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Visited Penang in August 2018

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Asia > Malaysia > George Town > Useful Info
Submitted on Aug 13, 2018 Useful Info

Best way to get from Penang airport to George Town

  • Grab (Southeast Asian version of Uber) is the most convenient way to get to George Town from the airport
  • It's also quite cheap. The fare to and from George Town is only 25RM (~USD$6) for the 30-minute ride
  • There are lots of cars in the area readily available. When I requested the car one was in front of me in less than 5 minutes
  • In order to use Grab, what you should download and set up the Grab app before you fly out. You need to do this while you have cellphone service as the app will send you a text message with a verification code
  • At the airport, you can just connect to the airport's free wifi service to hail a Grab car. Or like I did you can buy a SIM card at the arrival area (very cheap - 35RM, about USD$8.5, total for 7 days of 4G data, includes 4GB of data per day). There are 3 vendors that sell SIM that I saw and I used one of them called Digi based on my friend's recommendation. If you want to get a SIM you need to make sure that your device is not locked to your cellphone provider at home