Thursday, August 26, 2010

Penang Ferry Ride

I always enjoy a ferry ride on the iconic Penang ferry whenever I had the chance. It has been 2 years since my last ride and recently I manage to set my foot again to the "Pearl of the Orient"

Arriving at Butterworth either by train or bus at the Penang Sentral, getting across to the island is rather convenient by using the ferry service.

The fare remained unchanged since my last visit here, RM1.20 for adult and RM0.60 for children. However, it is a free ride from Penang island to Butterworth.

A major change here is the ticketing system was used to get onboard. Previously, all one need to do is to insert enough coins to the barricade machine and one is through. There is only one kiosk (this kiosk used to be the place for the people to get small changes to get through the barricade) and one lane for passengers to pay the ferry fee and this is likely to cause a bottleneck during peak hour.

The waiting area is not air conditioned and things could get sticky on a hot and humid day.

The ferry takes about 20 minutes or so to get across. The ride is rather comfortable from here onward.

Along the ride, one will have a clear view of KOMTAR and the Penang Bridge

There are also a number of merchant vessels at anchorage around this area.

1 comment:

CathJ said...

Nice view... nvr tried this yet..