Buses, Malaysia, Penang

Rapid Penang Service 401E: Jetty and KOMTAR to Queensbay Mall, Bayan Baru, Penang International Airport and Balik Pulau by Bus

The Rapid Penang Service 401E is an express bus route linking the city of Georgetown to Penang International Airport and Balik Pulau. It is one of the first express bus services when Rapid Penang was formed possibly due to its long route length and the need to connect Penang International Airport with Georgetown.

While still using the Jelutong Expressway, Rapid Penang Service 401E is currently the second-fastest bus route plying between Georgetown and Penang International Airport ever since the inception of the dedicated Airport Transit (AT) Service which serves the Jetty – KOMTAR – Sungai Nibong – Penang International Airport route.

401E buses depart from Lane 5, similar to routes 401 and AT.

My ticket from KOMTAR to Airport for this trip. The fare from Jetty or KOMTAR to the Airport is RM2.70. Prepare exact change for the driver, or if you only have RM1 notes, donate RM0.30 to Rapid Penang.



Passing by the Penang Bridge.


Service 401E makes a brief stop at Queensbay Mall, where a bulk of the passengers alight at.


Passing by Bayan Baru.



Approaching Penang International Airport.


As Service 401E does not terminate at Penang International Airport and rather treats it as just an intermediate stop, remember to press the bell to indicate that you wish to alight, if not the bus may head straight onwards to Balik Pulau with you still on board.

The nearest door from the bus stop would be Door 5 at the arrivals level. Once inside the terminal building, take the escalator up to the departures level.


 

Penang Airport Bus Services

Rapid Penang Service AT
Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – (via Jelutong Expressway) – KOMTAR – Jetty

Rapid Penang Service 102
Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – KOMTAR – Gurney – Batu Ferringhi – Teluk Bahang

Rapid Penang Service 306
Penang International Airport – Queensbay Mall – Air Itam – Hospital

Rapid Penang Service 401
Balik Pulau – Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – KOMTAR – Jetty

Rapid Penang Service 401E
Balik Pulau – Penang International Airport – Queensbay Mall – (via Jelutong Expressway) – KOMTAR – Jetty

Rapid Penang 401E KOMTAR Airport 01

Rapid Penang Bus Fares

Distance (km) Normal Concession
0.1 – 7.0 RM1.40 RM0.70
7.1 – 14.0 RM2.00 RM1.00
14.1 – 21.0 RM2.70 RM1.40
21.1 – 28.0 RM3.40 RM1.70
Over 28.0 RM4.00 RM2.00
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Buses, Malaysia, Penang

Rapid Penang Airport Transit (AT) Service: Jetty and KOMTAR to Penang International Airport by Express Bus

The Rapid Penang Airport Transit (AT) bus service is an express bus route linking the city of Georgetown to Penang International Airport, supplementing the popular Service 401E. The AT bus service also offers a faster journey time as it skips Queensbay Mall.


AT buses depart from Lane 5, similar to routes 401 and 401E.

An added bonus of Lane 5 is that you can wait in the air-conditioned area of KOMTAR.

There is an ICIS display at KOMTAR but this shouldn’t be relied on too much as it stated “4 minutes” for an initial 401E, thereafter “7 minutes” and then changed to “At Jetty”, as if the bus was reversing.

After about half an hour of waiting, the AT pulled into Lane 5 of KOMTAR Bus Terminal.


The fare from Jetty or KOMTAR to the Airport is RM2.70. Prepare exact change for the driver, or if you only have RM1 notes, donate RM0.30 to Rapid Penang.

I was hoping for the newer buses with reclining seats like the ones found on Rapid Penang Intercity services, but oh well.


Heading to Lebuhraya Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu or Jelutong Expressway.

Looking back at Butterworth.

Passing by the Penang Bridge.

Exiting the Jelutong Expressway to head for Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal. The AT does not stop at Queensbay Mall.


Pulling into Penang International Airport.


Alighting from the AT.

Hopefully this machine will finally be in use in the near future so I needn’t fumble with change for every bus trip.

The bus stops at the arrivals level by the driveway.



The nearest door from the bus stop would be Door 5 at the arrivals level.

Once inside the terminal building, take the escalator up to the departures level.

From here, it’s a short walk to the check-in counters for my Malindo flight back to Singapore.


Penang Airport Bus Services

Rapid Penang Service AT
Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – (via Jelutong Expressway) – KOMTAR – Jetty

Rapid Penang Service 102
Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – KOMTAR – Gurney – Batu Ferringhi – Teluk Bahang

Rapid Penang Service 306
Penang International Airport – Queensbay Mall – Air Itam – Hospital

Rapid Penang Service 401
Balik Pulau – Penang International Airport – Sungai Nibong Bus Terminal – Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah – KOMTAR – Jetty

Rapid Penang Service 401E
Balik Pulau – Penang International Airport – Queensbay Mall – (via Jelutong Expressway) – KOMTAR – Jetty

Rapid Penang 401E KOMTAR Airport 01

Rapid Penang Bus Fares

Distance (km) Normal Concession
0.1 – 7.0 RM1.40 RM0.70
7.1 – 14.0 RM2.00 RM1.00
14.1 – 21.0 RM2.70 RM1.40
21.1 – 28.0 RM3.40 RM1.70
Over 28.0 RM4.00 RM2.00
Buses, Malaysia, Penang

Rapid Penang CAT: Jetty to KOMTAR by Free Shuttle Bus Service

RapidPenang Intercity Plain 01

The Rapid Penang Central Area Transit (CAT) is a free bus service by the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) and Rapid Penang. The CAT plies an indirect route between Jetty and Komtar, but serves the key attractions around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown, hence it is an excellent choice of sightseeing around Georgetown and getting around for free.

Route of RapidPenang Central Area Transit (CAT)
Jetty – KOMTAR (Loop)

Fares
Free

Frequency
Every 15-30 minutes

Operating Hours
From Jetty
First Bus: 6.00am
Last Bus: 11.40pm

Buses, Malaysia, Parit Buntar, Penang

RapidPenang Intercity EB80: Butterworth to Nibong Tebal and Parit Buntar by Bus

You can also use the KTM Komuter Northern Sector to travel from Butterworth to Parit Buntar and beyond.


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During peak periods or hours with no connections to the KTM Komuter Northern Sector Bukit Mertajam – Padang Rengas Line, you may need to consider taking the RapidPenang Intercity EB80 from Butterworth to Nibong Tebal and Parit Buntar as an express alternative.

The interior of the RapidPenang Intercity bus features coach-like seats which recline comfortably.

The RapidPenang Intercity services uses the PLUS Highway to get from town to town, saving time. They run at a maximum speed of 110km/h. The journey time from Penang
Sentral to Parit Buntar is around 1 hour (The KTM Komuter Northern Sector on the same route will take 37 minutes including transfer time at Bukit Mertajam).

The bus frequency is around 30-45 minutes and costs RM4 per person (The KTM Komuter Northern Sector on the same route will cost RM3.90).

Estimated Route of RapidPenang Intercity Service EB 80
Butterworth – Parit Buntar

Fares
Butterworth – Parit Buntar: RM4.00
Payment by cash only to the driver on board.
All other fares, please ask the counter at the terminal or driver on board.

Frequency
Every 30 – 45 minutes

Operating Hours
From Butterworth
First Bus: 7.00am
Last Bus: 10.00pm

From Parit Buntar
First Bus: 6.00am
Last Bus: 9.00pm

Click here for more information on the RapidPenang Intercity service to Parit Buntar.


You can also use the KTM Komuter Northern Sector to travel from Butterworth to Parit Buntar and beyond.

Buses, Malaysia, Penang, Sungai Petani, Uncategorized

RapidPenang Intercity EB60: Butterworth to Sungai Petani by Bus

You can also use the KTM Komuter Northern Sector to travel from Butterworth to Sungai Petani and beyond.


The RapidPenang Intercity service is a long-haul city bus service connecting the neighbouring towns with Penang.

The RapidPenang Intercity bus waits for passengers at the existing RapidPenang side of the Penang Sentral terminal at Butterworth. This terminal is also linked to the Butterworth railway station.

Look out for the destination of the bus.

The interior of the RapidPenang Intercity bus features coach-like seats which recline comfortably.

Luggage racks are also available on the bus.

The RapidPenang Intercity services uses the PLUS Highway to get from town to town, saving time. They run at a maximum speed of 110km/h. The journey time from Penang
Sentral to Sungai Petani is around 1 hour (The KTM Komuter Northern Sector on the same route will take 34 minutes).

The bus to Sungai Petani stops directly opposite the KTM station.

You may board the return bus from the Sungai Petani bus terminal, 5 minutes away by foot. At the main exit, turn right and walk along the road to the UTC, visible from the station.

The bus frequency is around 30-45 minutes and costs RM4 per person (The KTM Komuter Northern Sector on the same route will cost RM3.60).


Estimated Route of RapidPenang Intercity Service EB 60
Butterworth – Sungai Petani

Click here to open the estimated route map in Google My Maps.

Fares
Butterworth – Sungai Petani: RM4.00
Payment by cash only to the driver on board.
All other fares, please ask the counter at the terminal or driver on board.

Frequency
Every 30 – 45 minutes

Operating Hours
From Butterworth
First Bus: 7.00am
Last Bus: 10.00pm

From Sungai Petani
First Bus: 6.00am
Last Bus: 9.00pm

Parallel Bus Routes

  • RapidPenang Intercity: Butterworth – Sungai Petani
  • Transnasional: Butterworth – Sungai Petani
  • Cityliner: Butterworth – Sungai Petani

Click here for more information on the RapidPenang Intercity service to Sungai Petani.


You can also use the KTM Komuter Northern Sector to travel from Butterworth to Sungai Petani and beyond.