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Rapid Penang Bus RoutesRapid Penang Bus Routes (3 August, 2013)

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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:

- All Rapid Penang kiosks
- Komtar Bus Terminal
- Weld Quay Bus Terminal
- Bukit Jambul Bus Hub
- Penang Sentral
- Rapid Penang Headquarters on Lorong Kulit

If you encounter difficulties in obtaining the Passport, you may call Rapid Penang at 04 238 1212.

Rapid Penang Routes

On this page, I provide a general idea of each bus route. To know more about the route, click on the link, to get more information about the route, along with detailed maps of the route.

  1. CAT George Town Loop 1 is a free bus service that makes a loop within the inner city of George Town.

  2. CAT George Town Loop 2 is a free feeder bus service that makes a few loops outside the inner city of George Town.

  3. 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.

  4. CAT Balik Pulau is a free feeder bus route that forms a loop starting and terminating at the Balik Pulau Bus Terminal.

  5. CAT Batu Kawan is a free feeder bus route between the Design Village Bus Hub and Simpang Ampang Railway Station.

  6. CAT Bayan Baru is a free feeder bus service in the Bayan Baru township..

  7. CAT Bertam is a free feeder bus route in Kepala Batas.

  8. CAT Bukit Mertajam is a free feeder bus route that forms a loop starting and terminating at the Bukit Mertajam Bus Terminal.

  9. CAT Nibong Tebal is a free feeder bus route that forms a loop starting and terminating at the Nibong Tebal Bus Hub.

  10. CAT Tanjung Tokong is a free feeder bus route that plies a route between Pulau Tikus and Tanjung Tokong.

  11. PTL: Pulau Tikus Loop Free Shuttle Bus
    This is a free bus service in the Pulau Tikus neighbourhood of George Town.

  12. EB80: Intercity bus service from Penang Sentral in Butterworth to Parit Buntar in Perak.

  13. Penang Sentral-Sungai Petani Bus: Bus service from Penang Sentral in Butterworth to Sungai Petani in Kedah.

  14. AT: Airport Transit
    This is a bus service between the Weld Quay Bus Terminal and the Penang International Airport.

  15. 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.

  16. 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).

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Bus 13: Tesco Penang to Paya Terubong
    Bus 13 is a suburb route covering the densely populated townships on the outskirts of George Town.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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).

  24. 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.

  25. Bus 202: Jetty to Paya Terubong via Farlim
    Bus 202 is a commuter bus route used mostly by the locals. It is similar to Bus 201, except that, it goes through Farlim instead of Air Itam Village.

  26. Bus 203: Jetty to Air Itam via Farlim
    Bus 203 is a commuter bus route used mostly by the locals. It passes through both Farlim and Air Itam Village (which buses 201 and 202 don't).

  27. Bus 204: Jetty to Penang Hill Lower Station
    Bus 204 starts at the Jetty and ends at the Penang Hill Lower Station roundabout. This is the bus to take if you are on your way up Penang Hill.

  28. Bus 206: Tesco Penang to Jetty
    Bus 206 bridges the central and southern suburbs of George Town. It passes the densely populated Jelutong and Green Lane suburbs to end at Tesco Penang in Gelugor.

  29. Bus 301: Jetty to Relau via Sungai Dua
    Bus 301 serves the south-central neighbourhoods of Penang Island. It starts at the Jetty and ends at the fast-developing suburb of Relau.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. Bus 305: Sungai Nibong to Teluk Tempoyak via Batu Maung

  34. Bus 306: Penang International Airport to Penang General Hospital

  35. Bus 307: Jetty to Batu Maung via Bayan Baru

  36. Bus 308: Sungai Nibong to Gertak Sanggul

  37. Bus 309: Bukit Gedung to Queensbay Mall: Presently non operational route.

  38. Bus 401: Jetty to Balik Pulau via Bayan Baru

  39. Bus 401E: Jetty to Balik Pulau via Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway

  40. Bus 403: Balik Pulau loop

  41. Bus 404: Balik Pulau to Pantai Aceh

  42. Bus 501: Balik Pulau to Teluk Bahang

  43. Bus 502: Pekan Genting to Jetty

  44. Bus 601: Butterworth to Kepala Batas

  45. Bus 602: Butterworth to Tasek Gelugor

  46. Bus 603: Butterworth to Kuala Muda

  47. Bus 604: Butterworth to Taman Desa Murni

  48. Bus 604A: Sungai Dua (Mainland) to Kepala Batas

  49. Bus 605: Butterworth to Permatang Tok Gelam

  50. Bus 606: Penaga to Bukit Mertajam

  51. Bus 608: Butterworth to Penaga

  52. Bus 610: Kepala Batas to Tasek Gelugor

  53. Bus 701: Butterworth to Bukit Mertajam via Jalan Baru

  54. Bus 702: Butterworth to Bukit Mertajam via Permatang Pauh

  55. Bus 703: Butterworth to Seberang Jaya

  56. Bus 707: Taman Pelangi to Bukit Mertajam

  57. Bus 708: Bukit Mertajam to Junjong, Kedah

  58. Bus 709: Butterworth to Machang Bubuk

  59. Bus 801: Butterworth to Nibong Tebal

  60. Bus 802: Bukit Mertajam to Nibong Tebal

  61. Bus 803: Nibong Tebal loop
  62. Bus 804: Nibong Tebal to Paris Buntar, Perak

Rapid Kamunting

Rapid Kamunting was launched on 3 March 2016 to provide bus services in Kamunting and Taiping. This is operated by Rapid Penang, with an initial run of 7 buses. The routes are as shown below

Other Services by Rapid Penang

Rapid Mobiliti

Vans for the transportation of people with disability.


Rapid Penang Double Decker Bus


Useful Information For Taking the Bus in Penang

Arriving in Penang By bus


Going around Penang Island


Taking the bus from Penang Airport


Taking the bus to sightsee Penang


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