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Butterworth - Penang Ferry Services: Estimated Departure Time (Daily Schedule) and Rate
Written by Shirley T   
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 07:18

Once upon a time, there a boy from a land far away decided to pay a visit to his auntie who lives in Penang Island or Pulau Pinang (in Malay Language, 'pulau' means island and 'pinang' is an areca nut). Upon arrival at Butterworth ferry terminal, he waited for 'Pulau Pinang' ferry to get across to the island.

After several hours passed, he decided to ask a local man, "May I know when will 'Pulau Pinang' ferry arrive?"

The man then asked him, "Young boy, where are you going to?"

The boy replied, "I am going to Pulau Pinang, but I have waited for almost a day and I have seen ferries to Pulau Payar, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Undan, Pulau Talang Talang, Pulau Rimau,  Pulau Rawa, Pulau Angsa but not Pulau Pinang!"

The man laughed and said, "My dear boy! All these ferries are heading to Pulau Pinang. Those are just the name of the ferry"
The charming Penang ferry

YesLaughing, the fleet of Penang Ferry Services entails 8 ferries named after 8 beautiful islands in Malaysia and Pulau Pinang is just one of them that connects Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth to Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal at Weld Quay in Penang Island. Operating since 1920, Penang Ferry Services is the oldest ferry service in Malaysia.
Entry at Sultan Abdul Halim Ferry Terminal (Butterworth)
Since Penang Bridge was completed and opened to public in 1985, the demand of Penang Ferry Services has slowed down as more vehicles do have the alternative of crossing Penang Channel via Penang Bridge instead.
Pulau Angsa is brightly painted
Having said that, Penang Ferry still faithfully operates to serve some of the loyal folks especially pedestrians or public transport users. Being the reason, it is located strategically at Butterworth bus terminal. Upon reaching Penang Island, plenty of buses are also easily accessible to roam or get around in George Town as long as you are familiar with the bus routes. Taxi does offer an alternative if you are in hurry but the cost is much higher.
Raja Tun Uda Terminal (Penang Island)- viewing from Tanjung City Marina
I remember when I was younger, Ferry services operated 24/7 taking care of pedestrians and vehicles. Today, Penang Ferry Services does not operate between midnight (after 1:00 am) until dawn at 5:30 am. For further detail, please refer below to obtain the estimated departure time from both Butterworth and Penang Island terminal.
Ferry Services - Departure from Butterworth Schedule
The departure time in blue font indicates the vehicular ferry that takes vehicles on both upper and lower deck. While the black font departure time are servicing both pedestrians at the upper deck and vehicles at the lower deck. Please note that this schedule is however subject to change without prior notice.Penang Ferry Services - Departure from Penang Island Schedule
Each ferry journey takes about 15-20 minutes. Being in the ferry bring me some nostalgic feeling as the passenger's bench (on the upper deck) is rather unique. The seats can be switched manually to face the destination simply by flipping the wooden piece of shoulder rest. While the lower deck is a flat wooden field, ready to take in cars or other vehicles. Cars usually take the bow and motorbike or bicycles are queued at stern.

It is indeed a refreshing breezy journey on the iconic ferry while you enjoy the view Penang Bridge and George Town!

To check out the ferry rate, please refer here. Fee is only required to be paid at Butterworth terminal.

To contact the Penang Ferry Service operator:
1. Pengkalan Raja Tun Uda (Penang Island)
    Hotline: +604-2102 363
    
2. Pengkalan Sultan Abdul Halim (Butterworth)
    Hotline: +604-3102 377


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written by Chian Guan JOng , May 12, 2009

Nice blog. Haha, actually i also confuse with the name of ferry, i am also searching Pulau Pinang Ferry. Haha.
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written by kelly , August 30, 2009

Thank you for your post. It's very useful to me.
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written by Shirley T , August 31, 2009

You're most welcome kelly. Glad that it helps.
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written by cun , March 31, 2010

tq. its lead my way
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written by nick , September 21, 2010

I would like to ask something about the price listing.
As i search through wiki, its written that motorcar will cost Rm 7.70.
Well, im thinking that, does the driver and passengers have to pay extra as well? As an example, if I have 5 persons including driver in the car, i need to pay Rm 7.70 or Rm 7.70 + ( 5 x Rm 1.20 ) ???

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written by Shirley T , September 21, 2010

nick, Apparently the cost has been revised. If I recall correctly, it used to be a flat rate (perhaps that is RM7.70 now) for a driver and car. Additional passengers will be charged on top of the flat rate. For the latest pricing, I'd suggest you to ring their hotline or contact Penang Port >http://www.penangport.com.my/v...index.htm
Hope this helps.

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written by Garry andMaureen , January 19, 2011

sos,sos

Can somebody confirm the departure time of last ferry from Butterworth to Penang, as the express Train from Bangkok #35 arrives at Butterworth at 12.55pm and like everybody else we need to catch it.

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written by redz , August 25, 2012

service for penang ferry is sucks....i ve to wait for 2 hrs for its service
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