Our destination this time is Penang. From Kertih to Kl is about 3.5 hours drive. Based on google maps if i drive from kl to Penang it is about 5 hours ++ so total driving hours is close to 9 hours! Hell no way i am going to drive that far and that long.
Hence i decided to use public transport from Kl to Penang this time.
We bought ETS ticket 2 weeks before our trip. We went to Kl Sentral as my attemp to buy it online did not succeed for few times. Normal sit is RM 59. Kids below 4 is FOC but must sit on lap.
Our train ETD is at 10.38 am. Thus we drove from Kertih a day earlier and stayed in Best View Hotel Bangi. Our room cost only RM 62. Why bangi? Because we wanted to park our car FOC at Putrajaya Sentral instead of paying so expensive parking fee at KL Sentral. For that we boarded KLIA Express from Putrajaya Sentral to KL Sentral. Ticket is RM 14 for adult. Kids above 2yo need to buy ticket at RM8.
|On the klia xpress|
About 30 minits we arrived at KL sentral. We ate our breakfast at KFC and waited for ETS. The gate only open at 10.25 a.m. Many people rushed downstairs once the gate open. We too! And lucky us because ETS is demn punctual. 10.38 a.m sharp departed from KL sentral. In KL it only stop at Station Kuala Lumpur. Non stop in Selangor. But when it reached Perak it stop at almost main station. Average speed was about 140km/hour. I took some time visited its surau, spacious and clean. Cafe and toilet were also in good condition. Has Tv and comfy seat.
ETS to Penang ended at Butterworth. From Butterworth terminal we initially plan to walk to ferry jetty. Somehow local RELA told us that there is a shuttle van for free going to the jetty. Just wait infront of the building. The shuttle come in every 15 minits. So convinience.
At ferry terminal we paid RM1.20 each for the fare. Ferry took about 15 minit to island. Once we unboard the ferry, we just walk to our hotel at Victoria street for about 15 minits.
Overall...the experience was tiring but certainly no regret. Imagine us with 2 small kids facing all those hurdles from Putrajaya to Georgetown. Penang people so far are helpful. We were assisted by penang mami at butterworth train station up to ferry jetty. Later an indian RELA carried our luggage at the ferry. Lastly a chinese lady willingly push our daughter stroller from ferry to mainroad because my and wifey had run out of hands huhu.
Will i repeat it? Not now surely haha. In fact i am thankful because i already bought a flight ticket going back to KL next Sunday...fuh!
|on ferry to island|