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Bus From Kota bharu to Penang

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Kota bharu to Penang Bus Schedule & Fare

Bus Operator First Bus Last Bus Duration  
Perdana Express 10:00 22:00 5 hrs 30 mins VIEW PRICE
Ekspres Mutiara 10:00 22:00 7 hrs 20 mins VIEW PRICE
Transnasional (SKMK) 09:45 22:00 6 hrs 30 mins VIEW PRICE

Kota bharu to Penang Bus

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan. It is a Malay word meaning New Fort or New City. It has varied lakes and landmarks from the war era. On the other hand, Penang is an island state comprising of 2 islands namely Penang Island and Seberang Perai. Its state capital George Town is a tourist attraction. It is a host to the most prominent landmarks of Malaysian history like the colonial fort of Cornwallis, Chinese Clan house Khoo Kongsi, and Kapitan Keling Mosque. To the West, it is surrounded by the Penang hills and panoramic views.

The total distance between Kota Bharu and Penang is 341 km which can be covered by a bus in about 7 hours depending on the traffic and other conditions. The number of trips that are made on this route is quite less. Only about 3 operators provide services on this route with 5 overall trips in a day. The first bus departs at 9 am and the last bus leaves at 9 pm.

Kota Bharu to Penang Bus Details

There are only a few major operators on this route. These include Alya Xpress, Perdana Express, Konsortium Emutiara, and Transnational buses. All the operators provide VIP services and amenities including reclining seats, drinks, and snacks.

The buses leave from Kota Bharu Bus Terminal which is the most prominent terminal in the pick-up location and arrive at the Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal, the major drop location in Penang.

The average fare of all the buses on this route is around RM 41. While on the other hand, a private taxi or cab could cost about RM 541 for the same route and takes more than 9 hours. Also, surcharge and tolls may apply separately. So, bus travel is a way more feasible option on this route.

Things to do in Penang

Penang, the island state of Malaysia, is in itself an important visiting location and site to enjoy. The major tourist attractions here are:

  • Tour the Tropical Spice Garden: Spice gardens are a major attraction in Penang. Located at Jalan Teluk Bahang, the garden is a habitat to a variety of herbs and spices that are indigenous to this part of the world.
  • A breezy Trishaw ride: Apart from buses and trains, Penang is popular for its Trishaws that can be found around the George Town area and near the pier of SuperStar Libra cruise ship.
  • Night visit at the Kek Lok Si Temple: The Kek Lok Si Temple consists of numerous sculptures and images of Buddha. The decorations during the Chinese New Year and Wesak Day Celebrations are worth seeing.

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Disclaimer: Bus timings, routes, and fares are subject to change. Please check the redBus app or website for any last-minute changes.

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