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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Penang and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Penang activities? We have 55 tour ideas.


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Airport Lounges

Penang International Airport Plaza Premium Lounge

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 36.74


The Airport Plaza Premium Lounge is a great place to relax before your departure from Penang International Airport. Whether you're catching your next flight from the domestic or international departure terminal, you'll find comfortable seating, refreshing showers with amenities, plus complimentary food, beverages and high-speed wireless internet. Take a seat while you read a newspaper or magazine, or watch international TV.... Read More

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Bus & Minivan Tours

Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 53.22


Visit top sights in Penang on a half-day tour that includes a ride on Penang Hill Railway and a tour of Kek Lok Si Temple and Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas. On a clear day, you can even take in views that extend from Georgetown over to mainland Malaysia. You'll travel with an expert guide who... Read More

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Bus & Minivan Tours

Penang Island Discovery Morning Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 30.66


Explore Penang the 'Pearl of the Orient' from its sandy shores to the quaint countryside. Visit a traditional Batik Factory, Snake Temple, International jewelry factory and a Malay Kampung (village). A great way to experience Penang in a nutshell!

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Bus & Minivan Tours

Penang City Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 30.66


Penang has perhaps the largest and well preserved colonial-era old town, with excellent examples of Chinese clan houses, colonial homes, public buildings and private mansions. Visit Little India and exciting Chinatown, and make a stop at the world famous Royal Selangor and the Penang Museum. Before the day is over stop at Wat Chayamankalaram to see the big reclining Buddha.

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Cooking Classes

Experience Malaysia: Authentic Malaysia Cooking Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 126.25


Learn to cook authentic Malaysian dishes in a natural garden setting in Penang! Your 6-hour class takes place in the Tropical Spice Garden with expert chefs. You'll visit a market in the fishing village of Teluk Bahang to find fresh ingredients before a hands-on cooking lesson. After preparing a... Read More

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Cooking Lessons in Penang

Malaysian Cooking Tour - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 5 hours (starts at 08:15)
Priced From: USD 155.54


Savor Malaysian food in this half day tour complete with cooking lessons! First visit a wet market like the locals do to get fresh ingredients. Then proceed to the Tropical Spice Garden with over 500 species of tropical plants including spices. Enjoy the Malaysian cooking demonstration and participation. Afterwards enjoy the meal you prepared yourself!

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Cooking Lessons in Penang

Malaysian Cooking Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 5 hours (starts at 08:15)
Priced From: USD 145.92


Savor Malaysian food in this half day tour complete with cooking lessons! First visit a wet market like the locals do to get fresh ingredients. Then proceed to the Tropical Spice Garden with over 500 species of tropical plants including spices. Enjoy the Malaysian cooking demonstration and participation. Afterwards enjoy the meal you prepared yourself!

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Cruises from Penang

Monkey Beach Excursion

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hours (starts at 10:00)
Priced From: USD 76.52


Indulge yourself for a full day with bright sun temperate seas and the chance to see lively monkeys! Also try your luck and skill in fishing!

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Day Tours in Penang

Penang Island Discovery

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 28.44


Explore Penang the "Pearl of the Orient" from its sandy shores to quaint countryside.

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Day Tours in Penang

Penang Hill and Temple Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (starts at 14:30)
Priced From: USD 46.82


Experience the new air-conditioned funicular train going to the summit of Penang Hill and see Southeast Asias largest Buddhist Temple Kek Lok Si.

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Day Tours in Penang

Penang Butterfly Farm and Spice Gardens

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 66.89


Visit the Tropical Spice Garden and learn about the spices that adorn our kitchen shelves and check out the Butterfly Farm in Teluk Bahang a sanctuary that houses over 120 species of rare and exotic tropical butterflies.

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Day Tours in Penang

Penang Grand Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 7 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 107.03


Go around Penang with visits to the Batik Factory typical Malay villages and the unique Snake Temple. View Asias longest bridge have lunch at a local restaurant visit Kek Lok Si and see the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas the Goddess of Mercy and the Pond of Longevity.

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Day Tours in Penang

Escape Adventure Play

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 48.51


Enjoy a fun-filled day with the whole family at this world class eco-friendly theme park located in Penang!

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Day Trips

Pulau Payar Marine Park Snorkeling Tour from Penang

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 143.99


Explore the colorful underwater world of the Pulau Payar Marine Park on this great day trip from Penang.

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Day Trips

Monkey Beach Excursion including BBQ Lunch from Penang

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 85.89


A white, sandy tropical island off Penang is today's calling. Take a short boat trip to an uninhabited island for a day of fun in the sun, sand and sea. Enjoy a spot of fishing or an invigorating jungle trek followed by a delicious barbecue lunch.

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Family Friendly Tours & Activities

ESCAPE Adventureplay Theme Park Entrance Ticket with One-Way Transport

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 52.50


Bring the family to ESCAPE Adventureplay Theme Park, Penang's world-class eco-theme park, for a day of adventure amid natural surroundings. A full-day entrance ticket gives participants of all ages the opportunity to climb and swing through the trees, slide downhill, zipline across a ravine, and... Read More

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Food Tours

A Taste of Penang: Small Group Food Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 56.00


Penang showcases some of the best street food with Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine. On this 3-hour walking tour you get to sample more than a dozen delightful snacks, drinks and desserts. With as many as 10 stops, you're able to savor tasty bites while exploring the city's historical streets, markets and hidden back lanes with a local foodie guide. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 12 to ensure a personalized experience... Read More

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Half-day Tours

Private Tour: Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Temple

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 39.97


Visit Kek Lok Si Temple, Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and ride the funicular railway up Penang Hill (Bukit Bendera) on this private half-day tour. Suspended above a hillside is one of Southeast Asia's largest and most beautiful Buddhist temples, featuring a seven-tiered pagoda and a bronze statue of Guanyin. From atop Penang Hill you'll enjoy sweeping views of Georgetown all the way to the mainland of Malaysia. Round-trip... Read More

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Historical & Heritage Tours

Private Georgetown Sightseeing Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 48.75


Take a scenic drive by private car through historical Georgetown, the capital city of Penang, now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this private half-day tour you'll visit the most prominent buildings of the colonial era such as Fort Cornwallis and the Penang State Museum. Enjoy a trishaw ride past Georgetown's charming architecture, the modern skyscrapers of bustling Chinatown and colorful Little India —... Read More

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Literary, Art & Music Tours

Experience Penang: Learn How to Make Malaysian Handicrafts

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 79.21


During your time in Penang, learn about the handicrafts of Malaysia by making your own pewter dish and batik painting! You'll visit the famous Royal Selangor Pewter Shop and discover the art of pewter-making. Next, meet a local batik painter and learn the craft of painting using wax and dyes. This... Read More

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Multi-day Tours

4-Day Penang Heritage Tour with Malaysian Cooking Class

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 days
Priced From: USD 542.65


Spend three nights in Penang to explore historical Georgetown, the capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit colonial-era landmarks on a trishaw ride and coach tour, including a stroll through Little India and Fort Cornwallis. Learn about Penang's ethnic heritage at the Chinese clan... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Penang National Park Half-Day Trek

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 107.98


Explore the hidden natural beauty and habitats of Malaysia's tropical rainforest at Penang National Park on this half-day adventure. Trek an easy path around the park with an informative guide and discover various trails leading to lush forests housing tropical birds, monkeys and monitor lizards. Dive into the cool water of some of the best beaches on Penang Island, enjoy a box lunch and relax by the pristine Monkey Beach... Read More

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Night Tours

Penang Night Tour from Georgetown with Malacca Strait Ferry Ride

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 60.00


Soak up the dynamic atmosphere of historical Georgetown and watch the Penang capital come to life in a blaze of light at night. With a local guide, savor world-renowned Malaysian dishes (own expense) as you stroll among the many open-air food stalls at a hawker center. You'll take a ferry ride... Read More

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Penang Hill by Night - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (starts at 19:00)
Priced From: USD 125.85


Penang Hill is Malaysias first hill station and it has one of the worlds oldest funicular railway systems. Experience this 30-minute funicular train rides with pleasant views of bungalows built in the 1920s and pitcher plants along the way.

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Night Tours in Penang

Penang by Night

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (starts at 19:00)
Priced From: USD 46.82


Georgetown comes to life in the blaze of the light at night. Savor the famous Penang local dishes at one of the many open-air food stall centers. Feel the old town ambiance through a short but relaxing ferry ride to the mainland.

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Night Tours in Penang

Penang by Night - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (starts at 19:00)
Priced From: USD 56.45


Georgetown comes to life in the blaze of the light at night. Savor the famous Penang local dishes at one of the many open-air food stall centers. Feel the old town ambiance through a short but relaxing ferry ride to the mainland.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

High Tea on Penang Hill with Private Transfers

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 101.25


Take your afternoon tea at the colonial-inspired David Brown's Restaurant and Tea Terrace, tucked away on Penang Hill. A private guide accompanies you on this 3-hour tour, including a ride on the world's oldest funicular railway to the summit of Penang Hill. Enjoy English high tea in the cool, refreshing air above Georgetown and take in the magnificent bird's-eye-view of the city below. Round-trip hotel transport by private... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Museums Tour: Pinaon Time Tunnel, Camera Museum and Made in Penang Interactive Museum

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 80.00


Let a knowledgeable guide take you on a private, 3-hour tour of three unique museums in Penang, all conveniently located in Georgetown. Travel by comfortable minivan to the Pinaon Time Tunnel, a fascinating museum featuring 11 tunnels with exhibits on more than 400 years of Penang history. At the... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Penang Hill Railway Ride and Dinner with Georgetown Views

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 131.98


Enjoy the unique experience of dining at colonial Penang Hill with the incredible panoramic night skyline of Georgetown below. After getting there by way of the world's oldest funicular railway system, the Penang Hill Railway, you'll be delighted by the old charms of the colonial-inspired David... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Orangutan Island, Taiping Zoo and Perak Museum from Penang

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 77.48


Get a close look at endangered orangutans in the wildlife reserve at Orangutan Island and see a variety of animals at the Taiping zoo, then stroll through the lovely Taiping Lake Gardens and the fascinating Perak Museum on this day trip from Penang. You'll travel in a comfortable air-conditioned... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Penang Island Tour Including Snake Temple

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 42.49


On this private half-day tour, explore Penang Island, known to sailors and traders worldwide as the 'Pearl of the Orient.' Your private guide will take you from the sandy beaches along Batu Ferringghi Road to the charming countryside full of fruit and spice plantations. Visit a traditional batik factory and the famous Snake Temple, where live pit vipers adorn the altars. Round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle is... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Penang City Sightseeing Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 6-7 hours (approx.)
Priced From: USD 87.49


If you'd like to experience a bit of everything Penang has to offer, this grand tour of the island is for you! A private guide will accompany you by private vehicle to Penang's top attractions—from Malaysian batik and pewter factories to Buddhist temples—and offer expert commentary along the way. Stop at a fishing village and a fruit plantation on your way to the Snake Temple and Kek Lok Si Temple. Ascend Penang... Read More

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Street Food Tours

Eat Like A Local: Penang Street Food Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3.5 hours (approx.)
Priced From: USD 62.00


Brown-sugar biscuits. Spiced pork rolls. Fresh guava. Taste these Malaysian treats and more on this private 3.5-hour tour of Penang's best street food. A foodie guide takes your group to the streets of Georgetown when food hawkers roll out their carts. Learn local know-how about Penang's gastronomy as you savor 15 to 18 tastings on this customized private tour. You'll have plenty of opportunities to eat like a local as you... Read More

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Tours around Penang

Pulau Payar Marine Park Excursion

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours (starts at 07:20)
Priced From: USD 136.73


Explore Pulau Payar by high speed ferry. It is the only Marine Park along the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

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High Tea at Penang Hill

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (starts at 14:00)
Priced From: USD 92.42


Enjoy English High Tea in the cool weather on top of Penang Hill.

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Tours from Penang

Mangrove Forest and Orangutan - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 8 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 152.63


Take this full-day nature tour now and witness stunning mangroves and a quirky family of orangutans! Travel to Bukit Merah. Visit Taiping Lake Gardens one of the oldest and most beautiful parks in the country. Study mangroves and migratory birds in Matang Mangrove Forest. Also learn the process of charcoal making.

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Penang Bird Park and Village - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 6 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 152.63


Visit the largest bird park in Malaysia and be impressed by the more than 300 species of birds from the tropic. Also see the impressive collections of hibiscus orchids cacti and other flora. Drop by Kampong Mengkuang Titi for an educational tour of agriculture traditional delicacies and Malay culture. Return by ferry to the mainland.

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Penang City Tour - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 45.57


Experience Penangs culture and history in this half-day tour! Visit Fort Cornwallis go to bustling Little India marvel at the worlds largest Reclining Buddha and many more!

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Georgetown Heritage Tour - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 65.64


Experience Georgetowns culture and history in this half-day tour! Admire the intricacy of the Khoo Kongsi. Take a leisurely trishaw ride through inner Georgetown to visit Peranakan Mansion a treasure trove of priceless antiques and artifacts. Also have an option to go to the oldest Protestant Cemetery in South East Asia and many more!

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Tropical Fruit Farm - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 60.21


Take this natural and fruity tour of Penangs only Tropical Fruit Farm! Have a chance to taste the various tropical fruits in season!

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Living Culture of Penang - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (starts at 08:30)
Priced From: USD 56.45


Experience Penangs cultural trading in this half-day tour! Visit Georgetown a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Go to the Chowrasta wet market and witness the trading of grocery and livestock. Admire the art of joss-sticks making. Also have a taste of coconut juice sliced open on the spot and many more!

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Street of Harmony - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 56.45


Experience religious cross-cultures unlike any other on this half-day walking tour! See different places of worship in harmonious balance in one area! Visit St. Georges Anglican Church. Admire the history of Taoist Goddess of Mercy Temple which survived two world wars. Discover Sri Mariamman Temple and its 40 statuettes of Hindu Gods. Go to Cheah Kongsi a Chinese ancestral clan house cum temple th

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Penang National Park Jungle Walk - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 5 hours (starts at 08:30)
Priced From: USD 102.01


Explore myriad flora and fauna in this half-day nature tour. Explore Penang National Park and see monkeys monitor lizards migratory birds and many more! Also get a chance to see nestling green turtles. Trek through the jungle and end your tour with a return cruise.

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War Museum and Suffolk House - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 77.77


Relive war history and rediscover culture in this half-day tour. Visit the Penang War Museum built in the 1930s by the British army. Then go to Suffolk House which stands as one of the oldest surviving model of Anglo-Indian mansion architecture.

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Local Handicrafts Lesson - Private Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 4 hours (starts at 10:00)
Priced From: USD 85.71


Experience hands-on the intricacies of making hand-made pewter dishes and hand painted handkerchiefs in this half-day tour! Take home memorable souvenirs!

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Penang City Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 33.46


Experience Penangs culture and history in this half-day tour! Visit Fort Cornwallis go to bustling Little India marvel at the worlds largest Reclining Buddha and many more!

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Penang National Park Jungle Walk

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 5 hours (starts at 08:30)
Priced From: USD 69.84


Explore myriad flora and fauna in this half-day nature tour. Explore Penang National Park and see monkeys monitor lizards migratory birds and many more! Also get a chance to see nestling green turtles. Trek through the jungle and end your tour with a return cruise.

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Tours in Penang

George Town All-in-One Trishaw Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (starts at 08:30)
Priced From: USD 40.77


Explore the UNESCO historical city of George Town on this unique half-day tour! Ride the local trishaw visit 5-6 famous sites observe some traditional trades and sample food from the hawker food stalls within the heritage enclave.

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George Town All-in-One Bike Tour

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (starts at 08:30)
Priced From: USD 31.36


Explore the UNESCO historical city of George Town on a bike! Visit 5-6 famous sites observe some traditional trades and sample food from the hawker food stalls within the heritage enclave.

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Airport & Ground Transfers

Private Transfer: Penang Arrival Airport to Hotel Transfer

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 17.32


Let us make your arrival hassle free with a pre-paid private transfer from the Penang Airport to your selected hotel. This is the ideal way to start your holiday or business trip.

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Penang Shared Arrival Transfer: Airport to Hotel

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 15.99


Save time and money and book your transfer services before you go! You'll be met by a representative at Penang Airport and transferred to your hotel. This is the ideal way to start your holiday or business trip.

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Private Transfer: Penang Departure Hotel to Airport Transfer

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 17.32


Make your departure from Penang as smooth as possible by pre-booking your private transfer from your selected Penang hotel to Penang Airport.

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Penang Shared Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 15.99


Need to get to Penang Airport’ Plan your trip ahead of time, and book and pay for your airport transfer right here. Don't pay high cab fares or carry your luggage onto public transport - arrive at the airport on time, relaxed and with money in your pocket!

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Private Arrival Transfer: Penang Railway Station to Beach Hotels

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 37.32


Save time and money by pre-booking a private transfer service to your Penang beach hotel! You'll be met by an English-speaking representative at Penang Railway Station and transferred in comfort to your beach hotel. This is the ideal way to start your holiday!

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Private Arrival Transfer: Penang Railway Station to City Hotel

Penang, Malaysia
Duration: 45 minutes
Priced From: USD 34.66


Save time and money by pre-booking a private arrival transfer to your Penang city hotel! You'll be met by an English-speaking representative at Penang Railway Station and transferred in comfort to your city hotel.

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