The Penang International Airport (PEN) was once known as the Bayan Lepas International Airport. Today it serves the island of Penang, and its main city of George Town. It is a popular tourist draw because of its blended heritage, its interesting role in East and West relations during colonial times, and its stunning national parks and beaches. Millions of passengers transit through Penang’s airport each year, making it the third busiest hub in Malaysia.
The airport has a good range of facilities; there are banking services, bureaux de change, and cash machines for any financial business you need to do when you arrive. There are postal services, and free WiFi within the airport if you need to contact friends and family. If you’re hungry pre or post-flight you will find restaurants serving local and international cuisine, as well as a few bars where you can relax with a drink. Shoppers can browse the duty-free shops, newsagents and gift shops. Business travellers will be able to access the business centre and VIP lounge should they need it.
Airlines flying into Penang from Australia are Singapore Airlines, Malindo Air, Qantas, Malaysia Airlines, Emirates, China Southern, AirAsia, Cathay Pacific, SilkAir, Thai Airways, Jetstar Asia and China Airlines.
· Driving to George Town is pretty straightforward, as you primarily follow the coast road north. Get on the Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (Route 6) and stay on this road until you see the left lane ramp to George Town. After this, merge onto the Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu (Route 3113), then a left at Jalan Magazine, and then a slight right at Jalan Gurdwara for the centre of town. The best way to book a car in Penang is to do so in advance and online.
· There are several bus lines from the airport into Penang, Routes 102, 306 and 401E leave the airport every 30 minutes and can take you into George Town (the main city of Penang) and a single ticket only costs 3MYR ($1), or 20MYR ($6.50) for a week’s pass. There are also airport transfers available for booking through Skyscanner’s search tool, which may be a better option if you are travelling in a group.
· Taxi fares are sectioned by zones, and to get to George Town puts you in Zone 5. Getting to Zone 5 will cost about 40MYR ($13) making it fairly cheap and very convenient if you are travelling with a lot of luggage or a young family. Please be aware that after midnight there is a 50% surcharge for the journey.
Please note that information is correct as of August 2016