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Butterworth is the main town on the mainland side of Penang state in Malaysia.

Smaller, more industrial and practical, Butterworth does not have any of the atmosphere which Georgetown across the Penang Straits has. It is however an important transportation hub for all train and many bus services which do not go directly to Penang island.

Butterworth is also the mainland terminal for the Penang ferry.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

Butterworth railway station is conveniently located next to the bus and ferry terminal, south of the town centre. It is a major rail terminal for a Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (Malayan Railways) trains heading south to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore and north to Padang Besar at the border with Thailand.

  • To/from Kuala Lumpur - There are five daily ETS trains to/from Kuala Lumpur. KTMB issues e-ticket purchased online.
  • To/From Padang Besar - There are hourly Komuter trains, from 5:25 to 21:25 except 11 and 13 o'clock, to Padang Besar, where connections to State Railways of Thailand trains are available. From Padang Besar station, there are twice daily shuttle trains to Hat Yai and once daily express train to Bangkok, and also frequent buses/minivans to Hat Yai after clearing Thai immigration. See Padang Besar for more information on the transport to Thailand.

By bus[edit]

  • To/from Kuala Lumpur - almost hourly, journey takes 5 hours (or more depends on traffic) and costs from 30 ringgit. The bus station, is located next to the train station and 10 minute walk from the ferry terminal.

If you are concerned about securing a fair price, check the schedule and fare information on the booking site such as easybook, and BusOnlineTicket. Armed with this information, you can walk over to the bus staging area, which is more of a collection of ticket booths mixed in with food and beverage vendors, and find the best price.

The buses, in most cases, do not have restrooms, but, the buses make a number of breaks at rest stops, which have restrooms, and food/drink. Take note, many of the restrooms did not have toilet paper.

  • Rapid Penang[4] - bus services cover entire Penang state

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By boat[edit]

The much-loved Penang ferry departs regularly from the Butterworth Ferry Terminal for George Town. The ferry terminal is conveniently connected with the railway station and bus terminal via covered walkways - a rare example of good public transport planning in Malaysia. Caution when using the toilets. Travellers may want to consider using toilets at their hotels or at restaurants as the ferry toilets are infamous for their overuse and offensive odours.

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

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  • Bird Park, Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya, Perai, Phone:+60 4 399-1899 Fax:+60 4 399-1899 [5], [6]. Every day, 9AM-7PM. This is the first and the largest bird park of its kind in Malaysia, houses more than 300 species of birds from throughout the world, of which about half are of Malaysian species. Experience hand-feeding birds in the geodesic domes and two giant-sized walk-in-aviaries, or take a bus either from KOMTAR or Butterworth Ferry Terminal. RM45 for adult and RM30 for children (below 12 year-old).
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  • Temple of the "Ninth Emperor God", at Jalan Raja Uda, Butterworth, Phone: +604-331 8717. This temple will be decorated for the annual Nine Emperor Gods (Kew Ong Yeah) festival on every 9th month of Chinese Lunar Calendar. This is a very beautiful temple. The building architecture is impressive. The sculptures and carvings are very neat and nice! The temple was constructed in 2000 by about 50 craftsmen from China which has three grand prayer halls, replaces an older temple that was built next to it in 1971. Website:

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Various cafes in Bandar Sunway. Old Town Kopitiam, Swenz, Sri Wan, etc are just the few. A very popular hangout for the locals  edit

Many Chinese restaurants are available along the road to the sea

  • Pantai Bersih Seafood Restaurants. Once a nice stretch of beach for locals to relax. Since the emergence of the stupid BORR highway, only a patch of the beach survives. Currently there are several very good and cheap seafood restaurants there.Northern Coastal Seafood etc....  edit
  • Jalan Raja Uda used to be the longest road in Malaysia. Along this road there are various hawker centers and most of the Penang food can be found here. There are at least two main morning markets along this road as well, one if off to Jalan Ong Yi How and another one is further up north and more popularly known as 'Apollo'. New development along the south of Raja Uda is known as 'Wooly Avenue' and this houses new shoplots and restaurants.
  • Bukit Tambun, (Seberang Perai Selatan). 6PM-? daily. Famous for its relatively low-price fresh seafood.  edit
  • Prawn Village.  edit
  • Times Moving Cafe, Jalan Ong Yi How (Chung Ling High School). M-Sa 11AM-7PM. Famous for its relatively low-price fresh wafer and French Fried. You can try the nice taste wafer with many difference flavor and special French Fried with cheese, BBQ and chocolate at there. It is easily found by its sharp pink colored van.  edit
  • Sweet Paradise Dim Sum. Very popular dim sum restaurant. Serving probably the best and largest variety of dim sum in the region.  edit

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Hypermarkets such as Carrefour and Tesco Extra can be found in Seberang Jaya. Besides, in Seberang Jaya itself, there is a shopping mall called Sunway Carnival Mall. Other shopping complexes such as Megamal is located in Perai. Jusco Bandar Perda and The Summit can be found in Bukit Mertajam.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Butterworth has few hostels and star-rated hotels serving visitors:

  • Aroma Hotel[7] No 11, Butterworth Business City Centre, Jalan Raja Uda, 12300 Butterworth. Phone: +604- 3239 111.
  • Pearl View Hotel[8] in Chai Leng Park, No. 2933, Jln Baru, Phone: 04-398 9888.
  • Beach Garden Hotel Sdn Bhd, No. 4835, Jln Pantai, Phone: 04-332 2845.
  • Hotel Palm Inn [9] Sdn Bhd, No. 4802, Jln Bagan Luar, Bagan Luar. Phone: 04-331 7532, 332 7532. Free wifi in all rooms, hot water, televisions, private bathrooms - yet no toilet paper, at least not in twin rooms. 105 RM for a twin share room.
  • Butterworth Travel Lodge Sdn Bhd, No. 1, Lrg Bagan Luar 1, Bagan Luar, Phone: 04-333 3399. From Penang Bridge, it takes about 15 to 30 minutes for you to get to these hotels, depends on the traffic conditions.
  • Ecotel Hotel, 1, Lorong Jermal Indah, Taman Jermal Indah, 12300, Buttwerworth, Penang., 04-3248899, [1]. checkin: 2.00PM; checkout: 12.00PM. Affordable hotel with quality services and facilities.Prices from as little as £16 per night.  edit
  • Sunway Hotel, 11, Lebuh Tenggiri Dua, Seberang Jaya, 13700 Prai, Penang., [2].  edit
  • De' Garden Hotel Butterworth, Lorong Cempa (Off Jln Telaga Air) (Butterworth,Penang), 04-3322000, [3]. checkin: 15:00hrs; checkout: 12:00hrs. 10-15 Minutes driving distance from Butterworth Ferry & Bus Terminal. 5 Minutes driving distance from Raja Uda Food enclave. 123 Units of well furnished rooms and complete amenities. RM138.00 Nett.  edit

Get out[edit]

Routes through Butterworth
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