The nearest airport to Georgetown is Penang International Airport (PEN), located 16 kilometres outside of Georgetown. Regular public buses connect the airport and the city.
Travellers may also travel on the short ferry ride from Butterworth, arriving directly in Penang. Services operate from early in the morning until just after midnight. Ferries are frequent. There’s a small charge to travel to Georgetown from Butterworth, but the reverse journey is free. Ferries also connect Georgetown with the Malaysian island of Langkawi. The ferry terminal is a short walk from the city centre.