Car Hire from Penang Airport
Penang Island off the coast of Malaysia is renowned for its beautiful beaches, incredible cultural mix and delicious cuisine. Hiring a car from Penang Airport allows you to venture off the beaten track and explore this spectacular island at your own pace.
Where to hire a car at Penang Airport
Car hire companies operating at Penang Airport include Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Auto Europe. Their offices are located within the terminal building in the arrivals hall.
Petrol Stations near Penang Airport
The closest petrol station to Penang Airport is located just five minutes’ drive away. It’s a Petronas service station just off route 6, heading northeast from the airport.
Driving around Penang Airport
Penang Airport is easily accessed by route 6, a major road which travels around almost the entire perimeter of Penang Island. Heading north east, it travels towards Gelugor and Jelutong, whilst northwest it travels towards Teluk Kumbar and Balik Pulau. From the airport, it’s also easy to join route 3113, a road which runs along the island’s eastern coast providing connections to the two major bridges which join the island to mainland Malaysia.
Cars drive on the left hand side of the road, just like in the UK. Roads around Malaysia and on the island of Penang are generally well-maintained and signposted. You may experience some congestion if you’re driving during the morning or evening rush hours.
Off the main route 6, roads can be narrow and winding and there are quite a few one way streets. It’s a good idea to take your time and keep an eye out for motorcyclists who don’t always keep to the road rules. If you’re planning on heading over to the mainland, be aware that the bridges charge a toll for returning to the island.
Getting to your destination
With a rental car from Penang Airport there are lot of exciting island destinations within easy reach. Here are a few highlights:
George Town is Penang Island’s capital city. Despite this, the city maintains a laid back atmosphere. George Town has a rich cultural mix with Muslim, Chinese, Indian and European history, cuisine and architecture. Visitors can enjoy some exceptional street food, bustling night markets and a ride on the funicular up to the top of Penang Hill.
It takes around 30 minutes to drive from Penang Airport to George Town, taking route 6 north and east. Roads around the city can be busy and slow moving at rush hours but aren’t too hectic throughout the rest of the day. There are plenty of places to park around the city centre. Some street parking spaces are metered and some are managed by a parking attendant.
Penang National Park
The Penang National Park is made up of beautiful beaches and tropical rainforest. It’s home to lots of different wildlife species and offers some great hiking opportunities. Visitors can also enjoy birdwatching, fishing, a canopy walk or sunbathing on one of the parks’ sandy beaches. These secluded, unspoilt beaches can be reached on foot or by hiring a boat at the park entrance.
It takes around 1 hour to reach Penang National Park from Penang National Park. Drivers should take route 6 heading north and west. The main entrance to the park is located on the north-western edge of Pulau Pinang, a short way past the town of Teluk Bahang.
Batu Feringghi is the one of the most popular beach resorts in the whole of Malaysia. It’s a bustling place with white, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees. Visitors can enjoy lazing on the beach, shopping at the night market and a selection of water sports. There’s also a Butterfly Farm and a Tropical Fruit Farm close by.
It takes just over an hour to drive from Penang Airport to Batu Feringghi, taking route 6 north and east. There are lots of big resorts along the coast offering car parking and there’s also easy parking at all big attractions.