will cost you rm7 per car and for a pedestrian is rm1.20 and rm0.60 if you are a student. You only have to pay one way; the trip to the island and it’s free if you take from island to mainland.
This time, I will be sharing on my trip by ferry across the South Straits. The journey takes about 20min. Here’s a brief history of the Penang ferry service. It is the oldest ferry service in Malaysia which connects Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth to Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal at Weld Quay in George Town in Penang Island. There are total of 17 ferries but 9 of them has already retired.
Here’s a picture of the layout of the ferry.
A shot from inside the ferry on the lower deck overlooking the quay.
Another shot overlooking the island.
Cars park bumper to bumper. You are allowed to get out from your car once the ferry starts moving.
Entry to the engine room but of course you are not allowed in.
A view looking at the mainland which you can Penang port.
Enjoyed the short trip with me on the ferry? Anyway… stay tune and see what coming up next. =)