11th August 2003, 12:36 PM
Penang - by coach
Anyone taken coach (or train) to Penang from Singapore?
Was the ride long/ torture?
11th August 2003, 12:46 PM
Take the train. Bring along a good book, a good friend and a camera. Totally enjoyable. Walk around to stretch your legs every now and then.
Originally Posted by Juvelyn
11th August 2003, 12:57 PM
11th August 2003, 01:01 PM
11th August 2003, 01:04 PM
yeah, but they have stopped to direct train to the north, if i remember correctly, all trains from SG will terminate in KL, and you will have to switch train to go to Penang.
Originally Posted by StreetShooter
my experience with the train is that it is slowwwww.. and there might be delays in between.
just take the night coach, spend 10 hours on the bus, arrive there, relax yourself :P
11th August 2003, 01:08 PM
take Grassland (Zenwen express) no. 62921166. Most comfortable bus seat. Depart from Beach Road, Golden Mile Complex. The journey is about 11 hours.
11th August 2003, 01:34 PM
i think typo... start about 9pm arrive about 7am
Originally Posted by Pinoy
22 hours can go Thailand already...
11th August 2003, 01:51 PM
14th August 2003, 01:37 PM
aiya fly there the best
much shorter time and u r in good hands
14th August 2003, 02:07 PM
airasia flies from KL to Penang for 19.90 ringgit...
you can barely use this to buy a roll of slides there......
14th August 2003, 02:41 PM
Why torture yourself? Relax a bit. Spend a night in KL instead of going all the way to Penang in one day. That's what I did the last time.
Make sure you choose a good reputable coach. The last time on my way back from Penang to KL, the number of passengers from Penang in the coach was not "optimum" so they transferred (dumped) me to another coach in Butterworth where I had to wait for 3 hours.
When coming back to Singapore, beware of the tricks some coach drivers play. They are supposed to take you all the way to the final coach stop such as the Golden Mile complex but if most passengers alight at the Woodland checkpoints and you are the only passenger (or the only family group) left, then some coach drivers might play the trick on you on the pretext of waiting for the "other missing" passenger to come back. Either you wait and wait, or you get fed up eventually and take a cab back home from the Woodlands checkpoint.
If you don't mind these minor irritants (which may or may not happen to you), then by all means, take the coach and enjoy the trip!
14th August 2003, 03:56 PM
15th August 2003, 09:49 AM
agreed! once you get used to it, it's like a long nap. sometimes i don't even wake up when the bus stops at the rest points!
Originally Posted by jOhO