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Monday, February 28, 2011

How to take a ferry to Langkawi



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    Determine which Jeti or port to depart from to get to Langkawi. The Jeti for Penang is located in Georgetown at Swettenham Pier, near the Beach Street clock tower. There are two departures from Penang to Langkawi each morning. The ferry ride from Penang Island takes approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes.
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    Kuala Kedah Jeti is located on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia in the state of Kedah. There are daily departures every half hour from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on multiple ferry lines. The ferry ride from Kuala Kedah takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to Langkawi.
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    Kuala Perlis Jeti is located about an hour and 15 minutes north of Kuala Kedah on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. There are daily departures every half hour from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. The ferry ride takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to reach Langkawi.

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  4. Traveling on the ferry

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    Purchase tickets, for a Penang departure, at least one day ahead for the ferry ride to Langkawi. You can purchase tickets either online through Langkawi Ferry Services or at one of the many travel agencies located outside of the Jeti by Swettenham Pier in Georgetown. There are two departure times for Langkawi from Penang every day, times are subject to change so be sure to check with the ferries for the exact departure time.
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    Purchase tickets for Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis at the ticket counters inside the Jeti. There are ferries departing every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for both sites with no advance ticket sales available. There are multiple ferry lines at Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis so look at each individual company for the best departure time.
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    Line up for boarding. There will be an announcement either over a load speaker or by a person when it is time to begin the boarding process. Follow the queue out to the boarding dock and board your ferry. Place your larger luggage as you enter the ferry near the back and then proceed to your seats. Some ferries have assigned seating, whereas on others you can sit wherever you want. If there is assigned seating, it will be indicated on your ticket.
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    Make port at the Langkawi Jeti, collect your bags from the back of the ferry, and depart. Follow the crowds into the main portion of the Jeti. If you are looking to take a taxi to your hotel, exit the Jeti and proceed across the street to the taxi stand to arrange for a ride to your final destination.
  9. Departing Langkawi by ferry

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    Purchase your tickets to your desired port outside the Langkawi Jeti behind the taxi stands. Each ticket counter is for a different port and a different ferry line so make sure to check carefully before purchasing your tickets.
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    Enter the Jeti terminal at Langkawi and proceed to the back of the terminal to enter the departure waiting room. If you are carrying duty free items, you will need to go through customs before entering the waiting area.
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    Wait until the ferries boarding is announced and then depart the waiting area to board your ferry. Kuala Perlis ferries dock is out the left side of the waiting room and Penang and Kuala Kedah depart from the dock on the right.
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    Board your ferry and store you larger luggage at the back of the ferry. If you purchased duty free items be sure to collect them before boarding the ferry. Items will be brought by custom official to the boarding docks.
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    Arrive back at port and exit the ferry making sure to collect all luggage before departing.
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Tips & Warnings

  • The ferry ports or docks are called jetties in Malaysia
  • At Kuala Kedah and Kuala Perlis, there are private parking lots for your car all around the jeti.
  • There are people that work for the different ferry lines outside of the jetties that will try to get you purchase tickets for their ferry, unless you have a preference book based on time rather than what they are telling you.
  • Once the ferry has left port, you can move about the cabin and use the restrooms if you need to, but bring your own tissue just in case.
  • Bring snacks or and something to drink if you are on a longer trip, some of the ferries offer food for sale but not all.
  • If the seas are rough, the ferries roll around a lot, if you are prone to seasickness take precautions before boarding. Seasickness bags are available on the ferries if needed.


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