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Wednesday 27 December 2023

Buses, Ferries & Trains: To Padang Besar and Back!

Buses, Ferries and Trains!

Today is the day we experience the Malaysian northern region's public transportation to the fullest.

We woke up at the crack of dawn and left the Green House at ten to seven. Brendan's badly blistered feet meant that he did not tag along.

We walked to the Wisma MCA bus stop and caught the CAT free bus a short while later. We disembarked at its final stop at the Jetty Bus Hub and walked a short distance to the Ferry Terminal.

We bought our tickets for RM2.00 each (approximately USD/EUR0.40) and had about a fifteen minutes wait for the next ferry scheduled to depart at 7:30am.

A few minutes before departure we were allowed to board, and the ferry promptly left the port at the appointed time.

Fifteen minutes later we arrived at the Butterworth Ferry Terminal. We got off and walked towards elevators that would take us one floor up to Penang Sentral.

At Penang Sentral we veered right and continued along a long ramp that eventually took us to the Butterworth KTM station. Here we purchased tickets for RM11.40 each (approximately USD3/EUR2) to Padang Besar.

Yes, we were going to spend the day two states over, in Perlis' (almost) northernost town bordering Thailand.

The next train to Padang Besar was scheduled to arrive at 8:35am so we had about half an hour's wait.

Fifteen minutes before departure time the train arrived, and after the last of the disembarking passangers exited we were allowed to board.

The train left the Butterworth KTM station at precisely 8:35am. The journey took about two hours and we arrived at the Padang Besar KTM station at 10:26am.

Be sure to catch our next video to find out how our shopping at Padang Besar went.

Our little shopping spree was done in a little over two hours, and we hailed a 'taxi' back to the Padang Besar KTM station, arriving at one in the afternoon. We then bought our tickets back to Butterworth and had more than an hour's wait since the next train was only scheduled for 2:35pm.

There was a slight delay and the train arrived at 2:40pm before leaving 10 minutes behinds schedule at 2:45pm. It was another 2-hour journey and we were back at Butterworth KTM station at 4:53pm.

Much like earlier this morning we exited the station, walked down the a flight of stairs then strolled along the long walkway that led us backed to the Ferry Terminal.

We caught the 5:00pm ferry back to Georgetown, then caught a CAT free bus back to Jalan Transfer, and back to the Green House.

Stay tuned for tomorrow as we head to a morning market in the suburbs!

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