Rapid Penang Bus Routes is your guide to taking the bus in Penang. Not only are all the Rapid Penang bus routes explained in detail, I am now also updating each page to show you the location of sights along the way. This helps you determine which bus to take. I need to inform you in advance (and to apologize) that although I try to keep the information updated from time to time, there may be changes made to the bus route that is not to my knowledge. I will update the information from time to time whenever I learn of those changes.
Rapid Passport to Unlimited Free Rides for a Week
If you are visiting Penang for a short period of time, you do well to get the Rapid Passport. The Rapid Passport is a smartcards that allow you unlimited travel on the Rapid Penang buses for a period of one week. These "Passports" can be purchased at RM30 per passenger at the following locations:
CAT Air Itam: Congestion Alleviation Transport The CAT Air Itam, now branded as Congestion Alleviation Transport for Air Itam, is a free bus service in Paya Terubong and Air Itam. It moves in a loop, with CAT Air Itam A going in a clockwise direction and CAT Air Itam B in the anti-clockwise.
CAT Balik Pulau is a free feeder bus route that forms a loop starting and terminating at the Balik Pulau Bus Terminal.
CAT Batu Kawan is a free feeder bus route between the Design Village Bus Hub and Simpang Ampang Railway Station.
AT: Airport Transit This is a bus service between the Weld Quay Bus Terminal and the Penang International Airport.
BEST: Bridge Express Shuttle Transit This is a park-and-ride bus service between Seberang Perai and Bayan Lepas. It is intended for transporting commuters to work at the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone. From 20 July, 2015, commuters pay a fee of RM50 per month for using this service.
Bus 10: Jetty to Botanic Gardens Bus 10 takes you across George Town, from the Jetty to the Botanic Gardens. Along the way, you pass through the city centre and makes a detour to the Gurney Roundabout (so, you can take it to Gurney Drive).
Bus 11: Jetty to Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe Lim Bus 11 is a city route that is used mostly by locals commuting to work. It connects the Jetty to the densely populated suburbs of George Town such as Dato Kramat, Jelutong and Green Lane.
Bus 12: Jetty to Bandar Sri Pinang Bus 12 is a city route covering the densely populated southern coastal suburbs of George Town, such as Macallum Street Ghaut and Bandar Sri Pinang.
Bus 101: Jetty to Teluk Bahang Bus 101 covers the northern coast of Penang Island. From the Jetty, it passes through the northern suburb of Pulau Tikus before continuing to Tanjong Tokong, Tanjung Bungah, Batu Ferringhi and Teluk Bahang, all the way gate of the Penang National Park. If you are visiting the beaches of the north coast, this is the route to take.
Bus 102: Penang International Airport to Teluk Bahang Bus 102 starts at the Penang International Airport and ends at the Teluk Bahang roundabout. This is the ideal bus for tourists who book their accommodation at the north coast beach hotels. For the convenience of tourists, the bus also makes stops at the Sungai Nibong Express Bus Terminal (where you can take long-distance buses to other states) and the Komtar Bus Interchange.
Bus 103: Komtar to Bagan Jermal Bus 103 is a city route covering the northern suburbs of George Town, from Komtar in the city centre to Bagan Jermal and back, passing through Pulau Tikus.
Bus 104: Tanjung Bungah to Komtar via Northam Road Bus 104 connects the city centre with the northern residential suburb of Tanjung Bungah. Parts of its route overlaps that of 101, the difference being, Bus 104 enters the minor roads of Tanjung Bungah (and go no further than that), while Bus 101 stays on the main road (and goes all the way to Teluk Bahang).
Bus 201: Jetty to Paya Terubong via Air Itam Bus 201 is a commuter bus route used mostly by the locals. It connects the Jetty to the working class neighbourhoods of Air Itam and Paya Terubong, in the heart of Penang Island.
Bus 302: Jetty to Batu Maung via Bukit Gambir Bus 302 covers the eastern seaboard of Penang Island. This rather lengthy route passes through the fast-developing suburbs of Relau, Sungai Ara and Bayan Lepas, within sight of the airport but doesn't stop there.
Bus 303: Jetty to Bukit Gedung Bus 303 also covers the eastern seaboard of Penang Island, but takes on a different and slightly shorter route to Bus 302. It passes through Bayan Baru and end at the working-class neighbourhood of Bukit Gedung.
Bus 304: Bukit Gedung to Gurney Drive Bus 304 goes from Bukit Gedung to Gurney Drive, linking the southern neighbourhoods of George Town with the shopping and food precinct of Gurney Drive.
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