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Public Transportation around Penang

 

PUBLIC TRANSIT

Public Transport Around Penang (2)

Public Transport

PUBLIC BUS (RAPID PENANG)

The Penang Bus Map contains useful information about getting around the island. State-owned Rapid Penang is the foremost public bus operator in the state. For Rapid Penang bus routes and maps, you may get it from the official website: http://www.rapidpg.com.my/.

Bus fares range from RM1.00 – RM3.00. Always carry some coins and small notes with you, as the drivers will not provide you with change. Don’t be surprised though if the buses do not leave on time; even if they may have accurate schedules; usually the bus leaves when it is half full at least. During the daytime, the buses run frequently but do be prepared to wait, sometimes for a much longer duration towards the evening. Most public transportation ends around 11:00pm and starts again around at 6:00 am – 7:00 am.

There is also the free bus ride within George Town, the administrative capital of Penang and also the UNESCO World Heriate Site! Called the Hop On Central Area Transit (CAT), it is a joint effort by the Municipal Council of Penang and Rapid Penang to provide tourists to Penang a convenient way of exploring Penang’s famous landmark heritage sites. It plies the route between Weld Quay and KOMTAR on 15-minute interval from 6:00 am – 12:00 am midnight.

The dark yellow / bright orange buses and vans with the text “Bas Sekolah” passing a bus stop without stopping, these buses are for school buses transporting children to their schools and will not  take other passengers. The same applies to some blue buses, which take factory workers to their workplace. These buses have the text “Bas Kilang” on them.

The transit places for buses are at Weld Quay (Penang Ferry Terminal) and KOMTAR. Rapid Penang provides bus service to the mainland side of Penang as well. Be sure to check the bus route carefully.

Rapid Penang Website: http://www.rapidpg.com.my
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apid Penang FB: http://www.facebook.com/rapidpg
R
apid Penang Route at a glance (HERE)
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PUBLIC BUS (Long Distance Travel)

If you wish to take long-distance buses to other cities and destinations in the Peninsular, Thailand or Singapore, all you need to do is buy a ticket and board at the Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal, located just 5 minutes drive away from USM. The seats can be booked in advance, but you will have to go the terminal to do so.

(You can take Rapid Penang Bus 301, 303, 304 and 308 from USM Main Campus Sungai Dua Gate to the Bus Express Terminal)

Accommodations around USM Main Campus

 Selected hotels are listed according to their distance from Universiti Sains Malaysia
(USM) Main Campus.

1. GUEST HOUSE UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA
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Type
2 Star Guest House
Distance
Within USM Main Campus
Contact
Price Rance
From RM150.00
2. B HOTEL
Website
Type
Budget
Distance
3km with approximately 10 minutes’ drive from
USM
Bus Services
301, 303, 304, 308 (From Sungai Nibong Bus
Terminal to Sungai Dua Gate, USM)
Contact
+604 657 0000
Price Range
From RM45.00
3. VISTANA HOTEL PENANG
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Website                      
Type
4 Star Hotel
Distance
3 km with approximately 10 minutes’ drive
from USM
Map
Contact
+604 646 8000
Price Range
From RM 200.00

4. ANGGERIK LODGING PENANG

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Website
Type
Budget Lodging
Distance
1 km with approximately 5 minutes’ drive from USM
Bus Service
302 (From outside hotel to Bukit Gambir Gate,
USM)
Map
Contact
+604 658 3760
Price Range
From RM 50.00
5. EASTIN HOTEL PENANG
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Website
Type
5 Star Hotel
Distance
4 km with approximately 10 minutes’ drive
from USM
Bus Services
304 and 308 (From Queensbay Mall Bus Stop to Sungai
Dua Gate, USM)
Map
Contact
+604 612 1111
Price Range
From RM 400.00
6. APPLE 1 HOTEL
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Website
Type
Budget
Distance
4 km with approximately 10 minutes’ drive
from USM
Bus Services
304, 308 (From Queensbay Mall Bus Stop to
Sungai Dua Gate, USM)
Map
Contact
+604 640 6666
Price Range
From RM 90.00
7. ALORA HOTEL
Website
http://www.alorahotel.com/
Type
3 Star Hotel
Distance
5 km with approximately 15 minutes’ drive
from USM
Map
Contact
+604 646 7777
Price Range
From RM 120.00
8. THE KRYSTAL SUITES PENANG
Website
Type
3 Star Hotel
Distance
5 km with approximately 15 minutes’ drive
from USM
Map
Contact
+604 613 3333
Price Range
From RM 160.00
9. HOTEL EQUATORIAL PENANG
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Website
Type
5 Star Hotel
Distance
5 km with approximately 15 minutes’ drive from
USM
Map
Contact
+604 632 7000
Price Range
From RM 350.00
10. U HOTEL PENANG
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Website
Type
2 Star Boutique Hotel
Distance
1 km with approximately 5 minutes’ drive from
USM
Map
Contact
+604 658 1000
Price Range
from RM 150.00
Important Message
  1. Kindly use http://www.agoda.com / http://www.airasiago.com / http://www.asiarooms.com / or other hotel bookings website to book.  Sometimes they do offer competitive and lower price than those shown in hotels official websites.
  2. Room reservation is to be sent directly to the hotel and is subject to room availability.
  3. If you wish to require further assistance regarding room and services, please contact the hotel directly.