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Location information for Penang Airport

Penang International Airport serves the Bayan Lepas area of this southwest Malaysian state. The closest city is the state capital of George Town, under 10 miles north of the airport with car rental in Penang Airport. Northbound passengers enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Penang Bridge and Butterworth when leaving or entering Malaysia’s third-largest airport. The airport acts as a hub for Firefly and AirAsia, low-cost carriers.

Penang Airport facilities

This medium-sized airport offers direct flights to most major Southeast Asian cities, with more than four million passengers having used the facility in 2010. Departures leave from the terminal’s second floor while arrivals enter via the ground floor. Many major operators supply chances to compare car hire at the Arrivals hall, while snack bars and duty-free shops are found in the Departures concourse.

Penang Airport excursions

One of Asia’s longest bridges connects the island of Penang with the state’s mainland portion, Seberang Perai. Tolls are required for vehicles driving towards the island, but not for those headed for Seberang Perai. Car hire in Penang Airport is ideal for exploring George Town, where footpaths are few, and the island’s south and west coasts.

Best time to visit

Penang’s wet season begins in August and lasts until November. Thunderstorms are frequent during these four months. January and February are usually Penang’s driest months, but they are also the region’s busiest months in terms of tourism, especially during the Chinese and Western New Year seasons. Crowds and costs both dip during the March to July shoulder season.

Car rental in Penang Airport

Hazards drivers must watch for in Penang include morning and evening rush hour traffic, reckless motorcyclists and the island’s numerous narrow or one-way streets. Car rental costs are most expensive during the busy January and February tourism months, when advance booking is highly advised. Fuel is far cheaper than in Western nations and even neighbouring Thailand.