PLEASE ASK PERMISSION BEFORE YOU RE POST MY PHOTOS ON TO YOUR BLOG. THERE ARE SOME BLOGGERS WHO DID NOT ASK MY PERMISSION AND REPOST MY PHOTOS WITHOUT THE COURTESY OF LINKING BACK TO MY BLOG. THIS IS LIKE STEALING. PEOPLE, I HAVE SPEND MUCH TIME TAKING PHOTOS AND DOING HOMEWORK ON MY TRAVELLING INFORMATION AND KINDLY SHARE THESE INFORMATION TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THEM. IF NECESSARY I WILL POST SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR BLOG TO SHOW YOUR BAD MANNERS OF STEALING MY PHOTOS. THE MOST DISGUSTING THING THEY DID WAS TO SCREEN SHOT MY PHOTO AND CORP OFF MY BLOG TITLE AND REPOST IN THEIR BLOG. Finally after one hour and twenty minutes and a smooth and fast plane ride, we arrived in Penang. I dont even have time to catch a nap...lol.
After passing the custom and walking out of the gate, I saw this Rapid Penang Bus Booth. With the information I got from the internet, I purchased the Rapid Bus Passport for RM30.00 which allowed unlimited rides on their buses for a maximum of seven days. It is so very convenient and their buses are very clean and air conditioned too. After purchasing, I headed outside to catch Bus No. 401E to go to Komtar bus terminal to catch the free shuttle bus to my hotel. Komtar is the tallest building in Penang and there are malls over here. Will come to the mall at later posts.
Outside the airport, there's another Penang Rapid Bus Booth, you can ask them information about the buses. If you do not want to purchase the Bus Passport, you can use notes and coins to go to Komtar. I think it is about RM3.00 to komtar.
The taxi stand is also at the same place where we waited for the bus. The taxi do not follow meter so you have to bargain for the fare.
Information on the buses and their routes. You can get a similar map in the Bus Passport Pocket Guide that they give you when you purchase the Bus Passport. Oh do remember to collect a map of Penang at the airport. I collected mine at the Rapid Penang Bus Booth.
After a 45 minutes ride on Bus no. 401E from airport, we finally arrived Komtar, Georgetown. Over here you can change another bus to bring you to another destination but as it is my first day in Penang, I decided to take the free shuttle bus to my hotel. I asked around for the busstop of the free shuttle bus. Spotted the Free shuttle bus stop no. 9 under some pedestrian bridge at komtar.
My hotel (Cititel Penang Hotel) is actually opposite the free shuttle bus stop no. 7 but as this bus just came from bus stop no. 7 and no. 8 and arrived at this bus stop no. 9 so the nearest bus stop that bring me to my hotel is free shuttle bus stop no. 12 and I just walked backwards for about less than 5 minutes to reach my hotel.
This is how the Bus Passport looked like. They will write your name and passport no and the valid date on the card. Each time you take any rapid penang bus, just show them the card. No need to dig out coins or notes to pay the fare. You have to get the exact coins/notes to pay the fare, the driver just issue tickets and they dont change any money for you.
For more information on the Rapid Penang Bus, you can head to Penang Travel Tips . I got most of my information for this website. Very useful.