By train the journey from Batang Melaka to Butterworth Railway Station in Penang is scheduled is take around 7 hours.
Train Times from Batang Melaka to Penang
There is currently 1 direct train service a day from Batang Melaka to Butterworth Railway Station in Penang available to book online.
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About Travel to Penang
From Butterworth Railway Station, which is on the mainland in Penang State, it’s a simple, quick and cheap journey to George Town on Penang Island. From the train station passengers can follow the pedestrian walkway to Penang Sentral Bus Station. On the 2nd level of Penang Bus Station there is an entrance to the ferry terminal for car ferry services to Penang Island. Foot passengers can buy a ticket on the way to the ferry. The journey takes about 20 minutes and ferries run from every day from 05:40 through to 00:40.
The historic centre of George Town on Penang Island has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site on account of its interesting history and many historic buildings. George Town was an important outpost of the British Empire in the 19th Century. The city is located in a strategic position on one of the world’s busiest shipping route and during the 19th Century it allowed the British Empire to dominate a significant share of regional trade. In turn the commercial success of the colony attracted large number of immigrants, particularly from India and China, and their influence on the city is still apparent today. George Town has a small area with a high concentration of inhabitants from India or the decendents of people from India, and is notable for its many Indian restaurants and foodstalls which are popular with both locals and foreign tourists. The Chinese influence on the city, however, is more prominent. George Town has lots of Chinese temples and a series of very interesting Chinese ‘clan houses’ which were once the headquarters of armed groups who fought each other for control of trade in the city during the 19th Century.
George Town has some great hotels, bars and restaurants in addition to the historical sites making it a fantastic destination for visitors. The city also has a liberal and cultural diverse atmosphere that you don’t find to the same extent anywhere else in Malaysia except for Kuala Lumpur. As a consequence George Town is popular with both younger and older travellers and has, particularly in the area around Chulia Street, a vibrant nightlife.