Penang Sentral, a huge infrastructure in Northern Malaysia, aims to become the distribution point of all means of transportation for the Northern part of the country up to Southern Thailand.
From now on, travellers will hear a lot of Penang Sentral. From a distance, the massive infrastructure looks like a huge cruise boat. It was started seven years ago and its first phase was just inaugurated and will start to receive its first passengers from December.
Penang Sentral is Northern Malaysia new transportation hub, combining under one roof any kind of transportation. Travellers can take their commuter and regional trains, busses as well as ferries. In the future, Penang Sentral will also integrate the future LRT system that the island of Penang is also developing.
Penang Sentral is however not located on the island itself but across Penang bridge in Butterworth, the continental part of Penang State. Butterworth is already the main rail hub for the province for regional trains. From now, all the trains from and to Taiping, Ipoh, Seremban on the way to Kuala Lumpur as well as to Alor Setar and Padang Besar with onwards connection to Thailand will stop at the new facility. This represents a total of eight trains.
Trains directly connect with ferry services which link in just 15 minutes Georgetown with Penang Mainland. From 5:20 am to 10:00 pm, ferries commute every 20 to 30 minutes on average. After 10 pm, two additional services are offered on an hourly basis until midnight.
Penang Sentral integrates also a bus station offering both Penang public bus lines (RapidPenang) as well as express coaches to all major Malaysian cities as well as to Singapore. Complementing all these means of transportation, taxis are also available with a special counter selling taxi coupons.
The centre stretches over three levels, Level 1 is reserved for all bus services, Level 2 providing easy connections between taxis, KTM trains, and ferries as well as money changers and lockers while Level 3 has an information counter, a medical unit, and a food court.
By 2020, Penang Sentral will also integrate a shopping mall while a hotel, as well as offices, will complete the facilities, giving also an opportunity to stay and enjoy Butterworth.