Langkawi: How to reach the island & how to get around?

Since the Langkawi Island is separated from the Malaysian mainland by the 30-kilometer water surface and there are absolutely no bridges or tunnels connecting these two coasts, a way to Langkawi by water or air could be another memorable episode of your trip.
In addition, the local transport can also surprise you. And if you’re going to visit this charming island soon, check out the next tips that will help you to avoid any transport issues during your travel.

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How can you reach Langkawi?

By plane
The quickest, the most convenient and cost-effective way to get to the Langkawi Island is by plane. Langkawi International Airport is located just 20 kilometers from the island’s capital Kuah and receives flights from Kuala Lumpur (several flights a day), as well as from all major destinations of Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore.

Among the companies that carry out flights to Langkawi Airport (LGK) are AirAsia, SilkAir, Happy Airways, Firefly and Malaysian Airlines:
– «AirAsia» –  to/from Singapore, Penang, Kuala Lumpur (terminal KLIA).
– «Malaysia Airlines» – Kuala Lumpur (terminal KLIA).
– «Firefly» – Kuala Lumpur (terminal Subang) and Penang.
– «SilkAir»  – to/from Singapore.

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The best price is offered by AirAsia low-cost – a round-trip Kuala Lumpur – Langkawi – Kuala Lumpur with all taxes will cost you from 30 US dollars when buying tickets in advance. The journey usually takes about 30-35 minutes.

By ferry
Ferries and boats is the most affordable way to reach Langkawi. Almost all ferries arrive to the Jetty Kuah. The major ferry providers that connect the island and the mainland are:

- «Langkawi Ferry Services»

«Lankawi Ferry Services» – the largest ferry company of the island offering comfortable and high-speed ferries with a capacity of 100-200 passengers with air conditioning and on-board cafes. They connect Langkawi with the ports of Kuala Perlis, Penang, Kuala Kedah, Satun (Thailand) and Puala Payar Marine Park. Ferries arrive to the Jetty Kuah.
Timetable and ticket prices of «LFS» ferries:
Kuala Perlis – Langkawi: $5/person, daily 07.00 – 19.00
Kuala Kedah – Langkawi: $10, 07.00 to 19.00
Penang – Langkawi: $18.5, 08.15 via Puala Payar, direct cruise at 08.30
Satun (Thailand) – Langkawi: $9, 09.45 and 16.30

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- «Bahagia Express»

The high-speed ferry of «Bahagia Express» follows the route Penang – Langkawi. It departures at 8.45 from the Weld Quay pier (Georgetown) and arrives to the Langkawi Jetty. Ticket price is about 18 US dollars), travel time – 2.5 hours.

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– «Telaga Terminal»

«Telaga Terminal» carries out cruises between the Langkawi Island and the island of Koh Lipe, Thailand. The distance between the islands is 30 kilometers, travel time is about 1 hour. Ferries depart from Koh Lipe daily at 10.30 and 16.30 (Thai time). The final destination is located at the Telaga Harbor Park on Pantai Kok, Langkawi.

How can you get around Langkawi?
As for public transport, it’s not well developed on Langkawi. Buses run only between the main areas of the island: Kuah, jetty, an airport and Pantai Cenang.
Bus stops are not equipped and are not specified, the schedule is very irregular. Therefore, the only acceptable options for getting around Langkawi are to rent a vehicle or use taxi.

– Taxi

Langkawi taxis have one feature – they don’t have counters. The prices are fixed and depend on where you need to get or how long you will use the car. Every taxi driver has a price list and you’re not able to bargain with him. Pay attention that tariff increases by 50% at night.
Check out the table of average taxi prices on Langkawi (from Langkawi Airport):
Port Langkasuka – RM 12 ($3.5)
Cenang Beach, Underwater World, Sheraton Beach Resort – RM 18 ($5.5)
Tengah Beach, Langkawi Holiday Villa – RM 20 ($6)
Kuah Town, Langkawi Fair Shopping Mall – RM 24 ($7.5)
Pantai Kok Beach – RM 26 ($8)
Datai Beach – RM 60 ($18.5)
Hourly:
Car for 4 passengers – 3 hours RM60 ($18.5), each extra hour RM15 ($4.5)
Car for 6 passengers – 3 hours RM70 ($21.5), each extra hour RM20 ($6)
Car for 11 passengers – 3 hours RM120 ($37), each extra hour RM25 ($7.7)

– Rental car

The most convenient way to move around Langkawi is traveling by car, which can be picked up at any available location. Langkawi’s road network is well developed and the traffic is not too busy.
So, if you reach the island by plane – you can get a rental car at the Langkawi LGK International Airport, and in case you arrive to Langkawi by ferry – rent a car right at Langkawi Jetty. The average cost of rental car is RM 100 ($31) per day, but it depends on the current season, class of the vehicle and on the rental period. Fuel is usually included into the rate, the mileage is unlimited.

– Rental motorbike or bicycle

You can rent a bike, a scooter or a bicycle at almost all Langkawi’s major spots. The price for rental motorcycle starts from 25 RM/day ($7.7), a bike will cost you from RM10 ($3) to RM30 ($9.5). Lots of hotels on the island offer this service additionally.

As you see there’re no direct road routes to Langkawi, and there’s no developed public transport on the island, but maybe it’s for better? You can choose any suitable way to reach this Malaysian “peace of paradise” and fully enjoy it!

Author Bio: Lily Berns is a travel writer who enjoys blogging about different countries and also giving useful tips about travelling by car.