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    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 3rd Dec 17, 7:36 PM
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    Travelling from Langkawi to Penang
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    Travelling from Langkawi to Penang 3rd Dec 17 at 7:36 PM
    I wonder if any of you lovely people can help?

    I am travelling to Malaysia, KL to Langkawi, on to Penang then back to KL.

    All booked apart from getting from Langkawi to Penang. We haven't booked a flight so were looking at getting the ferry but I can't find out if it has to be booked or we just turn up.

    Any help gratefully received! Thanks
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 3rd Dec 17, 7:54 PM
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    Might be worth reading the Tripadvisor reviews of the ferry trip, doesn't sound like the most pleasant journey!

    https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g298283-d1514671-Reviews-Langkawi_Ferry-Langkawi_Langkawi_District_Kedah.html
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 3rd Dec 17, 8:55 PM
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    Hmmm, I think for £20 I'll book a flight!

    Thank you.
    • martindow
    • By martindow 4th Dec 17, 5:04 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 5:04 PM
    Train is another option

    https://www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm

    I travelled on an overnight sleeper from Butterworth (Penang) to KL which was very cheap and confortable. Check seat 61 for up to date info as this was 20 years ago!
    • alwaysskint96
    • By alwaysskint96 4th Dec 17, 5:27 PM
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    Train is another option

    https://www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm

    I travelled on an overnight sleeper from Butterworth (Penang) to KL which was very cheap and confortable. Check seat 61 for up to date info as this was 20 years ago!
    Originally posted by martindow

    No trains on Langkawi or penang
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 4th Dec 17, 6:21 PM
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    Train is another option

    https://www.seat61.com/Malaysia.htm

    I travelled on an overnight sleeper from Butterworth (Penang) to KL which was very cheap and confortable. Check seat 61 for up to date info as this was 20 years ago!
    Originally posted by martindow
    As stated in the OP:

    All booked apart from getting from Langkawi to Penang.
    Originally posted by camelot1001
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 4th Dec 17, 9:17 PM
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    No trains on Langkawi or penang
    Originally posted by alwaysskint96
    Yes, but...

    Langkawi is of course an island, served by two main ferry routes (as well as less frequent and reliable ferries to Penang and to Thailand). Both the main ferry ports on the mainland are a short bus ride from a railway station. I used this route to get to Butterworth, which is the railway station for Penang (it is the ferry terminal, and the ride takes a few minutes). My train ride, aboard what was called a KTM Commuter service, took about an hour and cost a little less than a pound. No opportunity to book in advance, and certainly no need.

    Sadly, the sleeper service between Butterworth, KL and onward to Singapore seems to have passed into history.
    • stueyhants
    • By stueyhants 4th Dec 17, 9:31 PM
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    I did the ferry journey many years ago and it was fine. I was on a tight budget, but given the price of air tickets I’d probably take the flight now
    • alwaysskint96
    • By alwaysskint96 5th Dec 17, 8:48 AM
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    Yes, but...

    Langkawi is of course an island, served by two main ferry routes (as well as less frequent and reliable ferries to Penang and to Thailand). Both the main ferry ports on the mainland are a short bus ride from a railway station. I used this route to get to Butterworth, which is the railway station for Penang (it is the ferry terminal, and the ride takes a few minutes). My train ride, aboard what was called a KTM Commuter service, took about an hour and cost a little less than a pound. No opportunity to book in advance, and certainly no need.

    Sadly, the sleeper service between Butterworth, KL and onward to Singapore seems to have passed into history.
    Originally posted by Voyager2002

    I will be doing that journey in a few weeks BUT if you are already on Langkawi you would need to go ferry train then another ferry to Penang which is much more inconvienent than either plane or direct ferry
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 5th Dec 17, 2:33 PM
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    I will be doing that journey in a few weeks BUT if you are already on Langkawi you would need to go ferry train then another ferry to Penang which is much more inconvienent than either plane or direct ferry
    Originally posted by alwaysskint96
    Yes, absolutely.

    Only an extreme penny-pincher or an extreme rail fanatic would contemplate such a thing, but it is one way to avoid the poorly-reviewed direct ferry service.
    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 5th Dec 17, 5:15 PM
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    I did the ferry journey many years ago and it was fine. I was on a tight budget, but given the price of air tickets I’d probably take the flight now
    Originally posted by stueyhants
    I did the ferry from Penang to Langkawi a few years ago and while the boat wasn't exactly luxurious it was certainly a much more interesting experience than hanging around airports. I would certainly do it again as there's always something special about arriving at a new destination by sea.

    It's good to do both islands as they really couldn't be more different in atmosphere.
    • camelot1001
    • By camelot1001 5th Dec 17, 5:28 PM
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    Thanks for all your advice, I have booked flights. Total cost including luggage of 23k and taxes came to £48 for 2!

    I would have liked to take the ferry but I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the days leading up to the journey.

    Thanks again.
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