Began its operations in 1920, under the management of a Chinese-owned company, Penang Ferry is the oldest ferry service in Malaysia. It works between the Seberang Perai mainland and Penang Island and transporting both passengers and vehicles to and from the island. The 15 minute ferry ride allows visitors to experience the spectacular view of Penang Island and serves as a steadfast mode of transportation to and from the island.
At the beginning, the ferries were painted in a ubiquitous betel nut orange color but after that, the ferries have been transformed according to the government’s program. A fleet of eight ferries is named after the many beautiful islands in Malaysia, the ferries are named Pulau Pinang, Pulau Payar, Pulau Angsa, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Rimau, Pulau Undan, Pulau Rawa and Pulau Talang-Talang. Penang Port is only one of its kind in that it is the only port in Malaysia that handles a ferry service, linking Georgetown on Penang Island (Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda) and Butterworth on the mainland (Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim). At present, Penang Port Sdn. Bhd. (PPSB) runs the ferry service. PPSB operates a fleet of eight ferries, with the first ferry departure from Butterworth at 6:00 am, with the last at 12:30 am and the first departure from Penang Island at 5:30 am, with the last at 1:00 am.
Head Ferry Unit
Tel : +604-310 2360
Fax : +604-324 0255
GPS: N5° 23' 41.0316", E100° 21' 50.7558" (Butterworth)
GPS: N5° 24' 49.899", E100° 20' 33.198" (Penang)