If you arrive at the Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal, you can walk across Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah under the elevated highway to a Chinese coffee shop on the other side of the road where there is a variety of hawker food to choose from.
Anywhere to stay?
There are a few hotels within walking distance of the Sungai Nibong Terminal, but for better options, you should take a local bus or taxi to downtown George Town (for city hotels), or to Batu Ferringhi (for beach hotels).
Taxis at the Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal (22 December, 2008)
Bus lanes at the Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal (30 April, 2008)
Arriving by bus at the Penang Sentral Temporary Transport Terminal
The Penang Sentral Temporary Transport Terminal (Terminal Pengangkutan Sementara Penang Sentral) is the terminal for local and express buses in Butterworth. Located next to the Butterworth Railway Station, it is being used in the interim, until the permanent Penang Sentral Transportation Terminal is completed.
If you arrive by bus on Penang mainland, you terminate your bus journey at this terminal. From there, you can take the train, the ferry, the taxi or the Rapid Penang local buses. The fare for taking the ferry is RM1.20 for adults one way (service from George Town to Butterworth is not charged). This takes you to Weld Quay in George Town, from where you can get connections to other parts of the island (see the "Getting Around in Penang" section).
From Penang Sentral, you can take the Rapid Penang local bus to most places on Penang Mainland. The bus routes from Penang Sentral include 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 608, 701, 702, 703, 709 and 801.
Where to eat?
There isn't much eating options within the immediate vicinity of Penang Sentral temporary terminal. The nearest food stall (in the interim period) is Kompleks Makanan Sri Bagan, next to the temporary terminal.
Where to stay?
If you are seeking accommodation in Butterworth or further away, in Bukit Mertajam, I would suggest you take a taxi from Penang Sentral.
Which terminal is best, Sungai Nibong or Penang Sentral
Well it depends on your final destination. If you are heading to locations around Penang Island, your obvious choice would be the Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal. On the other hand, if your final destination happens to be somewhere within the George Town World Heritage Site, you might find it quite convenient to use the Penang Sentral terminal, and hop onto the ferry for the final portion of your journey.
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